Consumer Protection Law
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Good morning. I am Loren, a licensed attorney, and I look forward to assisting you today.
Has the debt collector threatened you with arrest if the debt is not paid?
Thank you for the additional information.
Do you have a written agreement with the doctor to pay monthly payments?
By the way, it is not theft.
Also, have you confirmed with your insurance company that you are liable for the difference between the amount they charged you and the amount paid by the insurance co.? Often, when an insurance co settles with a provider it obtains a release on behalf of the insured.
All you can do is negotiate. If they want to sue you can not stop them. The important thing is that if you reach an agreement make sure it is in writing so that you can enforce it.
Did you have further questions? Have I answered your question?
I think you should not be dealing directly with the attorney. He is there to help the doctor, not you.
You may want to retain your own attorney to assist with the negotiation.
A business/commercial litigation attorney.
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