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Money Troubles

  • 1,001 things they won't tell you : an insider's guide to spending, saving, and living wisely

    1,001 things they won't tell you : an insider's guide to spending, saving, and living wisely

    Dahl, Jonathan.
  • California workers' comp : how to take charge when you're injured on the job

    California workers' comp : how to take charge when you're injured on the job

  • Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

    Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

  • Credit repair.

    Credit repair.

  • Fight for your money : how to stop getting ripped off and save a fortune

    Fight for your money : how to stop getting ripped off and save a fortune

    Bach, David.
  • How to file for chapter 7 bankruptcy

    How to file for chapter 7 bankruptcy

  • How to get out of debt, stay out of debt & live prosperously

    How to get out of debt, stay out of debt & live prosperously

    Mundis, Jerrold J.
  • Lifelines for money misfortunes : how to overcome life's greatest challenges

    Lifelines for money misfortunes : how to overcome life's greatest challenges

    Pollan, Stephen M.
  • Money 911 : your most pressing money questions answered, your money emergencies solved

    Money 911 : your most pressing money questions answered, your money emergencies solved

    Chatzky, Jean Sherman, 1964-
  • Nolo's guide to Social Security disability.

    Nolo's guide to Social Security disability.

  • Scam-Proof Your Life: 377 Smart Ways to Protect You & Your Family From Ripoffs, Bogus Deals & Other Consumer Headaches

    Scam-Proof Your Life: 377 Smart Ways to Protect You & Your Family From Ripoffs, Bogus Deals & Other Consumer Headaches

    Kirchheimer, Sid.
  • Solve your money troubles.

    Solve your money troubles.

  • The American Bar Association guide to credit and bankruptcy : everything you need to know about credit repair, staying or getting out of debt, and personal bankruptcy.

    The American Bar Association guide to credit and bankruptcy : everything you need to know about credit repair, staying or getting out of debt, and personal bankruptcy.

  • The complete idiot's guide to medical care for the uninsured

    The complete idiot's guide to medical care for the uninsured

    Friedman, Mark (Mark L.), 1951-
  • The complete idiot's guide to recovering from identity theft

    The complete idiot's guide to recovering from identity theft

    Frank, Mari J.
  • The foreclosure survival guide.

    The foreclosure survival guide.

  • The total money makeover : a proven plan for financial fitness

    The total money makeover : a proven plan for financial fitness

    Ramsey, Dave
  • Money Troubles
    • Consumer Financial Protection
      • FINRA oversees the people and firms that sell stocks, bonds, mutual funds and other securities. Type in broker’s or broker's firm name to see employment history, certifications, and licenses—as well as regulatory actions, violations or complaints.

      • Formed by the Merger of Dept. of Financial Institutions and Dept. of Corporations in July 2013, the Department of Business Oversight (DBO) provides protection to consumers and services to businesses engaged in financial transactions. The Department regulates a variety of financial services, products and professionals. The Department oversees the operations of state-licensed financial institutions, including banks, credit unions, money transmitters, issuers of payment instruments and travelers checks, and premium finance companies. Additionally, the Department licenses and regulates a variety of financial businesses, including securities brokers and dealers, investment advisers, deferred deposit transactions(commonly known as payday loans) and certain fiduciaries and lenders. The Department also regulates the offer and sale of securities, franchises and off-exchange commodities.

      • Consumer section of the California Dept. of Business Oversight. Provides educational information and helps consumers in communicating with financial institutions to address questions and resolve disputes.
      • Offers information, education, and referrals for consumers as well as help with filing complaints and checking licenses.

      • Together, the Department of Real Estate, the Office of Real Estate Appraisers, the Department of Corporations and the Department of Financial Institutions regulate most of the real estate and financial services in California. This web page is provided as a one-stop resource for California real estate and financial services license information, laws and regulations.
      • Created by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.  On one page it offers several choices for checking on financial professionals: one for those trading in futures, options, and foreign currency; a link to FINRA's BrokerCheck; links for checking insurance professionals and investment advisers, and others.  Also links to informational resources.

      • Searchable directory of national, state, and local resources compiled by Consumer Action to help with consumer problems and questions.

      • Sponsored by The American College of Financial Services, a non-profit, accredited educational institution. Site offers resources to help find a financial professional, learn more about the credentials financial professionals earn, and considerations for choosing a financial professional.

      • Guide from the Los Angeles County Consumer & Business Affairs Center for Financial Empowerment.  This directory is a comprehensive list of organizations that provide a variety of financial well-being services to County residents, including credit building, credit counseling, financial coaching, free tax assistance, homeownership, small business development, etc.

