Local attorney working to help you with your legal needs I am a solo practitioner representing clients in the areas of real estate, bankruptcy, small business, simple estate planning, zoning, condominium law and various others.
I come from a true general practice background and went into law because I wanted to assist and represent real people who want personal attention and fair treatment.
Mission: To provide excellent representation in a sensitive and efficient manner, regardless of your legal needs. If I cannot help you personally, I will be happy to try to find an appropriate referral.
Attending the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Annual Conference this week! #NACBADen
7 Ways to Lose a Student Loan Lawsuit - Boston Student Loan Lawyer
Share the post "7 Ways to Lose a Student Loan Lawsuit" FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInE-mail Getting sued on a defaulted student loan can be overwhelming and terrifying. In my experience, most people who are brought to court by student loan debt collectors have never been sued before, so they don’t...
Lawsuits: Borrowers were misled on Public Service Loan Forgiveness
New lawsuits claim student loan servicers repeatedly misled borrowers over whether they qualified for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.
When Unpaid Student Loan Bills Mean You Can No Longer Work
Twenty states suspend people’s professional or driver’s licenses if they fall behind on loan payments, according to records obtained by The New York Times.
How To Spend Down Cash Before Filing Bankruptcy
Too many bankruptcy filers get caught with more money in their bank account than they thought. The check float means money for creditors unless you plan.
My friend Joshua Cohen, The Student Loan Lawyer, interviewed for Forbes. Nice job, and educational!
He says that your student loans can be discharged in bankruptcy. Maybe.
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In case you missed it this week, the Education Department suggested in a court filing that people who signed up to have their loans erased after a decade of public service and on-time payments may not be approved for the program after all."
Student debt has tripled, a shake-up in loan repayment, and states unveil new education plans.
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The idea that approvals can be reversed at any time, with no explanation, is chilling for borrowers. Mr. Rudert, who graduated from law school owing nearly $135,000 on student loans, said he would have picked a different employer if he had known that his work at Vietnam Veterans of America would not qualify.
Over 550,000 people have applied to have their student loans forgiven, and thousands of approval letters have been sent. But they might be wrong.
Amherst, a gem between Boston and the Berkshires - The Boston Globe
When people think of Amherst they think college drop-offs and visits. There is so much more to do there.
"The action does not affect any borrowers whose loans are held by the Education Department, according to the department. It could, however, impact nearly 7 million people with $162 billion in FFEL loans held by guarantee agencies."
The administration revoked federal guidance that barred student debt collectors from charging high fees on past-due loans.
"This is about heading off problems before they happen and empowering people with tools and information," Healey said during a press conference at her office.
The website has information, sample forms and online tools to help students and families understand and compare financial aid packages and determine how much money college will cost them.
This month of February, I am celebrating six years of practice as a solo! I am so grateful for those who have had faith in me and I could not be happier with the path I have taken. THANK YOU ALL!!
As of today, I have moved my law office to its new location! You will now find me at 27 Pray Street, Amherst, MA 01002. I look forward to working with you as I settle into my new location! E-Mail, phone and fax remain the same!
US fines TransUnion, Equifax for deceit over credit scores
TransUnion and Equifax must pay more than $23 million in fines for deceiving consumers, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said.
I have more than one disabled client suffering garnishment of their SSDI benefits due to defaulted federal student loans. Right now there is a way to rehabilitate those loans and stop the garnishment and end the default for as little as $5/month (based on income).
Student loan debt isn’t just a problem for young people. More than 700,000 households led by someone 65 or older have student loan debt – and the Treasury Department will actually take money out of people’s Social Security checks to pay back these student loans.
Last year, Senator Claire McCaskill and I asked the Government Accountability Office—the federal government’s watchdog—to investigate this garnishment program, and today GAO reported their findings. The government has collected $1.1 billion from the Social Security checks of seniors and Americans with disabilities to pay for student loans, and 71% of that money isn’t even paying down the debt – it’s just going to fees and interest. That means the federal government is boosting its student loan profits while shoving tens of thousands of Americans who depend on Social Security to make ends meet deeper into poverty. No wonder many Americans don’t think Washington works for them.
The GAO report is clear: Social Security garnishment for student loans is predatory and counterproductive. Congress should pass the Benefits Restoration Act – a bill I’m cosponsoring – to put a stop to it.
I am hoping these speculated changes will not all come to fruition under the incoming "administration".
