How Can I Stop Wage Garnishment in Florida?
June 14, 2021

In our recent blog post, What to Expect if You Face Wage Garnishment in Florida, we discussed the basics of wage garnishment in Florida. It included a discussion of how much of your wages can be withheld and sent to your creditors. You have a lot more options to deal with your creditors before they start garnishing your wages than if you wait. However, if that’s water under the bridge, and you are at the point where your wages are being garnished, you still have some limited options. Let’s explore the possibilities to fight wage garnishment as well as some… Read More

What to Expect if You Face Wage Garnishment in Florida
May 30, 2021

If you are having trouble making ends meet, the last thing you want is for your creditor to garnish your wages. A wage garnishment, also known as a wage attachment, is an order the court sends to your employer telling them to withhold money from your paycheck and sent it to the creditor. As you can imagine, this will not endear you to your employer. However, they can’t fire you for it unless you have more than one garnishment. However, under Florida law, your employer can deduct the amount from your paycheck that it cost them to obey a wage… Read More

My Creditor Has a Default Judgment Against Me! What Now?
May 17, 2021

How a Creditor Gets a Default Judgment Against You If a creditor is unable to collect a debt from you, eventually they will file a complaint against you in court. The court issues a summons notifying you of the suit. The plaintiff must then properly serve you with the summons and complaint within the procedures set out by Florida law. In Florida, once you have been served, you have 20 days to file a response with the court if you want to avoid a default judgment. Should you miss that deadline, the plaintiff will then request the court to order… Read More

Do I Need a Florida Debt Collection Defense Attorney?
May 3, 2021

If you’re accused of murder, you know you need to hire an attorney. But what if you just owe debts you can’t pay? When should you handle it yourself, and when do you need a Florida debt collection defense attorney? When you are already overwhelmed with debt, you may hesitate to get legal help, because you are afraid of just adding to your debt. But in many situations, a lawyer can save you money and give you a lifeline to getting your life back on track. That doesn’t mean you always need the help of a lawyer. Let’s look at… Read More

Where Should I File My Bankruptcy Petition?
April 19, 2021

There are many financial requirements you must meet to be discharged in bankruptcy in Florida.  But there are also requirements that govern where to file for bankruptcy. Keep in mind that bankruptcy actions are established under federal law. You will not file bankruptcy in state court, but rather in federal bankruptcy court. The federal district where you file determines where your case will be heard. What is the Basis for Where to File for Bankruptcy? When filing a bankruptcy petition, these three factors may govern where you file. For a consumer bankruptcy, normally you will file in the same district… Read More

I’m Being Sued by Midland Funding! What Should I Do?
April 5, 2021

Have you received a debt collection letter from Midland Funding, LLC? Or maybe you received a complaint or court notice from Midland Credit Management (MCM)? You may ask yourself “Who are these people? I didn’t buy anything from any company called Midland!” When credit card debt, auto loans, bank debts and other consumer debts go unpaid, the holders of the debts often sell them to third-party debt buyers. If you didn’t pay your credit card, it’s a good bet that the credit card company sold it to a debt buyer. Midland Funding is one of the biggest debt buyers in… Read More

Event Revenue Losses Due to Covid-19
March 15, 2021

Events are big business here in Florida and across the country, but the pandemic has hit them hard. Many large sporting events, big concerts and events of all kinds have been canceled, postponed or downscaled. Those who run the events and their staffs are not the only ones affected.  Industries that serve people who attend events such as hotels, restaurants, bars, shops and an array of vendors also suffer. Let’s see how organizers are coping with event revenue losses due to Covid-19. Adaptations for Events During the Pandemic Social Distancing Many events have been canceled, but some event managers are… Read More

How to Get by During the Covid-19 Pandemic in Florida
March 2, 2021

In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, many are still suffering financial losses here in the Tampa Bay area and across the country. It can be hard to just get by during the Covid-19 pandemic. Beyond government help, there are things you can do on your own to help you through the pandemic. Let’s take a look at how the economy stands, some things you can do to dial down financial pressure off and things you can do to be prepared if and when the most recent stimulus package becomes law. The Economy Now Here’s where we are: In 2020,… Read More

New Limitations on Debt Collection Are Coming: We’ve Boiled It Down
February 1, 2021

If you are struggling with debt, you will want to know about the latest debt collection limitations rules released  on December 18, 2020, that cover Information debt collectors must reveal to you about your debt When debt collectors can add information to consumer credit reports Limits on actions regarding debts that are past the statute of limitations for litigation Last month we told you that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), after seven years of preparation, was releasing the Final Rule of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). The Final Rule was released in three parts, and last month… Read More

Ziegler Diamond Law: Debt Fighters – New Name, Same Dedication to Helping Consumers Overcome Debt Problems
January 22, 2021

January 22, 2021 – Clearwater, FL– The Law Office of Michael A. Ziegler: Debt Fighters, a Florida law firm that helps consumers overcome debt problems, announced today the appointment of partner Kaelyn Steinkraus Diamond to shareholder partner. The firm will now be known as Ziegler Diamond Law: Debt Fighters. “Kaelyn’s passion and expertise for protecting our clients from illegal debt collecting activities have made her a tremendous asset to the firm,” said Managing Partner Michael Ziegler. “I am proud to have her name appear next to mine.” Mrs. Diamond first began working at the firm as a law clerk in… Read More