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Is Helbing Law Group a Complete Scam?

Written by Steve Rhode

Update: October 15, 2019

I received an email from an attorney saying the represent Helbing Law Group. The email requested I remove “the link” which I assume to mean the attorney wants the post removed. While the attorney said, “I also would like to request that you please not try to address this matter with an update,” this is a good learning opportunity for both debt relief companies and consumers.

It is my opinion that Helbing Law Group just missed an incredible opportunity to show people some amazing customer support and win over new fans. From people who commented on this post, it is clear some have opinions about the company.

A much better way to turn a poor opinion into a positive is by welcoming the feedback and showing that you care about repairing the situation.

I wrote a helpful guide for debt relief companies to better deal with such issues, How to Handle a Consumer Complaint Like a Pro And Come Out Smelling Like a Rose.

It’s my point of view that a company can win over many new customers by demonstrating they care and want to address issues.

Helbing Law Group could have responded to comments demonstrating they care about the opinions of people and demonstrating a desire to resolve any complaints people may have. They could have submitted an update, which I would have added at the top of the post so readers could hear from them first. But instead, it looks like the response to this article was a “courtesy request to remove content” and delete the opinions of readers in the question and comments.

As always, I stand ready to post any update so Helbing Law Group can be heard and I’m ready to correct anything in my response that was incorrect.

In fact, I think readers will find that my response was factual and did not make any claims the company is a “complete scam” as the reader asked.

By the way, I had received another reader question about Helbing Law Group which I had not answered since the question below seemed to deal with a similar concern and my answer for the reader to do their own research rather than rely on the opinion of another is good advice.

Steve

Original Post Below – June 5, 2019

Question:

Dear Steve,

Questioning a company as to being legit?

Do you have any knowledge of Helbing Law Group LLC as to whether they are a legit company with good honest practices or are they a complete scam of a company?

Paul

Answer:

Dear Paul,

These kinds of questions are nearly impossible. Since I have no idea what you may consider a scam or legit, there is no way I can answer your question.

I’ve written these free guides to help people research companies and come to their own conclusion.

  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

Here Are Some Observations

Using the guides above I took a quick look and here are some of the things I found in a couple of minutes.

The website HelbingLawGroup.com was created on 8-29-2017 according to DomainToos.com. The site also does not appear to say what the physical address of the firm is.

Keep in mind if you are hiring an attorney to assist you then the attorney must be licensed to practice law in the state you live in. I can’t easily tell what state this company is registered to do business in or who the attorneys are behind the company if any. That would be a great question to ask your contact there.

It seems a bit odd since the failure to provide information on the attorney or disclaimers about attorney advertising would not meet the requirements of some state bar associations.

The news page on the website looks like the last news posted was 8-3-2017. Seems like the site has been left unattended.

I did discover the telephone number used on the website, 800-413-5011, is also used or was used by a company named Consumer Law Relief. – Source

The BBB says the owner of Consumer Law Relief is an Erik Helbing and this website, Compas Role Legal Group says an Erik Helbing “is the founding principal of Helbing Law Group, LLC, a practice specializing exclusively in consumer rights, which includes foreclosure defense, credit collection defense, and bankruptcy.” – Source

I don’t know what all these individual facts will mean to you but at least it’s a start in your research. Post a comment below and let me know what conclusion you reach.

Sincerly,
Steve

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Steve Rhode

Steve Rhode is the Get Out of Debt Guy and has been helping good people with bad debt problems since 1994. You can learn more about Steve, here.

29 Comments

  • I entered a contract with Helbing Law paid all the money they asked me on the contract. Now they are asking me for more money which he claim is to settle with my American Express. I was told by a friend in my state I can see court cases online just look it up I noticed my case with AE been settled since November 2019. Helbing Law only called me today to tell me about them settling with AE. Also today in the mail I got a letter from another law firm telling me AE is trying to sue me for garnishment. I looked up my name on the court case an sure enough AE is suing me but have in mind Helbing Law took $615 from me each month for a year and a half to settle 2 credit cards for me and they have not yet paid any of them I am being sued and Helbing law is asking me for more money when I already finish paying them what they asked for. Why haven’t they paid AE as of yet God alone only knows. Now I am starting to think they are scammers

    • I signed up with them in January 2020. They started out good but them COVID hit. I’m sure it’s a great time to negotiate debt now because everyone is so committed to helping people effected by COVID. Just sent in POA, couldn’t get anyone to notarize it for a while. Will check back on progress, really hope they aren’t scammers.

  • I been with Helbing Law group for 11 mos. Paying 378.54 a mo. Paid one of our creders of, but i have two American Exp. And I’m got papers the other day saying im being sued.Dont under stand.i need help,real help.And they havnt dine anything with other creders, what can i di to fix this.

  • Hi,
    I retained a Debt Settlement Law Group three months ago and cancelled my retainer agreement today. They did not want to refund me my first two payments in the amount of $686.22 because my retainer agreement states that the first two payments are 100% for attorney’s fees. But I was not aware that FTC has a rule that does not allow debt settlement companies to advance attorney’s fees if they haven’t reached a settlement. Which is the frustrating part, because they hadn’t even sent any power of attorneys to my creditors which is why they were harassing me for three months straight. They stated that those are the fees for finding an attorney that can represent me in my state, which is California. This law group is called Helbing Law Group and when they e-mail me their signature block shows an address 12333 Sowden Rd., Ste. B, 79507, Houston, TX 77080, and when I look them up through the Texas Corporation Search, the business shows as forfeited. Unfortunately, I did sign the retainer agreement without reading over everything and it was my mistake to assume that the paralegal going over the contract with me would mention all the critical parts of the agreement, but is there a way I can go around the retainer agreement and get my money back? I just don’t want to go through all of this process if I don’t have a right to request a refund on the attorney’s fees because I signed the agreement with them.

    • I think you have at least three issues here. The first is the observation the company may not be registered to do business at the time you entered the agreement. Second is a customer service issue and I’m always a big fan of coming to a mutually satisfactory resolution so the consumer is happy and does not have to escalate the issue further. Finally, there is one perceived exception to the advance fee ban when the consumer has a face-to-face meeting when signing the client agreement.

      Two of these issues are technical in nature and require further investigation. I do publish this guide to help people resolve these issues that might be helpful. https://stever39.sg-host.com/20126/how-to-try-to-get-refund-from-debt-relief-company

    • After recent communications with an attorney representing Helbing Law Group and this post, I am personally frustrated they seem to be less intered in coming in here and addressing the concerns of people and more interested, it seems, in having me remove this post entirely. Their lack of participation is, in my opinion, a missed opportunity for them to show they care about what people have to say.

      Regardless, I don’t think now is the time to panic unless you have some issue you have tried to resolve with them and they have been unresponsive or the answer was unsatisfactory.

      Is there something specific that is concerning you at the moment?

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