Sarah Edwards | June 26, 2023
Edited by Hannah Locklear
Summary: Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP is a debt collection law firm that specializes in collecting on debts incurred by taxes, tolls, or unpaid utility bills. If Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP is contacting you about a debt, ask them to validate it before you take any action. You can also settle your debt with Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP with the help of SoloSettle and avoid being taken to court.
Debt plays a large part in most people’s lives. Americans take out loans to pay for some of their most expensive purchases, like houses and vehicles, and use credit for other items, like clothes and home goods.
When you make timely payments to your creditors, it's smooth sailing. Problems arise if you forget about an obligation or stop making payments. When that happens, you may receive a collections notice from a debt collector like Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP.
Even worse, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP might sue you for debt, but thankfully, you can settle your debt before having to go to court. SoloSettle makes debt settlement simple.
In this article, we’ll explain how you can beat Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP in court and settle your debts for good.
Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP is a collection law firm that pursues consumers for overdue debts, mainly in the public sector. You might hear from the firm if you owe taxes or tolls or have unpaid utility bills.
The firm has offices in Texas, Illinois, Colorado, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Nevada, New York, California, and Massachusetts. Its headquarters are in Austin, Texas, with a mailing address of Terrace 2, 2700 Via Fortuna Drive, Suite 500, Austin, TX 78746. You can contact the firm via phone at (800) 262-7229.
Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Consumers have left hundreds of complaints regarding the company’s business practices. Many complaints relate to toll violations for vehicles or trailers the consumers didn’t own.
Here’s an example of a complaint against Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, as listed on its BBB profile:
“I received a notice of delinquent tolls and fees and paid then because the toll fees seemed like they would've been mine and EZ pass has had trouble processing payments before. After paying I did a little more research, looked into my EZ pass connection which is fine. Now I realize this was a scam and I'd like a refund.”
As you can see, it’s important to verify a debt before you make any payments on it. Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP and other debt collection law firms often try to collect on debt that are no longer within the statute of limitations or are invalid in some other way.
When you receive your first notice from Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, read it carefully. It will include some basic information about your debt, like the name of your original creditor and the amount due.
Following receipt of a debt collection notice, you have 30 days to request debt validation. After the 30 days pass, the firm will assume that you owe the debt and start collection activities in full force.
You should require Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP to validate your debt in a written email or letter. In your Debt Validation Letter, ask the firm to provide the following information:
Once you send your letter, wait for a response. If Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP doesn’t have the documentation to prove your debt, it probably won’t reply. It will also drop collection activities.
However, if the firm does validate your debt, you’ll need to consider your next steps carefully.
If your debt isn’t excessive, you may be able to repay it in full. For example, if you’re being pursued for a $50 toll violation, pay the amount due. You won’t need to worry about any more calls, emails, and letters from Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP. Paying the debt will also minimize any damage to your credit report.
Consider setting up an installment agreement if you can’t pay the entire amount. In an installment agreement, you pay a specific monthly amount until you satisfy the obligation. Installment agreements are preferable for larger amounts.
Carefully review the terms of the deal before agreeing to it. If Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP charges high interest rates for your installment agreement, settling the debt may be a better option.
A debt settlement is an agreement to pay a debt collector a portion of an outstanding debt in a lump sum. After the collector receives your settlement, it will release you from the remaining amount due.
To start the settlement process, determine what you can pay. The more you offer in a settlement, the better. Check your bank accounts to see what you have available for payment.
Ideally, you’ll offer at least 40% of the debt’s value to Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP. However, the firm may ask for more money, so have a little extra cash just in case.
Let’s consider an example.
Example: Josh has five toll violations in the state of Texas. Since he never paid the tolls, Texas partnered with Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP to collect them. He currently owes $1,000. Josh asks Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP to validate the toll violations. It provides him with the evidence he asks for and gives him 30 days to pay the balance. Josh can’t afford to repay the entire $1,000, so he uses SoloSettle to ask the collection firm if it will accept $500 in a settlement. It agrees to the payment, and SoloSettle transfers Josh’s payment of $500, keeping his financial information private and secure. Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP drops further collections and releases him from the debt.
SoloSettle, powered by SoloSuit, can help you settle your debts once and for all. As a tech-based approach to debt settlement, you can use SoloSettle to settle debt on your own by using its software to send and receive settlement offers until you reach an agreement with Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP.
Once an agreement is reached, SoloSettle helps you manage the settlement documentation that should be filed into your debt lawsuit case.
Plus, you won’t have to worry about your financial information being compromised, because SoloSettle will transfer your payment to the collector on your behalf, keeping your financial information private and safe.
To learn more about how to settle a debt with Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, watch the following video:
The FDCPA protects consumers from debt collectors’ abusive tactics. If Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP tries to harass you, file a complaint with the FTC. Here are a few actions that the FDCPA prohibits:
All your communications with representatives of Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP should be respectful. Report them to the FTC if they violate your rights.
To learn more about your rights under the FDCPA, check out our guide on FDCPA Violations List.
Ignoring debt collectors won’t make them go away. Instead, they’ll probably intensify their collection efforts and may even sue you. To prevent the matter from getting out of hand, ask Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP to validate your debt. If it does, repay it or attempt a debt settlement.
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