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John Flanders Kennedy

Litigation, Corporate, Bankruptcy, Personal Injury
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Cater C. Thompson

Real Estate, Equine, Credit & Debt, Bankruptcy
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Danny L. Akin

Bankruptcy, Bankruptcy & Debt
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Robert Michael Matson

Immigration, Social Security, Estate, Bankruptcy, Bankruptcy & Debt
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Thomas C. James

Federal Trial Practice, Criminal, Antitrust, Bankruptcy
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  49 Years

L. Wayne Gilleland

Workers' Compensation, Elder Law, Insurance, Bankruptcy
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Matthew Stewart Cathey

Construction, Immigration, Business, Commercial Bankruptcy, Medical Malpractice
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Blake Edwin Lisenby

Real Estate, Litigation, Business, Bankruptcy
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Kenneth Ronald Smith

Federal Trial Practice, Criminal, Insurance, Consumer Bankruptcy
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Ward Stone

Mediation, Wrongful Termination, Business & Trade, Business, Bankruptcy
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LEGAL TERMS

COLLECTION AGENCY

A company hired by a creditor to collect a debt that it is owed. Creditors typically hire a collection agency only after they have made efforts to collect the d... (more...)
A company hired by a creditor to collect a debt that it is owed. Creditors typically hire a collection agency only after they have made efforts to collect the debt themselves, typically through letters (called 'dunning' letters) and telephone calls. Collection agencies are regulated by the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Unfortunately, too many collectors ignore this law.

PRIORITY DEBT

A type of debt that is paid first if there are distributions made from the bankruptcy estate in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, and must be paid in full in a Chapter 13... (more...)
A type of debt that is paid first if there are distributions made from the bankruptcy estate in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, and must be paid in full in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Priority debts include alimony and child support, fees owed to the trustee and the attorney in the bankruptcy case, and wages owed to employees.

FRATERNAL BENEFIT SOCIETY BENEFITS

These are benefits, often group life insurance, paid for by fraternal societies to their members. Elks, Masons or Knights of Columbus are common fraternal socie... (more...)
These are benefits, often group life insurance, paid for by fraternal societies to their members. Elks, Masons or Knights of Columbus are common fraternal societies that provide benefits. Also called benefit society, benevolent society or mutual aid association benefits. Under bankruptcy laws, these benefits are virtually always considered exempt property.

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.

CREDIT REPORT

An account of your credit history, prepared by a credit bureau. A credit report will contain both credit history, such as what you owe to whom and whether you m... (more...)
An account of your credit history, prepared by a credit bureau. A credit report will contain both credit history, such as what you owe to whom and whether you make the payments on time, as well as personal history, such as your former addresses, employment record and lawsuits in which you have been involved. An estimated 50% of all credit reports contain errors, such as accounts that don't belong to you, an incorrect account status or information reported that is older than seven years (ten years in the case of a bankruptcy).

SECURED DEBT

A debt on which a creditor has a lien. The creditor can institute a foreclosure or repossession to take the property identified by the lien, called the collater... (more...)
A debt on which a creditor has a lien. The creditor can institute a foreclosure or repossession to take the property identified by the lien, called the collateral, to satisfy the debt if you default. Compare unsecured debt.

SETOFF

A claim made by someone who allegedly owes money, that the amount should be reduced because the other person owes him money. This is often raised in a countercl... (more...)
A claim made by someone who allegedly owes money, that the amount should be reduced because the other person owes him money. This is often raised in a counterclaim filed by a defendant in a lawsuit. Banks may try to exercise a setoff by taking money out of a deposit account to satisfy past due payments on a loan or credit card bill. Such an act is illegal under most circumstances.

FAIR CREDIT BILLING ACT (FCBA)

A federal law that gives you rights when an error occurs on your credit card statement. You must notify the credit card company of the mistake within 60 days af... (more...)
A federal law that gives you rights when an error occurs on your credit card statement. You must notify the credit card company of the mistake within 60 days after it mailed the bill to you. The company must then correct the mistake, or at least acknowledge receipt of your letter within 30 days, and must correct the error within 90 days or explain why it believes the credit card statement is correct.

ACCORD AND SATISFACTION

An agreement to settle a contract dispute by accepting less than what's due. This procedure is often used by creditors who want to cut their losses by collectin... (more...)
An agreement to settle a contract dispute by accepting less than what's due. This procedure is often used by creditors who want to cut their losses by collecting as much money as they can from debtors who cannot pay the full amount.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

Duke Galish, LLC v. Manton

... brought this tort action against appellees John P. Manton, his wife LaRose Manton, and the Bank of North Georgia in which they alleged that the appellees had conspired to inflate their secured claims in a bankruptcy proceeding, thereby thwarting appellants' contract for the ...

Pechin v. Lowder

... Prior to the accident at issue, the Lowders had filed a 431 Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition, but failed to amend their disclosures after the accident to include the contingent claim against Pechin and Kauffman Tire as an asset. ...

Merritt v. State

... victim was planning to purchase. The victim believed they would qualify for a loan when in fact, Merritt was in Chapter 13 bankruptcy and was delinquent in paying loans secured by land the victim gave her. The victim did not ...