Q: What type of lawyer should I hire to fight a credit report of a debt that has been discharged but not paid in full?
6 years ago, I broke a lease. My roommate and I were both on the lease. The apartment company came after me with the full amount. I paid half. The full amount was still listed in my credit report. My roommate contacted them and they discharged the full amount. The debt no longer shows on my report or on his. It's like it never existed. I understand they did this since the statute of limitation had expired. I recently applied for an apartment and they tell me that I have a lease violation and owe money. The full amount still shows on their data base. I rather pay the full amount and more to fight this than pay the apartment in full after I paid them half and they listed it as full somewhere I could not have seen unless applying for an apartment. Please recommend a type of lawyer to call.
A: A Florida attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. It looks like you already have good legal insight into your matter, and it looks like you essentially hit the relevant practice areas of law you need. An experienced collections defense attorney should know what to do with this - if their experience includes housing/landlord-tenant based matters, that would be desirable. Once you start making calls and discussing the matter briefly with prospective attorneys with whom you feel confident, that would also help you decide. Good luck
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