Wages garnished – Please help!!! Thanks!!!

My employer just received a writ of execution to garnish my wages. I did not know about the judgment or wage garnishment until I was emailed by my employer on 6/14/10. I was not served with any court papers. I looked up my case on the court website & it states there was proof service. Can I stop the wage garnishment because I was improperly served and do I really need an attorney to do this? I’m in California. I looked at the court website and I don’t see any form for this procedure. Second, I’m also submitting the claim of exemption and financial statement. We can not pay for living expenses if 25% is taken out. Do I have to do this within a certain time limit? Although my employer just notified me, the writ of execution was issued on 6/01/10 but the judgment was entered on 5/13/10.

Is it even worth it to dispute the improper service? I know that it’ll just delay the garnishment temporarily. Should I just be concerned with submitting the claim of exemption & financial statement?

I would really appreciate any feedback. Thank you very much!

here in Michigan there is an option to file for a payment plan, which means going in front of a judge. I’ve done this since they weren’t leaving me enough to live on each week. don’t know about California law but for me they continued garnishment until we went to court and for i think 2 weeks after.

also, check around for free or low cost legal aid. sometimes a lawyer will give you a free 20 minute consultation. right after my divorce i needed a lawyer and after the free consult she decided to represent me pro bono (for free). It was a simple thing tho.

Is there a law school near you? Most have low cost clinics so law students can get experience under supervision of instructors.

I dont honestly know but why not call some local attorneys there in CA and get a free consult? This is the place to start – http://members.calbar.ca.gov/fal/MemberSearch/QuickSearch. They could inform you better then anyone else.

bankruptcy and past due rent

I’m behind on one months rent and about to file bankruptcy does anyone know how the new bankruptcy laws affect me including the one months rent?

bankruptcy and rentAny debt collection stops the second you file bankruptcy papers with the court house. I believe that includes any eviction notices, too. Talk to your attorney about it ASAP! But is it worth to file bankruptcy that may stay in your record for 7 years while a eviction lawsuit could be resolved n hided from public record if you resolve it within 45-day of the lawsuit? Also if you have not much assets, why you need to file BK ?

Debt Collection stops but if you include something like rent then you either have to re affirm on the rent and pay the rent you owe past due and other wise or vacate the premises. You cant continue to live there and not pay rent. Filing BK does’nt mean you get to skate on your day to day living expenses which includes rent and utilities. You might be able to get out of a past due amount that you owe for one of those things but in the case of rent if you do that then the landlord is going to kick you to the curb. Its not a free ride.

I don’t think a “free ride” is what he/she is looking for..just a little advice and support. Sorry, you’re reply sounded harsh to me. I was always under the impression that you need to be served properly, and a judgement must be entered in court for them to touch your wages! I would fight this.

Right no free ride just a little advice thank you but when u post you can expect some smart replys, maybe the person who made the comment abt free ride is only in this group to be a smart azz and maybe they’ve never been hit with a financial difficulty so to that person dnt respond if you dnt have any advice and keep all negative responses to yourself.

Exactly. That’s not what I meant (I worded it wrong). Any further legal collection activity – like eviction – will stop immediately. You still have to pay rent and utilities. Hubby and I have been through a bankruptcy.

I sincerely hope that comment was not directed at my post. I clarified that I was not advocating a “free ride.” I only stated that I believed the eviction process would stop as soon as bankruptcy was filed. You still have to pay rent and utilities.

You have absolutely no idea what my financial picture has been like so it’s well advised that you keep your rude comments to yourself. During the first year my husband and I were married, my Mom passed away, we moved cross-country three times, lost a baby, hubby was in an accident and had to have major surgery (while I was nursing a broken ankle) and he was out of work for about ten months. We did end up filing bankruptcy. That was 13 years ago but the lessons learned are still there.

