Atlanta Identity Theft Attorney

Joseph P. McClelland, Esq.

File a Lawsuit to Fix Identity Theft Accounts

You have a right to maximum possible accuracy on your credit report. You also have the right to sue the credit bureaus and companies that refuse to correct incorrect information on your credit report after you disputed the errors.

We sue Equifax, Trans Union and Experian on behalf of clients who have been damaged and help back by inaccurate credit reporting.

Identity Theft

In 2017 alone, 6.64 percent of consumers became victims of identity theft, or about 1 in 15 people in Georgia. With today's internet use, the numbers in these areas will only go up.

The Federal Trade Commission says that of the 2.7 million identity theft and fraud reports they received in 2017, over 1.1 million were fraud-related which cost consumers close to $905 million.

How Can I Tell If My Identity Has Been Stolen?

There are numerous signs that your identity may have been stolen.

  • For example, if you find an account on your credit report that you are positive that you didn't open. Or you may get turned down for a loan when you were sure that you had a decent credit score.
  • Additionally, you may have bills that normally come to you suddenly stop coming. The theft may have changed the address on your accounts.
  • Another way you can tell if your identity was stolen is if you start getting collection calls or collection letters on debts that are not yours. Each of these calls and letters may be illegal and create a lawsuit for your benefit. Why? Because attempting to collect that is not valid may be illegal under the TCPA, FDCPA and the FCRA laws.

How to Retain Our Law Firm to Represent You, without Paying Attorney’s Fees

What if the information on my credit that was not mine is good? Do I need an Atlanta identity theft lawyer? An Atlanta FCRA lawyer will make sure you get your credit score back to where it should be. This requires an Atlanta attorney if you have already tried but failed to fix the issue.

For example, you check your credit and you see an old credit card account, but it comes with a debt collector. Can you do something about that? What if the wrong information on my credit report that is not mine is bad? Get a consultation on your rights. Our law firm's past success with clients will show you that we mean business. 

Speak with your attorneys today. Because this is just one of our law firm's practice areas, we can make sure you are covered. Our law firm's clients love what we do. We can handle some of work and consultations over the phone and internet. 

We represent clients in Fulton County, Cobb County Dekalb County, Gwinnett County, Clayton County, Henry County and other metro areas. 

File a Claim Against the Businesses & Credit Bureaus

Identity theft may not as common as people think. What do I mean? Many of the issues are not identity theft, but rather the credit bureaus making a mistake.

Do I always need an Atlanta identity theft attorney?

Are you sure this isn't a problem with the credit bureaus like Equifax in Atlanta, Georgia? What's a merged or mismatched file or credit report? How do I dispute information on my credit that's not mine? How I can get my identity back? Hire an Atlanta attorney with a focus on litigation. Hire attorneys that care about you.

Will the credit bureaus take this information off my credit report if I dispute with the credit bureaus? When do I need a consumer credit help with bad credit errors? Generally, if you have already tried to fix the issue, but failed, I would contact legal representation.

If you are in the metro Atlanta area, contact my office for a consultation. We will protect your rights by disputing inaccurate credit report information resulting from identity theft and may sue the creditors and credit bureaus responsible.

Common Questions:

What if someone stole my identity when I was living in another state? 

That's fine. You can still get a police report and file a claim in Georgia. We can still help you. Nor is it necessary that you track down the person that opened the accounts that are not yours. That's not your job. The police can do that. However, your help can be valuable to our law firm in showing that you did not open the accounts to begin with.

When do you need an Atlanta identity theft lawyer? 

Contact us after you have disputed the fraud account. We help clients after you have notified the credit agencies that any accounts created by fraud need to be removed BUT they aren't removed. This is just one example of why you want to contact a firm that knows this type of federal law to keep you in the know.

How long does this type of lawsuit take?

That depends on many factors. At the very minimum, it will takes a few months for the credit bureaus to review their files to even begin to negotiate. Identity theft trials can take over a year in the Atlanta division of federal court. However, if you don't take this step, it will likely stay on your credit report for 7 years.                 

Does this work against Equifax?

Yes. If you have been a victim of identity theft, notified Equifax properly and they didn't remove the error, then, yes, our law practice can represent you against Equifax, Experian and Trans Union.          

When do I have to pay my lawyer?

If my firm takes the case, then we will get paid out of what we make the credit bureaus and creditors pay. That's how identity theft lawyers work. This firm is ready to help you. You will be pleased with our representation.   

Why do you need a lawyer? 

We can help you get items off of your credit report that were the result of someone stealing your identity. Call my law practice today for free consultation and representation. We are right here outside Atlanta, Georgia in Decatur.

You may want to see our new Identity Theft Guide.

Our law firm represents clients in Fulton County, Cobb County Dekalb County, Gwinnett County, Clayton County, Henry County and other metro areas. 

“Don't fall into the trap. Take the right steps. ”

​Joseph McClelland, Esq.