Shermeta Law Group PLLC is a debt collection law firm, 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 Shermeta Law Group?
Shermeta Law Group , PLLC (SLG) is a law firm based in Michigan that specializes in third-party debt collection. SLG has received consumer complaints alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) such as threatening to take actions that cannot legally be taken and improper contact or sharing of information. If you have been contacted by Shermeta Law Group, understand your rights before responding.
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Is Shermeta Law Group Solutions a scam?
They’re legit. According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Shermeta Law Group, PLLC was founded and incorporated in 1973. The BBB established its profile page in 1994 under the name, Shermeta, Adams & Von Allmen, P.C. Shermeta Law Group is listed as a law firm. Buzzfile estimates SLG’s annual revenue at $13.9 million, and the size of its headquarters staff at 115 people.
According to its website, Shermeta Law Group “is committed to creditors’ rights and specializes in the practice areas of consumer bankruptcy and consumer/commercial collections.” Their website does not provide a lot of detailed information about their business practices, most of which is located on their Practice Areas page.
The Practice Areas page provides narrative information about SLG’s two areas of specialty: bankruptcy and collections. SLG’s bankruptcy division offers “services [that] include appearance at the first meeting of creditors, obtaining reaffirmation agreements, filing non-dischargeability actions, recovery of secured collateral, [and] filing Proofs of Claim and Objections to Confirmation.” Their bankruptcy staff “is knowledgeable and dedicated to handling each file expeditiously, focusing on the stringent schedule required by the Bankruptcy Code.” TCCC “has evolved from a law firm dedicated to the local handling of consumer bankruptcy matters into a complex management entity dedicated to the management of bankruptcy portfolios for various clients who maintain national credit portfolios.”
SLG’s collections division “services a wide range of portfolios (both large and small)” and has invested “in management training and in computer technology to ensure that our systems are capable of providing excellent legal and collection services to all of our clients.” SLG’s client list includes “many of the country’s largest lenders.”
Shermeta Law Group cites membership in the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys (NARCA) and the Michigan Creditors Bar Association (MCBA). However, there are no links or references to consumer protection resources, laws, or enforcement agencies.
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 Shermeta Law Group?
The BBB has closed 1 complaint against Shermeta Law Group in the past three years. This complaint occurred in July 2017 and alleged problems with billing and collections. Since September 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has received 10 complaints about SLG. Justia lists at least 1 case of civil litigation involving Shermeta Law Group.
Can Shermeta Law Group Solutions 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 Shermeta Law Group 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!
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Can you help me file a No Fee Lawsuit against Shermeta Law Group?
Absolutely. Here are some Sample Complaints
Complaints against Shermeta Law Group commonly cite aggressive tactics such as using threatening language and seizing money from consumers’ bank accounts. In July 2017, a complainant indicated that he had set up payments with SLG for $100 every wo weeks on each of two accounts. After agreeing to automatic payments of $200 every two weeks, the complainant provided an Shermeta Law Group representative with his bank account information, and was told to call on the 30th of the month to make the payment. The complainant made the call as directed, but then checked his bank account and found that two $200 payments had been deducted. He called SLG to ask why they had not deducted payments as agreed, and the representative told him one of the payments had been set up as an automatic payment; the second was processed as a pay-by-phone payment. The complainant’s bank told him they could not refund the money because the refund had to be initiated by SLG. Shermeta Law Group promised a refund but never delivered. The complainant now has accrued overdraft fees, and the bank has informed him that resolving the dispute will take 45 to 90 days.
In March 2017, a complainant indicated he had received 2 writs of garnishment for income tax credits from Shermeta Law Group. He indicated he had not been served any summons or notice of the impending writ and that the charged off debt had already been litigated via garnishment by the Third Party Withholding Unit of the Michigan Department of Treasury. He could not understand why SLG was initiating a garnishment for debts when he had already confirmed that the state garnishment order was still active, which he viewed as being garnished for “the same debt by two different agencies.” He contacted Shermeta Law Group, but the representative was “not friendly nor was he willing to help.” Although the complainant told him he wanted to resolve the debt, the representative told him that “unless he had cash to pay in full there was nothing he could do and that the garnishments will continue until the debt is paid.” The complainant contacted the Judicial Court, but they told him “there is nothing they can do without the collection agency filing motions to close the cases, or for the complainant to file a motion to quit.” He concluded his complaint by stating that “selling his debt to another recovery group while continuing to receive garnishments from his state tax refunds should not be legally allowed, and he cannot find any information in the state laws to support their doing so.”
Shermeta Law Group 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 SLG 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.