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1 Answer | Asked in Collections for North Carolina on
Q: I sent a check by certified mail to a collection agency for payment on a debt. I tracked it and they received it on Oct

1st 2020 at 9:58am. They claim it is not showing up. What should I do?

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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Oct 8, 2020

Wait. If they attempt to collect on the debt again, explain the situation and ask them to send something in writing. Then, write back disputing you owe the debt and enclose your proof of delivery and hopefully a copy of the check you sent.

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant, Collections, Municipal Law and Small Claims for North Carolina on
Q: A tenant defaulted on rent and abandoned an office in NC. Their HQ is in GA. Can I use small claims court in NC to sue?

The abandoned office is in Charlotte NC and was their only NC office. There is nobody here to receive the summons. Their HQ is in GA, where we know the summons will be received. I tried to file but the small claims clerk led me to believe that serving the HQ in GA would be problematic and out of... Read more »

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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Oct 2, 2020

You have to sue an out of state Defendant, including a corporation, in District Court. Small claims has no jurisdiction.

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3 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for North Carolina on
Q: Filed Chapter 13 in Feb 2017. Dismissed in May 2017. Never went through the whole process. Can this be removed early?

Filed chapter 13 for my house. Another bank gave me a loan to pay what was behind on my house so I ended the bankruptcy without finishing the process or really starting it for that matter. Can I get this removed off my credit report? Filed in NC.

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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Sep 29, 2020

No. The fact that you filed a Chapter 13 and it was dismissed is a public record. This is an accurate credit report and you cannot get that deleted. Fortunately, the fact you filed bankruptcy will have less effect upon your credit score as the years pass by, and your positive credit history will... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: Being sued on a failed car loan, I turned the car in. how can I go about this? my bills take most of my pay as it is

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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Sep 26, 2020

You should see a bankruptcy attorney for a personal consultation as soon as possible. I don;t know what kind of notice you received, but if it is from the Sheriff with a "writ of execution" this is extremely urgent and you should not delay the consultation. A qualified consumer... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can paypal legally keep my deposit that was put in my wife’s account

My wife and I had our federal Tax return deposited into her paypal account. Since then they have put limitations on the account, while trying to life those limitations we discovered that in order to do direct the deposit The first name on the deposit is supposed to match that of the account holder... Read more »

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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Sep 6, 2020

They can hold it, but once it is proven that she was authorized to accept it, they should release the funds.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for North Carolina on
Q: In the state of NC when trading a vehicle to a dealer, do I disclose engine or transmission replacement on damage dis?
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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Sep 6, 2020

If your vehicle is 5 years old or newer and the damage was over 35% of the value you must disclose.

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: I obtained a loan for 1,000 in Dec 2019 and unfortunately defaulted. With added I retest and fees balances went to almot

6,000. They offered a settlement of around 1500. I was able to send in $550 but was unable to settle as soon as they wanted. I continued to stay in contact but they voided the settlement. I am in NC but the loan originator is out of state. My question is will they automatically garnish my wages or... Read more »

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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Aug 28, 2020

More details are needed. Was this an internet "payday loan"? if so, they are unlikely to sue. If this was a local finance company or a bank, they might sue or they might not. We do not have wage garnishment in North Carolina. If this is an out of state lender they may sue you in that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Lemon Law and Small Claims for North Carolina on
Q: If I pay the car note will I be able to get it back or do they sell it and I still have to pay anyway

This is just a nightmare am going to lose my job because of this I don’t understand if they couldn’t do the verbal agreement why so I could have try to figure something out rather then lose my job am a signal mom I really need my job I only complained because I was waiting with no response just... Read more »

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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Aug 23, 2020

You might possibly be able to get them to give you the car back if you make all past due payments plus pay late charges - but they can legally refuse to agree to do that, and they can demand you pay off the loan in full - just because of missing one payment. You loan agreement most likely says any... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Lemon Law and Small Claims for North Carolina on
Q: My truck got repossessed after a verbal agreement about the payment because I made a complaint how can I get my truck

My complaint was about two safety recalls and having a dead registration and tags been waiting since April also they lied about the vehicle ever being in a accident before I purchase it I’ve been getting ignored but if I call from a different from they pick up but say I’ll call back but don’t... Read more »

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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Aug 23, 2020

This is something that you need specific advice about including a review of all of the paperwork you signed. Verbal agreements are generally not enforceable, but you may have claims against the dealer. Contact an experienced auto fraud attorney for advice. Do not delay, you will not be able to get... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Collections for North Carolina on
Q: Can my home, vehicle, personal belongings and child support be taken to repay a judgement?

My previous landlord was granted a judgement against me for unpaid rent that was recorded in 2018 in Florida.

I was divorced a few months later and used my divorce settlement as a down payment on a 40 year old house in North Carolina. I have a mortgage than is just over a year old and I... Read more »

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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Aug 18, 2020

The judgment has to be recorded in North Carolina first. This is done by them filing a new lawsuit ehre in North Carolina seeking to have the Florida judgment recognized and having you served with the lawsuit. Once that is granted, your creditor has to send you a "Notice of Right To Claim... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for North Carolina on
Q: Is it better to file a chapter 13 bankruptcy or try to pay off the accumulated debt? William
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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Aug 14, 2020

This is too individually dependent on the facts to be able to answer such a general question with certainty. One thing I can say is that if you settle, you may have to pay taxes on the amount of forgiven debt. Debt discharged in bankruptcy is not taxable. Chapter 13 bankruptcy also involves added... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for North Carolina on
Q: Do I have recourse against Bank of America for not modifying and then selling my second mortgage to a private investor?

