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Disputing Collections

Tips and Tools for Disputing Collections

You can fight back against debt collectors and the harassment and abuse that is frequently used in their efforts to collect money from you! If you need immediate legal help find an experienced fair debt lawyer now who can advise you of your rights. Or use our free forms below. Knowledge is power, research your rights under state Fair Debt Collection Laws and don’t be a victim of debt collector’s illegal tactics any longer!

You just received a call from a collector who was rude, obnoxious and very abusive to you and now you’re both scared and angry! You’re looking for help understanding your rights and you want to know how to Fight Back to protect yourself and…your family!

Disputing Debt Collections

IMPORTANT:In order to protect your rights under the FDCPA, you must place debt collection accounts in “disputed status” as soon as bill collectors or debt collection agencies contact you about debts that you believe are invalid, inaccurate or don’t belong to you!

Use the information on this site and free sample letters below to deal with unfair and illegal collection tactics. Put bill collectors on notice that you know your rights and will use them to stop their illegal harassment and abuse!

Stop Collection Cold!
The debt is not valid yet debt collectors continue to harass and abuse you! Learn how to fight back and stop their abuse!

Stop Calling Me Letter
Use this sample letter to “officially” inform debt collectors to cease and desist calling you at home, at work or any other location.

Initial Dispute Letter
Dispute letter for responding to a debt collector’s initial call or letter according to the FDCPA.

Follow-up Dispute Letter
Dispute letter for when collectors fail to respond to your initial dispute letter.

Debt Payment Agreement Letter
Use this letter to outline payment offers when you do not dispute the debt and wish to make payments you can afford!

Debt Settlement Letter
Use this letter when you wish to settle a debt for less than collectors are demanding.

Expired SoL Notification Letter
When the Statue of Limitations (SoL) to enforce a debt has expired, use this letter to inform collectors and creditors.

Mailing & Record-keeping Instructions
Accurate records win lawsuits! Use these mailing and record-keeping instructions when corresponding with collectors and creditors.

Payment Termination and Refusal to Pay Letter
When collectors no longer accept your previously agreed upon payments, use this letter to terminate the relationship.

Script for When Collectors Call
Rather be caught off-guard, use this script when collectors call demanding payments.

Are you experiencing a loss of income; a job loss or disability or a recent separation or divorce? Maybe you just lost a loved one; your only source of income. Perhaps a family member has been ill and medical bills are piling up? Whatever the reason for your current financial situation, sometimes paying our debts is just not possible!

When life knocks us down, that’s when collection calls can be the most disturbing. When those calls come in, the only way to protect yourself and keep your sanity, is to understand your rights under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

The worst time is when you’re broke and your self-esteem has been battered and bruised. Because unscrupulous and unprofessional collectors take advantage of your phycological state of mind when they call about overdue debts Congress was forced to pass the FDCPA to protect consumers against abusive and unfair collection tactics.

Disputing debts is mandatory whenever you believe the debt to be invalid! For instance, you do not believe the debt is yours or the amount collectors claim you owe is incorrect, or you’ve already paid the debt off or the statute of limitations to enforce the debt has expired. Disputing collections, AKA dunning notices, is mandatory

The FDCPA gives you the right to dispute debts and even inform collectors that you refuse to pay a debt! BUT, you must do so in writing! Use the free disputing collection letters on this site or draft your own to send your initial dispute of a consumer debt to collection agencies.
IMPORTANT: Keep accurate records of all correspondence, including copies of debt collection and letters along with your dispute letters. It’s vital to keep everything, even the envelopes that dunning letters arrive in. If possible, tape record all collection phone calls but ALWAYS inform the caller that you’re taping the call and keep messages left on answering machines too.

Rules for dealing with debt collectors who use unfair and illegal collection tactics:

  • Don’t be intimidated – you have rights!
  • Get everything in writing BEFORE paying AND keep accurate records!
  • Remember, you decide on payment amounts and intervals NOT the collector!
  • Do not let harassment and abusive treatment by debt collectors go unreported!
  • You DO NOT have to pay by post-dated checks or automatic withdrawals!
  • Don’t let collectors bully you into payment agreements that you simply cannot afford!
  • When caught off-guard ask for a call-back in a hour, so you can GATHER YOUR THOUGHTS

If you believe you are a victim of unfair or illegal debt collection tactics, submit your information to a FREE* Fair Debt Lawyer by:

The debt collector may just be liable to you for statutory damages of up to $1,000, plus any actual damages suffered, plus attorney fees!

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