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Receiver Asked to be Appointed in TX to Collect Judgment Against Lloyd Ward Judgment Debtors

A tipster (send in your tips here) sent me a copy of documents filed on March 1, 2012 in a case Kelly Hawkins v. Lloyd Ward, Lloyd Ward, PC, Lloyd Ward & Associates, and Lloyd Ward Group, PC. The case was originally filed in Kansas.

The Texas application for turnover relief and appointment of a turnover receiver was filed by Charles Branham III from Branham Law Group in Dallas, Texas.

The Kansas case filed by Hawkins resulted in a default judgment against Lloyd Ward, Lloyd Ward, P.C., Lloyd Ward & Associates, and Lloyd Ward Group, PC after each failed to appear.

The Kansas case says “On August 24, 2011, defendant Lloyd Ward was served with process personally, and in his capacities as President of Lloyd Ward and Associates d/b/a Lloyd Ward Group, LLC and President of Lloyd Ward P.C.”

The case states that the Ward defendants “…violated the Kansas Consumer Protection Act and the Kansas Credit Services Organization Act…” It goes on to say, “These violations damaged the Plaintiff: (1) in the amount of fees that he paid to the defendants; (2) by causing a judgment to be entered against the Plaintiff; and (3) by causing the Plaintiff considerable anguish, stress and despair. The Plaintiff is aggrieved because the defendants’ acts adversely affected the Plaintiff’s legal rights, namely causing him to be sued and preventing him from hiring competent legal counsel to defend his rights.”

This resulted in a judgment against the Ward defendants and imposition of a civil penalty of $100,000, $4,347.82 for each of the twenty-three deceptive acts or practices and unconscionable acts or practices, including the per se deceptive acts and practices that are violations of the Kansas Credit Services Organization Act, committed by the defendants…”

With the addition of attorney fees and court costs the total of the judgment is $114,094.95.

Receiver Asked to be Appointed in TX to Collect Judgment Against Lloyd Ward Judgment Debtors

The underlying issues in the Kansas case involved the advanced fee debt settlement services that were sold to the Kansas consumer, Kelly Hawkins, on April 16, 2010.

The action in Texas is asking for a turnover receiver to be appointed as a result of a “default judgment entered in Kansas against Lloyd Ward (“Ward”), Lloyd Ward, P.C. (Ward, P.C.”), Lloyd Ward & Associates, (“LWA”), and the Lloyd Ward Group, LLC (“LWG” and collectively the Judgment Debtors). The default judgment was entered on February 7, 2012.”

The court documents indicate a receiver was asked to be appointed because “Lloyd Ward and his defendant entities have a history of taking judgments and refusing to pay them. Mr. Ward’s own testimony makes clear that, despite being an attorney and licensed to practice law in the State of Texas, he has no interest in satisfying final and unappeased judgments against him:”

This appears to be in reference to a $500,000 Connecticut civil penalty that was imposed on The Lloyd Ward Group PC. – Source

Q: Are there any states or states attorney general’s office that you’re involved in proceedings with?
A: I believe Connecticut and West Virginia.
Q: And the Connecticut one is the Connecticut Board of Banking, is that right?
A: I believe so.
Q: They have issued a $500,000 fine against you?
A: They have issued a fine of some amount. I couldn’t tell you how much.
Q: Have you paid that fine?
A: Absolutely not.
Q: Have you appealed that fine?
A: No.
Q: Do you intend to pay that?
A: No.

This mater has been referred to the Connecticut Attorney General office for enforcement. – Source

Receiver Asked to be Appointed in TX to Collect Judgment Against Lloyd Ward Judgment Debtors

The Lloyd Ward Group, P.C.

Of particular interest in the case was a document dated January 1, 2010 and labeled as a shareholder agreement. Share certificates appear to have been issued on October 14, 2010. – Source

Receiver Asked to be Appointed in TX to Collect Judgment Against Lloyd Ward Judgment Debtors

According to this document, Lloyd Ward owned 15% but Kevin Devoto and Lloyd Regner each owned 42.5% respectively. Kevin Devoto is an ex-con and was convicted of securities fraud. – Source

What makes this shareholder relationship interesting is that The Lloyd Ward Group, P.C. is identified in the client agreement below as “Attorney” but yet in Texas I’m not aware that a non-attorney can be the owner of a law firm. I have asked the Texas Bar for clarification but at the time of publication no response had been received.

According to the American Bar Association:

(b) A lawyer shall not form a partnership with a nonlawyer if any of the activities of the partnership consist of the practice of law.

