They said: “I really enjoy your site. Do you know anything good or bad about this new DS firm? http://www.legaldebtpros.com/ . Apparently it was started by John Simon who used to own the failed Debt Rescue. Thanks”
This one is new to me I think so I took a quick look.
The BBB says the business is located at 9854 National Blvd #242, Los Angeles, CA 90034. – Source
A search of California corporate records could not find either an LLC or corporation by the name of Legal Debt Pros.
The domain name legaldebtpros that the company uses is owned by:
The Law Offices of Brian R. Linnekens
806 Idaho Avenue
Santa Monica, California 90403
The picture below is of the location Google identifies as the street location of the address given for the domain. Looks like a residential area to me.
The domain was registered on July 2, 2010.
Interestingly the BBB is silent about the relationship between Legal Debt Pros and the law office of Brian Linnekens except for the matching address of 9854 National Blvd #242, Los Angeles, CA 90034.
That address is also the same address used by Capital Legal Network, Home Credit Law Center and Home Credit Law Group. The BBB gives Home Credit Law Center and F rating.
In fact the BBB says:
On May 25, 2011, this company’s accreditation with the BBB was revoked by the BBB’s Board of Directors due to a pattern of serious complaints, as well as our belief that the company is not compliant with California State Senate Bill SB94 (California Civil Code Section 2944.7) in that they are charging upfront fees concerning loan modification services.
Agency: Washington State Attorney General
Description: On April 11, 2011, the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI), filed a Cease & Desist Order naming this company and its principal, Brian R. Linnekens. According to the State, the defendants were charged with taking property from Washington residents by fraud or misrepresentation while acting as an unlicensed mortgage loan modification company. The DFI also issued a Temporary Cease and Desist Order against the defendants, ordering them to immediately cease and desist unlicensed activity by misrepresenting that Mr. Linnekens was licensed to practice law in Washington, and taking advance fees for loan modification services.
Date of Action: 4/11/2011 – Source
Another site for Debt Attorneys does list the same address.
The address appears to be a mail drop located at US 24-7 Postal Center at the same street address.
It just so happens that DebtAttorneys.com is owned by Brian Linnekens as well.
The website of Legal Debt Pros does not provide a street address on their contact information.
The lack of both a physical address and identification the site is related to a California lawyer is a red flag for me.
The State of California Bar has this to say about Brian Linnekens.
The site appears to focus on the following solutions. – Source
- Fair Debt Collection Representation
Know your rights! Stop creditors from harassing you and your family.
- Credit Card Defense
Understand the fundamentals of credit card lawsuit defense and the options available.
- Debt Buying
Learn how to buy out your own debt at a fraction of what you owe.
- Debt Advice
Get advice on the direction you need to take to manage your debt and get control of your finances.
Understanding the ins and outs of bankruptcy, our network Attorneys will help you determine if bankruptcy is right for you.
I would proceed with caution and get a second opinion before using the services of DebtAttorneys.com or LegalDebtPros.com.
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