Tyler residents approaching their golden years would like to be able to look forward to a well-deserved retirement. This time in one's life is meant to be spent enjoying each day as it comes, spending time with family -- perhaps children and grandchildren -- and appreciating a slower, simpler lifestyle. Unfortunately, as many are still carrying significant debt later in life, the question arises as to whether one's Social Security retirement benefits could be garnished by a collection agency.
Tyler residents are fortunate to enjoy the protection of robust laws protecting against unscrupulous efforts to collect debts. When it seems that creditors' rights take precedence over just about any other concern, it is important to understand just what these protections entail, whether at the state level - as we reviewed previously - or at the federal level.
Tyler residents struggling to manage their debt are likely familiar with the types of tactics employed by collection agencies. On the one hand, creditors' rights do include attempting to contact the debtor (within certain limits) and perhaps even selling one's debt to a third-party company to collect. But both state and federal laws regulate the practice of collecting debt. Let's take a look at these two levels of legal protection -- as a general background on the subject only, not specific legal advice.
Texas debtors who are facing a litany of issues due to financial struggles might feel overwhelmed. Once their debts have reached the juncture at which they can no longer pay them, it is inevitable that the collection calls will begin. This only compounds the fear that a debtor will need to address in addition to the financial woes. Fortunately, there are alternatives to put a stop to these calls and get back on better financial footing.
Some Tyler residents struggle with debt for most of their lives. Some may even pass away with significant debt, especially in the case of medical bills incurred late in life. The prospect leaves many wondering what happens to one's debt after death.
Filing for bankruptcy, as we discussed previously on our Tyler Texas bankruptcy law blog, provides consumers with protection against their creditors' efforts to collect on their debts. This protection is known as the automatic stay. While it's a powerful benefit, its protection is not absolute. Let's look at some situations where the automatic stay does not trump your creditors' rights.
When Tyler residents file for bankruptcy - whether Chapter 7, Chapter 13 or another form of protection - they gain the immediate benefit of the automatic stay. The automatic stay halts efforts to collect on your debt while the bankruptcy proceeds through the court. This is a powerful tool for consumers, but it's important to understand the limitations of the automatic stay as well as creditors' rights with regards to the automatic stay.
The professionals at the Law Office of Gordon Mosley have decades of experience protecting the legal rights of Tyler residents struggling with consumer debt. During this time we have seen all manner of collection techniques, among the most concerning of which can be creditor lawsuits.
Tyler residents struggling with consumer debt may be familiar with some of the tactics that debt collectors use. These all too often cross the line from the legitimate exercise of creditors' rights into harassment, even threats. Making matters even more complicated and disturbing is the fact that the information about one's debt relied upon by collectors may be incorrect or even completely made up.
Sometimes, Tyler residents struggling financially reach a point where it feels like they have no control. The tactics that creditors use against you feel invasive, demoralizing and infuriating and it seems they can get away with just about anything they want.