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February 19, 2017 You are here : How to spot a scam  >  Important: About Lawyers

What you should know about working with lawyers

  Working with a Lawyer for a Loan Modification or Foreclosure? Watch Out!

Working with your lender or a HUD-approved counseling agency for a loan modification or to stop a foreclosure is free. But if you prefer to pay a company, know the warning signs. Watch out if the company name or company website suggests it has lawyers or provides “legal” help.

There may be times when you want to pay a local, licensed lawyer to represent you. But ask questions first and AVOID any company offering legal help if:

  • You have not met with the lawyer.
  • The company’s office is not in your state, or you don’t know where it is located.
  • The lawyer is not licensed to practice law in your state, or you haven’t checked where he or she is licensed.
  • The lawyer does not represent you in any legal proceedings or you can not verify it.
  • You are told to send your documents to a company office in another state.
  • The person offering legal help guarantees you will get a loan modification.
  • A lawyer you don’t know reaches out to you and wants you to hire him or her.

To avoid fraud and get free assistance, work with a HUD-approved counseling agency. They can determine if you qualify for mortgage assistance programs and may refer you to free or low-cost legal assistance if you need it.

 

  To speak with a housing counselor 24 hours a day or find a local agency, call 888-995-HOPE (4673).

 

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