Bankruptcy Attorneys Stop Creditor Harassment in Montgomery and Fredrick County
Attorneys who know your rights and know how to protect those rights
The Fifth and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution basically guarantee that no citizen may be deprived of property without due process of law. In short, that is why the debt collectors send so many letters and make so many phone calls. The court process is a rather expensive and difficult process. Therefore, a creditor may do little other than to harass you into paying that overdue bill. Talk to our experienced credit harassment attorneys to discuss your rights.
What constitutes creditor or collection harassment?
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, largely administered by the Federal Trade Commission, contains a variety of rules that define creditor harassment. Some are axiomatic and well known while others are a bit more esoteric and unknown. Generally speaking, the following constitute creditor harassment:
- Misrepresenting the amount owed
- Adding any amount to the debt
- Using obscene language
- Calling repetitively
- Calling before 8:00 a.m. or after 9:00 p.m., or on Sundays
- Calling you at work
- Threatening to sue you, if no lawsuit is intended
- Disclosing the debt to a third party
At least one debt buyer violates at least one of these rules every day. However, because of the number of debt buyers and bill collectors, the federal government has a difficult time effectively regulating this industry.
How to get relief from creditor harassment
The moment your attorney files a voluntary bankruptcy petition, creditor contact with you becomes illegal. This automatic stay makes bankruptcy the most effective way to stop creditor harassment. Unless they apply for and obtain permission from the bankruptcy judge, creditors are unable to take any action against you for the duration of your bankruptcy.
A creditor may attempt to flaunt the court’s order and continue to harass you. The debt buyer may offer an excuse about lack of notice or a technical flaw. Your Rockville attorneys can file an action with the bankruptcy court to punish the debt buyer for violating the automatic stay. Generally speaking, judges take a very dim view of persons or entities that show contempt for the judge’s direct order or the bankruptcy laws
Facing mountains of debt can be stressful enough without the additional headache of constant harassment. If you feel over burdened by creditors hounding you about your mounting bills, one of our dedicated bankruptcy attorneys can help end the harassment and help you set up a plan to get back on a firm financial footing.
For your free initial consultation, call our Rockville bankruptcy lawyers who stand up to the debt buyers
At Wolff & Orenstein, LLC, our attorneys have more than 60 years of combined bankruptcy experience and are well known for their quality work in Frederick, Montgomery, Prince George’s County and throughout Maryland. Our lawyers are very much aware of what the debt buyers and creditors legally can and cannot do. For a complimentary initial consultation, contact our bankruptcy law firm at 240-670-4991 or online to discuss your case.