Rhode Island Debt Settlement Laws

Debt Settlement License Registration Required:

Statute: R.I. Gen. Laws §19-14.8-1 et seq.

Definitions: “Debt-management services” means services as an intermediary between an individual and one or more creditors of the individual for the purpose of obtaining concessions, but does not include:

(a) Legal services provided in an attorney-client relationship by an attorney licensed or otherwise authorized to practice law in this state;

(b) Accounting services provided in an accountant-client relationship by a certified public accountant licensed to provide accounting services in this state; or

(c) Financial-planning services provided in a financial planner-client relationship by a member of a financial-planning profession whose members the director, by rule, determines are

(i) Licensed by this state;

(ii) Subject to a disciplinary mechanism;

(iii) Subject to a code of professional responsibility; and

(iv) Subject to a continuing-education requirement.