      • Helpwithmybank.gov helps consumers find answers to questions about National Banks. It covers topics about national banks such as credit cards, checking accounts, overdraft fees, mortgages and credit reports. The site also advises consumers on how to file a complaint if they are not satisfied with a resolution from a national bank.
      • Provides information, education, referrals, counseling, and assistance for consumers in many areas including credit, loans, home, purchases, identity theft, scams, etc.

      • FDIC provides deposit insurance, which guarantees the safety of deposits in member banks. The FDIC also examines and supervises certain financial institutions for safety and soundness, performs certain consumer-protection functions, and manages failed banks.
      • Different types of banks, credit unions, and savings institutions have different federal regulators: this site helps to find correct federal regulator.
    • Crises: Sites to Start With
      • General
        • Offers free guidance for the public on a variety of legal issues, including your finances, your home, your job, consumer law, finding a lawyer.
        • Major legal portal from Thomson Reuters offering articles, forms, lawyer directories, etc. Includes coverage of bankruptcy and debt, foreclosure, employment law, etc.
        • Site from LexisNexis offers information about legal issues such as debt, bankruptcy, losing a job, identity theft. Also offers directories of attorneys and do-it-yourself legal forms.
        • Basic guidance and referrals for coping with bankruptcy, foreclosures, and economic hardships leading to the need for food, shelter and healthcare.

        • Site offers links to PDF version of booklet in English and Spanish. Provides practical information about how to get food, money and other help from government programs and community services in Los Angeles County. Produced by Hunger Action Los Angeles (HALA), a nonprofit organization working to end hunger and promote healthy eating through community education, outreach, networking, and empowerment of low income people to speak on issues that affect their lives directly.

        • Through community events, informational materials and public-private partnership, WE Connect links families to the Earned Income Tax Credit, Medi-Cal and CalFresh, among many other programs.  Founded in 2005 by former First Lady of California Maria Shriver, now a program of The California Endowment, made possible by collaboration with state and local partners and hundreds of volunteers.

      • Government & Consumer/Regulatory Sites
        • Provides information on how you might be able to get help from the U.S. Government before, during and after a disaster.

        • Guide from the Los Angeles County Consumer & Business Affairs Center for Financial Empowerment.  This directory is a comprehensive list of organizations that provide a variety of financial well-being services to County residents, including credit building, credit counseling, financial coaching, free tax assistance, homeownership, small business development, etc.

        • Agency offering access to federal, state, and county programs including cash aid (CalWorks, General Relief, Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants), the CalFresh Food Stamp Program, and other services.
        • Site offers links to PDF version of booklet in English and Spanish. Provides practical information about how to get food, money and other help from government programs and community services in Los Angeles County. Produced by Hunger Action Los Angeles (HALA), a nonprofit organization working to end hunger and promote healthy eating through community education, outreach, networking, and empowerment of low income people to speak on issues that affect their lives directly.

        • Official information on grants, loans, financial aid, and other benefits from the U.S. government
    • Debt, Bankruptcy & Foreclosure
      • General Sites
        • Includes establishing credit, improving your credit scores, choosing the best credit card for your needs, and making a plan for getting out of debt and credit repair. thebalance.com is an About.com brand.

        • Member-supported national association representing non-profit credit counseling companies that provide consumer credit counseling, debt management, and financial education services.  Formerly called the Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies.

        • Member-supported national association representing non-profit credit counseling companies that provide consumer credit counseling, debt management, and financial education services.  Formerly called the Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies.

        • Provides explanations of mortgage and foreclosure basics, articles and links with steps and resources to help avoid foreclosure, a directory for finding a foreclosure attorney.
        • Articles, podcasts, frequently asked questions, forms, etc. on Chapter 7 bankruptcy and Chapter 13 bankruptcy, as well as other alternatives for managing your debt from the publisher of self-help legal guides.
        • Articles, how-to guides, and tools for managing debt.
      • Government & Consumer/Regulatory Agency Sites
    • Identity Theft, Fraud & Scams
    • Unemployment/Disability/Work Comp
      • Department offers special programs, benefits and services for California veterans and their families, such as: home loans, housing options, health and disability care, job and education assistance.
      • Part of the Los Angeles Public Library Job Hunting Guide. Offers employment-related Web sites and resources, offers referrals to assistance available in-person and by telephone, and highlights selected online and print resources available from the library. The guide is designed for first-time job seekers, the unemployed, job seekers making career transitions, and employers with job opportunities.
      • Site offers links to PDF version of booklet in English and Spanish. Provides practical information about how to get food, money and other help from government programs and community services in Los Angeles County. Produced by Hunger Action Los Angeles (HALA), a nonprofit organization working to end hunger and promote healthy eating through community education, outreach, networking, and empowerment of low income people to speak on issues that affect their lives directly.

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