After bankruptcy we applied to modify our 1st and 2nd mortgage with Bank of America (originally with Countrywide). We completed packages over and over again. Finally Fannie Mae took our first mortgage away from Bank of America, placed it with Seterus and modified. They also informed us that... Read more »

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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Aug 13, 2020

This is impossible to answer on an online forum because a review of documents is necessary. Go see an attorney ASAP. Your best bet is to consult a consumer bankruptcy attorney because an experienced one will know about second mortgages that have questionable enforceability. In addition, loans held... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Consumer Law for North Carolina on
Q: Sales agent denied me a viewing of a house in a new subdivision but allow another woman a viewing, is this legal?

I visited a new subdivision & fell in love with a floor plan. The sales rep. was unengaged during my visit & any feedback I got concerning the community I had to ask for it. I went back a week later to view the home again and the same rep, told me I could not view it because it had sold. I... Read more »

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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Aug 13, 2020

It sounds like you have grounds for a complaint against the sales agency under the Federal and North Carolina's Fair Housing Act. You can do one of two things. File a complaint against the sales agency, or sue. I do not recommend suing on this kind of case without an attorney. A good place to... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Collections for North Carolina on
Q: I have a judgement that is in the clerk of courts, what should I do?

this judgement has been in existence since 2008, I thought it was no longer there, when I did not see it on my credit. I am in the process of purchasing a home. The clerk at the courthouse said I could pay it off or make payments. Is there a way I can contact the Law firm that this judgement was... Read more »

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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Aug 12, 2020

Ms. Kurtz is correct. It does not go by the date the lawsuit was filed. If a new lawsuit to renew a judgment is not filed within 10 years after the date the judgment was signed, the judgment expired. Do NOT pay anything until you are absolutely certain the judgment has been renewed. You should take... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for North Carolina on
Q: I need documents and schedule from a previous bankruptcy
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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Aug 7, 2020

You can access these documents online for a fee. https://pacer.uscourts.gov/ has all of the information. You will have to register and create an account. This is much less expensive than getting copies from the Court in person. You could also perhaps get a copy from the attorney who handled your... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for North Carolina on
Q: Regarding selling my home

hello,

My question is the trustee did his final distribution report about a week & half ago and has abandoned all property in my ch.7 I can't get anyone to answer at the bankruptcy court to tell me if the decree has been issued And my attorney has stopped replying to emails!... Read more »

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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Aug 7, 2020

You probably won't be able to close on the home sale until yoou get your Discharge and the case closes. The title attorney may not clear the sale until then. The Discharge generally comes about 70-75 days after your first scheduled Meeting of Creditors. The Trustee files the report of no... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Collections for North Carolina on
Q: I received a summons and complaint a few days ago for a voluntary repossession. I know I have 30 days to respond.

I do not dispute the validity of the debt but have tried to make small payments and have been advised payments are not an option. I am a single parent living solely on social security disability and have no other source of income. I do not own anything . I live with family. Should I go ahead... Read more »

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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Aug 7, 2020

Filing an Answer will delay the entry of a judgment against you for a little while. If you do not file an Answer, a default judgment will be entered. You may have some legal defenses if you were not notified about the sale of the vehicle properly, or if the sale was not conducted in a reasonable... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Construction Law for North Carolina on
Q: Do I have a case against the builder of my house for the work they subcontracted out?

We built our house approximately 6 years ago and we have had several issues with the AC system since we moved in. The builder of our house used a subcontractor for our AC system. We have repeatedly reported issues about our system over the years and they kept sending out the subcontractor to fix... Read more »

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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Jul 29, 2020

You have a "statute of repose" issue. If it has been six years or longer, even if you did have a claim against your general contractor, it is too late to sue.

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for North Carolina on
Q: Can i sell my home if my ch.7 is still showing open?

Hello,

I can not get my Bankruptcy attorney to contact me back or the Trustee. We have been discharged for 2 years and need to sell our home because of owning a business.. but i was told i cannot sell the home without the trustee saying yes. But I don't know what to do if the ATTORNEY... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Jul 29, 2020

The title insurance company is probably reluctant to approve title insurance for a sale until the Chapter 7 is reported as "closed". No attorney can tell you anything specific about your particular situation without reviewing the Trustee's Final Report. Any hapter 7 case where the... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for North Carolina on
Q: how long does it take to get a Decree after ch.7 after the final report for applications for compensation.

the courts have accepted and approved the order the Ch.7 trustee did The final Report for compensation & applications & deadline to object. I just wanna know how long does it take to get the Decree showing closed? And my Bankruptcy attorney will not contact me nor will the trustee what... Read more »

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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Jul 28, 2020

The Clerk's offices are lightly staffed, with many staff working from home due to COVID. The same thing exists in the Bankruptcy Administrator's office. Things are taking a little longer than normal. I suggest you call the Clerk of Court and explain the situation. If the Clerk is waiting... Read more »

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