Debt Settlement

Can I Trust Shane Walker From Fidelity Legal Group?

Written by Steve Rhode

Update October 28,2019

See updated information in comment from Ryan Worden.

Original Post January 4, 2019


Dear Steve,

I spent 20 minutes or more on the phone last night with a gentleman who called himself Shane Walker. After getting some VERY BASIC information. he said your legal firm would be the company that would represent me in a consumer-debt settlement plan should my wife and I apply. Mr. Walker was knowledgeable and courteous, and before I go further, I said I would do some checking.

Does Fidelity Legal Group offer this service, through Shane Walker and others, and how can I get the information I need without divulging too much to an unsolicited caller?



Dear John,

That’s alarming on several levels.

First, I do not provide the services you describe. I am not a legal firm and certainly not Fidelity Legal Group.

Second, if you received an unsolicited call pitching you debt relief services then you should assume it is from someone trying to sell you some service. That is probably the last place to look for unbiased advice regarding your situation.

I did visit the Fidelity Legal Group website at and noticed they have some sort of “field agent” link. That may represent they are using field agents for in-person meetings which is a trick some advanced fee debt relief groups have used in the past to charge fees before delivering the service.

I did a quick search and the State of Indiana says the CEO is Ryan Worden. The State Bar Association of Indiana does not show any attorney by that name who is licensed in that state.

I would recommend that anyone considering using such a company should read the following free guides to check out the company before leaping.

  1. The Ultimate Consumer Guide to Checking Out a Debt Relief Company Before You Sign On the Line
  2. 10 Must Do Steps to Find the Best Credit Counseling or Debt Settlement Company for You
  3. How to Check Out a Business or Company to Avoid Getting Scammed or Ripped Off

It is a mystery how you got to me from a sales call for Fidelity Legal Group.


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  • Good afternoon Steve, John, and any other readers,

    My name is Ryan Worden and I am the CEO of Fidelity Legal Group. I think we have a few mistaken issues here and I wanted to reach out to clear anything up.

    I am an Indiana based attorney. The bar website you linked in the article is for a paid membership group, not the official Indiana list of attorneys. You can find my information on the Indiana Roll of Attorneys, showing my all my relevant information including my licensing.

    My firm works with clients on all forms of debt relief, including bankruptcy and debt settlement. The original poster likely responded to marketing material, as we do not make unsolicited calls seeking business.

    I’m not sure why the poster thought our firm was associated with your website or person. You offer a great resource to consumers, but we have no association with you personally or professionally.

    I would invite any consumer out there with questions to reach out to our firm at 1-800-261-8521.
    The debt world is certainly filled with it’s fair share of questionable characters, so we attempt to be up front and as transparent as possible.

    Ryan P Worden
    Fidelity Legal Group

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