The South Florida Sun-Sentinel states that Joseph Anton Hilton, 56, and Adam Forman, 46, were arrested last week for practicing as unlicensed lawyers. Their company, The Asset Defense Law CompanyLaw practice, provided property loan modifications and debt consolidation, according to the Florida Lawyer Generals Office.Hilton, who went by the name of Joseph Starr, was being held on a$250,000 bail and Forman was being held on a$75,000 bail. Practicing law without a license is a third-degree felony.The two men persuaded homeowners to stop paying their home loans and ignore notifications since their law firmlaw office would be dealing with their rely on a greater level, according to authorities.In return, they deceived house owners into paying high upfront regular monthly costs for legal services that were not supervised or approved by certified lawyers, authorities said.Hilton and Forman did work with real attorneys to work for their firm,
mainly unskilled legal representatives they recruited off Craigslist. They used the details of the genuine lawyers to delay foreclosure proceedings which enabled the duo to continue collecting charges from property owners, authorities said.Thirty-seven consumers submitted formal complaints versus Hilton and Forman since of their strategies when customers not desired to continue with their services. The bogus attorneys would bug and make dangers against those wantingwishing to end their business relationship with the law companylaw practice, authorities said.In addition to the office in Coral Springs, Hilton and Forman likewise had workplaces in Boca Raton and West Palm Beach.Authorities said others might be implicated in the intricate scheme which Hilton and Forman might face more charges.