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Sweepstakes Scams Are a Form of Financial Elder Abuse

Sweepstakes scams continue to rack up victims, despite warnings to the public. Often, senior citizens are the target of these types of scams. Thus, sweepstakes scams are a form of financial elder abuse. In a typical sweepstakes scam, a fraudster contacts an elderly victim and informs them that they have won lottery. The catch is that the elderly victim is then told that they must send in money in order to collect the sweepstakes prize. California financial elder abuse attorneys warn senior citizens not to fall victim to sweepstakes scams.

Recently, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it is putting an end to one large sweepstakes scam based in Ventura County. The defendant in the case owned three companies that allegedly mailed out more than 3.7 million letters to people in more than 156 countries. In this case, instead of asking for large sums of money from senior citizen victims, they asked for smaller sums of money. California financial elder abuse attorneys warn the public not to fall for sweepstakes scams no matter how much money the fraudsters ask for.

In this case, the senior citizen victims received personalized letters with official looking seals, stamps and bar codes. The seniors were told that they had won millions of dollars and could get the money by first sending in a small fee of $20-$30 within a limited period of time. According to the Federal Trade Commission, the scam has brought in more than $11 million dollars, mostly from senior citizens. California financial elder abuse attorneys say that senior citizens are often targeted for these kinds of mailings.

One of the letters that was mailed out as a part of this scam states that the victim has been chosen from a pool of 250,637 names. There is fine print on the back of the letter that states that consumers will actually only receive lists of sweepstakes they can enter instead of a cash prize. According to the Federal Trade Commission, the fine print does not clear the company of wrong doing because the claims are misleading and victims do not get what they are promised. Frequently, people do not see the fine print and send in the $20-$30 fee.

Sweepstakes scams such as this are widespread and one of the top five scams targeting consumers, according to the Federal Trade Commission. The fact that sweepstakes scams successfully target senior citizens makes them another form of financial elder abuse.

Evans Law Firm, Inc. handles elder abuse cases in California. If you think that you have witnessed or are the victim of elder abuse then, contact Evans Law Firm, Inc. at 41

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Hard Times Ahead For Eu Carbon Investment As Meps Reject Backloading Plan

It seems that for the time being carbon investment in the EU will not get the much needed price support, with a committee of MEPs rejecting plans for propping up the price in the EU’s carbon market. The decision predictably sent prices of carbon allowances down, spiralling to a new record low of below 3 a tonne.

MEPs Reject Backloading Plan

On January 25, BusinessGreen reported that the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) committee voted against a proposal by the European Commission to withhold permits from the market before reintroducing them at a later date. The process, known as backloading, was intended to remove part of the oversupply of EU carbon allowances (EUAs) in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS).

Carbon Price Hits a Fresh Low

Although the vote is just one of the steps in a process which could still see the backloading plan implemented, the result sent the trading price of EUAs to a record low of 2.81 a tonne. BusinessGreen quoted Miles Austin, executive director of the Climate Markets and Investment Association, as saying that without the backloading it was difficult to see how the EU ETS would remain relevant for future climate policy. It will be driving little significant change, certainly not at the scale needed for Europe to promote a low-carbon economy and remain internationally competitive, Mr Austin added.

Analysts have estimated that the price of EUAs needs to be approximately ten times higher to drive low carbon investment on a large-scale.

Wake-Up Call

On January 24, Reuters quoted the EUs Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard as saying that the carbon price fall to less than 3 should serve as a wake-up call to EU Member States to back the Commissions backloading plan. It must be clear to all that when the Commission warned that the ETS price could drop dramatically it was not a false warning but a real possibility, Ms Hedegaard was quoted as saying.

Indeed,carbon investment prospects in the EU seem grim at present, with Reuters reporting that following the parliamentary vote SocieteGenerale cut its forecasts for average EUAs carbon prices from 2013 to 2015 by around 30 percent. Negative news and events relating to the EU ETS continue to pile up and come from all sides, the bank said. The EU ETS has become a one-way market, spiralling down.

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Denied Mortgage Modification

I frequently hear clients say they were told to not pay their mortgage for 3 months so they can apply for a mortgage modification. Then, after submitting all of the paperwork, the modification is denied. Or, they’re just put into a trial period, the whole while believing that their mortgage is modified. Then they really are surprised to be served by the Sheriff with foreclosure documents. They really are rightfully scared, confused and hopeless. They wouldn’t have asked to get a modification if they could afford their mortgage in the first place and now the bank is telling them to pay a minimum of those three months that was not paid so they can apply for a modification or be faced with the prospect of losing their home.

