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You have rights when a debt collector is pursuing you. SmithMarco, P.C., has over 30 years of combined experience practicing law protecting the rights of consumers around the country.

Contact us for a free case review to determine if your Fair Debt Collection Practices Act rights were violated. 

Responsibilities of Creditors under the Fair Credit Reporting Act

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.Read More...

How To Handle Mistakes on Your Credit Report

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.  Read More...

Preparing for Changes from CFPB

The CFBP announced new expectations for collections agencies to reduce and prevent conduct that may be harmful to consumers.    Read More...

Credit Data

What information appears on your credit report?Read More...