I have been approved for a loan modification thru Credence Law Group. They are now asking for $3600.00 fees. They say they are sending paperwork and contracts for me to sign tomorrow.
I need to know if this company is legit? I have nothing in hand to confirm that I am approved. What can you tell me about Credence Law Group?? Please help, what should I do.
Is Credence Law Group a legit Company or a scam.
I always hate the scam question because I never know what the the individuals definition is of a scam.
Here is what I can share with you for you to make your own decision.
The domain name they use credencelawgroup.com. That domain was only registered on August 27, 2012. The domain ownership is hidden. They actually maintain the same website on two servers. The other is credenslawgroup.com.
Some of the attorneys that are listed on their website have been affiliated with other mortgage modification outfits.
The attorneys are Byron Landau, Laurie McFarland, Stephen Knight, Andrew Steele, Daniel Ruggierro, Maxwell Cohen, Ami Rooney, Akbar Asharia, and Laurie McFarland.
The address they list is:
180 N. Stetson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60601 – Source
That happens to be a virtual office space at a Regus office. – Source
I’m not saying that having a virtual office is a “scam,” I’m just saying that it might make one look further into the company to better understand how stable they are.
According to the Credence Law Group website the lead attorney is Byron L. Landau. According to his State Bar of California listing he is actually not located in Illinois but in California at:
Landau Law Group
2580 Red Hill Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92705
He does have a past history of disciplinary action and was suspend to practice law in California in 2008. (9/26/2008 Discipline w/actual suspension 05-O-02141 Not Eligible To Practice Law ) – Source
So the logical question is why is a lawyer headquartered in California running a virtual office in Illinois?
Even the State of Illinois says he is primarily located in California.
He has some periods of suspension there as well. – Source
All of those things make me want to know more. If they do you, then follow my guides below to continue checking them out.
I would recommend that anyone considering using such a company should read the following free guides.
- The Ultimate Consumer Guide to Checking Out a Debt Relief Company Before You Sign On the Line
- How to Check Out a Business or Company to Avoid Getting Scammed or Ripped Off
One item you should become familiar with is the Federal Trade Commission Mortgage Assistance Relief Services Rule. Under that rule the FTC states consumers should not be charged before a final modification agreement is reached with the lender.
A mortgage assistance relief company may not collect a fee until the consumer has signed a written agreement with the lender that includes the relief obtained by the company.
While you said you had been “approved for a loan modification” I seriously doubt that. What I think they mean is they have qualified you to sell you a service.
If they send you paperwork and a contract and you’d like for me to review it for you, you can submit it here.
There are a number of things you can do for free to seek a mortgage modification and free help is available for a HUD Housing Counselors, see my links below.
Finally, if you decide you do want to move forward with Credence Law Group and hire them to do the paperwork for you, make sure you speak to the attorney that is licensed in your state who will represent you before you give them any money. It’s important to make sure you discuss your case with them and like them.
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