May, 2021

How are Medical Bills Treated in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

Sawin & Shea

Anyone on social media is bound to have seen numerous posts or crowdfunding pleas from friends or friends of friends who are faced with insurmountable medical debts.

When is it time to hire a Debt Collection Agency?

UK debt collections

The UK’s SME Businesses are suffering as a result of late payments. Covid-19 has fuelled the problem and many small businesses and medium sized enterprises are facing going bust. So when is it time for SME Owners to act?

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Rats! Handling Pests and Other Car Woes as We Resume Driving

Nerd Wallet

While you left your car parked for long stretches during the coronavirus lockdown, it might have had some unwelcome visitors: rats, mice, squirrels or even possums.

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Feature Presentation: Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Software?

NCBA Law Practice Management Blog

Most of the software that business owners buy has a lot more features than those same business owners use. This is true for attorneys, as well. And, most lawyers are not particularly curious about the software tools that undergird their businesses.

Summer bucket list: 27 affordable (or free) family activities

Kasasa

There’s no denying that summer brings the life out of us. The warm-breeze, sun-filled days that spark a smile are upon us. Therefore, it’s a no-brainer that you’re probably on the hunt for thrilling summer activities (aside from just working on that tan).

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Ohad Samet Named to Inaugural Debt Collection Advisory Committee of the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI)

True Accord

Ohad Samet, CEO and cofounder of TrueAccord Group, has been named to the inaugural debt collection advisory committee of the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI).

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Debt Recoveries Australia and The Vic Claims Discussion Group

Debt Recoveries

On the 27 th of May, The Vic Claims Discussion Group presents an interactive online seminar on claim recoveries. ?Three

3 Quick Tips to Create a Connected Consumer Experience

PDC Flow

One of my favorite quotes is by the author Maya Angelou: “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”.

How Suite It Is: Google Workspace is Rebooted GSuite

NCBA Law Practice Management Blog

The vast majority of law firms still use Microsoft Office/ 365 for productivity software (email, calendar). But, there are still a significant number of law firms that have zagged, and adopted Google’s productivity software; and, it is a viable alternative to Microsoft.

What are SaaS Customer Success Best Practices?

Enterprise Recovery

When starting a SaaS company, entrepreneurs begin with a unique idea to solve customer challenges. Customer Success ensures that the product is used successfully by those customers. This business practice ensures that customer churn is reduced and the customers become advocates for the brand.

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Judge Denies Request for TRO to Block CFPB’s FDCPA Eviction Rule

Account Recovery

Landlord Sues Activists for Emotional Distress Damages For Telling Tenants about Eviction Moratoria

Public Citizen

by Paul Alan Levy. When Keep Pushing , a St. Louis community organization devoted to protecting the unhoused, went door-to-door to speak to tenants facing eviction orders and hand out a  flyer about their rights under the CDC eviction moratorium, one of the landlords whose tenants were visited, Norwood 2020, was desperate to suppress this potential threat to its bottom line.

What You Need to Know About Medical Bankruptcy

Sawin & Shea

As medical costs continue to soar in the U.S., up to 62% of bankruptcies now include significant medical debt. A health event like an accident, disease, or surgery can bury someone in a mountain of medical bills.

Michigan Workplaces May Return to In-Person Work on May 24 Under “MI Vacc to Normal” Plan

Fraser

Michigan workers may return to in-person work in all sectors of business on May 24 now that 55 percent of residents age 16 or older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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This Is Your Year: Creating New Habits Is About Commitment

NCBA Law Practice Management Blog

Everybody loves a good shortcut. Seriously, who hasn’t considered skipping the hard parts in the marathon of life? Change is hard, oftentimes necessary. So, we spend a significant part of our lives trying (and failing) to instill new habits. And, that includes work habits.

Culture in the Workplace-Vital to this Collection Agency

American Profit

By Sabrine: We have all heard others mention the significance of looking forward to work every morning, rather than dreading it. A positive work environment and culture is the very thing that can make or break an employee.

Debt Settlement Firm to Repay Consumers $5.4M Under Agreement With CFPB

Account Recovery

How to Find Products to Sell on Amazon

Nerd Wallet

Finding products to sell on Amazon is easy once you understand your sourcing options as an ecommerce seller. Wholesale products and made-to-order manufactured goods are what most startups and small businesses think of at first.

CFPB Takes Action Against Auto Lender for Unfair Loss Damage Waiver Practices

Consumer Finance

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a consent order today against 3rd Generation, Inc., doing business as California Auto Finance (California Auto) for illegally charging interest for late payment on its Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) product without its customers’ knowledge.

IRS Announces 2022 Adjustments for HSAs & Excepted-Benefit HRAs

Fraser

The IRS has released its 2022 annual inflation adjustments for Health Savings Accounts (“HSAs”) as determined under Section 223 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Draw Me a Map: Intake is Still the Biggest Law Firm Challenge

NCBA Law Practice Management Blog

The stats on law firm intake are pretty damning. 64% of voicemails left for law firms by leads are never returned. Only 1 in 3 phone calls for law firms are picked up live. It takes an average of 8 emails to schedule an appointment with a law firm.

Company Insolvencies continue to decrease

UK debt collections

The latest figures provided by the Insolvency Service have indicated a further 22% reduction in Company insolvency rates across England and Wales. The figures show that business insolvencies fell by 7.2% to 925 in April 2021 compared to March’s figure of 997, and fell by 22.9%

Be Proactive! Why Community Associations Should Pay Attention to Their Stormwater Management Systems

Jimerson Firm

Stormwater management systems if managed correctly can greatly enhance the value and safety of a community. As community associations managers and governing boards are well aware, however, stormwater management systems can be expensive, and their operation and maintenance highly contentious.

Tips for Finding Pet-Friendly Lodging and Flights

Nerd Wallet

As a two-time national champion, Lexie Costa is constantly traveling for competitions and events. Like most athletes, she eats a high-protein diet including baked cod, lamb and yogurt — even on the road. Lexie Costa is a dog.

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How Far Back Can the IRS Go When Auditing Your Business?

Rocket Lawyer

Tax filings and payment deadlines can be stressful for small business owners. The prospect of an IRS audit can certainly add to that stress. With the IRS set to increase audits of businesses this year, there is a chance that your returns will be among those selected for further review.

Appeals Court Affirms TCPA Ruling for Defendant Over Lack of Standing

Account Recovery

The Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has affirmed the dismissal of a Telephone Consumer Protection Act suit in which the District Court ruled the plaintiff lacked standing to sue because he never claimed anything other than a “bare procedural harm that resulted in no harm.”

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Free Ride: What Are You Trying to Accomplish with Your Initial Consultations?

NCBA Law Practice Management Blog

Law firms often offer initial consultations, because that’s what law firms do. But, thinking a little more deeply about the purpose for your initial consultations makes some sense. There is still a lot of debate in legal over whether you should be offering free o r paid consultations.

Things To Consider To make International Money transfers Hassle-Free

TAMSEY

The advancement of technology has made sending money abroad easier than in the past. However, the challenges have not been completely taken out.

CFPB Takes Action Against Debt-Settlement Company for Charging Consumers Unlawful Fees

Consumer Finance

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) requested today that a federal district court enter a final judgment and order that, if entered by the court, would require DMB Financial, LLC to pay consumers at least $5.4

Client Alert: DOL Releases COBRA Model Subsidy Notices – Due By May 31st!

Fraser

As explained in previous Client Alerts, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”) requires that employers provide 100% COBRA subsidies to certain assistance eligible individuals from April 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021.