Sometimes, rather then endlessly arguing with the bank, homeowners benefit from meeting with a lawyer knowledgeable about the mortgage modification process or an experienced bankrutpcy lawyer. Many people asked for help with a mortgage modification from their bank hoping to avoid filing for bankruptcy. Some people think that when they file for bankruptcy, they will be forced to sell or lose their home. This is usually not the case. Filing for bankruptcy can sometimes be the only real choice to save your home. In order to learn if bankruptcy may help you, you may want to consult with a local bankruptcy lawyer. If you’re considering filing for bankruptcy in order to protect your home, please don’t wait until the sale date is scheduled. The bank might have dragged their feet with respect to your modification, but time is essential and the earlier you speak with a bankruptcy lawyer, the more options could possibly be available to save your home.

A chapter 13 bankruptcy is the primary chapter of bankruptcy used to stop a mortgage foreclosure. There are very few requirements to qualify to file for a chapter 13 bankruptcy. A chapter 13 bankruptcy will allow you to pay off your past due mortgage amounts over a time period as opposed to right away, like the bank wants.

Only a licensed attorney can provide a homeowner legal advise regarding their situation. There are many ways to locate a qualified lawyer. For example The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys is often a helpful resource in helping distressed homeowners find a qualified lawyer who’s experienced in both mortgage modification issues and the advantages of filing for bankrutpcy protection as it relates to stopping foreclosure proceedings.

Jane L. Weatherly, Attorney at Law, PLLC is a bankruptcy law firm located in Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, The firm is a debt relief agency and assists consumers file for protection under the United States Bankruptcy Code. For more information, please call (919)758-9296 or visit .

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What Is The True Meaning Of Finance

The definition of finance is the provision of funds or loan supplied to an individual or company. Often this term is used for the study of economics and how money is controlled. It can be also defined as the management of funds and capital required by a business and private activities. Management of finance has also developed into a specialized branch within the financial sector and is carried out by finance managers.

Managing this involves dealing with the optimization and allocation of funds to various areas either by borrowing or by using those available from internal resources. The word Optimizing may sound strange but it refers to taking measures that minimize the cost of financing while simultaneously attempting to maximize the profits out of the employed finance. Bad debts are poor finance management where rules have not been followed; the result of this is depressed markets, low production and a cash crisis. It is for this very reason that finance managers are very careful with finance they agree too and where it is funded from.

It is not uncommon to hear finance managers referred to as bean counters as they are looking at immediate returns and initial costs against the potential at a later stage. Finance managers are the pessimists whereas sales managers are the optimists who look to the future and not to the past! Often though, problems occur with small businesses who fail to see the distinction between a business loan and a personal one. Most lenders will cancel the loan if they feel they have been deceived this way because they are unsure what the money is to be invested in.

Hopefully by educating the small (and large) business owners of their fiscal responsibilities they may build the basis of an improved company in the future. Small businesses can be very flexible, however, and call upon friends, other businesses, family members, even their own bank for finance.

Finance managers can help improve their company’s profits by using external sources which also lessens the risk on them at the same time. The famous comedian Bob Hope best summed up the subject when he once said; a bank is a place that will lend you money but only if you can prove that you don’t need it.

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Homeowners Can Get Incredibly Flexible Finance!

There is a combination of a home loan and line of credit that will provide a homeowner with all the finance he needs. Since the duration of home loans are extremely long, flexibility is essential because many things can happen in 30 years. Your needs will change over time and so should your source of financing.

The problem of flexibility of mortgage loans was already solved by a home loan type that adapts to the borrowers needs. However, if the borrower wanted additional cash for some unexpected expenses, there was no solution provided by these loans. Thats why a combination of home loan and home equity line of credit is the best option for ultimate flexibility.

Option Mortgage Loans

The first part of this Loan Combo is the mortgage loan. The idea of these loans is that while for a certain situation a fixed interest rate mortgage loan would be the best option for you, you may have to go through difficult times eventually and you would prefer an interest only mortgage loan then. And perhaps, later your financial situation would improve and you would prefer to take advantage of better market conditions with a variable rate mortgage loan.

Normally you would have to refinance your loan many times over the life of a 30 years home loan in order to do all the above. But Option Mortgage Loans let you choose the set of rules that will apply to your loan each time you pay your mortgage installment. That way, if you go through some hardship you can pay only the interests and postpone the payment of principal. Or if you run into extra income you can choose to pay off your home loan sooner.

