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I have a question about a consumer Protection counsel in Pa

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I have a question about a consumer Protection counsel in Pa that we have binded a contract with helping to reduce our credit cards and wants a monthy payment and wants a money order up front is this legal?
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I am sorry for your situation. Does the contract state that you would be paying them a certain amount of money and is this what they are asking?

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

yes 261.33 which will be toward payments of credit cards and legal fees.



Thank you. So in essence they are asking what is under the contract, but you wish to know if this verbiage in the contract is lawful to begin with - correct?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.



Thank you.

On this website, I do not always get to give good news, and I am afraid that this is one of these times.

The answer is yes, this is lawful. It is not unlawful for debt consolidation companies to charge you for their services under NY law. If this is what one signed, then one is liable for it.

The only way that one would not be liable is if:

1) They tricked you in some way;
2) They do not hold up their end of the bargain (then one can demand a refund); or
3) The clause is unconscionable or against public policy. Sablosky v. Gordon Co., 73 NY 2d 133 - NY: Court of Appeals 1989. However, this would be neither.

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