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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