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This section of PALawHelp.org has information and resources about Debt Collection & Repossession issues in Pennsylvania.

  • Debt Collectors

    Information from the Erie County Bar Association about a consumer's legal protection against abuses by creditors and debt collectors. Content Detail

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    Erie County Bar Association
  • Collection Procedures Under Pennsylvania Law

    Information from Neighborhood Legal Services Association on collection procedures in Pennsylvania. Content Detail

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    Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • Harassment from Bill Collectors

    Informational Brochure from Neighborhood Legal Services Association on the Pennsylvania Fair Credit Extension Uniformity Act which prohibits unfair debt collection activities by creditors. Content Detail

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    Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • Creditor Lawsuits Handbook

    This Handbook from North Penn Legal Services is for people dealing with creditor lawsuits, including information on such suits and common defenses. Content Detail

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    North Penn Legal Services
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Debt Collection Remedies for Consumers (Audio-MP3) audio

    Episode of Northwestern Legal Services' "Access to Justice" Radio show broadcast on JET 1400 AM in Erie, PA on 6/21/2008. Vince Brocki, Northwestern Legal Services Resource Developer interviews Andrea Amicangelo, Esq., NWLS Staff Attorney regarding remedies consumers have regarding debt collection efforts, an explanation of secured vs. unsecured debts, how a credit counselor can help, and info on filing bankruptcy. (22:05) Read More

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Repossessions

    Information from Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. on a creditors' right to repossess your property. Read More

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    Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc.
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Repossessions

    Information from Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc. on your rights related to the repossession of property. Content Detail

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    Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc.
  • Sheriff Sales

    Informational Brochure from MidPenn Legal Services on the Sheriff Sale process for collecting debts after a successful lawsuit. Read More

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    MidPenn Legal Services
  • Cobradores de Deuda

    As part of it's ongoing effort to raise awareness about scams targeting the Latino community, the FTC has developed a series of “fotonovelas” in Spanish. In this fotonovela, the main character, Juan, goes to a financial seminar where he learns his rights about dealing with debt collectors. He learns about situations where debt collector’s practices are unfair and illegal. He also learns where to go for information and to file a complaint. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Federal Trade Commission
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Billing Errors

    Information from Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc. on your rights under the Fair Credit Billing Act. Content Detail

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    Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc.
  • Arbitration and Mediation

    Consumer information pamphlet from the Pennsylvania Bar Association. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Automobile Repossession

    Information from the Erie County Bar Association on your rights regarding the repossession of your vehicle. Content Detail

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    Erie County Bar Association
  • Legal Briefs: Know Your Rights In Debt Collection

    Information from the Allegheny County Bar Association discussed on the February 7, 2012 edition of "Legal Briefs" on KDKA's Pittsburgh Today Live program. If you are continually receiving delinquency notices and debt collectors are always calling, here are some commonly asked questions and some tips to help navigate through this tough time. Content Detail

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    Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Bringing Suit Before a Magisterial District Judge

    Consumer information pamphlet from the Pennsylvania Bar Association. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Defending a Lawsuit

    Information on how to defend a lawsuit from the Erie County Bar Association. Content Detail

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    Erie County Bar Association