What is Cooling & Winter, LLC?
Cooling and Winter is a southeast regional debt collection law firm based out of Atlanta, Georgia. The firm represents national banks, credit card issuers, student loan issuers, debt buyers, and financial institutions.
Why is Cooling and Winter Contacting Me?
If Cooling and Winter is contacting you, you most likely owe a debt to either a credit card company or a debt collector.
These debt collection calls and letters are very stressful because they are attempting to collect a debt and are either threatening to sue, in the process of suing you, or have already sued you.
What to do if they file a lawsuit against me?
If Cooling and Winter serves you, you need to promptly respond to the credit card or debt buyer lawsuit.
If you do not respond to the summons, Cooling and Winter will obtain may obtain a default judgment.
Can Cooling and Winter Garnish my Wages?
If a debt buyer or creditor retains a law firm, they have every intention to collect on a debt.
Armed with the judgment, the creditor can garnish your wages and bank accounts.
How can I stop a Cooling and Winter Wage or Bank Garnishment?
If you are being sued or garnished by a debt collector, contact Diwan Law immediately.
We have the knowledge and experience to defend you in every aspect of your case.
Diwan Law will assert all viable defenses you may have, file the appropriate motions, and negotiate with the creditor to prevent the creditor from garnishing you.
If Cooling and Winter is suing you for any amount of money, contact Diwan Law, the credit card defense attorney, to discuss your legal options. Call Diwan Law, 404-635-6883, for a free consultation.
About Diwan Law
Diwan Law is dedicated to getting our clients the best result possible.
Diwan Law represents clients facing:
- Debt buyer lawsuits (i.e. Midland Funding, Portfolio Recovery Associates, Asset Acceptance, Cavalry Portfolio Services, Unifund, etc.)
- Credit Card lawsuits
- Suits stemming from automobile repossession deficiencies, apartment leases, and other contract-related matters;
- Dormant judgment revival; and
- Garnishment actions on bank accounts or wages.
Diwan Law Handles Cases in:
Magistrate Court And Small Claims Cases
In Georgia, magistrate court cases are small claims and are limited to cases in which the amount sought is $15,000 or less.
Claims in magistrate court are heard and decided by a magistrate judge without a jury.
Frequently, these cases relate to credit card debt or other small claims for money.
Just because a claim is brought in magistrate court does not change the burden of proof. The plaintiffs still have to prove their claim.
Common Types of Cases Handled in Small Claims Court
- Dispossessory [Evictions]
- A landlord not returning a security deposit
- Gym contract disputes
- Credit card lawsuits
- Overcharges for car repairs or faulty work
- Unlawful eviction notices
- Construction lawsuits
- Pet disputes
- Debt Collection Lawsuits
Do I Need a Lawyer for Small Claims Court?
Whether you need an attorney in magistrate court depends on your specific situation. Either way, you may want to consult a lawyer.
You may wish to have a consultation in which you discuss the facts and circumstances of the case with a neutral party. In this manner, you can get the lawyer’s opinion about the strength of your case. You may also learn about weaknesses in your case that you may not have considered.
A lawyer may advise whether or not you should pursue the action against the other party. They may discuss the problems with collecting on a judgment even if you do win. This can help you make a more informed decision about the likelihood of actually collecting on a judgment.
A lawyer may also be able to assist plaintiffs and counter-defendants with the preparation of evidence. They may describe the process involved in getting evidence admitted in court. They can also point out if some types of evidence may not be admissible.
When you should hire an attorney
- When the other party has a lawyer in small claims court
If you find out an attorney is representing the other party in a magistrate case and you aren’t, you probably need a lawyer, too.
After all, you don’t want the defendant having what seems like the unfair advantage of professional help.
- When facing a corporation or business in small claims court
If you are going against a corporation or business [such as a credit card company or a debt collector] in magistrate court, it’s prudent to hire a lawyer if possible.
If you are dealing with a claim in magistrate court, contact Diwan Law, the credit card defense attorney, to discuss your legal options. Call Diwan Law, 404-635-6883, for a free consultation today.
Diwan Law Handles Cases in:
Gwinnett County Magistrate Court; Dekalb County Magistrate Court; Cobb County Magistrate Court; Fulton County Magistrate Court; Henry County Magistrate Court; and most other magistrate courts in Georgia.
What is Portfolio Recovery Associates?
Portfolio Recovery Associates also know as PRA Portfolio Recovery or PRA is one of the largest debt collection companies in the world.
This collection agency specializes in buying old debt from companies and trying to collect on it. With most cases involving charged-off debt, they can buy it for extremely cheap.
Is Portfolio Recovery Associates a Scam?
Portfolio Recovery is a real collection agency.
Like other debt collectors, Portfolio Recovery often goes straight into litigation without first informing you that they are attempting to collect a debt. This is in an attempt to get you to pay your debt faster or face the repercussions.
Are you being sued by Portfolio Recovery?
If you are served with a summons from PRA, you need to respond quickly.
If you fail to respond to the lawsuit, Portfolio Recovery may be able to obtain a default judgment against you.
