Stephanie Lane

Stephanie Lane has been a licensed attorney in Ohio for fourteen years, practicing before federal, state and local courts.   She is co-founder and partner of a boutique Cleveland law firm that concentrates in  such areas as contract disputes, employment and civil rights, foreclosures and collections, and   landlord-tenant issues.   She has assisted financially-challenged individuals and businesses in obtaining satisfactory debt workouts, mortgage loan modifications, and bankruptcy relief.   Before entering private practice, she interned for two years with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.   She graduated from the University of Akron with a B.A. in Public Speaking and Interpersonal Communications, magna cum laude, in 1995, and earned her law degree (J.D.) in 1998 from Case Western Reserve University.

Find Stephanie at Schmelzer & Lane LLC.  Stephanie can also be found on google+, Nolo, & Alllaw.


Articles By Stephanie Lane

I can't afford my car payments. Can I give the car back to the bank?
If you can't afford your car payments, you can give the car back to your car loan lender. But think carefully before you do this -- you might still owe the lender money.
Car Repossession: Redemption v. Reinstatement
If your car is repossessed, you might be able to get it back through redemption or reinstatement. Most states allow you to redeem your car (pay the full balance due, plus costs and fees).
Remedies for FCRA Violations
Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), you have a right to the fair and accurate reporting of your credit information.
How long does a creditor have to collect on a judgment against me?
Question How long does a creditor have to collect on a judgment against me? Answer That depends on the laws of your state, and the method that the creditor uses to try and collect on that judgment. Usually, judgments are valid for several years before they expire or “lapse.” In some states, a judgment
Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act
The Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act prohibits both debt collectors and creditors from using deceptive and abusive tactics when collecting debts.
Can a debt collector leave a message on my answering machine?
Whether a debt collector can leave a message on your answering machine depends on whether others could hear the message and what the collector said.
Real Estate Liens on Jointly Owned Property
If a creditor gets a judgment against your spouse (and not you), can it record a lien against real estate that you own jointly with your spouse?
The statute of limitations ran out on my credit debt. Can the collection agency still contact me?
If the statute of limitations—the time period in which a creditor must sue you—has run on an old credit card debt, a collection agency can still contact you and ask you to pay up. Read on to learn what the statute of limitations is, and why the creditor or collector can still demand payment from you.
Repossessed Cars: What Happens to the Cosigner?
When you cosign on a car loan and the creditor repossesses the car, the car loan lender might be able to come after you for any deficiency.
What Is a Debtor's Examination?
If a creditor has obtained a judgment against you, it might request that you come to court and answer questions about your finances.