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Can CC company put a lien on our home?

Posted on: 26th Feb, 2009 06:26 am
I have defaulted on a credit card debt ..My husband does not know about this..It has been 4 months since I paid them. We are both on SS and own our home outright..His name is NOT on the credit card and AR is not a community property state..Can the cc company put a lien on our home or freeze our checking account? Thank you so much..I need advice badly and cannot afford a lawyer..
a lien can be placed on your home if and when a judgment is granted by a court. if you've reached that point, then it may happen. as for freezing your checking account, that's not really an option. again, once a judgment is issued, if you refuse to comply with the payments set out in court, then the company can execute against your checking or savings account(s).

you may not be able to pay a lawyer, but isn't there some way you can afford to pay at least a little bit to the credit card company? you'd prefer not to pay and perhaps incur a court judgment that could lead to more serious problems? hard to believe, but...
Posted on: 26th Feb, 2009 06:31 am
I tried to pay them what I could afford to pay and they refused..I had this credit card for 20 years and have had excellent credit..I don't care about a credit score any longer..I am seriously ill, being 73 years old and the stress of this is contributing to my illness..I just do not know what to do or where to turn..The debt has not gone to a collector as of yet but since it has been 4 month I feel it will soon...Thank you so much for your fast response...
Posted on: 26th Feb, 2009 06:36 am
bette, i appreciate your situation and understand your feelings, i think.

you may as well have them "charge off" your account (in other words, take it off the books as a real asset to them), at which time you can make payments at the best rate you can. if a collection agency is involved, try to work out a deal to make some sort of payment to them.

don't allow the stress to do you in - it's not worth it. one other question: you noted your home is paid for. have you considered the possibility of a reverse mortgage that would allow you to pay off some bills if you wished to do so, and might give you a reasonable source of income for the remaining years? it may be worth a look.
Posted on: 26th Feb, 2009 06:40 am
Dont listen to this guy! They cant put a lein on your home because its a secured debt/loan. The only way would be if you used the home for collateral. DONT do a reverse Mortgage. It'll cost you all your equity/retirement
Posted on: 27th Feb, 2009 11:17 am
now i don't mind someone disagreeing with me, but back up your statement, would you please? how is this "a secured debt/loan?" the poster says she defaulted on a credit card. in my neck of the woods, that's an unsecured debt.

and i am not pushing for the poster to get a reverse mortgage. i merely broached the subject. from her post, she "cannot afford a lawyer." that tells me that there are some financial issues that are in place now. it is entirely possible that a reverse mortgage, which would put some money in her pocket, would be beneficial. honestly, there are people for whom such a loan product is helpful. also, how does it "cost all your retirement?"
Posted on: 27th Feb, 2009 11:59 am
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