Debt / Debt Collection Resources
Legal Aid Sites by Subject Area
- American Bar Association: Strategies
Current strategies attorneys and clinics are using to help debtors.
Nationwide counseling and education for budget and credit, housing, and bankruptcy.
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Letters
Sample action letters to guide consumers replying to debt collectors.
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: FAQ
Debt collection FAQ’s, including information about harassment, settlement negotiations, and what debt collectors can and cannot do.
National debt help organization: provides debt relief services, and tools to manage finances.
- Debt.org – Collection Practices
Provides information about debt collections practices and how to stop harassment.
- Federal Trade Commission – Choosing a Credit Counselor
Guidance for determining if one should use a credit counselor, and if so, how to select one, such as the consideration of fees.
- Federal Trade Commission – Consumer Information
FTC, the national consumer protection agency, provides information about the Fair Debt Collection Practices Acts, which prohibits debt collectors from using unfair practices.
- Federal Trade Commission – Publication
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Law, Pub. L. 95-109; 91 Stat. 874
- Public Counsel
Consumer Law Project in Los Angeles. (A good example of a clinic focused in only one area of law.)
- U.S. Agencies
List of approved credit counseling agencies by state.
- U.S. Department of Justice: Approved Courses
The U.S. Trustee Program’s list of approved debtor educational counselors, by state.
- U.S. Department of Justice: Education
Credit counseling and debtor education information.