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UCC 1 Filing & Unsecured/Credit Card Debt

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I am wondering if (in most general cases) when credit card companies issue credit cards to debtors since credit cards are considered unsecured debt does that mean that credit card companies do not file a UCC 1 lien against the debtor in case the debtor defaults on the card?

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I cannot fathom a reason why a credit card company would ever be allowed to file a UCC Lien. The company is not selling goods to a buyer on credit. It is merely providing you with unsecured credit to buy whatever (i.e., goods, services, etc.)

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I've never seen this or heard of any credit card company doing this, even for very large credit lines or unpaid credit cards. I've represented many consumers and small businesses sued on unpaid credit cards and never seen this issue.

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You are essentially correct. UCC1s perfect security interests ... which the CC Co's do not have. However, if they sue you, obtain a judgment, and record that judgment in your County, that would create a lien against any property you own in that County.



What type of lien would that be? Would it be a UCC1 lien or just a regular lien? If the CC or CO obtains a judgment in my county against me how will this show up on my personal credit profile?

Brian Crozier Whitaker

Brian Crozier Whitaker


It would be a regular, involuntary, non-possessory, judgment lien.

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