We are a boutique law firm that specializes in business law, commercial law, bankruptcy and trust and estate matters (planning, administration, litigation). Two attorneys (including myself) have advanced legal degrees from NYU School of Law in Taxation (LL.M, Taxation). We conduct a general practice of law and assist clients in numerous areas of law.
I founded this law firm 18+ years ago, after working for one of the largest law firms in New Jersey for a number of years. I also worked at Skadden Arps, one of the world's largest law firms, while in law school. Working at large firms allowed me to learn how they operate and be exposed to sophisticated work. Those experiences carry forward into this law firm where we provide "large firm services for small firm prices."
We handle many personal and business bankruptcy matters. Some recent cases have included home remodeling contractors and apparel manufacturers. Personal cases have included high net worth individuals adversely affected by unemployment and a depressed economy.
33 Clinton Rd
West Caldwell NJ 07006
We do offer a free initial consultation. That usually does not exceed one hour.
Our fees are competitive. For Chapter 7 cases, the fees vary depending on the complexity of issues presented, amount of work, etc. Most cases warrant legal fees of approximately $3,000. Chapter 13 cases are handled on an hourly basis; our quoted fee for retainers in a Chapter 13 is $3,500.
Myself: $325 per hour
Associates: $295 per hour
Paralegals: $125 per hour
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Evenings and weekends by appointment. For emergency after hours, we see people as needed.
Office arrangement exists for New York and Florida as needed.
Debra Castiglione, Bankruptcy Paralegal/Office Manager.
My background and interests are in business and finance. My practice focuses in these areas and is of great interest to me.
I prefer working with clients who have some knowledge of the work we are embarking upon together. Most cases are interactive and I need the client to have an understanding of what we are doing for their benefit. We do not work in a vacuum and the cases are about the clients, not me.
I am willing to review documents prepared by clients but do prefer discussing the matters in advance to avoid duplication of efforts (and overlapping billing).
There are rules of ethics regarding rendering legal advice to clients who represent themselves. This is a dangerous area and we are very careful not to violate rules of ethics.
I clerked for a United States Bankruptcy Judge in Washington D.C., worked for the Small Business Administration, Office of Litigation, Securities and Exchange Commission and Skadden Arps as a law clerk.
I am a very good listener and a compassionate person. In order to properly represent anyone, you must hear what they say and know what they are thinking. I cannot achieve their objectives if I do not know what they are. I take the time to listen to clients so that I can do my job thoroughly, which makes for satisfied clients.
We excel at providing exemplary service to our clients. There are so many lawyers in the world. We have distinguished ourselves by service, attention to detail and follow up. Clients are very pleased with the way we handle their matters, keep them informed and complete our job thoroughly. This has lead to many referrals from existing clients through the years and continuing to today.Personal interests:
I enjoy travel and golf. Young children keep me from my interests, except when they can travel or play golf with me. As my children are young, I make their interests mine at this time in life. I recently started to learn to ski as that is an activity the kids enjoy.
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