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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.

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Can Alternative Data Help You Get Credit?

When applying for credit, we know that we are likely to be subjected to the traditional credit search, where the potential creditor will check our credit history through one of the three main credit reporting agencies, Trans Union, Equifax and Experian.  However, for those who do not have an established credit history, there may be a road block to getting credit.  Can the use of "alternative data" help those with unestablished credit histories have a better chance in the marketplace? Read More...

A Guide to the Fair Credit Reporting Act

The Fair Credit Reporting Act, more commonly referred to as the FCRA, is the federal statute that was enacted to protect consumer rights in the credit reporting industry.  This law is a consumer minded statute that ensures accuracy and fairness in reporting and dissemination of your financial information.  The FCRA specifically outlines consumer rights but also sets guidelines for creditors, lenders and consumer reporting agencies. Read More...

Can Employers Make You Waive Rights When Doing a Background Check?

When going for an interview most employers want to conduct a background check.  Employers want to delve into you personal and financial history to ensure that if you ace your interview there is nothing lurking in your credit that may raise a red flag.  In order to conduct a background check, employers must receive your express consent and according to a recent decision in the Ninth Circuit court of appeals there is no way around it.Read More...

New FICO Scoring Model to Save Us from Medical Collections

As a consumer, understanding your FICO score is a useful tool to improving your credit.  FICO is the most common credit scoring model used by creditors and lenders to make a decision on whether or not to lend you money.  Because the lending industry is constantly changing, your FICO score needs to evolve too.Read More...