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Coerced Debt

Please use this form to register for the Wednesday, Sept 29,  2021 virtual presentation for community advocates about  coerced debt. The event will be held from10:00 to 11:30 a.m., by zoom.  You will get the zoom log in information once you submit this form.

Questions about the event?  Please contact  Rochelle Hahn, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, rhahn@Mlri.org.

This presentation is sponsored by the Access to Justice Commission.

More on what coerced debt is and what will be shared at the presenation:

Has anything like this happened to your clients?

  • an abuser took out credit cards in the survivor's name without the survivor's knowledge and ran up debt, leading to a collection action against the survivor
  • a vulnerable elder was tricked into signing over a home deed to an adult child
  • or other situations where a partner or family member either forced someone to take out debt, a credit card or a loan to benefit the abuser, or the abuser did it directly without the victim's knowledge.

This is known as "coerced debt" - and there are steps that victims of coerced debt can take to respond if it happens to them.

Topics covered at the presentation will  include:

  • Screening for financial abuse
  • Best practices when a debt is in collections
  • Tips for defending a small claims action