If you are facing an SBA default, you don't necessarily need a SBA lawyer. However, with your financial future on the line, it's probably a good idea to retain one. Protect Law Group offers SBA debt resolution help for small business owners facing an SBA loan default in California. Below, we'll offer tips on how to choose the right SBA lawyer for you. Call for a free consultation today!
Experience is key when dealing with the SBA, SBA lenders, and the applicable laws. You'll also want one who is intimately familiar with the Offer in Compromise process in case you will go that route.
Charges a Fair Price
For small business owners facing an SBA default, money is an issue. The last thing you want is to spend every last spare dime defending all of your other dimes left. Typically, about 10% of the amount that your SBA lawyer saved you is a fair fee for their services.
While most SBA lawyers are looking to help small business owners, some will take advantage of your situation, especially if it's turned to desperation. Ensure your SBA attorney is offering you the best advice and following the law. They also should not be charging large upfront fees.
Is a Good Fit
Are you comfortable with your SBA lawyer? At the end of the day, this person is potentially holding your financial future in their hands. Do you trust them? Most SBA lawyers offer free consultations. Call up a few and see what you think. Are they optimistic? Do they sound knowledgeable? Can you work with them throughout the duration of your case?
Why Hire Us to Help You with Your Treasury or SBA Debt Problems?
Millions of Dollars in SBA Debts Resolved via Offer in Compromise and Negotiated Repayment Agreements without our Clients filing for Bankruptcy or Facing Home Foreclosure
Millions of Dollars in Treasury Debts Defended Against via AWG Hearings, Treasury Offset Program Resolution, Cross-servicing Disputes, Private Collection Agency Representation, Compromise Offers and Negotiated Repayment Agreements
Our Attorneys are Authorized by the Agency Practice Act to Represent Federal Debtors Nationwide before the SBA, The SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals, the Treasury Department, and the Bureau of Fiscal Service.
Client personally guaranteed SBA 7(a) loan for $350,000. The small business failed but because of the personal guarantee liability, the client continued to pay the monthly principal & interest out-of-pocket draining his savings. Client hired a local attorney but quickly realized that he was not familiar with SBA-backed loans or their standard operating procedures. Our firm was subsequently hired after the client received the SBA's official 60-day notice. After back-and-forth negotiations, we were able to convince the SBA to reinstate the loan, retract the acceleration of the outstanding balance, modify the original terms, and approve a structured workout reducing the interest rate from 7.75% to 0% and extending the maturity date for a longer period to make the monthly payments affordable. In conclusion, not only we were able to help the client avoid litigation and bankruptcy, but we also save him approximately $227,945 over the term of the workout.
Client personally guaranteed SBA 7(a) loan for $150,000. COVID-19 caused the business to fail, and the loan went into default with a balance of $133,000. Client initially hired a non-attorney consultant to negotiate an OIC. The SBA summarily rejected the ineligible OIC and the debt was referred to Treasury’sBureau of Fiscal Service for enforced collection in the debt amount of $195,000. We were hired to intervene and initiated discovery for SBA and Fiscal Service records. We were able to recall the case from Fiscal Service back to the SBA. We then negotiated a structured workout with favorable terms that saves the client approximately $198,000 over the agreed-upon workout term by waiving contractual and statutory administrative fees, collection costs, penalties, and interest.
$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.