Credit: Debts & Loans

General Credit: Debts & Loans Articles

Credit is the privilege to borrow money and obtain goods today based upon a promise to make repayments in the future. Credit is not a right, but merely a privilege that can be lost if it is not used responsibly.
The Maryland Job Applicant Fairness Act makes it illegal for most employers to require a credit check for job applicants.
Credit Counseling Agencies are nonprofit agencies that help debtors work with creditors to arrange a repayment plan as a means of reducing their debt without filing for bankruptcy.
“Debt collectors” are collection agencies, attorneys, creditors collecting for someone else, and creditors collecting under another name as well as others. Creditors collecting for themselves are not “debt collectors.” Under the Federal Debt Collection Practices Act debt collectors may not...
Learn how to work with creditors during a time of financial hardship.
To garnish is to take property, most often a portion of someone's salary, by legal authority. Garnishment is a proceeding by a creditor to collect a debt by taking the property or assets of a debtor.
Employees of the federal government, Maryland State government, and a local government in Maryland have certain protections during a government shutdown where the employee is involuntarily furloughed from work. These protections apply even if the employee is required to report to work during the furlough.
There are laws that protect certain income and assets from debt collectors. This is sometimes known as being “Collection Proof” or "Judgment Proof".
In 2011, the General Assembly passed a law requiring firms offering debt settlement services to register with the Commissioner of Financial Regulation
Buying on credit, over time, is very popular these days. Yet once in a while, a bill has a mistake on it. What can you do when your credit card bill has a mistake?
Mistakes on your credit report can affect your ability to obtain credit, insurance, employment, or rent or buy a home or car. Errors on your credit report can be corrected to accurately reflect your current credit.
This article gives an overview of when a spouse is and is not responsible for the debt of their spouse under Maryland law.
In Maryland, debts must be collected within a certain time. If you owe money to someone, the person is called a creditor, and what you owe them is called a debt. The creditor generally has 3 years (4 years if the debt is owed for the sale of goods) from the date the debt becomes due to ask the court to order you to pay. A court order to pay a debt is known as a judgment. If the creditor does not go to court within the time limit, then the court generally will not order you to pay the debt.
Warning signs of a debt problem, what if you cannot pay your bills, going to court and protecting your assets.
To garnish is to take property, most often a portion of someone's salary, by legal authority. Garnishment is a proceeding by a creditor to collect a debt by taking the property or assets of a debtor.