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  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • 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
    Read this in:
    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
  • Forms - Pennsylvania Courts

    Listing of forms available for use by the public in Pennsylvania Courts. Content Detail

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    Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts
  • Magisterial District Judge Court - Filing Suit

    This information from Northwestern Legal Services provides instructions on how to file a lawsuit in Magisterial District Judge Court. Read More

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Notice of Appeal for Pennsylvania

    This packet from North Penn Legal Services will prepare a "Notice of Appeal" form (as well as a Civil Cover Sheet) for filing an appeal from the Magisterial District Court to the Court of Common Pleas. Instructions for filing and service will be included. Read More

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    North Penn Legal Services
  • Petition to Waive Court Costs

    Click the document title to be linked to LawHelp Interactive where you can prepare a Petition to Waive Court Fees which can be used to ask the Pennsylvania Court for permission to file legal papers for free. This form can be used in most types of court cases in Pennsylvania. Approval to waive fees is not automatic. You will need to ask the Court to approve your Petition. Instructions will be included. PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a fill-in-the-blank form; you will need to answer questions while connected to the Internet. IMPORTANT: To use this form, you must use Internet Explorer as your browser and Microsoft Word to print your documents. Read More

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    North Penn Legal Services
  • 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.
  • Dealing with Medical Debt: Consumer Advice from NCLC

    This article focuses on medical debt, including debt owed to hospitals, doctors, dentists, and other providers. Content Detail

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    National Consumer Law Center
  • 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