Home Equity Line of Credit

A home equity line of credit will complement an Option Mortgage Loan by providing additional finance each time you are in need of cash. So, if you suddenly find yourself in a complicated financial situation, you can not only reduce your monthly payments by changing your mortgage loan to an interest only home loan but you can also get extra cash by withdrawing money from your home equity line of credit.

The home equity line of credit is secured on your home, thus both the mortgage and the line of credit have the same security. A property worth $150,000 can easily provide you with a line of credit of $50,000 if your outstanding mortgage is $100,000. As you can see, its an excellent option for solving your finance issues for many years. You wont need to resort to any other source of finance again.

The main benefit of these lines of credit is that while you repay the money withdrawn, the cash will be available again right away if you need it again. Thus, you wont have to apply for a loan each time you need cash. Moreover, the interest rate charged for these loan products is significantly lower than that of personal loans and credit cards.

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One Sure Way To Find A Reliable Loan Modification,

Eventually you may need to pick a loan modification specialist. This can be very difficult if you don’t know what to do. One way to find a specialist is to do a little investigating, ask a few friends for advice, or consult some professionals who work in this area. Here are some guidelines.

One sure way to find a reliable loan modification specialist or modification firm is to ask people who have used the services of such professionals in the past. Personal recommendations might not give you many names. You may need to explore other avenues of finding help. There are other means of finding a loan modification specialist. Ask your local real estate broker. Due to the very nature of their business, they will know lawyers who have had experience with the procedures involved in foreclosure, financial disasters, and loan modifications.

A simple call to your local state bar association can assist you in finding a lawyer who has experience dealing with situations similar to your own. You might not be comfortable letting your lending institution know how difficult things are for you. However, a talk with the bank manager about your situation may also result in a recommendation.

A foreclosure attorney is another source of finding a loan modification specialist. Due to the nature of their business, these lawyers have dealt with loan modifications while representing their clients. They might be reluctant to offer a name, but you won’t know until you ask.

After you have done the research and found some possible loan modification specialists, narrow your list to three choices. Call the attorney or firm and ask if they would be willing to negotiate a loan modification on your behalf. Don’t jump right in to the process and start giving out personal information right away; take some time to get to know who you are hiring. Even then, never give out your mortgage ID number, driver’s license number, social security number or credit card numbers over the telephone

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Tips To Start A Loan Modification Business – Start Within Days

Get ready to be a part of the most booming industry in today’s economy. As a loan modification consultant you can start making thousands of dollar while helping home owners lower their mortgage payment and save their homes. You can start from home or from your office with little or no investment. Here are some tips and steps you can take to start a loan modification business within few days.

First decide a name of your loan mod company. If you already have a business then you can use the same name. Go to your city county office for occupational licenses and permit. Fill out necessary forms. Pay registration fee.

Get a new phone line under your loan modification company name or use home phone number. Get a fax or sign up with a online fax service which will only cost you around ten dollar per month.

Open a business bank account with your local bank.

Next Step is to get all the knowledge you can about home loan modification.

Next step is to spread the word about your new service. Tell all your friends, family members and neighbors of your new mortgage modification service.

Beside these steps there are few other things you will have to learn. For example how to know if the client will qualify for mortgage modification? What are the lenders loan modification guidelines? How much fee should I charge my client? How can I accept upfront fee? What types of forms are required to submit to the lender?

After learning most of the above information you should be able to start up your own loan modification business without have any obstacle come on your way. Before you get started in the mortgage restructure business, you need to research all of the different aspects of the industry, just to be sure you understand what you’re getting into.

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Financial Infidelity What Is It

Although many are not familiar with the term financial infidelity, it has increasingly become a problem in many households across America. So what exactly is financial infidelity? Financial Infidelity occurs when one person in a committed relationship spends or hides money without disclosing it to their partner.

Like sexual infidelity, financial infidelity can destroy one’s marriage. Money problems are known to be one of the leading contributors to divorce. Financial infidelity happens to be at the top of the list of money problems that lead to divorce. Shockingly, Jennifer Brand, a family law specialist in Philadelphia, stated -I see more cases of divorce caused by financial infidelity than I do from sexual infidelity.-

So how many people out there are actually lying to their spouses about money? The numbers are surprisingly high. In a recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive, the following results were revealed:

Approximately 1 out of 3 people admit to lying to their partners about finances
One in Four people state that their partners have withheld financial information
Three out of Four people surveyed stated that they fight at least occasionally about money
One in Four adults believe that financial infidelity is worse than sexual infidelity
96% of the group surveyed reported that it is both partners’ responsibility to be completely honest about financial issues.

