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Is Lloyd Ward & Associates a Legit Company? How Do We Get Our Money Back? – Cynde

“Dear Damon,

I advised my son to join Lloyd Ward & Associates group for debt negotiation to reduce their credit card debt of apporx. $14000.00. They have been making an approx $250.00 payment for over two years now. When they asked for an update of debt negotiation they were told that the payments they were sending are but into a Trust Account, and that they didn’t have enough to start negotiating their debt. We requested a breakdown of our Trust account and to date have not received any but their Lloyd Ward & Associates Updated Negotiation Form for electronic signing. I have recently Google’d this company and find many complaints that they are misrepresenting themselves and this is just a SCAM company.

Can you shed any light on what our next move might be to either verify this company is legit (they are not not BBB rated company nor can they practice in California from what I am reading) and if not, how we go about getting them to return are money?

Cynde”

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The Answer

Hello Cynde,

What you will find if and when you ever do get a breakdown is that Lloyd Ward along with many debt settlement companies prior to a new law passed in Oct. 2010 banning the practice, has charged a majority of their fees upfront and very little of the payment was actually going into your trust account.

Unfortunately the way they write their contracts is that if you quit you are not likely going to receive a refund because they typically say that the money is earned when they collect it.

Since I am not aware of your son’s actual situation I cannot tell you what you should do next regarding the debt. If you cancel Lloyd Ward to stop the bleeding of fees for doing basically nothing, there is no guarantee you will get a return of any of that money.

I recently heard that Lloyd Ward was moving away from debt settlement and getting into loan modifications as well.

Personally, if it were me, I would demand a refund and then depending on the situation, either work directly with the creditors yourself, or possibly look into hiring a settlement company that doesn’t charge any fees until the account is settled.

Please keep in mind though, without knowing the financial circumstances of your son, I can not say whether or not that a debt settlement approach is appropriate for him at this time or not.

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  • Guest

    This may have something to do with him moving to loan consolidation…

    http://www.ct.gov/dob/cwp/view.asp?a=2246&q=481072

    • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

      Respondent is a Texas corporation with a place of business at 17120 N. Dallas Parkway, Suite 235, Dallas, Texas.

      On or about May 24, 2010, a Connecticut resident, while physically present in this state, entered into a Client Services Agreement with Respondent for debt negotiation services for specified unsecured debts.

      From May 24 through September 22, 2010, the Connecticut resident remitted payments totaling $2,668.74 to Respondent for such debt negotiation services, in excess of amounts that debt negotiators may charge for services pursuant to the Schedule of Maximum Fees established by the Commissioner on or about October 1, 2009 (“Schedule of Maximum Fees”) and prior to Respondent fully performing the debt negotiation services.

      From at least October 1, 2009 to the present, Respondent engaged in debt negotiation services in this state on behalf of at least forty-nine (49) other Connecticut residents who negotiated or agreed to contract terms concerning their unsecured debt while in this state and remitted total payments of at least $66,130.85 to Respondent.

      From November 2009 through June 2010, at least forty-nine (49) Connecticut residents remitted payments to Respondent for such debt negotiation services, in excess of amounts that debt negotiators may charge for services pursuant to the Schedule of Maximum Fees.

      On March 28, 2011, the Connecticut resident identified on Exhibit A filed a complaint against Respondent concerning the fees paid to Respondent for debt negotiation services.

      At no time relevant hereto was Respondent licensed to engage or offer to engage in debt negotiation in this state, nor did Respondent qualify for an exemption from licensure.

      Source

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