It’s never fun to receive a debt collection letter in the mail. Even worse, however, is being served with a debt collection lawsuit. If you’ve been sued by a debt collector, it’s imperative that you obtain the services of an experienced debt collection lawsuit defense lawyer as soon as possible. By hiring the right debt collection lawsuit defense attorney to fight your debt collection lawsuit, you greatly improve your chances of a successful outcome. In this article, we discuss how to choose the right debt collection defense attorney to fight your debt collection lawsuit.
The Initial Search
To begin your attorney search, you should first identify a few attorneys you’d like to schedule initial consultations with. There are many ways to identify prospective attorneys, including:
- Search online directories
- Request referrals from family and friends
- Request referrals from other attorneys
- Contact a legal aid organization
- Contact the State Bar of California
Meeting with Prospective Attorneys
Once you’ve identified some attorneys you’d like to meet with, you should contact them to schedule initial consultations. An initial consultation is a meeting during which you discuss your case with a prospective attorney. During this meeting, the attorney you meet with gathers information about your case to determine an effective legal strategy. Questions an attorney may ask you during an initial consultation include:
- What gave rise to the debt at issue?
- How old is the debt at issue?
- How did the debt collector contact you to collect the debt?
- Do you have any other information to share that may be relevant to your case?
The initial consultation also provides you with an opportunity to ask questions. When you meet with a prospective attorney, you should gather information about his or her:
- Legal background
- Rate of success defending debt collection lawsuits
- Opinion of your odds of a successful outcome
- Estimated timeline of your case
Contact a California Debt Collection Lawsuit Defense Attorney
If you’ve been sued by a debt collector in California, you should have an experienced debt collection lawsuit attorney on your side. When choosing an attorney to fight your debt collection lawsuit, you should pick a firm that has an excellent reputation and significant debt collection defense experience. At the Fullman Firm, we have nearly half a century of combined experience protecting the rights of consumers, and we take pride in fighting back against debt collection agencies. We know that debt collection agencies often use unethical tactics to harass and intimidate consumers, and we believe that they should be held accountable for their actions. When you become one of our valued clients, we will explore all available options and work with you to develop an effective strategy for your case. If you’re ready to stand up and fight back, please contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced California debt collection lawsuit defense attorneys.