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Legal Helpers Debt Resolution Responds to IL C&D. Will Challenge.

In a Chicago Tribune article today Legal Helpers Debt Resolution responds to the cease and desist issued by the State of Illinois yesterday that claimed they were an unlicensed debt settlement company and did not get an exemption for their business as attorneys.

“Legal Helpers claimed that it provides legal counsel to clients and has a “strategic alliance” with debt-settlement firms to provide debt-management services under the firm’s supervision.

Jason Searns, Legal Helpers general counsel and managing partner, said the state does not recognize Legal Helpers as a law firm because, like many other national law firms, one of its partners is not licensed in the state.

“What the state is trying to claim is that we are not a law firm because one partner is admitted (to practice law) in Ohio, even though two partners are admitted in Illinois,” Searns said.

In the last year, Searns said that the company has reduced the debt of over 20,000 accounts nationwide. The debt, he said, was reduced by an average of 30 percent after interest added by banks and legal fees.” – Source

Legal Helpers Debt Resolution has said they plan to challenge the order.


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  • Apparently, in an effort to avoid the cease and desist order, LHDR has changed its name to Macey Bankruptcy Law

    Sounds like they are doing the same business under a different name now …

  • This is what I mean about a red herring.  Do you really care whether so-and-so is an attorney and where, or whether someone is a debt adjuster under a statute?  Do you seriously care about every sub-part of every regulation and whether someone filed the right paper and posted a certain bond?  Is that really important? 

    What seems much more important to me is that Legal Helpers gets 70 cents on the dollar for its clients on average, after fees.  This means, if you are in their program and paying 50, or 55, or 60 cents of your debt, you are flat out screwed, and they know it.  You are a scam victim.  And it doesn’t matter one bit whether they are compliant or not.

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