The results indicate that financial infidelity is a serious problem. As one can imagine, any form of dishonesty in a relationship can lead to serious trust issues. Those trust issues can ultimately break down the emotional connection needed to make a relationship last. The reality is that the effects of financial infidelity on a relationship are no different and oftentimes worse than sexual infidelity. If you are having a problem with being completely honest around your finances with your partner or are having problems getting over financial infidelity in your relationship, you should consider working with a financial therapist.

Nikiya Spence is a licensed psychotherapist, certified money coach, and speaker. Nikiya specializes in helping individuals and couples transform their relationship with money. Visit her website at www.solutionsoflife.com or call 770-638-7145 for a free 30-minute no obligation consultation.

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Financial Content Development Services

When it comes to publicizing a business on the internet, content development acts as the key to success as content rich websites draw the attention of target audience. Commercial websites have different types of content depending on the products and services they have to offer. Financial content is one such type.
As a business owner, if you need any kind of financial content for your website, it would be advisable for you to take the help of an expert. Since:

He/she is well versed with financial terms; they will be able to avoid the use of jargon so that common people will also be able to understand what they view.
This expert will adopt certain financial content development techniques that will help your website with SEO and social media marketing as well.
Here are a few financial content development services that an expert can assist with:
Content for portals
It is found that many businesses utilize portals to communicate information to target audience. So, equity and sector research along with detailed information about a companys operations with relevant data and analyses will be provided by the expert.
Blogs
The world of internet is awash with blogs. From a survey, it was found that 47.1% of bloggers were influenced after they read about a product or a service in a blog. This expert will research, analyze and formulate content. He/she will also update blogs on a regular basis with fresh content to ensure that visitors return to the site on a regular basis.
eBooks
The experts create eBooks based on the research that they do. These eBooks usually contain new financial ideas, information, and analysis presented through interactive text and rich graphics.
Newsletters
They also publish newsletters with valuable financial information like recent financial news, updates from the money market, and events and analyses in order to reach the target audience.
Research
The expert also provides research services on custom markets, investments, analytics, emerging markets, finance and businesses.
Analysis and valuation
They also provide an insight into a companys operations, based on information gathered from the companys website; like sales, valuation, mortgages and loans and trading movements.
Now that you are aware of the services that an expert can offer you, it would be easier for you to do a need analysis of your website. Once you have analyzed your needs you should get started on your search for an expert. You can also log on to the website of Pi Media Services that has a team of trained experts to help you with a number of financial content development services after analyzing your needs.

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When To Seek Professional Help With Financial Problems In Canada

Seeking professional help due to financial problems is a typical experience that most people have to face at least once in their lives. The most important thing when in financial trouble is to be able to recognize the signs and seek assistance from a professional to help get you out of financial danger. In a situation like this it requires you to take action to seek help in order to help yourself. It is also crucial to recognize that what is dangerous for one person may not be for another and may just be a bad month.

In Canada there are four financial signs to warn you that you may be in a financially dangerous spot. The first sign is if you have failed to make one or more payments on a mortgage or loan you may be in financial danger. Keep in mind one late payment over a course of a long period is not the same as repetitive failing to make payments. The second sign of financial danger is if your credit cards are constantly at their limit and unable to be used. The third sign is if you are paying bills by taking credit card cash advantages you may be in financial danger. This is a big one because by doing this you are allowing yourself to pay off debt with debt which just repeats the cycle. The fourth sign is if your creditors have passed your account to a collection agency or if you have received notice of legal action being taken. At that point you are experiencing financial danger and it is important that you are aware of this and take action to receive help.

It is in such a place like the one above where you need to decide to take action and either seek professional help or learn techniques to keep your bank balanced so that you are not missing payments. It is important to recognize that every situation is individualized, and being late on a payment is a lot different than already receiving a legal notice of action against you. Another thing to keep in mind is that sometimes things in life are beyond our control and you may not have a say in the way things happen. These can be things such as losing your job, experiencing a death or divorce.

Overall, financial problems come in many different shapes and sizes and it is important to be aware of your financial problems and face them square on so that it reduces the risk of having trouble later on.