Maybe you need to grow up a little. My reply was’nt meant to be harsh I wanted to make it clear so there was no confusion because the first poster worded things where I thought maybe someone might think that the rent could be included even temporarily. I did’nt want the person asking to think that that past due amount of rent could be included in the BK. It can be.. but then you will be evicted so I think it would be top priority to settle up with the landlord first and add everything else that can be included into the BK..that way there’s a roof over your head?

Personal Finance Question

Hi everyone,

I had a question on how to build wealth. I would like to start investing in stocks and mutual funds. I am in the process of creating good financial habits and also building my financial net worth. So far I have done the following:

  1. Canceled Credit card and only owe $814
  2. Started to put money away in my savings account that earns 5%
  3. Started to put money away in my roth-ira
  4. Started using mint.com to track my spending
  5. Creating a balance sheet of my assets, liabilities and equity

Good news: I now have a (+) net worth and have almost reached my goal of $1000 in assets.

Next goal: I will be receiving money from school and can use about $2,000 of it to invest. Should I invest on my own or use a personal advisor to do this? I was thinking of using Wachovia for my investing goals.

Thank you.

Child support questions

My divorce paper work reads….the petitioner Xhusband shall receive child support from me, for all time the children are in his care and custody.

My question is…Am i supposed to be paying still, I am not behind, while the kids are with me during the summer and any other visitation.

thanks

From what I understand the order reads while under his care and custody, seeing that you have your children for the summer they are not under his nor are they in his custody. I am not an attorney, I was in the perdicament when I had my son for the summer, yet my payments were automatically sent to his mom, yet while our son was with me she sent money back to me, fortunately, my son could eat and then wanted more. We made it through that period. I hope that helps.

I’m also divorced. My ex and I have to do all child support things thru the friend of the court. If you have to use that agency then you’d better contact them or else there could be trouble like them having you listed as being behind and charging you fees and fines. And no matter what get it down in writing cause the agency I’m forced to deal with has cheated me more than once.

It means that you only pay him while he has the children so he can take care of them…If you have them for the summer than you are to notify the court and let them know you have them and they will put it down so therefore you are not behind and then you can use the money that you pay him for them.

Learn more about divorce laws here:

https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/divorce
http://www.hg.org/divorce-law-center.html

How to stop collectors from calling

stor collectors callingMaybe thats not much for you but for some of us that can be overwhelming and the line between eating, buying prescription meds or keeping the heat on and paying the creditors is very thin for some. BK actually can improve your situation and your credit score and does’nt do as much damage as ‘claimed’. The ones doing all that claiming of how bad it is are the creditors themselves or the companies that work for them. I would rather ‘throw in the towel’ then continue to be beaten down by the debt.

Unless you’ve been there then you really cant say I have not met a person yet, in person or online, that has filed BK and regretted it. I’ve only met people and know many personally who have filed and all of them will tell you it was one of the best decisions they’ve ever made. I dont care if you are only 10,000 in debt or if you’re hundreds of thousands in debt. Debt is debt and what may be pocket change to you may be a fortune to someone else.

You cannot TELL them anything you must send it to them in writing. Telephone conversations DO NOT protect your rights. They can still call your work if you actually owe the debt in an attempt to find out information on how to locate you. They cannot disclose that they are trying to collect a debt or anything of that nature but they are within their rights to call and ask how they can reach you.

They can call your neighbors, they can call your relatives etc. It is then up to your neighbors and relatives to make it clear to them to not call. The only thing you can do is send them a letter saying you want them to cease calling you, your work, your friends and family etc. That does’nt mean they’ll abide by it because they actually have rights too. Whether they play by the rules or they abuse those rights is another story.

NEVER make a payment arrangement over the phone. Get it in writing by email, fax or US Mail. Telling them will not stop it you must send it in writing or by fax maybe- that I dont know I’ve never done it. I’ve only sent things by certified mail-yes it cost but they get it and I get proof that they got and there can be no dispute. Telephone conversations are a waste of time.. they are only the chance for the creditor to intimidate and threaten you. Do everything in writing always!

This is what you need to do. I was a bill collector. This is what you need to say and put it in writing. Cease and desist all calls contact me by mail only.

