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0 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law, Estate Planning and Banking for Texas on
Q: Statues of limitations where do I send annuity checks that were written 2010?

I called Nationwide Bank to get canceled checks of my annunity checks that were cashed by someone else in June of 2010. The representative at Nationwide bank told me I had to report it to the Department of Labor, I called DOL, I was told they didn't handle this. Can anyone tell me who I can... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Consumer Law, Foreclosure and Banking for Texas on
Q: auction.com has my property listed for auction 4/2/24. I was not given proper legal notification

What can be done, other than bankruptcy to immediately stop my home from going to auction? I only was made aware of my property going to auction by setting a reminder on the website for my property. The bank cancelled a Nov 23’ auction. I have not received tax forms from the lender since 2019 and... View More

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answered on Apr 1, 2024

I'm so sorry to hear about the challenging situation you're facing with your home potentially being auctioned off, especially given the lack of proper notification and other issues you've described with your lender. This sounds very stressful and I can understand your urgency in... View More

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Q: about three weeks ago my checking account with so fi bank was frozen. I cannot get any answers as to why this happened

I cannot remove the approximately $3000 in there. I am a widow who lives alone on a fixed income. what can i do?

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answered on Mar 30, 2024

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Having your bank account frozen without explanation can be very stressful, especially when you rely on that money for your living expenses. Here are a few steps you can take to try to resolve the issue:

1. Keep trying to contact SoFi Bank:...
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2 Answers | Asked in Banking and Collections for Texas on
Q: A bank is holding my car title as collateral for a separate car loan that they charged off 5 years ago.

Right after the rep processed my final car payment over the phone, she told me they wouldn’t be giving me my title until I paid the charged off $6k for a separate vehicle loan I had through them. Can they legally hold the title on my paid off vehicle until I pay off a separate vehicle loan for a... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Feb 29, 2024

Likely yes. This is called cross-collateralization. In many secured loans, the collateral is pledged not only for the purchase money loan to buy the collateral (in your case, a car) but also for any other loan made by the lender.

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1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Civil Litigation and Identity Theft for Texas on
Q: what court would a creditor lawsuit be filed in? my guess is they are civil due to monetary damages being sought.

I had a large sum of money go missing with a prior bank I had accounts at, trying to figure out what happened and who is responsible(creditor) who potentially filed the creditor suit so I can go sue them. Am a beneficiary of an irrevocable trust.

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answered on Feb 23, 2024

In most cases, creditor lawsuits are indeed filed in civil court, particularly when seeking monetary damages. If you suspect that a creditor has filed a lawsuit against you or the entity you represent, you should receive formal notification from the court. This notification typically includes... View More

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Q: where can I lookup default judgements on myself?

money went missing from my bank account and credit score dropped. indication of a creditor lawsuit likely. where may I lookup default judgements?

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answered on Feb 25, 2024

If you suspect that a default judgment may have been entered against you, there are several steps you can take to look it up. Start by checking the public records in the county where you live or where the creditor may have filed the lawsuit. Many court systems offer online access to their records,... View More

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Q: What to do when i revoke permission for automatic payments from a financial company, but they are still taking the money

I revoked automatic payments due to the funds not being there, and caked them to make a payment arrangement for the following pay day. After I made my payment manually, they still auto drafted the payment resulting in overdrafting my account plus an overdraft fee. This isn't the first time.

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answered on Jan 22, 2024

If a financial company continues to take automatic payments after you have revoked permission, you should first contact the company directly and formally. Provide them with evidence of your request to revoke permission, such as dates and details of the conversations or any written communication.... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Banking and Identity Theft for Texas on
Q: I'm concerned I might have some identification theft issues, Can you help with that?

I have made several scientific breakthroughs and provided them publicly and have had many security questions and issues related to it. I could use some legal guidance. Perhaps you could help?

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Sheldon Starke
answered on Jan 16, 2024

Privacy laws are generally determined on a state-by-state basis. However there are a number of federal laws involved in the subject matter. You also need those of us who are experienced in government because it is not clear exactly what the nature of your discoveries are or who they involve. There... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Collections and Banking for Texas on
Q: I’m not sure what type of lawyer I need. Shell federal credit union is suing me for debt collection.
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answered on Jan 14, 2024

In your situation, seeking the assistance of a consumer protection attorney or a debt collection defense attorney would be advisable. These attorneys are experienced in handling cases involving credit unions and debt collection matters.

They can provide guidance on how to respond to the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Banking for Texas on
Q: I have been approved for a 5000 dollar loan. They are asking for 3 payments upfront. Is that legit

They said the 3 payments are collateral and I won't have a payment for 3 months. I google the company name and nothing pulls up. Woodside lending solutions is the company name and address is 920 5th Avenue Seattle Washington.