Share the post "4 Student Loan Borrower Groups Most At Risk Post-Election" FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInE-mail There’s been a lot of uncertainty since the election regarding what the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress may have in mind for student loan borrowers. During the…
Seriously, filing a pro se bankruptcy is inviting even further financial disaster than you may already be facing. Don't find yourself in the position of losing assets (some of which you may not even know you had) or worse in order to avoid paying a lawyer. Your case may not be as simple as you think and the bankruptcy is incredibly complex even in a "simple" case.
It’s a classic Catch-22: You’re in rough enough financial shape that you need to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy — but you have to pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars to do so.
Glad to see a big bust of folks scamming US citizens, posing as IRS collectors!
“These children are entitled to bad days just as us, so give them that moment to bring it together,” Cornner-Jones wrote in her viral Facebook post. “Get on someone’s level today and make them smile!”
"It wasn't a cop moment. It was a mother moment."
"Scott Tucker did not participate in an isolated, discrete incident of deceptive lending, but engaged in sustained and continuous conduct that perpetuated the deceptive lending since at least 2008," Navarro wrote.
A federal judge in Nevada said Scott Tucker owes $1.27 billion to the FTC after systematically deceiving customers about the cost of their loans.
This is an extraordinary finding on the part of the state auditor. Not a mere handful, or a couple of dozen, but more than 100 untimely cases over the course of just two years were shunted along through the investigative process, at no small cost to the respondents, very often small business owners with paper-thin margins. And it seems unlikely that this was an aberration. After all, there is no reason to think that suddenly, in the summer of 2012, the MCAD started accepting late-filed cases. To make matters worse, the auditors did not have to dig deep to identify the 100-plus mistakes. It was apparent from the data in the case-management system that the MCAD should not have accepted these cases in the first place
Just before the Fourth of July holiday the state auditor released the report of its performance audit of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD). The report covers the two year period 2012-2014 and it reveals the usual, garden-variety problems that bedevil state agencies (e.g. mis...
Tick, tock: Justice delayed
Invidious discrimination does occur, and we are fortunate to have an agency tailor-made to address it, namely the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD). But the current four-year b…
ITT Loan Escape Plans
If you’re an ITT student, or know one, you know that ITT is closed effective September 6, 2016. No matter how it went down, the question you want answered now is what to do about your student loans. The short answer is, I really don’t know. What follows is my suggestions, as The Student Loan Lawyer....
This is what we mean when we tell our clients not to feel too bad about discharging debts with these big banks.
More than 2 million unauthorized deposit and credit card accounts may have been created so that employees would get bonuses for hitting their sales targets, investigators say.
Law Office of Adam S. Minsky: Student Loan Law
BREAKING NEWS: ITT Tech is officially shutting down: http://gizmodo.com/itt-is-officially-closing-1786243058?utm_content=buffere410c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Some great tips for those of you who have entered into loan modifications on your mortgage.
The bank can't properly account for your modified mortgage loan. Be prepared to defend your new loan terms.
ITT Technical Institute, one of the largest for-profit college chains in the country with nearly 45,000 students, may be on the brink of collapse.
Share the post "Major For-Profit College Chain May Collapse" FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInE-mail ITT Technical Institute, one of the largest for-profit college chains in the country with nearly 45,000 students, may be on the brink of collapse. The U.S. Dept. of Education just announced that ITT wil...
Wells Fargo Must Pay $4M Over Allegedly Illegal Student Loan Servicing
For the last 10 months, it’s been one of the banking industry’s worst-kept secrets that Wells Fargo’s student loan servicing business was being investigated by federal regulators.…
"Camus said there have been at least three reported cases in which scammers got mad and made prank calls to local law enforcement officials claiming there was an armed dispute happening at the person’s home. This strategy of payback has a name: “SWATting” because a SWAT team is sent to investigate the call."
Don’t be tempted to lead them on — they might retaliate with a SWAT team
"Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released a scathing new report on the student loan servicing system, with a particular focus on borrowers having difficulty accessing income-driven repayment plan programs like Income-Based Repayment (IBR), Pay As You Earn (PAYE), and Revised Pay As You Earn (REPAYE)."
Share the post "CFPB Releases Scathing Report on Student Loan Servicing" FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInE-mail The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released a scathing new report on the student loan servicing system, with a particular focus on borrowers having difficulty accessing inco...
Cracking down on abuses by student loan service companies
A staggering 70 percent of college borrowers qualify for lower federal payments. Loan servicers aren't doing enough to help
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