We know that if you are struggling with collection calls, you don’t have a lot of extra money to pay an attorney! But, there are free and low-cost options that can help you. They include:
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Did you know that if a debt collector is breaking the law, there are attorneys who will help you and charge you nothing at all for their services?
Why would an attorney help you for free?
Because a debt collection agency that has violated the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act may have to pay your attorney’s fees and pay you money damages. As a result, when you sue a debt collector for breaking the law, there is typically no cost to you at any point, from your consultation with the attorney to litigation to settlement.
If you are not being harassed by a debt collector, but need a fast answer to a question related to debt collection and your past due debt, we’ve partnered with JustAnswer.com. This service lets you ask a question and get it answered inexpensively and conveniently online. It’s super easy! (Choose "consumer law" for the specialty area.)
If you are being sued for a debt, it is very important that you don’t ignore the lawsuit! If you do, the creditor or collection agency will very likely get a default judgment against you, and once that happens, they may be able to garnish your wages, take the money in your bank accounts or take other collection actions depending on your state. Also, default judgments can stay on your credit history for a very, very long time.
That’s why we recommend talking with a consumer law attorney as soon as you know you have been sued or even if you think you may be sued. The attorney will explain your options for dealing with the lawsuit.
If there is no way you can afford to pay all or some of your debts, talk with a bankruptcy attorney. Filing for bankruptcy may be a good option for you. If you do, collectors cannot call you anymore or take any other actions to get you to pay what you owe, and you may be able to discharge (eliminate) some or all of your debts.
If the above suggestions aren't helpful to you, then you may want to look into free help from the Legal Aid office in your area.
In many parts of the country, legal aid offices or legal clinics staffed by law students provide low cost or free legal help with consumer law problems. These services are available to qualified low-income consumers who qualify. To find a Legal Aid office in your area, type the name of your state + legal aid into a search engine or contact your local bar association.
Please remember, though, if a debt collector is breaking the law in its efforts to collect from you, a consumer law attorney may be willing to take on your case for free. So you may not need to contact Legal Aid.
Debt collectors may be breaking the law if they have:
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