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Keeping post-J.D. hopelessness at bay?

I graduated from law school this month. I got great grades, and have a good job lined up that will keep me busy for three years after the bar exam and before entering law firm life. The problem is that I'm the new cliche: I have accumulated close to $250,000 in educational debt through undergrad and grad school and I don't want to be a lawyer. At all. Blizzard to follow. [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes on May 26, 2013 - 30 answers

Did My Education Creditor Forget I Owe Money?

I went back to school to get some certificates. During the two years since I finished, I have never received even one invoice for my education debt. I have not been contacted in any way. I can't even figure out who I owe money to. Am I going to be in trouble? [more inside]
posted by matt_arnold on May 16, 2013 - 25 answers

Calm, cool, and collected.

I would assume that a company has a legal obligation to notify a consumer of outstanding charges on his or her account in a timely manner – namely, before sending that account to collections. Is this so? Can you direct me to the specific Federal or local (Massachusetts) statutes that establish this obligation? [more inside]
posted by donmateo on Apr 24, 2013 - 6 answers

Deciding to transition away from the legal profession-- too soon?

I'm a law student in Ontario, just about done 2 years out of 3. I absolutely hate the academic aspect of it, and I'm pretty miserable. I didn't particularly enjoy the practice experiences I've had either, at 3 different legal-aid type clinics working as a student in family law, criminal law, and landlord/tenant matters. I have invested a lot of money into pursuing this law degree. Should I be giving serious thought to finding something else to do with my life as soon as I graduate, or should I stick it out and work my hardest to try to get a paying job in the legal profession, in the hopes that I will be able to pay off my student loan debt? [more inside]
posted by spicytunaroll on Apr 9, 2013 - 14 answers

Student loan forgiveness for people who actually have been paying their debt down?

I feel like I've paid enough interest on my student loan. Do any student-loan forgiveness plans exist for middle-class people who actually pay their bills and are not in default? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 10, 2012 - 10 answers

Metaphorical question, but a serious one: Stuck at an intersection. How should I proceed when the light changes?

I'm in a bad pickle at this time, so I'm reaching out to the Green to help me decide which the best next step is moving forward. To keep it as simple as possible, I got in a car accident more than two years ago, using a major car rental company. I got an unexpected bill from the car rental company almost two years later (late December 2011) for a high amount (let's say over $30,000) that the other party apparently were given by the rental company due to their alleged injures. I had no insurance when I was in the accident. For many reasons, I felt the collection of the debt was unfair. I had temporary legal representation (a family friend), but he was unable to get the car rental company to forgo the collection, so he bowed out early January. [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude on Oct 9, 2012 - 27 answers

In which US states can somebody be arrested for an outstanding debt?

In which US states can somebody be arrested for an outstanding debt? [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 on Apr 13, 2012 - 6 answers

I'm looking for career path suggestions for a family member. From debt adviser in the charity sector to ???

I'm looking for career path suggestions for a family member. From debt adviser in the charity sector to ??? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 23, 2012 - 5 answers

Medical bill debt, death and probate

News and debt filter: Can somebody tell me why it was necessary to have a fundraiser to pay US medical bills for a deceased person? In the USA, if you die with debts greater than the total sum of your assets, your estate is generally liquidated in probate, right? Medical debt collectors can't go after your family for debts they didn't incur... [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Jan 23, 2012 - 11 answers

How to find out about a possible County Court Judgement?

How to find out about a possible County Court Judgement? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 21, 2010 - 3 answers

Quebec Debt and Credit Reporting Laws?

I need references for laws in Quebec regarding debt collection and credit reporting. [more inside]
posted by splice on Sep 14, 2010 - 2 answers

Relative has screwed me over financially, help me minimize the impact and get repaid

A relative has just proceeded to screw me over financially. What is my best course of action? Should I sue? How can I handle the situation? Long explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 11, 2010 - 30 answers

Stopping unjust wage garnishment?

My wages may be about to be unjustly garnished. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by rwhe on Apr 20, 2010 - 6 answers

And we even broke up soon after =(

Drove ex-gf to California, got a ticket, asked for extension (or to appeal?) and forgot about it. Never got a response and now a law firm in El Paso is trying to collect about $250. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by jstarlee on Mar 28, 2010 - 8 answers

What prevents companies from simply screwing everyone and paying off their owners debt free?

What prevents companies from simply screwing everyone and paying off their owners debt free? [more inside]
posted by doomtop on Mar 23, 2010 - 14 answers

How can I go about this career change into science?

Used to be a science geek, left it behind long ago, really wish I hadn't. Want to change careers. Need advice. [more inside]
posted by Gaz Errant on Feb 19, 2010 - 10 answers

Risk-aversion shows I'm qualified, right?

Should I take out a full load of student loans to attend a top-6 law school right now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 13, 2009 - 28 answers

Legal/Debt Filter: How to deal with improperly served summonses

For the third time now I've discovered that I've been improperly served a summons, and for the second time I've had a default judgment entered against me because I was unaware of the court date. It seems ridiculously difficult to take action against service processors for this behavior as it's your word against their affidavit and there are no regulatory agencies governing them. Are there legal avenues that I'm not aware of? [more inside]
posted by scharpy on Jun 9, 2009 - 11 answers

Does that make sense?

Debtfilter: Employer provides signing bonus structured as forgivable loan (forgiven if employee stays with firm long enough). Employee leaves soon after, and employer seeks to collect on loan. Employee is now a broke grad student, so employer offers to defer collection of loan until grad school is complete. Question: If length of time in grad school exceeds state statute of limitations on original loan, does this mean the loan will discharge itself before it can be collected? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2009 - 16 answers

Is there a separation of debt in a marriage (NZ)?

Separation of Personal Debt in an Ongoing Marriage (NZ Law) [more inside]
posted by thomasck on Jan 16, 2009 - 4 answers

How can I use my law degree and still like my life?

I'm getting a law degree but I hate being adversarial. Any ideas for something fun to do with this degree? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2008 - 22 answers

Do debt collectors have to pay a fee if they call you after you have had an attorney contact them?

Do debt collectors have to pay a fee if they call you after you have had an attorney contact them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 24, 2008 - 5 answers

Get me out of my dead-end legal job.

Help me figure out to do with myself. I'm an early-30's lawyer with school loans well into the 6-digit range. I live in NYC. I hate what I do, I know what I like and am good at, but have no idea how to get from what I'm doing now to what I need to be doing. [more inside]
posted by Gaz Errant on Oct 9, 2007 - 18 answers

What to do about a sheriff serving papers in another state at an address I don't live at?

A sheriff visited a former address of mine earlier today to serve documents. I'm not sure what these documents were. What is my best course of action other than hiring a lawyer in terms of getting the scoop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 10, 2007 - 5 answers

Generation to generation debt

Is family debt passed on from generation to generation anymore? [more inside]
posted by iTristan on Dec 20, 2006 - 7 answers

Is law school a safe bet?

Is now as good a time as any to assume massive debt to attend law school? [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange on May 3, 2006 - 17 answers

How do I get my money back from my ex-roommate?

How do I get my money back from my ex-roommate? [more inside]
posted by thefinned1 on Dec 1, 2005 - 10 answers

What happens to someone's personal debt if s/he goes to prison?

What happens to someone's personal debt (ex. credit cards, student loans) if s/he goes to prison? Does it matter if the term is <10 years? Life? (Not that I need to worry personally, just curious.)
posted by ferociouskitty on Sep 1, 2004 - 6 answers

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