A creditor is not allowed to contact a person who has hired an attorney to represent them regarding the debt. Communications with a represented person is a violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), which is discussed below.
Filing a bankruptcy will initiate the “automatic stay.” This will immediately stop all pending collection against the person who filed for bankruptcy. Lawsuits will be placed on hold pending the outcome of the bankruptcy. Foreclosures will be stopped pending the outcome of the bankruptcy. Bank levies will become part of the bankruptcy estate and potentially returned to the person who filed bankruptcy. Wage garnishments will stop and money garnished shortly before filing bankruptcy will become part of the bankruptcy estate and potentially returned to the person who filed bankruptcy. Repossession might be reversed or completely stopped.
Debt collectors can be overly aggressive and their tactics can be deplorable. The FDCPA was enacted to protect consumers from debt collection harassment. A violation of the FDCPA may subject the debt creditor to monetary damages. A lawsuit for an FDCPA violation carries a potential liability maximum of $1,000 per proceeding.
Common violations include:
There are other ways to violate the FDCPA. The FDCPA is a federal act, but California has enacted the Rosenthal Act to provide even further protections to its residents.
Interested in learning more about how to stop debt collections? Feel free to contact Sacramento bankruptcy attorneys to set up a free initial meeting. Our attorneys walk clients through the entire process. We are also well equipped to handle FDCPA violations.
By: Trevor Carson
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United States Bankruptcy Courts – Bankruptcies are filed in federal courts. Here is a link to the federal courts website for bankruptcies.
United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District – A link to the bankruptcy court in Sacramento.