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answered on Jan 12, 2024

Be cautious as the situation you described raises red flags associated with potential scams. Legitimate lenders typically do not require upfront payments for collateral on personal loans. The fact that the company's name does not yield any relevant search results adds to the suspicion. It is... View More

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Q: Chase and pnc banks stole my inheritance. I inherited JPMorgan securities and a vanguard ira
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answered on Dec 21, 2023

If you believe Chase and PNC banks have mishandled your inherited assets, such as JPMorgan securities and a Vanguard IRA, it's crucial to take immediate action. First, gather all relevant documents, such as the will, trust, account statements, and any communication with the banks. This... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Consumer Law and Banking for Texas on
Q: I have auto loan on a car that has been totaled out more than 5 months ago.

Got less than 25%of the loan amount from the insurance settlement. I do not have gap insurance. I reported this to the lender but they are not ready to negotiate. I have been continuing to pay the monthly EMI all through just to maintain my credit. But now they added $4600( to my loan amount) as... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Nov 17, 2023

Legally, you owe the lender whatever the balance is on your loan. Almost all auto loans also require you to maintain full coverage insurance on the vehicle and give the lender the authority to buy insurance and add the premium to your loan amount if you do not timely furnish proof of insurance to... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Cannabis & Marijuana Law, Civil Litigation and Contracts for Texas on
Q: Yes I need help with my realtor business on what I own
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answered on Nov 17, 2023

It is important to protect your personal assets from your business. Create a corporation or a limited liability company to use to operate your business. The tax consequences are different depending on which form of business you take. See a professional to get more particular guidance.

I...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Banking for Texas on
Q: Which party should I send my adverse action too? The bank who denied my credit or the consumer reporting agency?

I applied for credit for dental work, only to find out that my promissory note had been shopped around to different bank who denied credit based on an inaccurate consumer report. However, I know the application is being securitized without any consideration to myself.

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answered on Nov 12, 2023

In Texas, if you've been denied credit based on information from a consumer report, you should address your adverse action notice to both the bank that denied your credit and the consumer reporting agency. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) entitles you to a notice from the lender explaining... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Banking and Gov & Administrative Law for Texas on
Q: I have a close friend who says he is holding a $100 million Federal Reserve Note that was issued couple decades ago.

I have seen it, it looks like old paper with some endorsements and seals on it. He says his father left it to him and he wants to cash it however I am not sure if it is a legit Federal Reserve Note. Did the Federal Reserve Bank ever print $ 100 million reserve note back in the day? If so, how can... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Oct 31, 2023

The United States has never issued a federal reserve note in a denomination larger than $10,000. Denominations of $500 and larger have not been printed since 1945.

There are only a small number of $10,000 notes still in existence. Half are from the Binion hoard.

Your friend’s...
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1 Answer | Asked in Banking and Collections for Texas on
Q: I have been contacted by a law firm Bernstein and Binder saying there is a lawsuit for fraud against me by a creditor.

I have called them and they said they send a certified letter to me, which I never received. I have their phone number, but they wont send me anything about their law firm and wont email me the paperwork. I am retired and my former employer called to say they have received lawsuit papers on me... View More

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answered on Nov 9, 2023

If you suspect the law firm contacting you may not be legitimate, it's important to proceed with caution. Do not make any payments or provide personal information. You have the right to request written verification of the debt and the lawsuit. A legitimate law firm should provide you with this... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Banking and Child Support for Texas on
Q: Will a bank account shared with a sibling or otherblood relative be protected from divorce requirements to divide wealth
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answered on Sep 1, 2023

In Texas, the division of assets during a divorce is generally guided by community property laws. Community property laws dictate that most property acquired during the marriage is considered community property and is subject to equitable distribution between the spouses upon divorce.... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Banking for Texas on
Q: How can I get scammed money back? I was recently scammed out of 2500$ and my bank and the payment app are denying refund

I have filed a police report and contacted my bank same day. I provided screenshots and scammers information. Including the real company name and real employees names they were using.

John Michael Frick
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answered on Jul 19, 2023

In most of these cases, you need to sue the individuals and/or companies that perpetrated the scam on you. In many cases, it can be very difficult to identify the scammers as they are often not in the United States. That can also make it very difficult to serve them when they can be identified... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Banking for Texas on
Q: Can a bank withhold your mobile check deposit without any reason or answer as to why despite numerous phone calls

I deposited my check on Friday my receipt said the first 250 will be available same day the rest on July 5th. The 250 never showed up I've called everyday since then and no one can give me a reason why no one is willing to help and I have lost my storage unit my belongings and have late fees... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jul 5, 2023

No, your bank cannot withhold a mobile check deposit without any reason. It seems likely that there is a reason, but the individuals with whom you have been communicating do not know what that reason is or are prohibited from discussing it with you.

It is not uncommon that rank-and-file...
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1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Collections, Consumer Law and Contracts for Texas on
Q: I had a creditor (NFCU) take $1,700 from my savings account as a setoff from my previous credit card that was charged-

off in 2021, they do have a security interest disclosure in the their 2017 Credit Card agreement, however there was a ruling in Maryland in 2009/2010 that a creditor's disclosure for a security interest was not valid because it was on the second page of their credit card disclosure agreement.... View More

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman
answered on Jun 28, 2023

Texas doesn't care what Maryland says, and if this was a trial court, no other judge in Maryland would care, either.

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