Once you put that in writing they can no longer call you or call you at work, which according to the fair debt collection pratices act, they are not allowed to call you at work and jeopardize your job at all and they can only call you from 8am to 8pm at night no later and only once per day weather they talk to you or not. They are not allowed to leave a message on answering machine as to why they are calling or tell anyone why they are calling.

The only way they find you is thru your social security number….which is known as skip tracing. They can call you at work for purposes of locating you and they can call you up until 9 p.m. You can go right here and read the entire Fair debt collection practices act – http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/credit/cre27.pdf

But once you send them a Drop Dead Letter and can prove they signed for it, they can no longer call anyone. If they do, they violated the law. I have used this method with some of the most annoying collection agencies.

The only one I did not use with was when I was an executor and collection agency kept calling me and my lawyer. Then one called me one day screaming that I was lying and the lawyer was not the estate’s lawyer. I got her boss on the phone and said that was correct, he is my lawyer assisting in the settling of the estate. I asked him to please have his people keep calling the lawyer. The lawyer is a personal friend of mine and every time they call him, he will get more money and they would get less. That is because in GA, there is a a list of who gets paid first and any lawyer assisting in the settling of an estate gets paid before any creditors. Strange, they quit calling him.

Oh, and they got 13 cents on the dollar and had to be happy to get it, since there was no other money.

Debt Collectors Calling

I have about 50K in credit card debt which I stopped paying on about two months ago. My husband lost his job about three months ago and I only make enough to pay our basic living expenses. I am considering filing bankruptcy just in my name since most of the debt is in my name and trying to keep my husbands credit in good standing.

My questions is:

  1. How long do I have before the credit card companies pursue me legally? I am behind about two months right now.
  2. Should I talk to them and explain my problems to them or just avoid the calls. I have been avoiding them so far. They call my house twice a day but I have caller ID so I just don’t answer. They are calling my work now several times a day and I am having the people that answer the phone put them in my voice mail but it is starting to draw attention.

From my experience they have to go through several processes first before they take you to court to get a judgment . But talk to them first and tell them not to call your job and to send everything in writing. Now that doesn’t stop the process but it will stop them from calling your job! And if you file bankruptcy then all collections. And calls will cease.

It really depends on the card and the amount owed but as a general guideline around 6 months is when they start to look at legal action. But it really varies, some cards are known for suing sooner than that, some later.

I think I can also send a ‘Drop Dead’ letter via certified mail or any other method where I get proof someone signed for it. A good example is on Clark Howard’s website www.clarkhoward.com, just search drop dead letter.

This will stop all calls – period. If they violate it, they can be sued.

Then they become just a little bit more willing to discuss options. I do not recommend throwing in the towel so soon and so easily for what could be a temporary situation.

I think I can try to negotiate with a payment arrangement or forbearance (for a few months) or refinance my monthly payment.

If only for a $50K or so debt, I don’t think I need to file BK or throw the towel right away.

They may try a few months, then they will assign to a collection agency. If I tell them NOT to call you at work, they could not otherwise they will violate the law.

One time my friend tricked the collectors to leave a message to his co-workers, and the collectors mentioned about they are from a collection agency, then my friend filed a complaint as the collectors violated Federal Fair Debt Collection Acts by disclosing it was a collection.

Also, if the assignment to a collection agency gets no positive result, for another 6 months or so, the credit card company will be forced to charge off the card and sell my debt to an independent business company (collection company) that everyone could buy the debt 10 cents on a dollars (actual ration depends on the credit of the debtors and how likely the new collectors could collect the money.

Remember they need to sell the debt about every 2 years or so to keep the debt “fresh” .

Some collection agency (assignee , NOT charge off yet) would really be aggressive and sue the debtors. I had some friends got sued by MBNA or its assignee.
Even so, I could still easily answer the lawsuit in a page of standard form (downloaded from most court web site) and push the matter to 2 years more (every 3 months, for a case management conference etc)

What do you think?

