The North Mankato couple turned to Legal Helpers Debt Resolution, which agreed to negotiate with creditors to lower their debts. Over 14 months, they say, they paid the Chicago-based company $12,253, but only had one debt reduced by about $2,600. They say they haven’t been able to reach anyone at the company since last November when they found out Legal Helpers was being sued by the Illinois attorney general for consumer fraud.
After 14 payments, Valenta said, the couple was still being hounded by credit card companies, one of which started garnishing wages from his wife, a substitute teacher. That’s when Valenta said he searched online and saw the legal action in Illinois. He said he stopped writing payments to Legal Helpers and sent the company a letter in February requesting a refund, but hasn’t gotten a reply.
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