I'm currently receiving letters from a debt collection law firm. The letterhead states the name of the attorney. Directly below it says "attorney at law". It appears based on my research that this attorney works for the county's public defender's office. It doesn't seem like he's in anyway actively engage in debt collection. I don't know much about FDCPA, but I also read somewhere that what I had described above, if true, may be an FDCPA violoation.
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You would probably benefit from a consultation with a consumer rights attorney or firm. Go contact a firm of your choice or try the go-to Chicago consumer rights firm of Edelman, Combs, Latturner & Goodwin, LLC, (312) 917-4502.
If your post inquires if an attorney can have two, or more, types of practice, then yes, debt collection can be one of the areas of practice.
There needs to be more information, and specific facts indicating a violation of the FDCPA.
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It doesn't sound like an FDCPA violation
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One way it might be an FDCPA violation (assuming there are no other violations in the text of the letter), would be if the letter wasn't actually sent by the attorney, but was instead sent by somebody "borrowing" his name to make you think an attorney involved when there was not. We have seen cases like this every now and then, but it is not very common. See a consumer law attorney to be sure.
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You should have an attorney with knowledge of the FDCPA review the letter. There is no violation for an attorney to send a demand letter, but if that attorney regularly practices in the area of debt collection they must abide by all the rules in the FDCPA. It is possible that an experienced attorney may be able to find a violation that you were unaware of. I would need to know the specific content of the letter to help you further.