Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is the heart of American independence. With an old history, good farmland, beautiful mountains, Pennsylvania was an industrial state that attracted many workers. As a result, Pennsylvania is ranked #6 for population and #11 for population density.

As of 2018, almost 13 million people called Pennsylvania home. Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania and the 5th largest city in the US.

Pacific Debt offers a FREE Consultation to anyone looking at debt settlement options. Our Pennsylvania Debt Relief Program is designed to try to get you out of debt in two to four years.
As a general rule:

Income

The median state income is $52,005. As of 2018, the minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. Unfortunately, 18% of Pennsylvanian children under 18 live in poverty. For residents overall, 12.9% of all people in Pennsylvania live under the poverty level.

  • Median state income: $52,005
  • Minimum wage: $7.25/hour
  • Children in poverty: 18%
  • People in poverty: 12.9%

Homeowners

More than half (68.6%) for Pennsylvanians hold a mortgage. The median home price in Pennsylvania is $169,000 (2018). Of course, that median price depends on the location with some areas being much higher.

  • Homeowner rate: 68.6%
  • Median home price: $169,000

Employment

Pennsylvania’s current employment rate is 4.8%. However, the underemployment rate is 10.6%. Underemployment is the percentage of civilian workers who are unemployed, employed part-time or are not seeking employment.

If this is you, we can help. Pacific Debt offers Pennsylvania debt relief solutions tailored to your unique situation and budget. Our certified counselors help you work up a budget and explain your options.

  • Unemployment: 4.8% (2018)
  • Underemployment: 10.6% (2017)

Pennsylvania Debt

Pennsylvanians carry a lot of debt. The average credit card debt is $6,065 (2018). The average student loan debt is the highest in the US at $35,185. When you add all that debt on top of the cost of homes (rental or owned), versus the median income, it is very easy for Pennsylvanians to get into debt.

  • Avg credit card debt: $6,065 (2018)
  • Avg mortgage debt: $157,643 (2017)
  • Avg student loan debt: $35,185 (2017)

Pennsylvania Statute of Limitations

Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations lays out maximum time periods that debt collectors can take action against a delinquent debt. These statutes of limitations begin on the date that your debt goes delinquent.

For debts taken out in Pennsylvania, the following are the statutes of limitations for different types of debt.

  • Oral agreements: 4 years
  • Written contracts: 4 years
  • Promissory notes: 4 years
  • Credit cards and other revolving loans: 4 years

Pennsylvania Debt Relief & Debt Consolidation

If you have more debt than you can pay off, Pacific Debt can help you consolidate your debt and learn to live debt free. Since 2002, we’ve settled over $200 million in debt for thousands of clients. We are a nationally top-ranked debt relief company located in San Diego.

We will help you work through our proven and comprehensive debt relief program. Your certified debt relief counselor will review all your options. If debt settlement is right for you, we move forward with our debt consolidation program and work to save you money. Pacific Debt can help with most unsecured debt like credit cards, personal loans, medical bills, and repossessions.

It is not an easy process and it won’t happen overnight, but you can do it. Pacific Debt will be there every step of the way to help.

Debt Collection Laws

Pennsylvanians are protected against unscrupulous debt collectors. The federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) prohibits debt collectors from using abusive or harassing bill collection practices. In addition, the Pennsylvania Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (PFDCPA) adds protections against more types of collectors and actions. If you are a victim of any of these actions, you may take legal action against them.

Overall, debt collectors can NOT:

  • Charges more than 10% interest
  • Garnish more than 25% of wages
  • Use/threaten physical force or criminal tactics to harm you, your property, or your reputation
  • Accusing you of committing a crime for not paying the debt
  • Make/threaten to make defamatory statements to someone else
  • Threaten arrest, to seize assets, or garnish wages unless actually planning to take such action
  • Use obscene or profane language
  • Cause you to spend money you wouldn’t otherwise have spent (ie long-distance telephone calls)
  • Call you repeatedly or let your phone ring repeatedly
  • Call frequently
  • Contact your employer, except to verify employment or health insurance status, garnish wages or locate you
  • Reveal information about the debt to anyone except your spouse or your parents if a minor.
  • Publicly publish your name for failing to pay
  • Send a postcard or letter with revealing information on the envelope
  • Claim to be someone other than a debt collector, including a governmental official
  • Use stationary that appears to be from a law firm
  • Charge you collection or attorney’s fees unless legally allowable
  • Threaten to report you to a credit reporting agency if they have no intention of doing so
  • Send a letter claiming to come from a claim, credit, audit, or legal department unless it actually is

Debt collectors must:

  • Disclose caller identification
  • May contact your family to locate you
  • Must serve you with notice of a lawsuit if suing you

Bankruptcy Court Information

Bankruptcy is a legal action that can erase most of your debt as well as your credit history. It is not an action to take lightly. If you do, you must follow the following steps in Pennsylvania.

Persons filing for bankruptcy must:

  • Complete credit counseling within six months before filing for bankruptcy.
  • Complete a financial management instructional course after filing bankruptcy.
  • Complete a Bankruptcy Act Means Test to determine if you are eligible for a Chapter 7 or 13 bankruptcy
  • Itemize current income sources; major financial transactions; monthly living expenses; debts (secured and unsecured); and property (all assets and possessions, not just real estate).
  • Collect last 2 years of tax returns, deeds to real estate you own, car titles, and loan documents
  • File for bankruptcy
      • Chapter 7 bankruptcy fee is $306
      • Chapter 13 bankruptcy fee is $281
  • Meet with court assigned bankruptcy trustee
  • Attend a Meeting of Creditors
  • Confirm plan if filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy

DISCLAIMER: We are not lawyers and are not giving legal advice. Before filing bankruptcy, talk to a lawyer in your state.

Pennsylvania Better Business Bureau

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Pennsylvania Debt Relief Reviews

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Pennsylvania Areas Served by Pacific Debt

Aliquippa
Allentown
Altoona
Arnold
Beaver Falls
Bethlehem
Bradford
Butler
Carbondale
Chester
Clairton
Coatesville
Connellsville
Corry
DuBois
Duquesne
Easton
Erie
Farrell
Franklin
Greensburg
Harrisburg
Hazleton
Hermitage
Jeannette
Johnstown
Lancaster
Latrobe
Lebanon
Lock Haven
Lower Burrell
McKeesport
Meadville
Monessen
Monongahela
Nanticoke
New Castle
New Kensington
Oil City
Parker
Philadelphia
Pittsburgh
Pittston
Pottsville
Reading
St. Marys
Scranton
Shamokin
Sharon
Sunbury
Titusville
Uniontown
Warren
Ulster
Warren
Washington
Wilkes-Barre
Williamsport
York

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