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Steve R. Bucci (debt)

10 common debt questions

Are you wallowing in debt? Get the Debt Adviser's counsel on 10 common reader questions. Read more

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6 ways to scare off lenders

You pay your bills on time and never miss a payment. If you're still having trouble with credit, something on your credit report could be scaring lenders. Everyone knows the big gremlins that haunt credit reports: items such...Read more

10 dumb debt decisions to avoid

Congress may be unfathomable on a good day. But, financial silliness isn't limited to them. We who elect and re-elect the best and brightest from our states are not without our own financial follies. Forget the 2013 Financial...Read more

How medical debt affects credit

Don't use that post-surgery fog as an excuse to ignore medical bills, even if you're still contesting them with your doctor or health insurer. Otherwise, your credit score will need to heal, too. Medical debt is the most...Read more

Can I ignore my debt collector?

Dear Debt Adviser, Recently, a collector called me about an unpaid debt from 2002. She threatened to garnish my husband's wages by 25 percent and "1099" us when we file our taxes. She said we could settle by paying $1,500...Read more

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Charged-off debt still on me?

Dear Debt Adviser, If a debt is charged off, am I responsible for paying off that debt? -- Jenny Dear Jenny, Yes, oui, ja, da, si and dui. In any language, including good ol' American legalese, you must pay. But don't... Read more

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Refinance into home equity loan?

For a niche group of homeowners with plenty of equity, refinancing a first mortgage with a home equity loan could make sense, now that mortgage rates have gone up. It truly is a niche group: homeowners with equity who plan...Read more

10 debt consolidation myths

When Norm Bour was 24, credit was so hard to come by he couldn't get a gas station company credit card without begging. While it's important for you to get a handle on your debt, how you go about it is just as important....Read more

15 signs of serious debt trouble

You know you need to seek help from a credit counselor when ... It may sound like a comedy routine opener, but for lots of people, it's definitely not a laughing matter. Many who are weighed down with debt opt first for self-help,...Read more

Are you a candidate for bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy is a legal remedy, and as such only an attorney can properly advise you on the process. However, as far as being a candidate for the legal process, that is another question. My experience has been that the decision...Read more

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