Armed with the default judgment, the debt collection company can garnish your wages and bank accounts.
Before accepting a PRA judgment, speak with a debt defense attorney. A collections defense lawyer will explain your rights and the legal process, such as how long you have to answer the lawsuit, the proven defenses, and the impact of a judgment.
Are you being harassed by Portfolio Recovery?
- Contact anybody who is not the main person that owes the debt;
- Threaten to refer to a lawyer, harm of credit, or wage or bank garnishment without the actual intent to act on the threat
- Contacting you at “unreasonable times,” such as before 8:00 AM or after 9:00 PM;
- Contacting your employer;
- Use profane or obscene language during calls;
- Sending collection letters that appear to be from a court or government agency;
- Threaten to arrest you if you do not pay the debt
Contact Diwan Law
We are experienced in debt collection law and have an established record of protecting consumer’s rights. No matter where you are in the collection process, you deserve to know your rights and what to expect. Give us a call at 404.635.6883.
If a creditor or debt collector has served you with a lawsuit and you do not file an answer within 45 days, you may be able to avoid a default judgment and have your day in court.
The following discussion summarizes Georgia’s policy of deciding cases based on the facts or “on the merits” rather than through default judgments.
Applicable Georgia Statutes
In Georgia, after service, the defendant typically has 30 days to respond to the complaint. If a defendant fails to file an answer within those 30 days, the case is deemed to be “in default.”
After those 30 days have passed, a defendant has an additional 15 days to automatically “open default,” without admitting to the plaintiff’s allegations, under O.C.G.A. § 9-11-55(a).
If a defendant still fails to respond after 45 days, then a defendant may still be able to “open default.” Along with paying court costs, filing an answer under oath, and stating a readiness to proceed to trial, the defendant must satisfy specific statutory requirements and preconditions under O.C.G.A. § 9-11-55(b):
“At any time before final judgment, the court, in its discretion, upon payment of costs, may allow the default to be opened  for providential cause preventing the filing of required pleadings or  for excusable neglect or  where the judge, from all the facts, shall determine that a proper case has been made for the default to be opened, on terms to be fixed by the court.”
Providential cause typically covers events over which a party or lawyer lacked control over, including the illness of a litigant, see Phillips v. Taber, 83 Ga. 565(1889), or his lead counsel, Printup v. Mitchell, 19 Ga. 586 (1856); the death of a party, see Dougherty v. Fogle, 48 Ga. 615 (1873); the absence of an attorney due to military service, see Dalton City Co. v. Dalton Mfg. Co., 33 Ga. 243 (1862); and acts of God, see Carhart v. Ross, 15 Ga. 186 (1854).
The term “excusable neglect” refers to a ‘reasonable excuse’ for failing to answer a complaint, which is different from willful disregard of the process of the court. Ga. Farm Bldgs., Inc. v. Willard, 170 Ga. App. 327, (1984).
The “proper” case ground allows the court to reach “out in every conceivable case where injustice might result if the default were not opened,” Axelroad v. Preston, 232 Ga. 836 (1974).
All three grounds require that the defendant’s failure to file a timely answer must not have resulted from willful or gross negligence. See Muscogee Realty Dev. Corp. v. Jefferson Co., 252 Ga. 400 (1984).
What does this mean for defendants?
Even after 45 days have elapsed since being served, litigants may be able to open default and proceed to the merits of the case.
So, if you did not timely respond to a complaint resulting from debt, you might still be able to avoid judgment.
About Diwan Law
Diwan Law is a law firm dedicated to vigorously representing our clients.
Diwan Law represents debt collection cases in the Magistrate, State, and Superior Courts of Georgia.
Diwan Law represents clients facing:
- Debt buyer lawsuits (i.e. Midland Funding, Portfolio Recovery Associates, Asset Acceptance, Cavalry Portfolio Services, Unifund, etc.);
- Credit Card lawsuits (i.e. American Express, Citibank, Suntrust, etc.);
Suppose you are struggling to pay your debts. You may question whether you should hire a debt defense attorney or a debt settlement company to assist you in negotiating with the credit card company, debt collection attorney, or debt collector.
In almost all cases, it is best to avoid debt settlement companies.
Generally speaking, debt settlement means that a creditor has agreed to accept less than the amount you owe as full payment.
How Debt Settlement Companies Work
Debt settlement companies claim that they can negotiate with your creditors to settle your debts for pennies on the dollar.
If you are current on your credit card payments, they will tell you that the creditors will not negotiate the debt unless you stop making payments.
The settlement company will then tell the consumer to make these payments to them directly while they negotiate with the credit card company or debt collector.
These payments will go towards the debt settlement company’s monthly service fee, and the remainder will be set aside for future settlements of your debts.
The debt settlement company will only contact your creditors after you have enough—based on the company’s opinion—and offer each one a lump sum that is less than what you owe.
Why Settlement Companies Are Not the Best Solution
While debt settlement companies can certainly help you work out a payment plan with your creditors, they can also hurt you.
The main problem with debt settlement companies is that they often charge for their services upfront.
