Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issues new arbitration rule

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Most Florida debtors know that financial institutions do not issue credit cards until consumers have agreed to a long list of terms. These conditions often include provisions that require any disputes to be settled through binding arbitration. Lenders prefer arbitration because it is less public, less expensive and more predictable than traditional litigation. However, advocacy…

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How to stop creditor harassment in Florida

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Being in severe debt is unpleasant and stressful enough without creditors calling you nonstop. Harassment from debt collectors not only makes the situation worse but is also illegal due to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. You do not have to suffer through such treatment regardless of how much money you owe and your ability…

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Importance of a timely proof of claim

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Florida residents may be interested in a bankruptcy case involving a creditor with a lien on a debtor’s property due to unpaid property taxes. The creditor was denied the ability to collect as part of the bankruptcy claim due to specific filing rules for Chapter 13 cases. According to case records, the creditor was barred…

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Innovative startup wants to relieve medical debt load

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Unpaid medical bills burden many Florida residents, especially those without insurance, but also people who have insurance with high deductibles and copays. A startup company called Better was formed to help people address out-of-network medical expenses, and it has announced that it intends to apply its proceeds to settling medical debt for people who cannot…

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How some student loans might be canceled

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Some Florida might believe that student loans cannot be discharged in a bankruptcy. While this is generally true, there are some exceptional circumstances in which it may be possible to get student loans discharged by the government. For example, student loans may be discharged if the school closes or engages in fraudulent activity. In the…

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Fed interest rate hikes to raise payments for debtors in Florida

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Credit cards, adjustable-rate mortgages and home equity loans tie their interest rates to a rate set by the Federal Reserve. This rate establishes the cost of short-term loans between banks, and increases ripple out to Florida borrowers and affect their payments. The Federal Reserve has already raised this critical rate twice in 2017 by one-quarter…

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The number of health plans with high deductibles increases

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Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, a rising number of people in Florida and the rest of the nation have been using health plans that have high deductibles. This is according to a study recently conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics at the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention….

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Debt settlement companies ordered to cease activities

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The attorney general of Florida and the Federal Trade Commission have been able to obtain a court order that requires 11 companies to immediately cease all of their debt settlement activities in the state. The companies are accused of misleading consumers and violating several federal and state regulations. According to the complaint, the companies collected…

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Communication important in helping children during divorce

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Florida parents who are getting a divorce can help their children adjust during this difficult time. At the outset, they should be honest with their children who will know that something is wrong when a parent moves out. Children need reassurance that the divorce is not about them as well as space to ask questions…

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Illegal debt collection methods

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If you have ever fallen behind on your bills, you may have firsthand knowledge of just how aggressive debt collectors can be in their collection tactics. While they are within their rights to attempt to collect any money owed to them, creditors and debt collectors may not use methods considered unlawful when doing so. For…

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