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Ethical Collections: The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Beyond


Learn how to avoid the traps and get the information you need to be an efficient and ethical collector.

The Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA) aims to protect consumers from unfair and intrusive debt collection practices. The FDCPA provides that under certain conditions, attorneys fall under the definition of debt collectors subject to the act. The act imposes a strict set of guidelines on debt collectors and provides for a civil cause of action for consumers allegedly wronged by debt collectors. Given that the FDCPA assesses consumers at an unsophisticated consumer standard but holds debt collectors to a competent lawyer standard, it is important that practitioners know the requirements and restrictions placed upon them by the FDCPA. This topic will shed light on the common elements practitioners must evaluate when determining whether the FDCPA applies and lays out the basic requirements necessary to avoid civil liability.



Mark D. Belongia

Mark D. Belongia

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

  • Partner in the Chicago office of Johnson & Bell, Ltd.
  • Practice emphasizes all aspects of financial regulatory areas, such as consumer lending and banking
  • Conducts regular seminars and workshops on lending and debt collection
  • Author of several publications related to the areas of properly lending to all types of consumers and proper methods of collection this debt
  • Member of the Chicago, Illinois and American Bar Associations
  • J.D. degree, DePaul University College of Law; B.S.B.A. degree in accounting, Drake University
  • Can be contacted at 312-984-0271 or [email protected]
Daniel R. Ahasay

Daniel R. Ahasay

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

  • Associate in the Chicago office of Johnson & Bell, Ltd.
  • Practice emphasizes corporate law, consumer lending, financial regulatory compliance, and real estate
  • Member of Chicago, Illinois, and Wisconsin Bar Associations
  • J.D. degree, DePaul University College of Law; B.B.A. degree in finance and economics, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
  • Can be contacted at 312-984-0266 or [email protected]

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