I was recently in court and saw two different consumer debtors attempting to navigate a collections action, in pro per. They had been sued by a credit card company after they had sought help from a debt settlement company. The debtors had been sued even after having been assured by the debt settlement company that it would assist the debtors somewhat with the creditors. Of course, the only thing the debt settlement company provided by way of assistance was some worthless “cut and paste” pleadings that made no sense and actually violate the prohibition on practicing law without a license. Needless to say, the debtors found themselves in court having to explain things before the judge by themselves.
These companies are typically a scam. Indeed, across the county, these outfits have been investigated and sued by various governmental agencies and prosecutors, including for engaging in the unauthorized practice of law. Other entities have had similar experience with one debt settlement firm in particular. But, the fact that people still sign up for these “services” raises the question why do people believe the junk they are selling?
I think the real reason is twofold. First, people generally want to pay their debts and they reason that payment of some of the debt is better than none at all. The second reason is fear of bankruptcy. People are afraid of losing property and of the damage to their credit. While these are legitimate concerns, it does not explain why folks do not seek out a competent professional to advise on financial issues yet they fall hook, line and sinker for some fast-talking snake oil salesman over the telephone.
If you are facing financial issues, seek out a competent bankruptcy attorney in your area. Just because you seek advice, it does not commit you to filing bankruptcy. But, because we are experienced in all aspects of the debt collection process and alternatives including bankruptcy, we can offer you meaningful solutions to your financial problems.
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