Midland Funding and what to do if you are served.

Midland Funding is a big debt buyer and they typically buy deficiencies on cars that were repossessed, sold, or turned in. They buy the debt for 3 cents on the dollar and pay attorneys contingency fees to try to collect it. If you receive a law suit from them and they serve you, I can give you advice as it regards bankruptcy or trying to work out a settlement. Don’t roll over and let them get a default judgment and collect it via wage garnishment of a lien on real property. Fight back through aggressive representation and pay them a lot less than what they claim. A deficiency is an unsecured debt and will be treated the same way in bankruptcy as any other unsecured debt. Don’t let there aggressive tactics back you into a corner. Know your rights.

Frequently Asked Questions: Debt Consolidation in California
How does debt consolidation affect credit scores?

Initially, it might cause a slight dip due to credit inquiries. However, consistent payments can improve your credit score over time.

What is the difference between debt consolidation and debt settlement?

Debt consolidation involves taking a new loan to pay off debts, while debt settlement is negotiating to pay less than you owe. Settlement can negatively impact your credit score.

What are secured vs. unsecured debt consolidation loans?

Secured loans require collateral (like a house or car), usually with lower interest rates. Unsecured loans don't require collateral but typically have higher rates.

Is debt consolidation right for me?

It depends on your total debt, interest rates, credit score, and payment capability. It's suitable if you can pay off your debt within five years and secure a lower interest rate than your current debts.

Should I consider long-term financial planning?

Yes, debt consolidation should be part of a broader financial strategy including budgeting, cutting expenses, and building an emergency fund.

How do Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies in California differ?

Chapter 7 involves liquidating assets to pay off debts, while Chapter 13 allows debt restructuring over a set period, usually three to five years.

Can my spouse's bank account be garnished for my debt?

Bankruptcy laws offer protections against such actions, but specifics depend on individual cases and state laws.

How can I learn more about my options?

Consulting a California bankruptcy attorney can provide clarity. Firms like The Law Offices of Christopher Hewitt offer free consultations to explore debt relief paths.

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