Athens Credit & Debt Lawyer, Alabama


Joel P. Jaqubino

Banking & Finance, Bankruptcy, Corporate, Credit & Debt
Status:  In Good Standing           

Lisa M. McCormack

Bankruptcy, Contract, Credit & Debt, Criminal
Status:  In Good Standing           

Roberta Aileen Rodgers

Entertainment, Estate Planning, Insurance, Credit & Debt
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  18 Years

Kathryn Varner Davis

Credit & Debt, Bankruptcy
Status:  In Good Standing           
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Melissa W. Larsen

Bankruptcy & Debt, Consumer Bankruptcy, Credit & Debt, Bankruptcy
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  29 Years

Deanna Sasnette Smith

Litigation, State Appellate Practice, Business & Trade, Credit & Debt
Status:  In Good Standing           

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LEGAL TERMS

REDEMPTION

In Chapter 7 bankruptcy, when the debtor obtains legal title to collateral for a debt by paying the creditor the replacement value of the collateral in a lump s... (more...)
In Chapter 7 bankruptcy, when the debtor obtains legal title to collateral for a debt by paying the creditor the replacement value of the collateral in a lump sum. For example, a debtor may redeem a car note by paying the lender the amount a retail vendor would charge for the car, considering its age and condition.

REAFFIRMATION

An agreement that a debtor and a creditor enter into after a debtor has filed for bankruptcy, in which the debtor agrees to repay all or part of an existing deb... (more...)
An agreement that a debtor and a creditor enter into after a debtor has filed for bankruptcy, in which the debtor agrees to repay all or part of an existing debt after the bankruptcy case is over. For instance, a debtor might make a reaffirmation agreement with the holder of a car note that the debtor can keep the car and must continue to pay the debt after bankruptcy.

401(K) PLAN

A deferred compensation savings program in which employees invest part of their wages, sometimes along with employer contributions, to save on taxes. No income ... (more...)
A deferred compensation savings program in which employees invest part of their wages, sometimes along with employer contributions, to save on taxes. No income taxes on the amount invested and any earnings are due until the employee withdraws money from the fund.

LIABILITY

(1) The state of being liable--that is, legally responsible for an act or omission. Example:Peri hires Paul to fix a broken pipe in her bathroom, but the new pi... (more...)
(1) The state of being liable--that is, legally responsible for an act or omission. Example:Peri hires Paul to fix a broken pipe in her bathroom, but the new pipe bursts the day after Paul installs it, ruining the bathroom floor. This raises the issue of liability: Who is responsible for the damage? Peri claims that Paul is responsible, and sues him for the cost of hiring another plumber to fix the pipe and replacing the floor. Paul, in turn, claims that the pipe manufacturer is responsible, because they supplied him with faulty materials. Both Peri and Paul must prove their claims in court; if Paul and/or the manufacturer is found liable, one or both will have to pay damages to Peri. (2) Something for which a person is liable. For example, a debt is often called a liability.

GUARANTOR

A person who makes a legally binding promise to either pay another person's debt or perform another person's duty if that person defaults or fails to perform. T... (more...)
A person who makes a legally binding promise to either pay another person's debt or perform another person's duty if that person defaults or fails to perform. The guarantor gives a 'guaranty,' which is an assurance that the debt or other obligation will be fulfilled.

LIEN

The right of a secured creditor to grab a specific item of property if you don't pay a debt. Liens you agree to are called security interests, and include mortg... (more...)
The right of a secured creditor to grab a specific item of property if you don't pay a debt. Liens you agree to are called security interests, and include mortgages, home equity loans, car loans and personal loans for which you pledge property to guarantee repayment. Liens created without your consent are called nonconsensual liens, and include judgment liens (liens filed by a creditor who has sued you and obtained a judgment), tax liens and mechanics liens (liens filed by a contractor who worked on your house but wasn't paid).

FAIR DEBT COLLECTIONS & PRACTICES ACT (FDCPA)

A federal law that outlaws unfair debt collection practices, including lying, harassing, misleading and otherwise abusing debtors, by debt collectors working fo... (more...)
A federal law that outlaws unfair debt collection practices, including lying, harassing, misleading and otherwise abusing debtors, by debt collectors working for collection agencies. The law does not apply to creditors collecting their own debts. This law has greatly improved conditions for debtors, although more than a few debt collectors ignore the law. If a collection agency violates the law, debtors can contact the Federal Trade Commission for help.

COLLATERAL

Property that guarantees payment of a secured debt.

TRADE NAME

The official name of a business, the one it uses on its letterhead and bank account when not dealing with consumers.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

Woods v. SunTrust Bank

... In November 2005, SunTrust withdrew $1,899 from the Gilchrists' checking account to offset part of the delinquent equity-line-of-credit debt. ... In the spring of 2005, SunTrust began collection efforts on the delinquent equity-line-of-credit debt. ...

FEDERAL CREDIT, INC. v. Fuller

... "Greg Fuller alleges that a letter being sent to him via his employer seeking repayment of a debt defamed him. Although indebtedness may be defamatory, the fact that he owed Federal Credit... was absolutely true. Truth is an absolute defense to defamation. ...

Hunt v. FEDERATED FINANCIAL CORPORATION OF AMERICA

... Procedural History. On June 28, 2009, FFCA, which had allegedly been assigned a credit-card debt owed by Hunt, filed a complaint alleging that Hunt owed $19,796.57 plus accrued interest on that credit-card account and seeking a judgment in that amount against Hunt. ...