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February 2014 Archives

Regulators target lending practices at for-profit schools

Attorneys general in 32 states and the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are all working to stop the predatory lending practices of for-profit colleges in the United States. In particular, ITT Educational Services has been the target of investigations and several lawsuits after charging students more than $44,000 for associate’s degrees and leading them towards costly private student loans to finance it.

Loan modification scams may be hard to spot

When times get tough, Michigan residents look wherever they can to try to resolve financial difficulties that they are having. Sometimes this means taking on a second job or working overtime, or it might mean trying to refinance loans or consolidate debt in some other way. This can be a confusing process especially for those who are already behind on their payments and have begun to receive calls and letters from collectors, debt resolution companies, and others.

Same-sex spouses now eligible for joint bankruptcy

In a surprising announcement that took place over the weekend, Attorney General Eric Holder outlined a set of major changes to federal law enforcement for same-sex married couples. The federal government has previously stated changes to the federal approach to same-sex marriage in the wake of last summer’s Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, including the ability to jointly file federal income taxes. Now, same-sex couples who are legally married have the option of filing jointly for bankruptcy, even if they no longer live in a state where their marriage is legally recognized.

Getting out of debt in the new year

As the new year gets under way, many Michigan residents are thinking long and hard about their resolutions and how they can make meaningful changes in 2014. For a lot of people, that means figuring out how to improve their financial situation and get out of debt. There are many methods to resolving debt issues and starting out with a clean financial slate.

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