Gurstel Law Firm PC is a debt collection agency, which receives a lot of consumer complaints to our law firm for debt harassment. Find out who they are, why they might be calling, and how you can stop them.
What is Gurstel Law Firm?
Gurstel Law Firm, P.C. (GLF) is a law firm based in Minnesota that specializes in third-party debt collection. GLF has received consumer complaints alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA), including improper contact or sharing of information and threatening to take actions that cannot legally be taken. If you have been contacted by Gurstel Law Firm about past due financial obligations, make sure you understand your rights before taking action.
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Is Gurstel Law Firm a scam?
They’re legit. According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Gurstel Law Firm, P.C. is a legitimate collection firm founded in 1997. The BBB established a profile page for GLF in 2003. GLF is listed as a collection attorney firm that uses the alternate business name, Gurstel Chargo, P.A. Buzzfile estimates Gurstel Law Firm’s annual revenue at $20.9 million and the size of its headquarters staff at 150 people, with an estimated 200 total employees across all locations.
According to its website, Gurstel Law Firm “assists businesses with their fiscally driven matters” and established its practice “to support businesses within the fluctuating economy and throughout the business lifecycle.”
Who does Gurstel Law Firm collect for?
Gurstel Law Firm is comprised of three main divisions — Creditors’ Rights Retail; Creditors’ Rights Commercial; and Commercial Transactions and Litigation. GLF’s Retail division “provides all-inclusive collection services to clients from the sole proprietor to the Fortune 500 company with attorneys acutely involved in all aspects of collection litigation and post-judgment remedies.” GLF’s retail division utilizes “sophisticated systems and soft-touch collection practices that produce favorable results for clients while preserving their reputations.”
GLF’s Commercial division “assists with the collection of business-to-business debt of all varieties, sizes and volumes” using tactics ranging “from demand letters to full-fledged litigation and post-judgment collection measures.” Their Transaction and Litigation division “provides effective legal assistance in the many facets of commercial real estate transactions and commercial litigation on behalf of the single proprietor to the multi-million-dollar corporation or financial institution.”
The Gurstel Law Firm website includes a payment portal and a blog advertising GLF’s commitment to community outreach.
Who are we? We are Lemberg Law, a Consumer Law Firm
Lemberg Law is a consumer law firm helping victims of collection harassment and abuse. We are ranked A+ by the BBB. We’ve helped more than 15,000 consumers stop harassment and recover money from debt collectors. Harassed? Abused? Misled by a collector? Call our Helpline today! There is no charge unless we win.
How many complaints are there against Gurstel Law Firm?
The BBB has closed 17 complaints against Gurstel Law Firm in the past 3 years, with 6 complaints closed in the past 12 months. The majority of those complaints allege problems with billing and collections, although several people also complained about advertising, sales, and customer service. As of December 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has closed 29 complaints against GLF. Justia lists at least 4 cases of civil litigation involving Gurstel Law Firm.
Gurstel Law Firm, P.C. 6681 Country Club Dr. Golden Valley, MN 55427-4601 Telephone:(877) 344-4002 Website: http://www.gurstel.com/
Can Gurstel Law Firm Sue Me or Garnish My Wages?
It is illegal for a debt collector to make empty threats to sue you or garnish your wages. It is also unlikely Gurstel Law Firm would sue you for a debt you may not owe or they cannot validate. However, debt collection agencies are known to have summoned debtors to court and garnish wages after a default judgement. Contacting an attorney BEFORE this could possibly happen would be a smart move. We’ve helped thousands of consumers fight back against unscrupulous debt collection harassers. Find out if we can help you too today!
In 2017, a proposed class action was filed in Wisconsin claiming Gurstel Law Firm, P.C. violated federal law when it mailed the case’s two named plaintiffs letters that do not comply with Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) regulations.
Complaints against Gurstel Law Firm frequently cite problems from overly aggressive collection tactics. In January 2018, a complainant indicated he had received a notice of garnishment from GLF. The complainant contacted them to discuss making payment arrangements, but allegedly never heard back from them. The complainant tried to make contact several more times, then “after a few weeks of nothing, … kind of forgot about it.” A week later, he received notice of another wage garnishment, and when he again attempted to contact GLF, the representative said they would not take payments, only the full amount for a 12-year old credit card debt that had reached in excess of $3,000. The complainant asked to speak to a supervisor and was transferred, but the call was never connected. Gurstel Law Firm garnished one-quarter of his most recent paycheck, which made it very difficult for him to pay bills. Although he tried to contact them multiple times to discuss payment arrangements, he indicated his belief that GLF “will do anything to avoid actual contact, just so they can really go after you.”
Also in January 2018, another complainant “was served papers.” The complainant had previously enrolled in a debt management program, and he and the program representatives had “tried numerous times to contact…Gurstel Law Firm to start making payments, but he …had yet to get a call back.” He had been making payments but had “no idea where these payments are going and the credit card company… told him he had to talk to” GLF. Allegedly, he spoke to a GLF receptionist who told him “they were going through an audit and that they would call…him back as soon as they…were done,” but he never received a call. He expressed his belief that it is “very unprofessional to serve someone with papers and then not even give them a chance to pay” their debt.
Gurstel Law Firm posted the same reply to both complaints: “Thank you for notifying this firm of the complainant’s concerns. This firm will contact the complainant with the contact information provided. Thank you.”
Gurstel Law Firm Calling You?
Federal laws protect you. The Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA) regulates the behavior of collection agencies by prohibiting actions such as the use of abusive or threatening language; harassment; or the use of false or misleading information to collect a debt. The FCRA regulates how collection agencies and creditors report delinquent debts to credit reporting agencies. Additional consumer protection laws include the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA).
Can I sue Gurstel for harassment?
Yes. If you want to enforce your rights, or recover money for violations — you need to sue. Federal laws provide individuals like you with a means to seek monetary damages in court. For example, the FDCPA allows consumers who have been violated to recover damages of up to $1,000, plus attorney fees and court costs.
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About the Author:
Sergei Lemberg is a lawyer whose practice focuses on consumer law, class actions and personal injury litigation. He has been repeatedly recognized as the “most active consumer attorney” in the country. In 2020, Mr. Lemberg represented Noah Duguid in the United States Supreme Court in the case entitled Duguid v. Facebook. He is the author of Defanging Debt Collectors, a book that teaches consumers how to battle debt collectors and win.