KEYNOTE: Debt Settlement and Ohio: Are We In or Out?
Join Senator Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati), sponsor of Ohio SB 226, and Kurt Leib, AFCC lobbyist and a partner in Capitol Advocates, for an in depth discussion on the challenges associated with passing legislation to authorize and allow debt settlement services in the Buckeye State. They will share insights into the process involved in advancing legislation in the face of stiff opposition from the bankruptcy bar and credit counseling industry – presently the only options available to consumers with crushing personal unsecured debt burden. Sen. Seitz, a practicing attorney, has broken ranks with many of his colleagues in the profession who maintain that providing debt settlement services constitutes the unauthorized practice of law. Ohio is the only state where this unique argument intended to keep debt settlement out of the state has been raised.