(d) A lawyer shall not practice with or in the form of a professional corporation or association authorized to practice law for a profit, if:

(1) a nonlawyer owns any interest therein, except that a fiduciary representative of the estate of a lawyer may hold the stock or interest of the lawyer for a reasonable time during administration; -Source

In a deposition on October 28, 2011 Ward stated in his answers:

Q: Do you know what the Lloyd Ward Group, P.C. is?
A: Yes.
Q: What is that?
A: The is a professional corporation owned by myself.
Q: Okay. And what does it do?
A: It is a – it’s a law firm. – Source

Receiver Asked to be Appointed in TX to Collect Judgment Against Lloyd Ward Judgment Debtors

Ward’s statement that The Lloyd Ward Group, PC is “owned by myself,” appears curious as well. According to documents, Ward’s 15% share appears to be owned by the Ward Family Irrevocable Trust with Amanda Ward as the trustee. Yet Lloyd Ward is currently listed as the President and CEO. – Source

Receiver Asked to be Appointed in TX to Collect Judgment Against Lloyd Ward Judgment Debtors

While this would help to explain why Ward would say he has no plans to pay the fine from Connecticut it makes it even more puzzling how The Lloyd Ward Group, PC could sell debt settlement services under the auspices of being an attorney model when no attorney was actually involved in it since the company ownership appears, to consist of Regner, Devoto, and the trust.

Just for clarity, the documents state that Regner’s shares are actually owned by Lloyd Regner and Stephanie Regner. – Source

Much More Confusion

If we believe that Lloyd Ward, PC, Lloyd Ward & Associates, Lloyd Ward Group (LLC or PC) are all separate legal entities (even with no proof of existence of Lloyd Ward Group, LLC), then how in the world is the average consumer going to be aware and informed of this when documents like this are presented to them?

Receiver Asked to be Appointed in TX to Collect Judgment Against Lloyd Ward Judgment Debtors

While the form above proclaims this is by “Attorneys at Law” there is no evidence I can find that shows Lloyd Ward Group, LLC exists or that The Lloyd Ward Group, PC is a valid law firm when it is owned by non-lawyers and an ex-con.

And the confusion continues from the same case. As part of the same client agreement the consumer, Hawkins, was given the following form.

Receiver Asked to be Appointed in TX to Collect Judgment Against Lloyd Ward Judgment Debtors

Lloyd Ward, PC is a new entity, not identified on the previous page. This part of the client agreement also introduces Lloyd Ward as an individual and states that Lloyd Ward Group, LLC is the “attorney” in this agreement and is a Texas Limited Liability Company, which does not appear to exist. Additionally, on the date of this agreement, April 16, 2010 the domain name referenced in this agreement, lloydward.com, was registered to a Llody Ward at 9441 LBJ Freeway. – Source

Between the two pages of the client agreement, this seems to bring the total number of separate entities with similar names to five.

Ownership

The documents filed in relation with the Kansas case say that “the Judgment Debtors own property which is not readily leviable as more fully described below. – Source

Lloyd Ward

  • Ward owns shares, stock, membership interests and/or partnership interests in the following entities: Lloyd Ward Group, LLC, Ward Holdings, Inc. Lloyd Ward, P.C. and Lloyd Ward & Associates among others.
  • Ward is entitled to payments and owns account receivables from ABC Debt Relief, Ltd. Co, Best Debt Options, the Glenn Family Trust, Lloyd Ward, P.C., Lloyd Ward & Associates, CKLK, LLC, LRKD Auto, LLC, and Ward Holdings, Inc. among others. – Source

In his deposition attached to the Kansas case, Ward states he has invested money in companies with Lloyd Regner and Kevin Devoto that have something to do with auto warranty business.

Q: All right. What ownership do you have in the Auto Warranty LLC? [Ed: Potentially LRKD Auto, LLC?] A: I don’t have an ownership interest. I have invested funds in it.
Q: Do you have a right to receive any profits or proceeds from that entity?
A; To the extent that there’s net profits, I believe I do.
Q: Okay. And how much of a percentage, or however it is calculated, do you have a right to receive profits from?
A: There would be either 10 or 15 or 20 percent. I’m not sure. – Source

LRKD Auto, LLC is registered at 12655 N. Central Expressway, Suite 800, Dallas, TX 75243. Rickey Longo is listed as the registered agent. – Source, Source

Rick Longo is/was also the CFO of ABC Debt Relief Ltd. Co., and The Debt Answer, LLC.

Receiver Asked to be Appointed in TX to Collect Judgment Against Lloyd Ward Judgment Debtors

Lloyd Ward, P.C.

  • Ward, P.C. owns shares, stock membership interests and/or partnership interests in the following entities: Lloyd Ward Group, LLC, Ward Holdings, Inc. Lloyd Ward, P.C., and Lloyd Ward & Associates.
  • Ward, P.C. is entitled to payments and owns account receivables from ABC Debt Relief, Ltd. Co, Best Debt Options, the Glenn Family Trust, Lloyd Ward, P.C., lloyd Ward & Associates, CKLK, LLC, LRKD Auto, LLC, and Ward Holdings, Inc. among others. – Source

Lloyd Ward & Associates

  • Lloyd Ward & Associates owns shares, stock membership interests and/or partnership interests in the following entities: Lloyd Ward Group, LLC, Ward Holdings, Inc., and Lloyd Ward, P.C.
  • Lloyd Ward & Associates is entitled to payments and owns account receivables from ABC Debt Relief, Ltd. Co, Best Debt Options, the Glenn Family Trust, Lloyd Ward, P.C., lloyd Ward & Associates, CKLK, LLC, LRKD Auto, LLC, and Ward Holdings, Inc. among others.
  • Lloyd Ward & Associates is entitled to credit card payments as set forth on its website. – Source

Lloyd Ward Group, LLC

The client agreement in the Kansas court case says it is between the client and Lloyd Ward Group, LLC. A current search of Texas records cannot locate any entity by that name.

