If he received his first discharge under a Chapter 7, he cannot receive a second discharge in any Chapter 7 case that is filed within eight years from the date that the first case was filed. So, he may need to stall for three more years.
Usually, hiring a debt consolidation company is not a good idea as many of them are just scam artists. He can try to contact the creditors' lawyers and negotiate a payment plan or a lump sump settlement.
Also, if he has no assets, then he should just send them a letter to that effect and see if they back off. What they may then do is try to impact his credit report if it has already not been affected.
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