Here are the main downsides to using a debt settlement company:
Downside #1: Your Debt Continues to Increase
The debt relief company might not mention that the total amount you owe will increase once you stop making your payments, which will increase due to various added fees and interest charges.
Downside #2: The Credit Card Company or Debt Collector May Not Settle
The debt settlement company probably won’t tell you that your creditors don’t have to accept a lesser amount than it is owed to satisfy the debt or that many creditors will not agree to a settlement, if you are working with a debt settlement company.
Downside #3: Debt Settlement Fees Are Typically High
Going through a debt settlement company can be costly. These companies often charge a set-up fee, a monthly fee, and a percentage of each settled debt (say, 25%), and they might pay themselves before paying any of your creditors. Or, a debt relief company might disappear with your money.
Why are Debt Defense Lawyers better than Debt Settlement Companies?
Debt settlement lawyer has negotiation skills developed over years of experience dealing with creditors and extensive knowledge about debt collection laws.
A debt settlement attorney will discuss your options with you and decide if you should attempt to settle your debts or do something else, such as fighting the debt or filing for bankruptcy.
A debt defense attorney can represent you in court if you get sued by a credit card company or debt collector.
And, if a debt collector violates any consumer protection law, the consumer protection attorney can assert any claim you may have against the creditor.
Debt relief attorney services and debt settlement company services are both widely available in Georgia. However, an Atlanta debt relief attorney has a broad range of legal tools at their disposal.
Diwan Law works hard to provide positive results for its clients dealing with debt collection issues.
If you are dealing with debt collection issues, you need an experienced collection lawyer. Contact Diwan Law today at 404-635-6883.
As a consumer in Georgia, you have the legal right to truthful information about products and services you purchase or wish to purchase. When we make a purchase, we need to be able to trust the merchant is being truthful. But, when a business sells you something fraudulently, they need to be held accountable. Consumer Fraud is often related to false promises or inaccurate claims made to consumers, as well as business practices that directly cheat consumers out of their money.
What is Consumer Fraud?
It is a practice designed to deceive consumers into purchasing a product or service.
Under the Georgia Fraud Statute [O.C.G.A § 51-6-2], fraud is defined as a willful misrepresentation of a material fact that is made to induce another to act, upon which such person acts to his injury.
Keep in mind that knowledge of the falsehood is an essential element of this tort.
But, a fraudulent or reckless representation of facts as true when they are not, is the same as knowledge of their falsehood.
Examples of Consumer Fraud
- Shop at home and catalog sales
- Foreign money and counterfeit check scams
- Banks, lenders, and mortgage fees
- Business opportunities and work from home
- Advance fee loans and credit protection repair
- Travel, Vacation, and Timeshare Plans
- Credit Card Fraud
- Life insurance plans
- Car Dealership Fraud
- Car Repair Fraud
- Telephone and computer services
What are the signs of consumer fraud?
- Unreliable and misleading information;
- False or misleading promises;
- Unethical, deceitful, or aggressive sales tactics;
- Promises that cannot be kept;
- Unsatisfactory products or services;
- Lies or misrepresentations made to consumers;
- Unusually high prices charged for services;
- Unlicensed, unregistered, unsanctioned or unapproved products or services;
- Illegal activity (unauthorized use, false advertising, tax evasion, unauthorized use of trade secrets, etc.);
- Illegal or abusive business practices.
How does Diwan Law help people who have been a victim of consumer fraud?
For Individuals, Diwan Law is a firm uniquely positioned to help clients at all stages of the consumer fraud investigation, litigation, and resolution process.
We focus our attention on those who have been defrauded, their families, and loved ones. We encourage consumers to contact us immediately and seek legal recourse to help them restore their financial health.
If you believe that you have been a victim of consumer fraud, it is essential to hire a Consumer Fraud Lawyer who can handle your case from beginning to end.
If you have experienced any of the following, then you may have a consumer fraud claim:
- Being lied to about the condition of a car or any other item before purchasing it;
- Improperly billed for a product or service;
- A merchant offering one product but deliver another [“bait and switch”];
- Being sold an item as new, and later learned that this item was actually used;
- Being lied to about the source of a product;
- Being lied to about the certifications of a service provider;
- A merchant offering a defective product;
- Being lied to about the uses of a product.
Diwan Law is a consumer protection law firm with a reputation for excellence in handling fraud cases, both large and small. Contact the Georgia consumer attorneys of Diwan Law today at 404-635-6883 schedule your initial consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.
2 Ravinia Dr NE, Suite 120
Atlanta, GA 30346
We serve clients across Georgia, including, but not limited to, clients in the following locations: Fulton County including Atlanta, Milton, Roswell, and Sandy Springs; Bibb County including Macon; Carroll County including Carrollton; Cobb County including Kennesaw, Marietta, and Smyrna; Coweta County including Newnan; DeKalb County including Brookhaven, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, and Stone Mountain; Douglas County including Douglasville; Floyd County including Rome; Gwinnett County including Duluth; Habersham County including Cornelia; and Hall County including Gainesville, Cherokee County, Henry County, Forsyth County, and Paulding County.
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