Category Archives: Collections
Does the FDCPA Apply to Commercial Collections?
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) is a federal law regulating the behavior of debt collectors when attempting to collect a debt from consumers. The FDCPA prohibits certain types of conduct by debt collectors and gives consumers specific rights in dealing with debt collectors, including using abusive language and calling repeatedly or at… Read More »
How Many Times Can a Creditor Place a Levy on My Bank Account?
When a debtor owes a creditor money, there are many ways in which a creditor can collect what they owe. One of the most common methods is through a bank levy; however, a single levy does not always collect the full amount of a loan. At the Law Offices of Andrew Ritholz, our California… Read More »
Legal Actions I Can Take if a Friend Owes Me Money
Money and friendship can make a very awkward couple — and if you are in this scenario, please know that wanting to get back the money you are owed is not a bad thing. It’s a tough lesson to learn, but there are a variety of legal actions you can take if a friend… Read More »
5 Rules to Follow When Planning for Asset Protection
Asset protection consists of steps you can take to keep your vulnerable assets from being seized by creditors if they obtain a money judgment against you. You already have certain assets that are exempt, such as home equity subject to state law, as well as other items of personal property. But you can protect… Read More »
Pre-Collection Services from Third Party Debt Collectors
Debt collection is a billion dollar industry. Debts generated from credit card accounts or loan services are often sold to third party collection agencies at huge discounts who then attempt to collect the debt by various means. By the use of phone calls and/or letters to consumers who owe the obligations, third party collectors… Read More »
My Roommate Won’t Pay Me
When a roommate has not paid his or her share of the rent, one might be inclined to think that only that roommate will suffer the consequences. However, this is not usually the case. More often than not, any and all roommates are 100% responsible for all of the rent at all times under… Read More »
What Do I Do When Insurance Won’t Cover My Injury?
When a driver causes a vehicle accident, the injured driver’s insurance company pays for the damages and injuries, and then collects from the responsible party’s insurance company. The insurance company will only pay for the coverage purchased by the insurance holder. California has low insurance requirements, as shown below, which can lead to an… Read More »
Legal Domestication of Foreign Debts
Domestication of a debt refers to the process of getting a California court to recognize and enforce an out-of-state judgment or sister-state judgment or a judgement from a foreign country. Domesticating foreign debts are handled differently than domesticating out of state or sister-state judgments. Unfortunately, the United States has no reciprocal treaty with any… Read More »
The Insurance Company Denied My Claim. Is There Anything I can Do?
Many injured claimants feel that they can save themselves thousands of dollars in legal expenses by handling their own claims and negotiating with the insurer for the party who allegedly caused their injury accident. They gather the documents needed, including medical bills and reports, paystubs if they have a lost earnings claim, and perhaps… Read More »
Should I Trust my Geico or Allstate Adjuster or Should I Get a Second Opinion/Quote?
On many occasions, your Geico or other auto claims adjuster will give you a reasonable quote for your property damage following an accident. Most adjusters, however, have little to no training in determining the market value of your car or the cost of repairs. They will either refer to an established source such as… Read More »