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Defending a Credit Card Lawsuit

If you are drowning in credit card debt but you want to avoid filing a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 case, we can help you discover the wide variety of defenses that may be available to you.

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It is imperative that you contact us as soon as possible because there is a strict deadline for submitting these defenses or they will be deemed to have been waived. Below are a few examples of defenses that may be available to you in a debt collection or credit card lawsuit:

  • Improper service. The law requires a creditor to follow strict requirements when serving you with a lawsuit. If you can establish that service of process to you was invalid, it is a valid defense.
  • Statute of limitations. A credit card company has a deadline for filing the lawsuit to collect the debt from you. If the statute of limitations for collecting the debt has expired, the lawsuit can be dismissed.
  • Standing. It is common for credit card debt to be sold to debt collectors or debt buyers, so it is also common for the supporting loan documentation to not get transferred properly. In other words, if the creditor cannot prove that it owes the debt, the lawsuit can be dismissed.
  • Discharge. If you filed a prior Chapter 7 of Chapter 13 bankruptcy case and included the collector’s debt in your filing and it was discharged by the court, the collection lawsuit is prohibited.
  • Identity fraud. If your identity was stolen or the debt does not belong to you, it can be a valid defense.
  • Accounting error. If you can prove that the plaintiff has sued you for an incorrect amount, you have a valid defense. This may include the creditor failing to properly apply your payments or charging fees you do not owe.
  • Abusive tactics. If a debt collector that has illegally harassed you or been abusive in its attempts to collect the debt from you, you can file a counterclaim seeking to recover monetary damages.

Contact a Brevard County Bankruptcy Attorney at Faro & Crowder, PA

If you are interested in learning more about how a bankruptcy filing will impact your debt, contact Faro Crowder, PA to schedule an appointment. We are located in Melbourne, Florida on Sarno Road and serve residents and businesses of the Space Coast and Brevard County.

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How Can You Defend a Foreclosure Lawsuit?

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There was a time when homeowners had few defenses available when it came to foreclosure actions. However, times have changed and now there are numerous defenses that allow a homeowner to successfully defend a foreclosure lawsuit. Below are a few examples:

  • Unfair mortgage terms. If a provision of your mortgage loan “shocks the conscience” of the court, you have a valid defense to the foreclosure action. We can review when your mortgage was signed and the circumstances surrounding it to determine whether there are unconscionable terms in your loan agreement.
  • Insufficient documentation. As soon as your lender begins threatening a foreclosure lawsuit, you should request that your lender proves it owns the mortgage. Most mortgages are assigned numerous times and it is common for errors to occur in the documentation. You have a valid defense if the plaintiff seeking to foreclose your home does not have the proper paperwork to support the action.
  • Active military. There are special protections afforded to active duty service-members. For example, The Service Members Relief Act (SCRA) allows military personnel a nine month postponement if the foreclosure lawsuit is initiated while they are on active duty.
  • Unfair lending practices. If your mortgage lender violated the law in extending your loan to you, it is a valid defense to a foreclosure lawsuit.
  • Procedural requirements. You may be able to defend a foreclosure suit if the lender failed to follow certain procedural requirements.
  • Personal bankruptcy. When you file a bankruptcy, all collection efforts against you (including the foreclosure) must come to a stop. This may only provide temporary relief, but it will give you time to understand all of your available options, as well as negotiate with your lender.

Don’t assume you cannot defend a foreclosure lawsuit! Let us review your individual circumstances and help you understand what defenses are available to you. Contact the skilled attorneys at Faro & Crowder to schedule a free consultation.

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