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Gerri Detweiler

Director of Consumer Education, Credit.com |  In Personal Finance, Managing Debt

Gerri Detweiler is Credit.com’s Director of Consumer Education. She focuses on helping people understand their credit and debt, and writes about those issues, as well as financial legislation, budgeting, debt recovery and savings strategies. She is also the co-author of Debt Collection Answers: How to Use Debt Collection Laws to Protect Your Rights, and Reduce Stress: Real-Life Solutions for Solving Your Credit Crisis as well as host of TalkCreditRadio.com.

Credit Report Mistakes? Here’s How to Fix Them

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Credit Report Mistakes? Here’s How to Fix Them

Credit Report Mistakes? Here’s How to Fix Them

When you find a mistake on your credit report, the advice is always the same: dispute it. It is your right under federal law to dispute incorrect or incomplete information with both the credit reporting agency (or agencies) reporting the data, as well as with the furnisher—the issuing credit card company, auto lender or debt… Read More

New Federal Rule Protects Benefits from Garnishment

Managing Debt

New Federal Rule Protects Benefits from Garnishment

New Federal Rule Protects Benefits from Garnishment

A new rule protecting certain federal benefits from garnishment became effective May 1, 2011. The regulation, titled, Garnishment of Accounts Containing Federal Benefit Payments, is important because it will help protect the elderly and disabled, among others, who receive federal benefits from having that money taken from their checking or savings accounts by creditors. What… Read More

Time for a CARD Act for Checking Accounts?

Personal Finance

Time for a CARD Act for Checking Accounts?

Time for a CARD Act for Checking Accounts?

Surprised by a fee on your checking account? Don’t be. If you’ve tried to get information about the costs of your checking account, you may have come away from the experience ready to stash your money in your mattress. Two recent studies point out just how difficult it is to get straightforward checking account cost… Read More

How to Get (Even More) Free Credit Reports

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How to Get (Even More) Free Credit Reports

How to Get (Even More) Free Credit Reports

You may be able to get free copies of your credit reports in addition to those made available annually on AnnualCreditReport.com. I’m not talking about free-but-you-get-billed-if-you-don’t-cancel offers. These are additional free copies that credit reporting agencies are required to provide under state or federal law, if you qualify. The first trick is knowing when you… Read More

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