What you need to know about Fair Debt Collection

You have rights when a debt collector is pursuing you. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act was created to promote fair debt collection procedures and to protect consumers against debt collection abuses. Learn more.

What to do with errors on Your Credit Report

You have the right to have your credit report accurately reflect your credit history.  If your credit report contains inaccuracies that are causing you harm in obtaining credit, employment or insurance, the Fair Credit Reporting Act provides relief for consumers.


Error on your Employment Background Report?

If you've had an inaccuracy on your employment background report, you are protected by the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Find out more about false employment reports and know your rights.

Are you the victim of Consumer Fraud

Have you been duped into purchasing a vehicle based upon misrepresentations from the dealer as to the history of the vehicle?  Dealerships will hide previous accident history or other undesirable history of a vehicle to make a sale.  You have rights against those who commit consumer fraud.

Have You Bought a Lemon

If your new vehicle has been subject to multiple repairs for a defect, you may have purchased a lemon.  If you did, you have rights.  Learn more about your protection under the lemon laws.


Who has access to your Credit Report

Many Americans consider their credit information to be private information, and it should be. But who has access to your report and who protects your privacy? Read our latest blog post to find out.

Protecting Consumer Rights - Presented By SmithMarco, P.C.

SmithMarco, P.C.

SmithMarco, P.C. is a private law firm dedicated to representing consumers and protecting their rights. Managing partners Larry Smith and David Marco have been practicing consumer protection for over 35 years combined, and have successfully defended consumers in thousands of cases. They are experienced debt collection practices act attorneys and credit report and background dispute lawyers who can ensure that your rights are protected, debt collector harassment stops, and that credit and background report errors are corrected depending on your needs.

If you feel your rights have been violated in regards to debt collection, credit report errors, background check errors, consumer fraud, or lemon laws, please do not hesitate to contact us for a free case review or give us a call at 888-822-1777.

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You have rights as a consumer!

Even though you may be behind in your bills, it does not give a bill collector the right to harass or abuse you for payment.  As a debtor, you have rights.  Find out what a debt collector can and cannot do, or what they must tell you when trying to collect a debt.  If your consumer rights have been violated, we can help.

Are you a victim?

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The law is on your side.

There are laws written to protect consumers from unscrupulous debt collection practices.  Overreaching and abusive practices are not allowed.  In addition, there are consumer laws that provide for assistance in dealing with the burden of paying an attorney to help you with this problem. Let us see if we can help you with abusive collection practices.

Free Case Review?

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You may be entitled to compensation.

Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you may be entitled to compensation as the law provides for a recovery of up to $1,000.  The law also provides for the recovery of attorneys fees and court costs.  We offer a free case review to determine if your FDCPA consumer rights were violated.  Contact us to discuss your situation.

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Recent Protecting Consumer Rights Blog Posts

Responsibilities of Creditors under the Fair Credit Reporting Act

August 23, 2016

Federal Courts have declared that furnishers of information must conduct a reasonable investigation into a consumer dispute, just as is required of the credit reporting agencies.  In Hinkle v. Midland Credit Management, Inc. the plaintiff sued the collection agency for failing to conduct a reasonable investigation into her dispute regarding its accounts on her credit report.More >

Top 5 Mistakes Made When Dealing With a Debt Collector

August 08, 2016

When dealing with a debt collector you need to be one step ahead of the collector at all times.  As one owing a debt the biggest mistake you can make is not knowing your rights and the law.  Awareness is key to not getting taken advantage of.  The following is a list of the top five mistakes you can make when involved with a debt collector. More >

Whether You Should Re-Affirm Debts in Bankruptcy

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The 411 on Understanding Your Credit Report

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Getting Approved for a Mortgage with a Low Credit Score

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How to Build your Credit with Little to No Credit

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Financial Rules for the Responsible Graduate

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Questions Every Consumer Should Ask a Debt Collector

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When you receive that dreaded phone call from a debt collection agency, nerves can make anyone clam up and forget to ask necessary questions.  Collection scams are more common than ever and the only way to protect yourself from making unnecessary payments is to be informed and aware.  You can avoid getting lured into making a payment that you really don’t owe by knowing what to ask a collector before handing over your hard-earned money.More >

How To Handle Mistakes on Your Credit Report

June 09, 2016

According to the consumer industry, nearly 25% of all consumers have an error on their credit report. This means that 1 in 5 consumers are walking around with a report that does not accurately reflect their financial status and payment history. Whether you are a responsible consumer or a little careless with your credit, you deserve to have your report accurately reflect your ability to pay.  More >