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"I'm being sued by a creditor: what should I do?"

Debts, creditors and collection agencies have one thing in common: ignoring them is not a sound strategy to make them go away. A frustrated creditor may turn to a collection agency; and a frustrated collection agency may turn to litigation in an attempt to make you pay a debt. Sometimes you may receive a warning that a lawsuit is imminent, or sometimes your first inkling of it may be when you are served with a summons and complaint. Regardless of how you discover that you are being sued over a debt, there are some things that you need to take into account in order to deal with it properly.

What happens if I try to avoid my creditors by ignoring them?

As a general rule it is not advisable to attempt to “hide” from your creditors if you are experiencing financial difficulties, because Ohio law provides them with mechanisms to seek out what money you do have on hand or in the form of wages to recover what they are owed even if you refuse to acknowledge them. A frequently-used tool in this regard is garnishment.

Zombie foreclosures on the decline in central Ohio

When a home is foreclosed upon, the homeowner will often vacate the premises. After all, the house is being taken back by the bank, whether the owner likes it or not. They take the opportunity to move on with their life and leave the house behind. But if the bank does not officially repossess the home, the owners are still responsible for taxes and other costs. This is called a zombie foreclosure.

Hedge funds moving aggressively into home foreclosures

Many homeowners who encounter difficulty keeping up with their mortgages will seek to use any of a variety of ways to try to stay in their home. These will frequently involve some form of an attempt to modify the terms of their mortgage, lowering the payments and interest sufficiently to allow them to keep up with their payment schedule and to remain in the house.

Ohio small business bankruptcy risk caused by unsound loans

Small business owners in Hamilton County could be at risk of a national trend involving business loans. Unless you own a business with a strong, consistent cash flow and years of financial statements to offer to lenders, getting a business loan from a bank can be a daunting experience that frequently ends with a rejection.

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