Receiver Asked to be Appointed in TX to Collect Judgment Against Lloyd Ward Judgment Debtors

The Kansas case addresses this issue about Lloyd Ward Group, LLC. “Lloyd Ward Group, LLC is identified in the contracts between Lloyd Ward, Lloyd Ward, PC and Mr. Hawkins as “an operating division of Lloyd Ward, PC.” According to the Texas Secretary of State, the only entity registered to do business in Texas under the name “Lloyd Ward Group” is Lloyd Ward Group, PC. This is a simple case of misnomer that affects nothing.”

Receiver Asked to be Appointed in TX to Collect Judgment Against Lloyd Ward Judgment Debtors

I contacted the State of Texas and according to the State of Texas, there is no registered company authorized to do business in the state under the name Lloyd Ward Group, LLC. There is no listing either with the Secretary of State’s Office.

The nearest entity they have is “The Lloyd Ward Group, PC” of which Lloyd Ward personally is the director and chief executive. – Source

And Just When You Thought This Could Not Get More Confusing

As I was wrapping up this article I received a confidential tip that claimed Camden Debt Solutions is also associated with Lloyd Ward. I took a look and Lloyd Ward & Associates, Inc. is the registered agent for the company and a former employee of Ward’s, Ashley Eichelberger from Silverleaf Debt Solutions owns the domain name. – Source, Source

Q. Okay. Are Chris [Garrison], Ashley [Eichelberger], Jordan [Olsen] or Feldon [Warren] lawyers?
A. No.
Q. And I want to be clear: In your mind, these people that worked in the SilverLeaf offices, they were your employees?
A. Yes. – Source

The Camden Debt Solutions even presents Lloyd Ward Group on their site.

Receiver Asked to be Appointed in TX to Collect Judgment Against Lloyd Ward Judgment Debtors

And to further confuse the issue, the website consumers are directed to is lloydward.com which is the website for Lloyd Ward & Associates, not the Lloyd Ward Group. – Source. And which Lloyd Ward Group would that be anyway since there is no registered company under the strict name of “Lloyd Ward Group.” Does this imply that use of the name “Lloyd Ward Group” is actually a d/b/a for Lloyd Ward & Associates?

And Let’s Not Forget LloydWardLaw.com

While not included in the Kansas action, another Lloyd Ward related entity was previously reported on here. See this article about LloydWardLaw.com.

In the interest of disclosure, Lloyd Ward has filed suit against my wife and I for previous reporting and the case is ongoing.

In Ward’s suit against us he asks for, “…actual damages of loss of business in the amount of not less than One Hundred Sixty Five Thousand Dollars ($165,000.00), damages directly related to reputation and good will in the sum of not less than One Million Dollars ($1,000,000.00) and exemplary damages in the sum of not less than Two Million One Hundred Sixty Five Thousand Dollars {$2,165,000.00).

Personally I have absolutely no vendetta against Lloyd Ward et al. I am certain the court case he filed against my wife and I will run it’s course.

But just because he has filed a lawsuit against us is not a reason for me to not report on items and issues in the debt relief industry that involve Lloyd Ward. I want to clearly state, this article is posted because it is news and of interest to the debt relief world and not as some form of retaliation for the lawsuit filed. I did not seek out the original tip and information.

You can read the full file and documents I was given that create the foundation of this report, here.

Receiver Asked to be Appointed in TX to Collect Judgment Against Lloyd Ward Judgment Debtors
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  • http://www.mstarsinc.com/ Matthew Hearn

    How many entities does a consumer have to get through to get to the tootsie roll center of the tootsie pop? Lol!

  • Nottelling

    I
    had debt consolidation with lloyd ward and associagte. I paid 18 months
    to them they didn’t pay single penny to my creditor on top of it I got
    sued by one of the creditor. I reported to bbb they agreed to give me
    $2000 and release the form. I complaint the consumer protection company
    gave the wrong info and consumer protection close the file. In Jan I
    sent the form now they sent me another form which only $400 to release
    them ” Be careful with your Money” I am the victim

  • Nottelling

    I
    had debt consolidation with lloyd ward and associagte. I paid 18 months
    to them they didn’t pay single penny to my creditor on top of it I got
    sued by one of the creditor. I reported to bbb they agreed to give me
    $2000 and release the form. I complaint the consumer protection company
    gave the wrong info and consumer protection close the file. In Jan I
    sent the form now they sent me another form which only $400 to release
    them ” Be careful with your Money” I am the victim

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