Debt Collectors Not Stopping Even as Coronavirus
Consumer debt hit $14.3 trillion during the first quarter, right as the pandemic began to unfold in the U.S, but the coronavirus will not stop creditors from calling or even filing lawsuits.
While creditors can still file lawsuits against consumers during the pandemic, in many cases, they cannot garnish accounts until May 25. Dominic Ribaudo, a staff attorney with Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, said he has seen an uptick in applications from clients needing help with consumer debt.
“Most of the cases involve credit card debt or medical debt. It’s just a mounting situation for people who are low-income trying to make ends meet,” said Ribuado.