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Tips for Finding an Attorney After Receiving an SBA Offer in Compromise

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Tips for Finding an Attorney After Receiving an SBA Offer in Compromise

When a person is facing legal issues because of an SBA loan default, finding legal help can be an intimidating prospect. Below are resources and strategies to help potential clients find the right lawyer after receiving an SBA demand letter.

Determine Which Type of Lawyer is Needed

Many lawyers focus their efforts on a certain area of law. Debt relief attorneys typically work in the consumer, bankruptcy or legal defense areas. It is normal for clients to not know exactly what they need when choosing an attorney. Although some lawyers work in a specific area, most work with those who have multiple problems. For example, when an attorney evaluates a client’s finances, they may suggest a Tax Offset Program rather than litigation. Similarly, a litigator may recommend bankruptcy.

Finding a Competent Lawyer

If a person needs a debt help lawyer to assist with an SBA loan foreclosure, they can start in the following places.

  • Referrals: If a client has used an attorney for previous cases, that lawyer can likely recommend a debt help firm. Friends, family and coworkers can also provide recommendations.
  • Legal directories: Clients can find a local lawyer in an online legal directory.
  • Prepaid plans: Many large employers offer legal plans, which refer clients to an attorney who offers a free evaluation and a reduced fee. Contact the employer’s HR department to find out if such a plan is offered.
  • Bar associations: Local and state bar associations typically provide lists of attorneys who work in certain legal areas. In large cities, bar associations sometimes hold clinics where potential clients can speak to attorneys about case specifics.

Finding a Debt Help Lawyer

Many debt relief attorneys offer free or low-cost consultations, and some hold meetings over the phone. Clients should be ready to discuss the SBA Offer in Compromise. A competent attorney will consider the client’s financial status before offering specific advice. During the initial meeting, the client should ask the lawyer which services are provided and what the costs will be. While it may be tempting to hire a debt settlement company, clients should consider that these firms are not staffed by lawyers and they cannot offer legal advice.

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$488,000 SBA 7A LOAN - SBA OHA LITIGATION

$488,000 SBA 7A LOAN - SBA OHA LITIGATION

Clients personally guaranteed an SBA 7(a) loan.  The SBA referred the debt to the Department of Treasury, which was seeking payment of $487,981 from our clients.  We initially filed a Cross-Servicing Dispute, which was denied.  As a result, we filed an Appeals Petition with the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals asserting legal defenses and supporting evidence uncovered during the discovery and investigation phase of our services.  Ultimately, the SBA settled the debt for $25,000 - saving our clients approximately $462,981.

$375,000 SBA 504 LOAN - SBA OIC CASH SETTLEMENT

$375,000 SBA 504 LOAN - SBA OIC CASH SETTLEMENT

Client personally guaranteed SBA 504 loan balance of $375,000.  Debt had been cross-referred to Treasury at the time we got involved with the case.  We successfully had debt recalled to the SBA where we then presented an SBA OIC that was accepted for $58,000.

$1,200,000 SBA 7A LOAN - SBA OHA LITIGATION

$1,200,000 SBA 7A LOAN - SBA OHA LITIGATION

Client personally guaranteed an SBA 7(a) loan to help with a relative’s new business venture.  After the business failed, Treasury was able to secure a recurring Treasury Offset Program (TOP) levy against our client’s monthly Social Security Benefits based on the claim that he owed over $1.2 million dollars.  We initially submitted a Cross-Servicing Dispute, but then, prepared and filed an Appeals Petition with the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals (SBA OHA).  As a result of our efforts, we were able to convince the SBA to not only terminate the claimed debt of $1.2 million dollars against our client (without him having to file bankruptcy), but also refund the past recurring amounts that were offset from his Social Security Benefits in connection with the TOP levy.

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