Our firm was established in 1994, with an initial emphasis on bankruptcy and family law. In 2004, our firm began focusing almost exclusively on bankruptcy.
We handle Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies.
• A typical Chapter 7 case involves an individual or family who has lost their income due to unemployment, illness or injury, or some other factor out of their control. In a Chapter 7 case, we assist the client in relieving them of their credit card debt and other unsecured debts.
• In a typical Chapter 13 case, we assist a person or family who has temporarily fallen on hard times to save their home via a plan to catch up on their mortgage payments.
• In a typical Chapter 11 case, we assist a business that has been experiencing cash flow problems due to the poor economy to reorganize their debts and restructure their business so that they may once again become a viable and competitive company.
We offer a one-hour free consultation on all bankruptcy cases.
We charge a total of $1,500 for a "standard" Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, which includes the filing fee. We offer a discount for new clients who mention Nolo.
My hourly rate for Chapter 11 business reorganizations and non-standard cases is $325.
Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
Bankruptcy is an area of law where you can have an immediate, positive impact for your clients.
I believe that every client should be an active participant in their case. Regardless of how much time the attorney spends on the case, the client will always have a superior command of the facts of their case. The attorney should recognize this fact and use it to their mutual advantage.
Prior to the 2005 amendments to the Bankruptcy Code, I routinely assisted persons who wished to prepare a bankruptcy petition on their own. The 2005 amendments made bankruptcy filing more complex, and imposed greater penalties for having a case dismissed. I no longer encourage people to file for bankruptcy on their own.
I will occasionally assist a person who has a specific question about a particular point of law. I view "coaching" of a pro se litigant as a disservice to the client and the profession.
Prior to establishing my law firm, I worked as a Legal Aid attorney for five years in Delaware and New Hampshire.
It is rare that I do not learn something from each individual client. I consider myself lucky that I get to meet my clients up front for a free consultation where they do not feel pressured and they have the ability to speak freely.
I believe that my strength is my ability to listen, and to understand the underlying issues that have brought an individual or a business into financial distress. My experience is another strength. I have been engaged in this area of law for 20 years, and can bring a wealth of knowledge to bear on the specific problems facing each clientPersonal interests:
I enjoy playing ice hockey, skiing, backpacking, reading (history, biography) and travel.
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