I wrote before about being wary of attorney based services. Well, some people are now calling themselves foreclosure consultants. Most of these people are out of work mortgage brokers who need a job. The easiest job: call yourself a consultant.
But, the State Bar is warning attorneys not to work with these people. There are potential ethical violations for working with a consultant. While the warning applies to attorneys, consumers should ask any attorney if the attorney works with a consultant or will be paying any of the fee to a consultant. If the answer is yes, the consumer should be concerned.
Do not hire anyone without thoroughly checking out the person. If you are going to hire an attorney, check the State Bar website and Avvo. If you are going to hire a real estate agent, check with the state DRE.