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David S. Osterman, Esquire

Appointments are available Tuesday and Thursday evenings and on Saturday mornings.

40 Bay Street
Manchester, New Hampshire 03104

Tel: 603-626-5450
Toll Free: 866-855-2999
Fax: 603-626-5453

Debt COLLECTORS ARE REQUIRED TO:

Identify themselves and notify the consumer, in every communication, that the communication is from a debt collector, and in the initial communication that any information obtained will be used to effect collection of the debt;

Give the name and address of the original creditor (company to which the debt was originally payable) upon the consumer’s written request made within 30 days of receipt of the collection letter;

Notify the consumer of their right to dispute the debt, in part or in full, with the debt collector. The 30-day notice is required to be sent by debt collectors within five days of the initial communication with the consumer, though in 2006 the definition of “initial communication” was amended to exclude “a formal pleading in a civil action” for purposes of triggering the §1692g notice, complicating the matter where the debt collector is an attorney or law firm. The consumer’s receipt of this notice starts the clock running on the 30-day right to demand verification of the debt from the debt collector;

Provide verification of the debt if a consumer sends a written dispute or request for verification within 30 days of receiving the §1692g notice, then the debt collector must either mail the consumer the requested verification information or cease collection efforts altogether. Such asserted disputes must also be reported by the creditor to any credit bureau that reports the debt. Consumers may still dispute a debt verbally or after the thirty-day period has elapsed, but doing so waives the right to compel the debt collector to produce verification of the debt. Verification should include at a minimum the amount owed and the name and address of the original creditor.

File a lawsuit in a proper venue.  If a debt collector chooses to file a lawsuit, it may only be in a place where the consumer lives or signed the contract.  Note, however, that this does not prevent the debt collector from being sued in other venues for violating the Act, such as when the consumer moves outside the venue and a letter demanding payment is forwarded to the new address, even if the debt collector is unaware of such a change in residence.

Please note that there are specific time requirements within the law.  If you receive a collection demand, do not risk losing your rights by waiting.  We are available for consultations now.

 

July 18th, 2012 | By admin | Filed under: FDCPA   
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