Just wanted to introduce myself

Just wanted to introduce myself as a new member and try to reap knowledge from those of you out there in the same boat I am. I have one credit card with a large amount on it – lord knows why they gave that to me. I am also buying a home and car. I find myself not making ends meet everymonth to cover the little things that seem to come up. Any advice on what is the most important step to make would help. Also, what have you found most useful in your quest to be “debt free”.

I’ve used FlyLady’s system for my home. Now we desperately need help for our finances. It seems like every plan we try to get out of debt is a dead end. I’m not sure what to do next–if I knew what would work, I’d do it faithfully. Any suggestions you all have would be appreciated!

Good on buying a home.

The mistake that you have done is buy the home with a large credit card debt. Most people buy the home and look at the mortgage payments and say to themselves that they can or cannot afford. This is 100% wrong way to look at it. When you buy the home, you also buy all the problems. It will require, based on some estimates, another 40% more to the monthly mortgage payment just for maintenece. Do not overlook this.

So when looking at your mortgage payments you need to factor in maintenece, etc. That is your true monthly cost. But having a large credit card payment every month will take away from your speandable cash so you cannot do your maintence on the home. Eventually you have to get more credit cards to pay for that broken water heater, etc. Before you know it you are way over your head.

The first thing you should do is get rid of that credit card. Especially since the minimum payments are doubling after the first of the year. Then start paying down your mortgage as quickly as you can. If you have no money at all you can get some urgent cash from here – ElcLoans.com: no credit check payday loans. This website offers great repayment options and high acceptance rates. They also have useful article on fast credit improvement here.

My biggest step was realizing that I was responsible for the situation I was in. NOT ANYONE ELSE. Your comment about why the credit card company gave you the card sounds like me before I faced my problem. That is, not living within my means. My situation was compounded by a dibilitating illness, so I have to fight that to work at all. However, I am making progress. I watch the big things (interest rate, taxes, car payments, repairs, etc) and the little things, (leaving lights on, thermostat, gas prices, meal planning, trips to town, etc). It all adds up to having the money to pay off MY debt.

Start today to re-evaluate your lifestyle and spending habits. A $3 latte every day is $1095 a year…really. Do you need the newspaper and the internet both? Do you need digital cable TV? Should you sell your car and get a smaller, older, more fuel efficient and insurance efficient car? Are you paying PIP premiums on your home mortgage that could be removed?

Watch every penny. (Notice whose picture is on the $100 bill? He was no fool.)

Hope this helps. Good luck and God bless you.

The best place to get someone to get finances straightened out?

fix finances

Yesterday I was asked a question:

Where is the best place to get someone to get my finances striaghtened out. Many years ago I went throught consumer credit – hubby had own bank account and blew all his money without my knowing it. I got that stopped in a hurry. CC was able to get us through. Then when my husband retired, his company totally screwed up his retirement ( eventhough it was in writing and they admitted a mistake) so half went to the IRS and his annuity is only 1/2 what he was to get.

I also suffered a heart attack that very next year and we moved which used his 401k. Well, after a couple years we were in trouble again and I made the mistake of going with “Jubilee” to reduce my debt. Yeah right! $250 fee every month, they were to handle everything but I got the collection letters and calls and they never contacted the companies. That hurt us worse than beggin to compromise direct with the companies! I did take them to the Attorney General and got back some of our money. So we then went to Consumer Credit (website) again and got help. I think one place we went wrong is that as soon as we got ahead I paid them off instead of putting the money aside.

Well, after a foreclosure on a home, two moves it has come around again. Yes this is a “don’t you learn?” story. I have the job I have always wanted and making good money. However, we lost the majority of the downpayment I had for a house with a mortgage broker that dragged us around for months in which I spent for 2 inspections, rent, storage and rent for my hubby to keep working in another state.

