If you are getting phone calls from collection agencies that are getting out of hand in one way or another, you may want to discuss your situation with a bankruptcy lawyer. We serve clients in Salem, Roseburg, Medford, Klamath Falls, and numerous other cities in Oregon, and we also have offices in Washington. Many of our clients reach out to us because they simply cannot tolerate the nature of the collection calls that they are receiving, and we can always provide solutions.
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) spells out guidelines that collection agencies must abide by when they contact debtors. We should emphasize the fact that it is not applicable when a creditor is contacting you directly. The FDCPA protections do not apply until and unless the debts are handed over to a collection agency.
One of the provisions contained within the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act will provide you with immediate relief if you engage our firm to represent you. Once the collection agency is aware of the fact that you have legal representation, they cannot contact you directly; they would have to communicate with us. This is a very efficient way to get the collectors off your back as we work with you to develop a debt relief strategy.
Bankruptcy is going to be the right choice for many people who are struggling with a significant level of unmanageable debt. After you engage our services and the collection calls come to a halt, you could potentially file for bankruptcy. If you decide to go this route, you would get an automatic stay. This would temporarily stop most collection efforts, and this could apply to your original creditors as well as the collection agencies.
You would typically choose between a Chapter 7 and a Chapter 13. With a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, unsecured debts can be completely discharged, and you can go forward with a fresh start. A Chapter 13 bankruptcy is a reorganization that allows you to use your disposable income to pay back your debts, or a portion of your debts, over time. The form of bankruptcy that is right for you will depend upon the circumstances. In either event, the collection calls will cease, and you will be able to move on with your life free of debt collector harassment.
There is no reason to accept abuse from a collection agency representative who is stepping out of bounds. Help is just a phone call away, and our firm offers free case evaluations for people in Vancouver and Tacoma, Washington and just about everywhere in the state of Oregon. If you would like to reach out, you can give us a call right now at 1-800-682-9568.