Collecting Decedents' Accounts
The New Federal Trade Commission Rules and More!
A NorthLegal Webinar presented September 29, 2011
(Approximately 2 hr:23 min including Q&A.)
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Collecting consumer debts after the borrower has passed away has always been difficult. Now, new Federal Trade Commission rules add a layer of complexity making it even more of a challenge!
It may be popular or politically expedient to criticize collectors—especially those saddled with the sensitive task of trying to recover from the estate of a borrower who has died—and certainly there are abuses that must be stopped. And if there is no money to pay, there is no money to pay. But what about when there is money (or assets that could be liquidated for money) that should be used to pay a decedent's debts but no one comes forward to settle the accounts?
Of course, friends and relatives have no obligation to pay the borrower's debts out of their own pockets, but what about friends and relatives who have taken the deceased borrower's property?
And what about secured loans? What are a consumer lender's rights when collateral is in the hands of one of the decedent's heirs? Does it matter if that heir is making payments? (Hint: It might!)
How about deposit accounts? May the creditor apply the funds held on deposit to the deceased borrower's debts?
To complicate matters further, the new Federal Trade Commission rules place additional limits on who certain collectors can talk to and even the words collectors can say!
Attorney Eric North wrote his first manual regarding how to collect decedents' accounts more than 25 years ago and has handled cases and taught extensively on the subject ever since. During this program, he helps participants understand—
You can't make the subject "easy," but you can learn how to make the most
of the rights that you have.
NOTE: This program is intended for employees of consumer lending
institutions. Please contact NorthLegal Training and Publications to obtain approval
before registering if you are not an employee of a consumer lending institution.
The fee to attend this archived program is $145.00 if paid by credit card or $155.00 if paid by check. For that fee, you or someone from your financial institution may view this program as often as you like for a period of 30 days.
Although financial institutions from any state may attend this program, this program is jointly hosted by NorthLegal Training and Publications, by credit union and other consumer lending institution leagues and associations serving:
by the following local or regional associations:
and by the law firm of
Moore, Brewer, Jones, Tyler & North
(Participants do not have to be members of any of those leagues or associations in order to attend.)
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