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Debt Collection, Foreclosure & Fraud

Public Counsel handles a wide range of fraudulent and unfair business practices – from large-scale scams to unfair business or governmental practices that affect disadvantaged groups, to individual cases of real estate fraud or financial elder abuse. In addition, we provide direct services in individual cases of real estate fraud, financial elder abuse, auto financing fraud and predatory lending, and provide pro bono placement in certain cases.

Persons may be eligible for services if they have a legal issue related to:

  • Fraud or unfair business practices in some type of transaction
  • Debt collection, including harassment by creditors, default judgments, and wrongful wage garnishment or bank levies
  • Foreclosure
  • Real estate fraud
  • For-profit schools and related student loan debt
  • Financial abuse of an elder or a disabled person
  • Targeting disadvantaged groups for unfair business practices
  • Criminalization of poverty

PLEASE NOTE: We are currently only accepting applications for assistance with DEBT COLLECTION MATTERS.

To get assistance with a debt collection matter, click the button below for our online application, or call our intake line: (213) 385-2977, x700

Online Intake

If you are a homeowner who is behind on your mortgage or at risk of foreclosure, please apply to see if you are eligible for a free clinic appointment with a housing counselor or legal services attorney:


The California Mortgage Relief Program provides up to $80,000 in grant assistance for homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgage payments and have experienced pandemic-related hardships.

Click here to learn more and get help with the application.

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