5 Steps if You Been Sued by Andreu Palma Lavin & Solis PLLC
If you have been sued by the law firm Andreu Palma, you are not alone.
Who is Andreu Palma Lavin & Solis PLLC?
Andreu Palma is located at 815 NW 57th Ave Suite 401, Miami, FL 33126. According to the Florida Department of Corporations, the firm opened in 2003. Juan G. Andreu, Jorge Palma, Yulexy Solis, and Desiree Lavin are listed as the managing partners. The Florida Bar indicates that Juan G. Andreu has been licensed since 1999 with no 10-year discipline history; Jorge Palma has been licensed in 2002 with no 10-year discipline history; Yulexy Solis has been licensed since 2002 with no 10-year discipline history; and Desiree Lavin has been licenced since 2001 with no 10-year discipline history.
Andreu, Palma, Solis, & Lavin is BBB accredited. They are given an “A+” rating by the BBB in spite of 13 complaints in the last 3 years (as of 6/29/2021).
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau complaint database reflects 12 complaints (as of 6/29/2021 – with a 3 year lookback).
Why have I been sued by Andreu, Palma, Solis, & Levin?
Andreu, Palma, Solis, & Levin often represent creditors and debt collection in collection lawsuits to try to secure payment for their clients. Their firm focuses on legal collection on consumer debt. Therefore, if Andreu Palma Lavin & Solis PLLC has sued you, it is most likely that they are represent a creditor who claims you owe them a debt.
Is there a class action lawsuit against Andreu Palma Lavin & Solis PLLC
Consumers have sued Andreau Palma. A search of the federal court “PACER” system reflects 2 cases in federal court where Andreu Palma Lavin & Solis PLLC was listed as a defendant (as of 6/30/2021).
Consumers have sued Andreau Palma in at least one class actions. In a 2017 Federal Lawsuit based in the Middle District of Florida, the Plaintiff claimed that collection notices sent by Andreau Palma violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by failing to correct identify the party to whom the debt was owed.
What can I do about my lawsuit by Andreu Palma?
First, don’t bury your head in the sand! Florida Courts are divided into 3 levels depend on how much the lawsuit is for: small claims, county court, and circuit court. In small claims cases, a defendant is required to attend a hearing early on called a “case management conference”; whereas in county court and circuit court, the defendant has 20-days to file a written response from the day the lawsuit papers are served. If a defendant doesn’t appear (in small claims) or they fail to respond (in county court or circuit court), the court will likely enter a default judgment against them. Make sure to respond (or hire someone to do so) so you don’t lose off the bat!
Review the claim
Next, review the records from the case. When a lawsuit is based on the records of another company, it may be that the records are inaccurate. Review the claim and don’t assume it is correct just because they have written it. See if the claim and the amount are accurate.
Consider your options
Evaluate the alleged debt from the lawsuit, along with your other debt and your income. Is there a defense to the claim? Can you realistically afford settlement, or does it make more sense to consider bankruptcy? Here is where you may want to have a free consultation with a debt resolution professional who can help you to objectively review your options.
Assuming bankruptcy is not your best option and depending on the merits of your case, negotiation may be the next best step. If you hire a debt settlement attorney to assist you with the lawsuit, your attorney will negotiate for you. However, if you are determined to go it alone, you are generally better talking to the opposing firm than doing nothing (*this is a generalization; each situation is different). Just keep in mind, they are not looking out for your best interest. They are likely not going to tell you about your defenses to the lawsuit or your protections from collection. Their job is to get you to pay.
Any Settlement Agreement Should be in Writing
Finally, if you reach a settlement agreement, even if you are representing yourself, your agreement should be in writing.
Questions on Your Andreu, Palma, Solis, & Lavin Lawsuit?
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