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Legal Helpers Debt Settlement Sued by Lisa Madigan

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 in Uncategorized

Legal Helpers is a law firm.  It helps people file bankruptcy.

Legal Helpers Debt Settlement LLC is a law firm.  It says it helps people settle debts.  Is it the same as Legal Helpers, the firm that helps people file bankruptcy?  No.  It’s a limited liability company organized in Nevada with its principal place of business at the Willis Tower in Chicago.

Lisa Madigan, the Illinois Attorney General says no.  She says that Legal Helpers Debt Settlement takes illegal advance fees to settle debts for consumers without filing bankruptcy.  Then, it says that they violate the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act, the Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act and the Debt Settlement Consumer Protection Act. They allegedly contract out virtually all debt relief services to a third party staffed by non-lawyers, charging advance fees which are unfair and in violation of the advance fee ban in the Debt Settlement Consumer Protection Act.

I’ve seen just such a victim in my role as chapter 7 trustee.  This debtor paid close to $10,000 to Legal Helpers Debt Settlement LLC. He got no relief.  He ended up in bankruptcy anyway.

Check out a copy of the complaint here:  http://tinyurl.com/4vuq2e9

If you or someone you know is a victim of Legal Helpers Debt Settlement LLC, call us at Lakelaw and we will advocate for you.

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