iOS app Android app

Collection Agencies

Debt and the Deceased: How Should Spouses and Heirs Proceed?

Jason Alderman | Posted 04.01.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

Anyone can die leaving debt behind. Spouses and families should help prepare or revise estate plans to address current credit issues and create an action plan for the possibility of remaining debt after the borrower dies.

Reflecting on Rescuing Stranded Starfish and Abolishing Medical Debt

Jerry Ashton | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Jerry Ashton

What was it like to open up a letter announcing that the burden of a large medical debt had been taken away? "I was dumbfounded," replies Terrance Lavalle, referring to a letter he received in November from Occupy Wall Street's working group, "The Rolling Jubilee."

Strange Bedfellows: Occupy Wall Street and the Bill Collector!

Jerry Ashton | Posted 11.14.2012 | Business
Jerry Ashton

OWS is certainly muscling (buying?) its way in, but with a "business" model that collection agencies and debt buyers would not have entertained in a lifetime.

Fake Collectors Use Payday Lender Info To Scare People Into Paying Debts They Don't Owe

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.27.2012 | Business

Another day, another story of debt collectors acting shady. Some California residents recently started getting threatening calls from fake debt col...

Woman Wins $10 Millon From Debt Collectors In Court, Can't Collect

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.26.2012 | Business

One woman is having trouble getting a debt collector to fork over its debt to her. Diana Mey, a West Virginia housewife, won an eight-figure court...

Debt Collectors Want To Be Your Friend On Facebook

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.24.2012 | Business

Your Facebook profile can and will be used against you. A recent segment on KDVR, the Fox affiliate for Denver, reminds us that collection agencie...

Breast Cancer Survivor Jailed Over Accidental $280 Medical Bill

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 04.23.2012 | Business

In the latest example of aggressive debt collector tactics, an Illinois woman found herelf jailed over a bill she didn’t even owe in the first place...

Return Of The Debtors' Prison?

Posted 12.13.2011 | Chicago

Some Illinois residents struggling to pay off their debt have yet another thing to worry about: getting thrown in jail. As WBEZ reports, creditors...

Losing at the Credit Score Game

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

It is not easy to get people to take a hard look at themselves. Addiction to credit is like addiction to anything else: people usually won't get help until they bottom out.

City To Deploy Debt Collectors As Budget Gap Grows

Chicago Tribune | Dan Mihalopoulos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The same bill collectors who pester debtors on behalf of credit-card companies are being recruited by Chicago City Hall to go after anybody who owes m...

Arthur Delaney

Debt Collection Boss: "Business Is Brisk"

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

John Nemo says the notion that debt collectors are capitalist vultures who profit off other folks' struggles is a "stereotype." Nemo is a spokesman ...