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February 20, 2015

Lawyers Representing Student Loan Borrowers

I am delighted to provide free general information for student loan borrowers and the people who love them, but as an attorney, I must be very careful not to inadvertently establish a client-lawyer relationship with folks I don't represent.  I am licensed to practice in the state of North Carolina only and lawyers are specifically prohibited from practicing in states in which we are not licensed.  Also, lawyers can establish a client-lawyer relationship even without agreeing to do so.  That's why I can't look at the particular facts of a borrower's circumstances and offer an opinion based on those facts.  These "unauthorized practice of law" rules are pretty hairy, and even if they don't always make perfect sense in today's world, I am careful to follow them.

That said, some student loan borrowers want or need legal advice.  If that's you, take care in selecting an attorney who is committed to representing the interests of consumers.  

I am a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates, a nationwide organization of attorneys who represent consumers and who agree to the following membership pledge:

1. I am committed to advancing the cause of just treatment for and ethical representation of consumers.

2. I will not, so long as I am a NACA member, perform services for any business or commercial client (as defined in the application for membership above) on a matter where that client’s interests are adverse to the interests of a consumer or consumers.  I also do not have any present intention or expectation of doing so in the future.

3. If there are any material changes in work done by me or my firm or employer which could be adverse to the interests of consumers, I will immediately provide NACA with a full written explanation.

4. I will abide by all listserv rules relating to confidentiality of communication on any email listserv administrated by NACA or the National Consumer Law Center.  This portion of the pledge shall remain binding on me permanently, even if I resign from NACA or my membership is suspended or revoked.

If you want to search for a lawyer near you, start here:  http://www.consumeradvocates.org/find-attorney
 

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