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Paul Hooten & Associates / Paul Hooten & Ripping People Off

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I had a similar situation happen to me. I went to buy groceries a couple months back and my debit card wouldn't go through. I wondered why, because I pay all of my bills and didn't think that I had any outstanding debts. It turns out that Paul J Hooten's office had a levy on my bank account as well!

I tried calling the office, and I got the voicemail too. I never got a phone call back, but when I called again, I was able to speak to a representative. At first I did not know what to expect, I was only given Paul Hooten's name and phone number from my bank, and had no idea what this was for!

It turns out that I had a surgery a few years ago, and the anesthesia was never paid for by my insurance company. The lady in Paul's office gave me the court information and I went to re-open the case. I thought that Paul Hooten was doing the same thing that happened to you, but I found out at the court date that it was all legit. I was told that my insurance company did not pay and left me responsible for the bill. Apparently, several attempts were made to contact me, but I moved and they never got my new address.

It was a few years later when I found out! Paul Hooten's office was helpful and directed me to taking care of the bill. Even though I thought the bill was paid, it never was, and left me paying a lot more than I should have.

I consulted an attorney who told me that a judgment is a legal document that displays the debted amount owed, and is enforceable for 20 years!! It certainly was not Paul Hooten's fault, he was just trying to collect the money back for his clients and I completely understand what you are going through! And, my attorney showed me the Suffolk County Clerk's website that you can search your judgment online! A judgment is public record and can hurt your credit.

I would suggest contacting Paul Hooten's office and being very nice to them on the phone. If you call screaming or yelling, they will probably just hang up on you! Explain to them the situation, and what you can do to resolve the bill. If you're like me, had a surgery and insurance who didn't pay, maybe you should go after the insurance company and not Paul Hooten's office!

Thank you, Paul Hooten, for resolving this matter professionally. I would say to pay the bill as soon as possible, to clear your name and your debt. You are the one who had the surgery and you are the one who is responsible for following up on the bill to make sure everybody is paid. You're probably like me - I got many letters from the anesthesia company and never called them to ask why they were billing me. I thought that it was paid when they stopped harassing me, but it turns out that Paul Hooten was trying to collect.

Good luck with your judgment and your bank account! Once you find out what it's for, you should get your credit report and see if any other judgments or collection items are on it, and if so, contact the company or lawyers office to resolve them. Not only will you make a good faith effort to clear your debts, but you will clean your credit report and your name wont be smeared.
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To
  23rd of Jan, 2009
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Nice, unbiased and truthful INFOMERCIAL. We really needed that!

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Jo
  7th of Sep, 2009
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I think infocomercial was written by Hooten
Ga
  3rd of Dec, 2010
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I was just suspended for 72 hours because I told someone they where a JERK and to leave me alone Then spent an hour on hold calling pogo, for them to tell me there is NOTHING they can do! I'm so pissed I closed my accont they will not get any more money from me..
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  4th of May, 2015
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I guess nothing changes as the years go on, so sad that as a whole no one has advocated for your rights as a consumer to medical care and has taken this agency out of business and disbarred this man. You have an attorney who preys on the vulnerability of these consumers and you have medical offices who do the same but also give their business to these attorney, possibly violating every HIPPA law and official judgment laws that are set to protect the consumer . As you look at the bigger picture, this attorney relies on the business of the medical offices--so their should be some judgments against them--and since this is only a LONG ISLAND issue--I think the local paper, should same the attorney and local business who use him. People have called the Bar Association etc..but nothing has been done, for action to take place it needs to be splatted all over the news, papers..that when people are choosing a doctor they will know that they associate with this attorney and remember that infertility is a lucrative business and preying on the innocents of others is what this man is known for and hired for. Wow I thought attorneys were there to protect the innocence, guess times have changed.

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