Is a lawyer absolutely necessary for this or should i attempt myself and how?
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Yes you need a lawyer to make sure you do not get a judgment against you. If you let that happen, then your rights are severely limited.
And attorney is not required but advised. And if the facts are like you say, the credit card issuer will be responsible for your attorneys fees.
There are very specific and technical laws with which debt collectors must comply and plenty of attorneys who defend these matters at no cost to the debtors as violating debt collectors must usually pay the debtor's attys fees. Do some research and reach out to attorneys who specialize in these matters. You can use the AVVO Find a Lawyer function as part of your search.
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Probably need a lawyer as merely filing a police report is of no consequence in a law suit. YOU will have to prove an ID theft happened at some level.
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If you want to spend the time which a trained attorney spends before taking his/her first case, then sure, do it yourself. First you'll need a 4-year undergraduate degree, then 3 years of law school, then a Bar exam and background check. Problem is if you screw this up you can't sue your lawyer.
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This may also be filed under the criminal defense catagory. A Lawyer is never "absolutely necessary" for anything. Just like a Doctor is never absolutly necessary for a medical procedure. Just like a doctor, I would not advise doing a medical procedure with out at least speaking with one first. If it only needs a bandaid, then hopefully the lawyer to consult with will tell you that. You risk going in without proper knowledge on this matter. You may be fine, but I would advise at the minimum having a consultation with a local lawyer experianced in the courts that your case is assigned to to discuss what he or she advises.
Consult a debt collection attorney. If the amounts being sought were part of the identity theft, you may have a cause of action against the debt collector. Some attorneys may take that type of case on a contingent basis.