We ended up with a lease to own home. Love it but I had told them we could do $1000 a month but when the it came to getting the key they raised it to 1300. Hubby just got a job – so much for retirement and what really hurts if we have 3 years in Income taxes to pay. Sorry so long – I am sure others have been there. What do I do? We are supposed to buy this in October and I don’t know how – everything is late because of pay periods.


I guess I’ll be the first to give the standard ‘you have to keep track of your spending’ spiel.

But that said, welcome to the list.

I am currently involved with a company that designs a financial program for the handheld PC running windows mobile.

I understand that not everyone has one of these, but my theory on this is I take it everywhere I go, and if I could use a program to tap in how much money I spend whenever I spend it, that would give me a good idea on how much money I go through a day.

The rules of the software are simple.
A nice interface where you can quickly tpa in how much money you spent, as you are spending it. For instance. Say you stop at the coffee shop. Tap in $1.55 (that is how much mine is) and away you go. After a couple of weeks where you know how much money you’ve spent, you can start to reign it in.

With the hassle you’ve had with companies that are supposed to assist you, I would sugest that you attempt it on your own for a bit. At least until you get an idea on where you stand.

Deb has some great spreadsheets on the debtsteps website to help you track all kinds of things, I would suggest that you download those and begin assessing your situation.

Also, if you are afraid of purchasing this home in October, then by all means don’t do it. Either continue to rent or look for a place more in your price range. You may go ahead and purchase it, and then you will slowly dig yourself a hole and be in the same situation all over again.

But the first thing you need to do is write out all your payments you need in a month, and compare it to your income. This will give you an idea where you should start.

I hope this is a little helpful.

Collections question

Hello,

Hope everyone is having a good summer.

I took out a small payday loan in December of 2008 ($260). I paid on it for awhile, then fell behind. I communicated with the lender, who set up a plan for me to pay $25 every two weeks without further interest being added. Then I began having difficulty reaching the lender. I emailed and called, but received no response over a period of a few months. I presumed the company had gone out of business.

Yesterday a collection agency called me. They had bought the debt. I called the original lender, and this time was able to get through. They confirmed that I had made payments totalling $325.

My question is … what “rights” does the collection agency have at this point? I am probably going to have to pay them something, but they are asking for $425. I was able to get the original lender to send me an email confirming that I’d paid $325 on this debt.

I know the collections company will probably play hard ball, threaten to sue, etc.

What are my rights at this time? What can I do to ensure I don’t have to pay this collections company a large amount of money?

All of us have been in your shoes

Well, I guess the best response is all of us have been in your shoes at one point along the way. First the way I understand the credit repair companies, they can’t fix your problem, only you can fix it, and really the fact if you have good or bad credit is the least of your worries. I did the 5 day course by mevelopes, its free and you don’t have to buy the program. I also got the books, they helped to put it all it perspective, though a lot of the info you need is in the 5 day course and the downloads from this sight.

The first thing I did was find out what we had, assets, makes you feel a little better, then what we paid, in order of importance, utilities food gas for the cars are at top, clothes and going out to eat in the middle, credit card bills at the bottom, because I cut them up at didn’t need them anymore to live. I use to think as long as there was room on the credit card we were okay, that is so very wrong.

You will surprise yourself how much extra you spend when you are not keeping track. My husband jumped on board too, we have a basket on the dresser for all receipts and weekly I put them in to categories(on a piece of paper it doesn’t take much time after you set it up and no expense for a computer program/service) to know how much we have spent and how much we have left for the week, if there isn’t a receipt(ie candy from the vending machine) it goes on a little piece of paper in the basket.

I added up all the big boys (insurance, taxes, membership dues, medical deductibles) that we pay yearly in big chunks and divided that total by 12, every month that goes into savings until the month I need to pay them. No more surprises, and it surprised me how big that amount was. It is a commitment that is an everyday thing, you start to cut eventually, but you aren’t to that point yet, you have to figure out how much you spend first, and it is going to drive you crazy trying to figure it out, just write it all down and be truthful, it will hurt to, but you can fix it, the hard part was realizing you needed to do something to begin with. So good Luck.
Hope that helped.

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