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Medical debt collectors investigated for violations

Medical debt is one of the most common forms of financial stress for consumers in Tennessee and nationwide. Even with health insurance, families can suffer unmanageable debt after an unexpected illness or injury. Hospitals and medical service providers will often turn these debts over to medical collections companies.

Student loan debt cripples housing market

Rising student debt throughout the nation is not only a burden to individuals who are not making the income to pay off the debt. As the cost of college and university rises, student-loan debt is becoming a drag on the housing market. Where students used to get jobs and purchase homes, they are now living with the burden of loan debt.

Americans use tax refunds to file bankruptcy

Tax season is stressful, but it can be a relief knowing that you are collecting a refund. For some, a refund can help pay off bills, get ahead of credit card debt, or even go towards that family vacation you have been saving for.

Homeowners in TN get $141 million settlement

Homeowners in Tennessee, like many throughout the nation, have felt the impact of the economy. The downturn and its aftermath have literarily hit, "close to home." For many it started with a job loss, leading to unpaid bills and mortgage debt. An unexpected event like an injury, illness or divorce could have left couples and families unable to keep up with mortgage obligations. In some cases, banks entered into agreements with individuals who could not afford their payments in the first place.

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