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Legal Helpers Debt Resolution Mailer. Reader Reports Them to Bar.

A reader and tipster (send in your tips here) just sent in a mailer they received from Legal Helpers Debt Resolution and Macey, Aleman, Hyslip & Searns.

The reader sent the mailer in through the tip line here and said:

Here is a solicitation letter I received form Legal Helpers/Macey Aleman. I am a North Carolina resident. The required disclaimer for lawyer advertising is not on the outside of the envelope. I have sent this to the NC State Bar for investigation but I thought you might be interested.

Why yes, I am interested, thank you.

A couple of issues jumped straight out at me.

The letter claims the consumer owes $31,000 and the debt will be “potentially” settled for $15,500. That’s 50 percent of the debt. I wonder if that figure is inclusive of fees charged by Legal Helpers Debt Resolution. If so, and the fees match what was being charged before, as you can see here, the actual amount of the settled debt, assuming a 24 month program would have been $8,034. That is of course if the resolution claim made is inclusive of all the fees below.

  • $900 retainer
  • $79/mo fee = $1,896
  • 15% of debt ($31,000) = $4,650
    Estimated Total Fees Paid LHDR = $7,446

Legal Helpers Debt Resolution Letter

But these are not the only fees to be paid. The mailer also says “Court costs and case expenses will be the responsibility of the client.” That sounds like a blank check the client will have to pay.

This means LHDR is presenting to the consumer they are going to settle the debt for 26 percent of the original balance. Again, if the resolution amount quote was truthfully inclusive of fees to be paid.

The legal advertisement makes the claim that “In many cases, we can resolve your debt for $15,500.” Which begs the question, in how many cases? It appears the mailer boldly does not give the consumer full and accurate information as other non-attorney debt settlement firms are required to do these days. Apparently they are using the fact they are a law firm to place consumers in a poor position to make informed decision as the law requires for all other debt settlement companies.

The mailer also directs consumers to a site, debtreliefbonus.com. The site appears to not be owned by the law firm and instead it is registered to:

DR Bonus
68 Gilbert
San Francisco, California 94103

A seemingly anonymous entity.

A search of State of California records of authorized businesses could not locate any LLC or corporation by the name of DR Bonus or Debt Relief Bonus.

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Pictures of 68 Gilbert Street

The mailer directed the consumer to this website.

According to public records this site is hosted on a server that also hosts the following marketing domains.

  • 678match.com
    Twice Verified Inc.
    569 7th St.
    Suite B
    San Francisco, California 94103
    Yuan, Derek bill@twiceverified.com
    [You will notice that both Twice Verified and Seville Marketing use email addresses for Bill. Coincidence or habit?]

  • askmoola.com
    Twice Verified Inc.
    569 7th St.
    Suite B
    San Francisco, California 94103
    Yuan, Derek bill@twiceverified.com

  • bankruptcyhelpers.org
    Neill Sullivan
    Seville Marketing
    522 Harrions St.
    San Francisco, California 94105
    bill@bridgecaploans.com

  • bankruptcyumbrella.com
    Twice Verified Inc.
    569 7th St.
    Suite B
    San Francisco, California 94103
    Yuan, Derek bill@twiceverified.com

  • bkfreebie.com
    Twice Verified Inc.
    569 7th St.
    Suite B
    San Francisco, California 94103
    Yuan, Derek bill@twiceverified.com

  • borrardeuda.com
    Intermundo Media LLC
    1426 Pearl Street
    Suite 201
    Boulder, Colorado 80302

  • christiandebtremedy.com
    Hidden (No very Christian like.)

  • debt-answers.com
    Twice Verified Inc.
    569 7th St.
    Suite B
    San Francisco, California 94103
    Yuan, Derek bill@twiceverified.com

  • debt-consolidation-guarantee.com
    Debt Consolidation
    68 Gilbert
    San Francisco, California 94103

  • debt-phone.com
    Debt Phone
    68 Gilbert
    San Francisco, California 94103

  • debtchat.us
    Twice Verified Inc.
    569 7th St.
    Suite B
    San Francisco, California 94103
    Yuan, Derek bill@twiceverified.com

  • debtfreecowboy.com
    Neill Sullivan
    Seville Marketing
    522 Harrions St.
    San Francisco, California 94105
    bill@bridgecaploans.com

