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The simple way to describe the Veritas Legal Plan is “Peace of Mind”. While that does not define us, it certainly drives us. No one wants a lawsuit but the reality is that consumers who default on their unsecured debt are at risk of creditor lawsuits. Legal representation is an important component of debt settlement and without an attorney; clients are forced to represent themselves. This is a confusing process and without representation, the client can feel alone and scared. Many fail to file an answer resulting in a default judgment or simply throw in the towel and file for bankruptcy.
Most of the attorney models that we have seen do not include full attorney representation, some offer discounted services or vague claims but when you read the fine print there are many limitations to the scope of representation and extra costs for court appearances. In addition, many charge as much as 30% of the consumer’s debt and lead their clients to believe that, not only are the negotiations being handled by the attorney, but that the services they have purchased include court representation when typically they do not.
These retainer “fees” are charged mostly upfront and so the largest flaw with the Attorney Model is that the clients monthly drafts are being applied to fees and not towards accumulation for settlements and when the consumer is sued by a creditor there is no money available to settle the account; and in most cases the consumer does not have additional funds to hire an attorney.
The largest issue most debt settlement companies are having today is the inability to defend against creditor lawsuits; which results in an attempt to settle the lawsuit before the time needed to file an answer expires. The collector has complete control and leverage and in most cases will stand firm at around 80% of the balance so hat in hand, the decision needs to be made…take the 80% offer and enter into a payment plan or lose the client. A large portion of the client’s monthly draft will need to be allocated for that payment plan which in turn affects all future settlements. The downward spiral continues as a longer term program means less success for the client and exposes the client to additional lawsuits.
For the consumer, receiving a lawsuit sets off a series of doubts and fears that send most running to bankruptcy attorneys for help. What did I do? Did I make the right decision? Should I just file for bankruptcy? At this point, with the legal model, the client is left, having paid thousands in fees for services they were not able to receive, as they had no money saved!
With the Veritas Legal Plan, consumers who are enrolled in a performance based debt settlement program (or even a DIY) can now have all attorney costs covered for EVERY account while accumulating funds for settlements. The plan provides full attorney representation with a local attorney. No reimbursements, no plan limits, no deductible, no co-pay, access to Hyatt’s network of over 11,000 attorneys and real help to avoid bankruptcy and avoid default judgments.
To that end, consumers currently enrolled in a debt settlement program that does not offer the Veritas Legal Plan are encouraged to have their debt relief provider contact us. We understand there will be instances where this is simply not possible so consumers are welcome to contact us directly. Consumer inquiries should be directed to [email protected] or call Sara at 877-745-5006 Ext 1002. We will make every effort to provide our services to anyone who needs it.