• More Consumers Refuse to Be Cleaned Out by ‘Messy Business’ of Debt Collection

    Dr. Chris DeRitis, a consumer credit expert at the economic research and consulting firm Moody’s Analytics, told the Times-Tribune of Scranton, Pennsylvania, that all debt collection is under the microscope. “A lot of this debt gets traded three, four or five times,” Dr. DeRitis told the Times-Tribune for the story published on October 21, 2012. “It’s a messy business.”

    The Times-Tribune noted that many collection agencies that buy debt do not have all the documentation to support the original agreement, meaning many companies are filing debt-related lawsuits with “insufficient records, faulty documents and questionable claims.”

    “Some companies are doing this more responsibly than others,” Dr. DeRitis told the Times-Tribune. “There are cases of fraud where unscrupulous debt collectors put charges on people’s accounts.”

    Allegheny County Judge R. Stanton Wettick, who has presided over “hundreds of cases in which banks sold delinquent credit card accounts to debt buyers who filed litigation to recover the money,” told the Times-Tribune that sometimes the affidavits do not appear to be signed by the right people. The story noted that debt collectors frequently prevail in court because many defendants in credit card suits never contest the action. “If 100 get filed, 75 turn into default judgments,” Judge Wettick told the Times-Tribune.

    However, the Times-Tribune also pointed out that because default judgments enable debt collectors to freeze a consumer’s bank account or garnish wages to recover obligations, more consumers are now challenging the evidence. “For a lot of companies now, if someone shows up and contests it, it may not be worth their while to pursue it,” Judge Wettick told the Times-Tribune.

    If you are being harassed by debt collectors about your credit card debt , filing Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy will end those phone calls. You may be able erase your credit card bills and other unsecured debt by filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy , or you could pay back a fraction of what you owe through a Chapter 13 plan. Contact our firm at (866) 930-7482 or complete the form on this page to have our Chicago bankruptcy lawyers determine which plan would work best for you.

    Benjamin Brand Services – Chicago bankruptcy attorneys

  • ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ Author Files for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

    This video shows Robert Kiyosaki’s appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show in 2000 following the publication of his successful financial self-help book, “Rich Dad, Poor Dad.” On October 12, 2012, Business Insider reported that Kiyosaki filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection after losing a nearly $24 million court judgment to The Learning Annex, a private adult education school based in New York.

    Business Insider described The Learning Annex as being “one of Kiyosaki’s earliest backers,” but the personal finance guru never paid Annex its rightful share after it arranged “the speaking engagements and platform that led to his massive success.”

    “I took Kiyosaki’s brand and made it bigger. The deal was I would get a percentage, and he reneged,” Bill Zanker, The Learning Annex’s founder and chairman, told the New York Post. “We had a signed letter of intent. The Learning Annex is the greatest promoter….Oprah believed in him, and Will Smith believed in him, but he didn’t keep his promise to us.”

    As Business Insider noted, Kiyosaki “probably won’t feel the pinch in his wallet” since “Forbes pegs his net worth around a cool $80 million.” However, we highlight famous bankruptcies like Kiyosaki’s to illustrate that many successful individuals experience financial hardships. If you are overwhelmed with debt because of late mortgage payments or astronomical medical bills, it is important for you to understand that you are not alone.

    The good news is that filing Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy can help you get a fresh start. Contact our firm at (866) 930-7482 or complete the form on this page to let our Chicago bankruptcy lawyers see how we can help.

    Benjamin Brand Services – Chicago bankruptcy attorneys