A potential client called today, and complained that he had hired a lawyer to do some work for him, and that the lawyer was now suing him for his fees.
He complained, not because the attorney was suing for his fees (there are some lawyers who do this, even though this is discouraged), but because the lawyer had not played fair in suing him. Apparently, the lawyer had sued, and then sued again, and the potential had not gotten served properly, but the lawyer had taken judgment against him. The potential was very upset, and contacted the lawyer, and made payment arrangements, and made some of the payments. Then he checked his credit report, and discovered that the lawyer had gotten a judgment, and the judgment was on his credit report. So he called, and communicated with the lawyer, and the lawyer had stated he would take care of it. Then it appears, he marked the judgment satisfied. But the client was unhappy, and he refused to pay any more. So the lawyer sued again.
I turned this case down. The lawyer was collecting a debt owed to him. One of the important features of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act is that it only covers third party collectors. That means that although lawyers are covered when they are collecting money owed to someone else, if the money is originally owed to them (for example for fees earned), they are not debt collectors, and not subject to the act.
Remember, if you are being harassed by a debt collector, you need to know your rights. But remember that they have very powerful options, too. Virginia has very limited consumer rights. Most of the rights are given to creditors.
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