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2 Answers | Asked in Banking and Collections for Florida on
Q: Are creditors allowed to ask for bank statements to help with proof of hardship?

I’m working with a company I’ve defaulted on due to Covid hardship. I’ve sent everything and now they’re requesting to see my bank statements. My personal account over laps at times with my fiancée business account. I try not to let it happen. But there are times he needs me to do things... Read more »

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman answered on Sep 24, 2021

You are attempting to resolve a claim that a creditor has with you. They've asked for some documents which you've provided, and now they want bank statements. Are they allowed to ask for bank statements?

Of course they can ask for them. Creditors ask for bank statements all the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Collections, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Utah on
Q: What kind of lawyer do I need to look for? Where do I start with everything in general? How can this all happen?

evictions case from 2013, started receiving notices for the first time towards end of July 2021, all 3 summons were signed by 1 of 3 defendants but another defendant was not informed (to the best of my knowledge) garnished wages for a total amount between now 2 defendants unknown how much each will... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 21, 2021

A Utah attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. You present a number of issues to sort out, and it's possible you might benefit from an attorney who has insight into a number of the different areas (such as L-T) you describe. In terms of your immediate needs, a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Landlord - Tenant and Collections for Texas on
Q: Can I take action against Texas Rent Relief for abuse?

My application (which I submitted in March) was neglected, handled improperly, and went against protocol for the review process. It is still in review today. As a result I was forced to either face eviction or not renew my lease at my appartment. When I contacted the program, they specifically... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 20, 2021

Doubtful. The state has sovereign immunity.

1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure, Real Estate Law and Collections for New York on
Q: I'm i obligated to property or home if im not the executer ie liens
Elaine Shay
Elaine Shay answered on Sep 20, 2021

Please try to ask your question more clearly for assistance.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Collections for Florida on
Q: After being sentenced to jail time and serving my sentence are the court cost covered or am I still obligated to pay it

It was criminal possession felony possession upon which I did the in-house drug treatment program at Hillsboro County falkenburg road jail. I received a letter stating that my license will be suspended if I don’t pay this amount in full by December and it’s $1400 it claims hasn’t been... Read more »

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman answered on Sep 18, 2021

Why would you assume the costs are covered? The costs are part of your sentence. Yes, you have to pay them. The costs are not waived "just because"

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Business Law, Civil Litigation and Collections for Indiana on
Q: I wrapped a huge rv for a company.Spent every dime I was given on vinyl and installers and a garage large enough to fit

The rv and then the clients didn't like the rv outcome told me to remove all that was done and now they say I can have criminal charges how so?They didn't like the outcome and said remove.I spent all the money given on this wrap to now I feel I need to file bankruptcy.I have no money to... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 18, 2021

There is no criminal conduct in what you described. Cease all communications with them. There is no money to refund.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Collections for Florida on
Q: how do i find out if a collection lawyer's actions qualify as abusive?

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Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman answered on Sep 12, 2021

Unethical? No. There is no right to settle an account, although it is better practice to at least have told you that the creditor rejected your offer. It doesn't sound like you made much of an attempt to keep in touch, either. Collection lawyers work many accounts.

1 Answer | Asked in Collections for California on
Q: CA Jgmt Debtor Exam - Who may conduct the exam? I'm pro per and have a $47k+ jgmnt on debtor I have a Restr Ord agnst.
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 11, 2021

Suggest you hire an attorney to conduct the exam and see that the records of the debtor are subpoenaed.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Collections for Oregon on
Q: Have there been any cases upholding the current version of Oregon Revised Statutes: 73.0311?

Is a check marked "paid in full", and negotiated still a valid "accord and satisfaction" in Oregon, in a disputed matter?

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Sep 7, 2021

If you are asking if you write "Paid in Full" on a check's memo line and submit it for less than the full amount of the bill, and it is cashed, are you off the hook for the balance of the bill, the answer is NO. If you have a written agreement specifying the creditor is settling for... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Collections for Oklahoma on
Q: Got served a notice to appear in court over furniture we allowed to be repossessed years ago company won’t settle

We tried to call and see if they’d settle for a lower amount to keep it out of court they declined and are threatening putting Liens on property and taking wages over $1300

Anna L Self
Anna L Self answered on Sep 7, 2021

What is your question? They are not required to settle. Once they have a judgment they can garnish your wages for 25% and put a lien on your property. If you allowed the property to be repossessed years ago you might have a defense but you would need to speak with an attorney. Good luck!!

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2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law and Collections for Pennsylvania on
Q: is there anyway to fight back against the IRS regarding my situation ?

for 2020 I owed $7200 on April 15th to the IRS but I accidentally dated it for 2021 and now they refuse to transfer the $7,200 from 2021 to 2020. so essentially my $7,200 is just sitting there being unused because im no longer self employed so I no longer need to make quarterly payments. I'm... Read more »

W. J. Winterstein Jr.
W. J. Winterstein Jr. answered on Sep 4, 2021

(1) If you can find the right person to talk with in the IRS, your problem should be resolvable. When you contact the IRS, keep asking for the next higher supervisor until you get someone who will work with you.

