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Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown is a freelance personal finance writer with over three years of experience. He's written articles for several major publishers, including Newsweek, Investopedia, and Bankrate.

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1 Information from Equifax's "When late payments show up on credit reports?" as of January 9, 2024:

2 Information from the Federal Reserve's "Credit card rules" as of January 14, 2025:

3 Information from Federal Register's "Credit card penalty fee's (Regulation Z)" as of January 10, 2024:

4 Information from Equifax's "Charge Off Faqs" as of January 10, 2024:

5 Information from FindLaw's "What should I do if I've been sued for debt"" as of January 9, 2024:

6 Information from Equifax's "How to negotiate debt with your lenders" as of January 10, 2024:

7 Information from Equifax's "How long does information stay on my Equifax credit report?" as of January 9, 2024:

8 Information from Experian's "Can you close a card with a balance?" as of Janurary 14, 2024":

9 Information from Nolo's "The new bill collector tactic: jail time" as of January 14, 2024

10 Information from Nolo's “What can creditors do if you don't pay?” as of January 9, 2024:

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