Can this blob help people fight debt collectors?

Can a stack of papers be as useful — or at least as cost effective — as a lawyer? A group of lawyers is trying to find out.

Law professors at the University of Connecticut, Harvard University and the University of Maine will begin a large-scale experiment this month to see if proactively sending a set of materials with financial and legal advice — presented by a cartoon blob — can improve the financial lives of people being sued by certain types of debt collectors.