The Law of Unintended Consequences Strikes Again


Ranking right up there with Murphy's Law is the Law of Unintended Consequences: Attempting to change a complex system may or may not have the intended result, but it will inevitably create unanticipated and often undesirable outcomes. The legal profession may increasingly find itself constrained by that law as states and the federal government implement a whole new regulatory structure to prohibit what is in fact a growing problem: companies that charge consumers an up-front fee to modify the terms of a mortgage or deed of trust they can no longer afford, then either fail to deliver results or actually abscond with the fee itself.

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