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Sep 16, 2014

CREDITORS AND DEBT COLLECTORS MUST COMPLY WITH THE FEDERAL FDCPA (DEBT COLLECTION FAIR PRACTICE LAW OR FACE A LAWSUIT).

OUr modern world is filled with scammers and debt collectors who hassle you at all hours of the day, and who seek to collect on debts alleged to be owed.  Some debt collectors have valid and legitimate claims to collect, while others may have "purchased your bad debt" for pennies on the dollar and are now seeking to collect what they can on that debt.  There are also doctors and hospital bills seeking to collect debts for medical bills (often over-priced, and often you never know what they charges are going to be in advance) then they just want to collect whatever they can from you.

Well at our firm we scrutinine the activities of these debt collectors.  We make them do their homework and we make them "validate the debt." under the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act ("FDCPA").

This is a federal law that requires any debt collector (who is seeking to collect on a debt incurred due to family, household, or personal purpose) and who is collecting the alleged debt ON BEHALF OF ANOTHER COMPANY.

 When doctors, and lawyers, and credit card companies (and also loan servicers who collect debts from borrowers when the loan was purchased after it was in default) employ debt collectors to collect funds they are alleged owed, you owe it to yourself to demand that they immediately VALIDATE THE DEBT IN WRITING.  Fighting with a debt collector over the phone is not going to get you anywhere.

 Validation of the debt will do a few things:

1.  Get the proof that you owe money (such as invoices, so you can verify whether or not you paid the bill)

2.  You will get the name and number of the debt collector so you can look them up.  For example, check them out on the Better Business Bureau to see if they are legit, or a scam copmany (we have seen scammers come in all shapes and sizes and look legitimate when they are not).  How do you know the "debt collector" is not some dude sitting in his underwear in a small tent in another country.  How do you know?

Trusting without verifying is often one of the biggest mistakes people can make when dealing with debt collectors.

3.  The letter sent to you from the debt collection company could contain common FDCPA violations.  This means, they credit collector would then be in a position to answer a federal debt collection lawsuit wherein you, as Plaintiff, can seek up to $1,000 dollars in damages.  We take these cases on a contingency fee basis.

In the event a settlement of the debt (assuming its valid cannot be reacched) you have a legal right to sue the debt collector in Federal Court seeking money damages. For creditors who do not know how to comply with the FDCPA, this is how you turn the tables on them

Listen to Attorney Steve and his wife Lisa discuss this important consumer rights topic.  In appropriate cases, we may need to file a consumer class action lawsuit.

MORE INFORMATION ON FDCPA

Call us at (877) 276-5084.  Or visit our website at Vondran Legal.  We hope you enjoy the show and we look forward to working with you!  If you have any questions about the FDCPA call our debt collection hotline listed above.

 

 

 

 

 

Aug 16, 2014

Do you need to have a .com real estate name to "be in the game."  Can you go with some of the other extensions?  Attorney Steve and an "injured" Frontline Lisee discuss the topic of real estate domain names.

Aug 13, 2014

Steve and Lisa Vondran, husband and wife, have a post-dinner conversation about Robin Williams suicide.  Lisa believes Williams may have been sending a message with his suicide.  Attorney Steve disagrees and wants more facts.

Jun 27, 2014

Attorney Steve discusses the new mantra's for business and brand building:

1. There are two types of businesses (those that buy leads and those that general leads)

2.  There are three types of people/businesses: 

a.   Those that "make" the news

b.   Those that "break" the news

c.   Those that "partake" in the news

You need to understand these roles

3.  The four new business mantras in the digital universe:

a.   Publish or perish

b. Connnect or collapse

c.  Build fans and followers base (audience)

d.  Get reviews or be yesterdays news

Listen to this amazing podacast on how to master your digital domain.

 

 

 

Jun 23, 2014

This episode discsusses cancellation of the Washingto Redskins federal trademarks in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) a division of the United States Patenbt and Trademark Office (USPTO).  What were the grounds for the cancellation?  Will the Redksins appeal?  Can you start selling Washington Redskins stuff online?

Here is a video we did on can I sell Washington Redskins logo merchandise

 

Mar 9, 2014

If you are a lawyer and you are not using AVVO.com to build your ranking and try to drive leads, you are basically out of the game.  AVVO is a pretty good site and I don't think its going anywhere.  Listed to Attorney Steve, the real estate lawyer, discuss how he uses Avvo and some geenral tips to boost your ranking!

 

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Mar 1, 2014

Here is a list of the top twelve traits of successful real estate salespeople as compiled by my wife, my friend (a recruiter of sales people) and Attorney Steve.

This is a general list of charachteristics we have seen in successful people.

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 You can follow this show online at http://www.attorneysteveshow.com.  

To get the FREE APP so you can listen to the show on your iTunes go here: (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/attorney-steve-show/id336350951?mt=8) or

FREE APP on Android is here (http://www.amazon.com/Wizzard-Media-Attorney-Steve-Show/dp/B00D8JV8N8).  

Visit our internet law page at Internet Lawyer.

For our eBusiness & Social Media law channel go here eBUsiness TV

 

 

 

 

Feb 28, 2014

New domain names are hitting the marketplace. If you missed out on the great .com domain names for your real estate company, the .guru domain extension may save the day.  Listen in as attorney steve talks about some possible uses of the .guru domain name.

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 You can follow this show online at http://www.attorneysteveshow.com.  

To get the FREE APP so you can listen to the show on your iTunes go here: (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/attorney-steve-show/id336350951?mt=8) or

FREE APP on Android is here (http://www.amazon.com/Wizzard-Media-Attorney-Steve-Show/dp/B00D8JV8N8).  

Visit our internet law page at Internet Lawyer.

For our eBusiness & Social Media law channel go here eBUsiness TV

 

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