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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

why write, nobody reads anymore

Missing Persons did a song called What are words for and the Youtube link is at:

Most people do not know how to read or choose not to read anymore so I check email only a few times a day anymore....


Mark Shapiro -

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Best access levels for the TLO data service

For those signing up with TLO, one of the top data reporting companies, with arguably the best results, seems to change policies often, and likes registered process servers the best. So, even if you do not plan to serve legal papers, anyone in the judgment recovery business should become a registered process server before signing up with - Or for existing TLO customers, tell TLO when you become a registered process server.


Mark Shapiro,

Friday, April 3, 2015

Keeping your Teeth When you Have GERD issues

I almost lost every tooth following my stupid doctor's advice. Doing my own research, and spending $20K with my dentist, led me to add 5 drops of Alkazone, 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon of Xylitol (artificial sweetener) that stops tooth decay to every one of my drinks, and to my mouthwash, and waterpick water too. I rinse a LOT. Doing this, combats all stomach acid damage to my teeth, my dentist says to keep doing what I'm doing because there is no more dental erosion, I hope that help someone keep their teeth that has any kind of GERD issues. Baking soda is dirt cheap at grocery stores, (Alkazone I buy in 3-packs, and 5 pound bags of Xylitol at Amazon).


Mark Shapiro of

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Cheap voice and fax solutions

You can get a free telephone line using Google voice - it is free.

For faxing, the cheapest I have found is It's a few dollars a month, and really depends on usage. Faxes are converted to PDF files and delivered to your email.


Mark Shapiro of

Requesting Cash Upfront Bids For Your Judgment

Q: I sent a request for a bid for my judgment, to see who would pay me the most cash upfront for it. I sent my request to at least 50 companies and NONE have responded to me, do you know why?

A: Because unlike a car or a house, a judgment is a CHANCE to be repaid, it takes a lot of work to come up with a price for a judgment. A complete investigation of the debtor and judgment (and the creditor) must be done.  First off, most cash upfront prices are just dreams. The average seller wants 50-75% cash upfront, the average buyer pays 1-5% cash upfront, because of the risks including bankruptcy, appeal of the judgment, death of the debtor, other judgments, etc. Also everyone is wise enough to realize when you send a request for a quote to many companies, it is a waste of time to duplicate efforts. Sorry but the price you get for a judgment depends ONLY on the judgment and the debtor, not you or whom you contact.

Mark Shapiro, of

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Should You Become A PI?

Q:  Will getting a private investigator license have any effect on my judgment recovery business?

A: I do not see how it would hurt at all, except that it may make it harder to get credit reports, because credit report companies do not like private investigators very much. Other than that, I do not see any hindrance to your judgment recovery business. It may offer you more credibility when contacting  original judgment creditors. (They may think of Jim Rockford.)


Mark Shapiro, of the best judgment website

When A Tenant Abandons Property

Q: My ex-tenant left some old furniture when they left.

A: I am not a lawyer, my opinion is if you let them know you intend to donate or sell their abandoned property. However, as of Jan 1, 2013, you must wait 18 days in California, and send them a Notice Of Right To Reclaim their Abandoned property (And you get to charge a reasonable amount for storing it), and the property value must be worth at least $700, to be abandoned/donated/sold, etc.


Mark Shapiro, judgment expert