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Update April 30, 2015 CuraDebt reported an error with this post. “The information in this post were from an affiliate, and have been solved. The company has been licensed as a telemarketer and holds a bond and foreign reg. in FL. If a client sees these posts they will think the information is still valid, and fortunately at this time ... Read More »

    Legal Helper Debt Resolution Lawsuits Picking Up Steam

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    A tipster (send in your tips here) sent me something about a Legal helpers Debt Resolution case I’ve already covered but it made me wonder if there were more cases that had been recently filed in U.S. district courts against Legal Helpers Debt Resolution. So I went and looked. Maybe I had not seen the timeline before or put together ... Read More »

      The Future of Lead Generation in Debt Relief

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      The following guest post was contributed by Michael Bovee at Consumer Recovery Network, an expert in DIY debt settlement help and a member of the AACC. If you would like to contribute a guest post, click here. Advertising & lead costs are the largest expense for many companies in the debt relief space. The other day I was talking with ... Read More »

        Free Webinar – State Debt Adjustment Acts, The Ins and Outs of License, Insurance, Bonds and Fees

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        Webinar: Thursday March 24th 3:30 pm Eastern Update Link for Call: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/join/425750374 Meeting Password: usdr Meeting ID: 425-750-374 “If you operate in the debt relief space, you need to be on this call.” – Steve State Debt Adjustment Acts The ins and outs License, Insurance, Bonds, and Fees 55 minute webinar State review The webinar is hosted by Scott Johnson, ... Read More »

          Florida Continues Crackdown on Telemarketing Licenses. Sales Scripts Need to Be Submitted in Advance.

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          Last year I wrote about the need for a Florida telemarketing license if you are calling out of or into Florida for clients. Information on how to get a license can be found here. Apparently telephone sales scripts need to be submitted to the department prior to use. At least that’s what some folks found out the hard way. This ... Read More »

            Hey Credit Counseling It’s Coming. The No Fairshare Debt Management Plan.

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            Over the past year there has been more talk from people about rolling out a 0% fairsahre debt management plan. Fairshare is the money creditors “contribute” to non-profit credit counseling groups. It’s a percentage of funds collected from consumers and returned to their creditors. In the mid-1990s the fairshare percentage was 15% of all funds returned to creditors. Today it’s ... Read More »

              Second Attorney, Partner, Has Law License Suspended for 6 Months for Debt Settlement Activity

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              Yesterday I published information about an attorney in Florida who had his law license suspended for debt settlement activity. What I missed was his partner had his law license suspended as well. Thanks to commenter Bulb it was pointed out to me. “Brett Feinstein, 407 Lincoln Road, Suite 2A, Miami Beach, suspended for six months, effective 40 days from a ... Read More »

                What’s Your Opinion? Is Debt Settlement the Unauthorized Practice of Law?

                I was just reading a recent case filed against Freedom Debt Relief, Freedom Financial Network, Global Client Solutions, and Brad Allen. The case alleges that the defendants violated the debt relief provisions of the bankruptcy code, violated California law, engaged in the unauthorized practice of law and violated the California consumer fraud act. You can read the full complaint here. ... Read More »

                  Florida Lawyer Suspended for Debt Negotiation Assistance and Fee-Sharing

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                  A tipster (send in your tips here) forwarded me a copy of the latest disciplinary actions out of Florida that show an interesting situation which may have a far reaching impact on attorney-back office relationships with debt settlement companies. Douglas David Stratton, Miami Beach, Suspended for 30 days, effective 15 days from a January 4 court order. Stratton’s practice expanded ... Read More »

                    So What’s Your Opinion? NoteWorld Sales Assistance Seminar.

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                    A tipster (send in your tips here) sent me a recent email that was sent out by NoteWorld with the following comment, “Come on Noteworld, you can’t claim to be nothing more than a “payment processor”, yet hold webinars teaching DSCs how to market. Noteworld confuses me.” So What’s Your Opinion is a series that invites readers to post their ... Read More »

                      Mass Joinder Mortgage Litigation Suits Spreading to Florida

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                      The press release below caught my eye. It appears the wave of mass joinder mortgage litigation suits is now hitting Florida. Mitchell Stein, Esq. Files Mass Joinder Lawsuit Against Bank of America in Florida Consumer Advocate Leading Landmark Cases against Banks in California Alleges Massive Fraud against Sunshine State Borrowers Calabasas, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) March 21, 2011 M.J. Stein & Associates ... Read More »

                        State of North Carolina vs. Consumer Law Group. My Morning in the Courtroom.

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                        This morning I had a rare opportunity to go down to the court house and watch a motion argued in the case State of NC vs. Consumer Law Group and Michael Metzner. It was a motion to dismiss and attorney Richard Epstein from Greenspoon Marder flew in from Florida to represent Consumer Law Group. In October 2010 I reported on ... Read More »

                          Compliance With State Laws. Is Your Debt Relief Company in Good Shape?

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                          The following is a guest post by Scott Johnson, the person I consider to be a leader in helping debt relief companies understand compliance issues and avoid compliance problems. If you have any questions or would like to attend one of his upcoming compliance webinars, contact Scott at scott@usdr.us Compliance with State Laws 2011 perspective A step beyond the TSR ... Read More »

                            Debt Settlement Employee Sends in a Question and Comments About Companies Going Broke

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                            A debt settlement employee sent in the following observations using this form: Its true that no CID’s were sent out. But there is a lot of talk about the FTC requesting information on settlements being paid by [an escrow company]. (this is first hand from a company I work for regarding a settlement I negotiated.) I have been in the ... Read More »

                              GHS Solutions Reported to Lay Off 112 Workers

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                              The Sun Sentinel is reporting “GHS Solutions, a debt management company in Delray Beach, gave notice to Florida that it plans to lay off 112 employees by May 17. GHS, which also goes under the name of Full Circle Debt Relief, could not be reached Friday about the layoffs.” – Source I can always use your help. If you have ... Read More »

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