One of the best websites to obtain information about consumer law topics and purchase consumer and lawyer oriented publications and books about consumer rights issues is the website of the National Consumer Law Center.
A particularly well done book offered by the National Consumer Law Center is called Surviving Debt. It is a “how to” book that consumers can use to learn about their rights regarding matters such as unfair debt collection practices. The National Consumer Law Center provides a detailed description of the book.
The National Consumer Law Center describes Surviving Debt as follows:
This new edition contains strategies on:
Dealing with debt collectors
Saving your home or car
Which debts to pay first and common mistakes consumers make that can actually get them into even more trouble
Managing credit card debt
Stopping eviction, lockouts and utility shut-offs
When you should and should not worry about your credit rating
When to refinance
Student loan consolidation options
How to find effective credit counseling agencies
Alternatives to filing bankruptcy and more
And includes a detailed index, and list of helpful websites
You Have Many Important Consumer Rights
If you are having debt problems, you may feel overwhelmed and powerless. During periods of financial hardship, you may not have the resources to pay pressing debts, to meet family needs, and to get necessary legal help. You may feel helpless to fight debt collectors pressing you for payment or threatening to seize your home, car, or other possessions.
In writing this book, we hope to help you even the playing field, and to make the best choices possible despite difficult financial circumstances. We will explain which debts you can ignore for a period of time while you get back on your feet. When you cannot ignore a particular debt without serious consequences, such as foreclosure or repossession, this book sets out helpful options to deal with these problems, both in the short term and the long run.
This book also explains your rights as a consumer. You are not powerless. Many federal and state laws are designed to provide help to people facing financial problems. These include protection against abusive debt collectors, relief from unfair business practices, limits on wage garnishments and seizures of property, and the right to eliminate many obligations in bankruptcy. In most cases, however, you need to know about your rights in order to exercise them. This book attempts both to explain these rights and tell you when and how to utilize them.
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