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Attorney Thomas J. Pearson

Attorney Thomas J. Pearson

Eviction Attorney

Thomas “TJ” Pearson is a Staff Attorney at the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council (EHOC). He represents tenants in eviction cases and related landlord-tenant disputes. TJ is from Belleville, Illinois and currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri. He received his law degree from Washington University School of Law and his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Grinnell College in Iowa. TJ started his time at EHOC as an intern through the law school’s Civil Rights, Community Justice and Mediation Clinic, then continued at EHOC as an Eviction Prevention Legal Fellow for five months before becoming a Staff Attorney in January 2021. In law school, he was a Staff Editor for the Journal of Law and Policy. He also interned for a Judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, the Illinois Attorney General, and a local law firm.

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How Does The Repo Man Find Your Car?

Vehicle repossession occurs when a lender takes a car back from a borrower when the borrower falls behind on loan payments. If you are concerned that your car may be targeted for repossession, there are things you can do to lower your risk of missing payments. Read more to learn what a repo man can and can't do, what happens after repossession, and what steps you can take to avoid repossession in the first place.

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Are There Any Advantages To A Voluntary Repossession?

Voluntary repossession is when you give your car back to the car dealership instead of waiting for the lender or collection agency to repossess it. It can be a decent option if you’re having trouble with monthly payments on your car, if you're only able to make late payments, or if you’re going into bankruptcy. Deciding if it’s the right move depends on your personal situation and goals. This article will explain voluntary repossession, how it can affect your credit history, and how bankruptcy may or may not help with repossession issues.

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Student Loans And Your Credit Score

Like all loans, student loans impact a borrower’s credit history, either positively or negatively. A borrower’s credit history then impacts a borrower’s credit score, as assigned by any of the major credit reporting bureaus. Credit scores affect a borrower’s ability to receive future credit with good interest rates and favorable terms generally. It is very important to have a positive credit score, whenever possible. This article explains how student debt and credit scores affect each other and what related information borrowers should consider when taking out student loans.

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Handling Student Loans When You Don’t Have A Job

Student loan debt is a serious financial burden for many people. If you’re unemployed, making your student loan payments might be impossible or unreasonably burdensome. This article explains what you can do to avoid harsh consequences for missing student loan payments if you’re unemployed.

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How To Get Help With Your Foreclosure

If you're experiencing financial hardship, keeping up with mortgage payments can quickly become difficult or even impossible. Foreclosure is a stressful situation, but there are many free resources available for homeowners facing foreclosure. This article discusses some of those resources and things to think about when you’re looking for help with a foreclosure.

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What You Need to Know About the Pay As You Earn Student Loan Repayment Plan

Want to learn how to make your federal student loan payments more affordable? You might be able to reduce your monthly payment based on your income. Going into an income-driven repayment plan is a big decision and there are many factors to consider. This article will explain one type of income-based repayment plan, help you determine if you’re eligible, and give you some tips for deciding if the plan is right for you.

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