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

  • Debt Collection Practices

    Information from Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. on debt collection practices used against consumers. Read More

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    Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc.
  • 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
  • Creditor Harassment and Dealing With Debt Collectors

    Information from Northwestern Legal Services on creditor harassment and dealing with debt collectors, what they are allowed to do and what they aren't allowed to do. Read More

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • 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
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    Spanish / Español
  • Debt Collection Defense Packet for Pennsylvania

    This packet will prepare forms to assist you in defending yourself in a credit card collection case in Pennsylvania. The forms are appropriate for both Magisterial District Court and the Court of Common Pleas. If you are involved in a case in Magisterial District Court, you will receive a hearing outline with defenses that apply to your case. If you are involved in a case in the Court of Common Pleas, you will prepare an Answer and New Matter outlining your defenses. Instructions for filing and service will be included. Read More

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    North Penn Legal Services
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    Spanish / Español
  • Credit Practices Rule

    Information from Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc. on the Federal Trade Commission rule that applies to lenders and sellers when they sell to consumers on credit. Content Detail

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    Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc.
  • Debt Defense Videos

    The National Association of Consumer Advocates has created a series of debt defense videos that give advice on how to handle interactions with debt collectors and other debt issues. Read More

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    National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Overwhelmed by Debts?

    Information from Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. for consumers with debt. Read More

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    Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc.
  • Dealing with Debt Collectors (Video)

    If you are behind in paying your bills, you can expect to hear from a debt collector. A debt collector is someone, other than the creditor, who regularly collects debts owed to someone else. In this video from the Federal Trade Commission learn your rights when dealing with a debt collector. Read More

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    Federal Trade Commission
  • Debt Collection: A Guide for Consumers

    Information from the Federal Trade Commission answering some commonly asked questions about your rights under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, including a short video on the basics. Content Detail

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    Federal Trade Commission
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    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
  • 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
  • Money Matters - Dealing With Debt

    If you are behind in paying your bills, you can expect to hear from a debt collector. This website from the Federal Trade Commission explains your rights and options when dealing with a debt collector or money problems. Content Detail

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    Federal Trade Commission
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    Spanish / Español
  • Appealing the Magisterial District Justice Judgment

    Information from Neighborhood Legal Services Association on appealing a District Justice judgment. Content Detail

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    Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • Defending an Action at the District Justice Office

    Informational brochure from MidPenn Legal Services outlining the procedure in defending an action at district justice court in central Pennsylvania. Read More

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    MidPenn Legal Services