History of Your Legal Leg Up


When I founded Your Legal Leg Up in 2007, I had been practicing law for almost ten years, the last five in the area of consumer and debt litigation. While practicing, it was clear to me that most of the lawsuits were small enough to make hiring a lawyer impractical, and most people being sued by debt collectors couldn't afford to hire a lawyer anyway. But because of the unique nature of debt collection law, I could also see that people could defend themselves with a little help. T

I founded Your Legal Leg Up to give people the help they needed to defend themselves without having to hire a lawyer.

Bulk Lawsuits by Big Debt Collectors

Debt litigation in America mostly consists of large debt collectors filing thousands, and perhaps hundreds of thousands, of lawsuits per year. These cases are usually sloppy and generic, and we discovered that debt collectors literally almost never had what they needed to win their suits. And a lot of times they were suing the wrong people for the wrong debts. Yet they were winning most of their cases. We wanted to put a stop to that. 

Default and Give-Up Settlements

The vast majority of debt collection suits end in default judgments. That means that the person sued never defended him or herself, and the debt collector got a judgment. We estimated that as much as 80 - 90% of debt cases end in this way. That paves the way for the debt collector to seize bank accounts, garnish wages, and conduct other collection activities. In many of the cases that are NOT defaulted, the defendants were signing "give-up" settlements, which basically agreed to everything the debt collector wanted. These people agreed to make payments, but in most cases they weren't able to keep them up - and were garnished eventually anyway.

Most of the times defendants hired a lawyer, the debt collectors would just dismiss the suit and go sue someone else. That's because they almost never have what they need to win if you fight.

Why People Default or Give up in Debt Cases

People seem to default or give up in debt cases for just a few reasons. Either they:

  • Think there is nothing they can do,
  • Believe they don't have a chance no matter what, or
  • Simply don't hear about the cases in time to defend.
  • Or, of course, because they can't afford a lawyer.

We formed Your Legal Leg Up to let people know that they DO have a chance to win and to provide them the tools they need to win - without a lawyer.

We started with a manual - the Debt Litigation Manual - and a few products designed to help with specific areas of litigation. A few years later we moved to a membership basis because people often need more help than words on the page can give them.

For More Information

Click here see our Statement of Purpose.

Click here for frequently asked questions (FAQs) and their answers.

Click here for Guidance to our Materials and the debt law process.

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