Negotiated payment plan with Collection Company, but attorney wants their fees.
I am self-employed in Mississippi with over $11,000 in medical bills which are currently in collections. I have been contacted by an attorney and am being sued for the amount, plus attorney's fees. After the collector's attorney filed their Complaint, I attempted to contact them. They never returned my calls. I have since been able to negotiate a payment plan with the collection company, but they refuse to execute the plan until I pay the attorney's fees and agree to a judgement being entered against me.
It seems to me that the attorney, who issued a demand letter and then filed suit, but failed to return my calls to negotiate, causing me to contact the collection company, should not warrant the $2,500 in fees they are now demanding. What are your thoughts on this matter?