  • debtmasher.com
    Twice Verified Inc.
    569 7th St.
    Suite B
    San Francisco, California 94103
    Yuan, Derek bill@twiceverified.com

  • debtreliefbonus.com
    Hidden

  • free-debt-consolidation-tools.com
    Debt Consolidation
    68 Gilbert
    San Francisco, California 94103

  • freebankruptcyhelp.us
    Twice Verified Inc.
    569 7th St.
    Suite B
    San Francisco, California 94103
    Yuan, Derek bill@twiceverified.com

  • greentreedebt.com
    Hidden

  • interwebops.com
    Twice Verified Inc.
    569 7th St.
    Suite B
    San Francisco, California 94103
    Yuan, Derek bill@twiceverified.com

  • lhfinancialresolution.com
    Hidden

  • lhtaxandfinancial.com
    Yuan, Derek accounting@twiceverified.com
    Twice Verified Inc.
    569 7th St.
    Suite B
    San Francisco, California 94103

  • momnation.org
    Twice Verified Inc.
    569 7th St.
    Suite B
    San Francisco, California 94103
    tramn@trupathfinancial.com

  • mybankruptcyumbrella.com
    Twice Verified Inc.
    569 7th St.
    Suite B
    San Francisco, California 94103
    Yuan, Derek bill@twiceverified.com

  • mydailyinfo.com
    Twice Verified Inc.
    569 7th St.
    Suite B
    San Francisco, California 94103
    Yuan, Derek bill@twiceverified.com

  • mytaxconsultation.com
    Hidden

  • nextloan.org
    Neill Sullivan
    Seville Marketing
    522 Harrions St.
    San Francisco, California 94105
    bill@bridgecaploans.com

  • ridofred.com
    Derek Yuan
    Twice Verified Inc.
    569 7th St.
    Suite B
    San Francisco, California 94103

  • savingsapproval.com
    Hidden

  • settletaxnow.com
    Derek Yuan
    Twice Verified Inc.
    569 7th St.
    Suite B
    San Francisco, California 94103

  • simplequotesearch.com
    Hidden

  • smartdebtchoice.com
    Seville Marketing
    522 Harrions St.
    San Francisco, California 94105

  • sunrisedebt.com
    Hidden

  • taxconsultation.us
    Derek Yuan
    Twice Verified Inc.
    569 7th St.
    Suite B
    San Francisco, California 94103

  • thedebtrescuers.com
    Hidden

So it logically appears the domain name is most likely owned by a marketing firm, such as Twice Verified, and not by the law firm. Even Twice Verified, with the related email format looks like it is related to Seville Marketing.

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It concerns me greatly that a consumer would receive a letter that appears to be from a law firm, Legal Helpers Debt Resolution, which directs the consumer to a website to give up personal and potentially confidential information to an outside non-lawyer that can’t be identified.

Twice Verified

Twice Verified describes themselves by saying, “TwiceVerified is a marketing and lead generation company that specializes in high-quality leads that are offered to our partnered sales professionals.” –

The Twice Verified website says, “All leads have have proactively expressed interest in debt settlement.”. But I believe the person that received this letter from the “alleged” law firm of Legal Helpers Debt Resolution, did not.

North Carolina Legal Advertising

Legal Helpers Debt Resolution Envelope

According to the North Carolina Bar the following is not permitted. – Source

  • Targeted Communications. Unless the recipient of the communication is a person specified in paragraphs (a)(1) or (a)(2), every written, recorded, or electronic communication from a lawyer soliciting professional employment from a potential client known to be in need of legal services in a particular matter shall include the statement, in capital letters, “THIS IS AN ADVERTISEMENT FOR LEGAL SERVICES” (the advertising notice) subject to the following requirements:

    (1) Written Communications. Written communications shall be mailed in an envelope. The advertising notice shall be printed on the front of the envelope, in font that is as large as any other printing on the envelope. The front of the envelope shall contain no printing other than the name of the lawyer or law firm and return address, the name and address of the recipient, and the advertising notice. The advertising notice shall also be printed at the beginning of the body of the letter in font as large or larger than the lawyer’s or law firm’s name in the letterhead or masthead.

Conclusion

I’d have to say the letter sent by Legal Helpers Debt Resolution contains some deep concerns. It appears to give the consumer incomplete information, makes unsubstantiated performance claims, directs consumers to provide confidential information to unknown entities, and does not even comply with the NC Bar guidance regarding advertising.

Overall I’d give it an F-.


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