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Debt Collection in the Maine Courts

If you owe someone money, they can try to collect it from you by taking you to court. This guide will help you understand the court process and the rights you have. You are the debtor. The person who you owe money to is the creditor.
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General Assistance in Maine

General assistance (called GA after this) is a program run by every town to help people who don't have enough money to pay their necessary expenses. You may be eligible if your basic living costs are more than the money you have or can earn.
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¿Está dejando usted dinero sobre la mesa?

Lista de Créditos y Beneficios para los Impuestos de Maine Français English
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Laissez-vous de l'argent trainer sur la table?

Liste des crédits d’impôts et de prestations du Maine. English Español
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Can I Get Rid of a Lien on my Car or Truck?

Introduction Sometimes a creditor who successfully sues you on a debt will place a lien on your vehicle to "secure the judgment."  They do this by filing a document with the Maine Secretary of State's office where vehicle registrations are recorded.
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Debt collectors are calling me. What can I do?

We have drafted three form letters to help you respond to debt collectors.  These letters will not fit all situations, but they address some of the most common issues.
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Can a Creditor Put a Lien on My House?

Yes. But there may be something you can do about it. Maine law has some protections for homeowners in this situation.
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Common Defenses in Small Claims Cases (Third Party Collections)

You have been sued in small claims court. The company suing you says that you did not pay a debt, like a credit card debt. But, this is not the company who sold you the credit card (or who loaned you the money).
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El Cobro de Deudas en las Cortes del Estado de Maine

Si usted le debe dinero a alguien, esa persona puede tratar de cobrárselo con una demanda en la corte. Esta guía le ayudará a usted entender cómo funciona ese proceso en la corte e informarse sobre los derechos que usted tiene.
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Programa de Asistencia General en el Estado de Maine

Si hay una brecha entre el dinero que usted tiene y lo que usted verdaderamente necesita, usted podría estar interesado en saber más sobre la Asistencia General. Aquí se encuentra información sobre Asistencia General en Maine.