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John M. Adelstein Lawyer

John M. Adelstein

Bankruptcy & Debt, Bankruptcy, Collection, Credit & Debt, Reorganization

Jon M. Adelstein has an established track record of helping financially challenged consumer and business clients in Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia... (more)

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David E. Edwards

Antitrust, Corporate, Business Organization, Credit & Debt, Directors & Officers
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Joan C. Rosoff

Business Organization, Credit & Debt, Foreclosure, Lending, Merger & Acquisition
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Joseph Gibbons

Bankruptcy, Corporate, Credit & Debt, Insurance
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Dawn L. Vahey

Credit & Debt
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Kim Kocher

Credit & Debt, Insurance, Land Use & Zoning, Litigation, Medical Malpractice
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Thomas M. Pinney

Bankruptcy, Commercial Banks, Credit & Debt
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Steven E. Ostrow

Bankruptcy, Corporate, Credit & Debt, Foreclosure, Landlord-Tenant
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Teresa Brady

Bankruptcy, Collection, Commercial Bankruptcy, Consumer Bankruptcy, Credit & Debt
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Daniel J. de Luca

Class Action, Collection, Commercial Insurance, Complex Litigation, Credit & Debt
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LEGAL TERMS

FDCPA

See Fair Debt Collections & Practices Act.

DOING BUSINESS AS (DBA)

A situation in which a business owner operates a company under a name different from his or her real name. The owner must file a 'fictitious name statement' or ... (more...)
A situation in which a business owner operates a company under a name different from his or her real name. The owner must file a 'fictitious name statement' or similar document with the appropriate agency -- for example, the county clerk. This enables consumers to discover the names of the business owners, which is important if a consumer needs to sue the business.

C CORPORATION

Common business slang to distinguish a corporation whose profits are taxed separate from its owners under subchapter C of the Internal Revenue Code, from an S c... (more...)
Common business slang to distinguish a corporation whose profits are taxed separate from its owners under subchapter C of the Internal Revenue Code, from an S corporation, whose profits are passed through to shareholders and taxed on their personal returns under subchapter S of the Internal Revenue Code.

NO-FAULT INSURANCE

Car insurance laws that require the insurance companies of each person in an accident to pay for medical bills and lost wages of their insured, up to a certain ... (more...)
Car insurance laws that require the insurance companies of each person in an accident to pay for medical bills and lost wages of their insured, up to a certain amount, regardless of who was at fault. The effect of no-fault insurance laws is to eliminate lawsuits in small accidents. The advantage is the prompt payment of medical bills and expenses. The downsides are that the amounts paid by no-fault policies are often not enough to fully cover a person's losses and that no-fault does not compensate for pain and suffering.

FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT (FLSA)

A federal law that guarantees a worker's right to be paid fairly. The FLSA defines the 40-hour workweek, sets out the federal minimum wage, states requirements ... (more...)
A federal law that guarantees a worker's right to be paid fairly. The FLSA defines the 40-hour workweek, sets out the federal minimum wage, states requirements for overtime and places restrictions on child labor.

CREDIT FILE

See credit report.

CONSUMER CREDIT COUNSELING SERVICE (CCCS)

A national non-profit agency that, at no cost, helps debtors plan budgets and repay their debts. One major criticism of CCCS is that each office is primarily fu... (more...)
A national non-profit agency that, at no cost, helps debtors plan budgets and repay their debts. One major criticism of CCCS is that each office is primarily funded by voluntary donations from the creditors that receive payments from debtors repaying their debts through that office. Despite this criticism, most CCCS counselors provide clients with thorough and neutral advice.

S CORPORATION

A term that describes a profit-making corporation organized under state law whose shareholders have applied for and received subchapter S corporation status fro... (more...)
A term that describes a profit-making corporation organized under state law whose shareholders have applied for and received subchapter S corporation status from the Internal Revenue Service. Electing to do business as an S corporation lets shareholders enjoy limited liability status, as would be true of any corporation, but be taxed like a partnership or sole proprietor. That is, instead of being taxed as a separate entity (as would be the case with a regular or C corporation) an S corporation is a pass-through tax entity: income taxes are reported and paid by the shareholders, not the S corporation. To qualify as an S corporation a number of IRS rules must be met, such as a limit of 75 shareholders and citizenship requirements.

UNSECURED DEBT

A debt that is not tied to any item of property. A creditor doesn't have the right to grab property to satisfy the debt if you default. The creditor's only reme... (more...)
A debt that is not tied to any item of property. A creditor doesn't have the right to grab property to satisfy the debt if you default. The creditor's only remedy is to sue you and get a judgment. Compare secured debt.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

Biese v. Biese

... 10 In Issue A(2), Husband asserts that all of the parties' credit card debt should not have been apportioned to him. According to Husband, if the Master's goal was a 50/50 split of the marital estate, he should have assigned half of the $10,584.00 credit card debt to Wife. ...

DEBT SETTLEMENT USA, INC. v. Kaplan

... Act 117 also defines "debt settlement services" as: [a]n action or negotiation made on behalf of a consumer with that consumer's creditors for the purpose of the creditor forgiving part or all of the principal of the debt incurred or credit extended to that consumer. ...

Commonwealth Financial Systems, Inc. v. Smith

... ("CFS") appeals from the judgment entered in favor of Ms. Larry Smith ("Ms. Smith") in this action to collect a credit card debt. [1] We affirm. ... By March 2002, Ms. Smith was approximately $2,000 in debt on her credit card account. CFS buys and collects debts. ...