CLS helps people protect their consumer rights regarding purchases, income, property, contracts, loans and debts.
CLS focuses on consumer cases throughout the state. CLS offers many types of consumer law assistance. Your ability to obtain direct representation depends in part on staff availability or a volunteer lawyer in some offices.
What are consumer law issues?
A consumer is a person who buys or leases a product or services for his or her personal use or the use of the consumer's family. A person may have a consumer claim if he or she been damaged by a service or product.
Consumer claims are very broad ranging under state and federal law and include cases where physical injury results from a product or service which was damaged, faulty or dangerous. Community Legal Services does not handle this type of claim because private attorneys will represent consumers on a contingent fee basis, i.e., the consumer does not pay legal fees unless his or her claim is successful.
Community Legal Services does provide assistance in a number of consumer law areas including those described in the next section.
What are typical consumer law issues?
- Automobile Purchases
- Wage and Account Garnishments
- Student Loans
- Debt Collection
- Homeowner Association Assessments
- Title Loans/Predatory Lending
- Bankruptcy Advice