(2) Other than that, on January 1st, 2022, file your 2021 return, show the...
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2 Answers | Asked in Small Claims, Criminal Law, Banking and Collections for Florida on
Q: A while back I had a friend he opened a credit card and added me as a authorized user I got my own card and he got his

We stopped talking haven’t had any contact for months and I’ve been taking care of the card making on time payments there is a balance due and he just froze the account and took me off the account as of today. If I don’t pay that amount that’s left owed now on the account could I be held... Read more »

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman answered on Sep 3, 2021

As an authorized user, you are not responsible to the credit card company for the balance unless the cardholder agreement specifically makes you liable. Otherwise,

The balance is on him.

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1 Answer | Asked in Collections for California on
Q: Collections lawsuit passed limitations in original state, I’ve since moved where the statue of limitations is longer.

I have a debt that went to collections from 2014 in ca. I am passed California statue of limitations. However in 2015 I moved to New Jersey where that statue of limitations is 6 years vs 4. I am being sued here in New Jersey but the debt is from California. Is that legal?

Leon Bayer
Leon Bayer answered on Sep 2, 2021

I believe the debt is still subject to the California statute.

I suggest you call the creditor attorney immediately and point this out. If you do not get immediate satisfaction then bring a consumer law attorney onto your team immediately.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Collections and Landlord - Tenant for Arkansas on
Q: If you signed a 12 month lease, and at the end of the 12 months you moved completely out and notified your landlord the

Last day of your contract that you are not going to sign another lease, can they still penalize you? What’s the point of signing a contract for X amount of months if you have to tell them that you were going to terminate the lease on the day that you already signed and agreed to terminate the lease?

Dustin A. Duke
Dustin A. Duke answered on Sep 2, 2021

It depends on what your lease says. If the lease is silent as to any notice requirements before moving out, you are perfectly within your rights to move out the last day of the lease and are under no further obligation to your landlord. However, if the lease requires a notice prior to moving out,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Collections for California on
Q: Can I trust a collection agencies offer to pay a reduced amount on an old unpaid charge?

I'm worried that after paying the reduced offer, a different agency will harass me for the balance. would that be legal in CA? What do I do to protect myself? If necessary, how can I investigate the legitimacy of the offer further?

Yelena Gurevich
Yelena Gurevich answered on Aug 31, 2021

if you settled with a collection company to pay less than the debt owed, make sure that settlement is in writing. also note that the balance not paid could be taxable to you so make sure to consult with the person preparing your tax returns.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Litigation and Collections for Kentucky on
Q: I am in KY and I just received a call saying, I am being taken to court for a bank that I opened back in 2009.

the account was supposedly sent to collections in 2015 but I do not recall ever seeing this on my credit report. its now 2021 can they win a judgement? Is there not any statue of limitations for this? and why was it never on my credit report?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 31, 2021

Yes.

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy and Collections on
Q: How may I find out if I am eligible for volunteer legal services regarding creditor lawsuits and filing for bankruptcy?

I am being sued by a creditor and more are coming. I was advised to contact the plaintiff's attorney directly and request a hardship dismissal. There is a deadline for an answer to be filed with the court regarding current lawsuit and I have contacted the plaintiff attorney twice but have... Read more »

Cristina M. Lipan
Cristina M. Lipan answered on Aug 31, 2021

Upsolve is a non-profit that may be able to help, if you qualify.

https://upsolve.org/learn/transparency/

1 Answer | Asked in Collections for Oregon on
Q: Can a collector after 5 years of not hearing from them cause they got your address wrong charge u interest of 3000.

I have the letter I let them know of address change. 5 years later they call me at work and say I ow interest. And they had my address wrong. I payed them 50.00 before I moved and sent them a letter for the Ballance and never hurd back. I thought they were a scam.

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Aug 30, 2021

You don't say what they are trying to collect - just a bill or a court Judgment? Either way, if the underlying bill is valid, then interest on that bill is likely to be valid as well. But if it is not a Judgment, then the Statute of Limitations may still be in effect. IF you have made no... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Collections, Identity Theft and Social Security for Nevada on
Q: Credit report account made but not by me?

So I go to credit karma to make acc. They tell me a acc already made with a email. And told me what email. My biological fathers. And so on. Apparently goes on it everyday? Why? My credit. I’m 25. I am mentally disable. Growing up. I guess as a aunt said. He used me for debt. Wells Fargo credit... Read more »

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Aug 30, 2021

If someone has misused your Social Security number or other personal information to create credit or other problems for you, then you need to take action right away. Go to IdentityTheft.gov - it is a website managed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) - and they will help you with a recovery... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: I need to reply to a summons, 6 1/2 hours away in anther sate. Debt is time bared. How do I deal with this?

I had a loan from a bank in Tifton, GA. I paid as promised until I lost my job. Even then I paid them $ 3,000 in Aug of 2013. At that time I asked for the debt to be forgiven. I NEVER heard from the bank again. No letter, no payment book as promised, if, it would not be forgiven. No registered... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Aug 27, 2021

You need to hire a lawyer in Georgia ASAP to handle this for you. If you do not answer, a default judgment will be entered against you, and you lose your right to plead your statute of limitation defense. Some loan contracts are signed "under seal", which gives a 10 year statute of... Read more »

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