Credit Reports and Credit Cards
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Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.
If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.
Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.
The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.
This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.
A freeze generally stops all access to your credit report, while a fraud alert permits creditors to get your report as long as they take steps to verify your identity.
Two federal laws " the Mail, Internet or Telephone Order Merchandise Rule and the Fair Credit Billing Act " offer protections and procedures so you don"t have to pay for merchandise you ordered but never got.
You can ask for an investigation "at no charge to you " of information in your file that you dispute as inaccurate or incomplete
It takes a little patience and knowledge of the dispute settlement procedures provided by the Fair Credit Billing Act (FCBA).
Alphabetical Listing of Resources
Asset Management, Bank Accounts, Consumer Loans, Credit Scores, Credit Cards, Insurance, Mortgages, and Regulations.
Introduction to the services offered by banks or credit unions.
Most reputable credit counselors are non-profit and offer services at local offices, online, or on the phone.
The comprehensive guide to making purchases and dealing with companies.
You have the right to see what is collected about you and to dispute inaccurate information.
State offices, district attorneys (DA), and government regulators.
Requirements for your employer to see your credit report.
Employers must get permission before asking for a report.
Your employer can't ask for some types of records.
You can request your credit report for free every year.
Have you received a letter informing you that your personal information may have gotten into the wrong hands?
A guide to obtaining, understanding and managing your information
Your home; adjusters and contractors; when picking a contractor; when you get your settlement; creditors, bills and budgeting; and watch out for fraud.
Recognizing, preventing, and dealing with fraud.
Up to 99% of domestic violence victims experience economic abuse during an abusive relationship, and finances are often cited as the biggest barrier to leaving an abusive relationship. This resource describes what economic abuse is and what to do about it.
Actions you can take to correct your file and history.
You have rights and responsibilities under the law.
The Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), which prohibits credit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age, or because you get public assistance.