What People Experience From Abusive Debt Collectors

Even if you are behind on the bills, you deserve to be treated with respect. Unfortunately some unscrupulous bill collectors cross the line and violate the rights of consumers. They seem to think that you will not take action against them — that you will succumb to unlawful threats and other forms of illegal activity. The law, however, is on your side if a collection agency, lender or debt collector uses abusive and unlawful tactics in an effort to get you to send in a payment.

You need to understand what debt collectors can and cannot do. Since 1996, Minnillo & Jenkins CO. LPA has served as a trusted debt-relief and consumer protection law firm, providing strong representation and advocacy for Ohio and Kentucky residents who are struggling with debt.

If bill collectors are violating your rights, our attorneys are here to help you fight back. To learn more about your rights and how we can help you get the relief you deserve, call Minnillo & Jenkins CO. LPA at 513-723-1600 to arrange a free consultation.

Helping You Determine When Creditors and Collectors Go too Far

Most tactics used by creditors and debt collectors to recover payments on debt are frustrating and certainly not welcomed. But what kinds of abusive, illegal and actionable harassment are people experiencing?

  • Illegal contact. Debt collectors can contact you. Under most circumstances, however, they cannot contact your neighbors, your employer or your children to discuss your debt.
  • Illegal threats. Debt collectors can legally describe some consequences of debt default to you. They cannot, however, indicate that nonpayment will result in violence, claim the ability to kick you out of your house or threaten you with garnishment or foreclosure if they have no intent of pursuing such measures.
  • Profane language. Debt collectors are not allowed to swear at you, abuse or harass you.
  • False statements. Debt collectors cannot make false claims. For instance, they cannot claim that your case is actionable when it is not or claim that you'll be imprisoned. They also cannot make false statements to credit agencies in retaliation for nonpayment of debt.
  • Distant venues. Debt collectors can only bring a lawsuit against you in the county where you reside or in the county where the debt was created. Many debt collectors sue people in other, more distant counties to try to make it more difficult to defend themselves.

Debt collectors also cannot legally interfere with your employment, threaten to garnish your wages before filing a claim, call you without identifying themselves or continue to contact you after you claim you are the victim of identity theft.

Debt collectors are not just bound by things they can't do. They are also bound by things they must do when attempting to collect debts. For instance, during the debt collection process, debt collectors must advise you that you have a right to dispute your debt.

Despite clear and comprehensive laws governing debt collection, debt collectors routinely break the law, and we routinely handle lawsuits against debt collectors who ignore laws that are in place to protect consumers facing financial challenges. We also advise clients that filing bankruptcy can bring an immediate end to creditor contact.

Call Our Experienced Consumer Protection Lawyers for a Free Consultation

For help with halting debt collection or creditor harassment or filing bankruptcy, contact Minnillo & Jenkins. We provide free initial consultations and charge affordable, competitive rates. To schedule a free initial consultation with a bankruptcy lawyer at Minnillo & Jenkins, call 513-723-1600 or contact us online.

We have offices in Cincinnati, Fairfield, Eastgate, and Covington with free parking to serve you. Evening and weekend appointments are available.

We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code.