Debt Collection, Garnishment, Repossession Article


Where to Find an Attorney for Specific Legal Advice

Arizona has three legal aid organizations which cover different regions of the state.

  1. Community Legal Services (800) 852-9075 covers Maricopa, Mohave, Yavapai, Yuma and LaPaz Counties.
  2. Southern Arizona Legal Aid (800) 640-9465 covers southern Arizona.
  3. DNA People’s Legal Services (800) 789-7287 covers northern Arizona.

All legal service programs in Arizona differ, and their criteria for accepting cases vary. The legal aid organizations above all have the same criteria of income restrictions and legal status requirements, but do have varying priorities.

To find out about more Arizona resources that may be able to assist you, you can contact LegalLEARN, Legal Information & Resources at (866) 637-5341.

Individuals may apply for free and reduced fee legal services by using the "Access To Justice Online Intake System" through AZLawHelp. 

If the legal services program in your area cannot assist you, you may be able to find a lawyer through lawyer referral services in Maricopa County (602) 257-4434 or Pima County (520) 623-4625.

The State Bar also maintains a listing of all Arizona attorneys on their website, and certifies “specialists” in eight legal areas. (Not all attorneys seek such certification, however.) Lists of specialists can also be found at the State Bar of Arizona’s website.


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  • Do I have to pay the credit collection agency or can I choose to pay the original debtor? After all I have no contract with the collection agency.
  • I have had credit card debt for years that I have not paid on how long can they harassess me by state lasw
  • My husband recently passed away and I found out he took out a signature loan from a credit union. I'm not on the account, I had nothing to do with the loan, and my income was not part of the application process. Am I required to repay this loan?
  • Say a debt collector calls you, and you offer a monthly payment because thats is all you can afford. They say no thats not enough, you have to pay more.Then when you tell them you cannot afford anything more. they threaten to garnish your wages. It has been quite sometime since they have sent me any corospondance in regard to this debt, and so I thought it had been written off due to the facit it is on my credit as a bad debt. What  should I do in this matter?
  • Hello! Back in 2000 my vehicle was repossed, this loan showed up on my credit report until 2006.I have checked my credit report every year after that and this account is no longer showing up. Just recently I recieved a phone call from a collection agency regarding this account. Are they allowed to do this? Do they have the right to after 3 years of this account falling off my credit report to start reporting it again? Thank You
  • If your car is repoed how long do u have to get it back
  • Can your wages been garnished without you being informed by the party that is garnishing your wages.
  • I have a law suit filed against me from a debt collection agency for $700 the original debt on this was $300 they have added $400 in late fees now i have to file an anwser to the complaint to the court, and help with a few affirmative defenses?? i can use for this this is a compant that has bought the debt not orginal credit card co
  • My vehicle was recently repossessed. The towing company won't allow me obtain my personal property left in the vehicle until I pay the accrued "storage fee" that increases $20 daily. Is this legal? Can I charge them for the car keys that they want me to turn over?
  • I owe a debt to a creditor for medical expenses. The creditor has increased the debt by charging me a penalty for not paying on time. Is this legal? Are all late fees penalties?

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