Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Debt Collectors

As I write this, I continue to observe some very challenging financial times for both our clients and all New Jersey consumers, especially as it relates to debt collectors.

New alarming data suggests that 1 in 3 working families is near poverty.  One recent article described some of the extreme collection tactics presently being used by the IRS against those really struggling to pay their taxes.  The IRS has also increased the number of liens they are filing, often in situations where collectability is both difficult and questionable for the taxpayer.  Another recent disturbing article described a collection agency that set up bogus court rooms, complete with fake judges to trick consumers into paying debts!  Reading this story really disturbed my sense of fairness as a lawyer and advocate for those who are really struggling in these tough times.

It is important to have all collection paperwork, both legal and non-legal carefully reviewed to evaluate what in some cases may be both illegitimate and fraudulent.  We are happy to answer any questions you have.

Let me know what you think about this.

Lee M. Perlman, Esquire

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