We primarily represent consumers and small businesses. We focus on bankruptcy protection and social security disability representation.
The firm began in 1981 and has been housed at its present location at 37 Green Street in Augusta since 1984. Although we previously had a more general focus, over the years our primary work has narrowed and is now concentrated in bankruptcy and social security representation. We continue to have small practices in other areas of the law.
We have filed a Chapter 13 bankruptcy for a local businessman who was facing numerous lawsuits and the threat of foreclosure. We were able help him keep his business and all of the assets he wanted, including his home and place of business, while working out suitable arrangements with his creditors.
We frequently file individuals in bankruptcy who are then able to keep the property they need and can afford while eliminating debt.
For social security cases we have represented individuals before the Social Security Administration and Federal Courts who have been denied claims for Social Security Benefits and Supplemental Security Income.
37 Green St.
Augusta ME 04330
We offer a free initial consultation for consumer bankruptcy cases and social security cases. We reserve the right to charge for complicated business bankruptcy cases.
The customary retainer for the normal consumer (non-business) bankruptcy case is $2,000, which includes payment of the filing fee, the cost of credit counseling, and the purchase of a comprehensive credit report. Most Chapter 7 cases are completed for this retainer though an unusual case may cost more. Chapter 12 and 13 cases have a separate and more complex fee arrangement as representation generally lasts three to five years.
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Our economic system is harsh. The practice of consumer bankruptcy law allows me to use my professional skills, experience and judgment to help people improve their lives while facing, at times, extraordinary stress.
I believe that in some situations clients may adequately represent themselves. Two problems frequently arise, however. One problem is knowledge, but this may be overcome, in some situations, with study. The other is judgment and experience. There are times when people are better served by having an attorney who can help them make good decisions.
We do this frequently but only in our areas of expertise.
We will coach clients but only when we agree that it is in the client's best interests.
When I graduated from law school I received a Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellowship and worked with Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Augusta for two years. Since then, I have been working at my current firm.
I've been a lawyer for over 30 years, more than one-half of my life. At this point there really is no way to separate my legal career from my life experience. Indeed, my work as a lawyer along with my family is my life experience. I appreciate every day that I can come to work and find it a privilege to do so.
I have always been able to communicate well with people - clients and other lawyers - and explain the difficult connection between the law and one's life. I have 30 years of experience, and this helps, and with it comes good judgment. I have a good sense of humor which, I believe, is helpful in dealing with life's difficulties.Personal interests:
I am happily married to a wonderful woman and have three children, two of whom are in college with one still in high school. I play tennis, enjoy kayaking, and am a gardening enthusiast. Once a month, I lead a group of teens at a religious school. I love to read and am a Boston sports fan at heart.
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