Is the lawyer licensed to practice law in Minnesota?
Lawyers are exempt only if they're licensed to practice law in Minnesota. Look up attorneys at the Minnesota Supreme Court: www.mncourts.gov/mars/default.aspx
Has the lawyer been disciplined?
Check with the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board: lprb.mncourts.gov/Pages/Default.aspx
Is the company licensed?
Check to see if it is licensed with the Minnesota Department of Commerce by using the agency's license lookup tool: www.commerce.state.mn.us/LicenseLookupMain.html
Is there a nonprofit offering a similar service?
For questions about what debt-settlement companies and other financial assistance firms are allowed to charge and what disclosures they are required to share, check out the Department of Commerce's website: mn.gov/commerce and the Federal Trade Commission: www.ftc.gov.