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Firm Overview

The focus of my firm is the representation of debtors in Bankruptcy. We focus on giving personal attention at an affordable fixed price. The goal is to navigate the bankruptcy for the debtor and make the experience as least stressful as possible. We represent clients in both Chapter 7 bankruptcy and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. In addition, the firm represents landlords in unlawful detainer actions (evictions). In those cases we also offer an affordable fixed rate and personal attention.

The firm is relatively new. The firm was established in September of 2008 and recently relocated to its present location.

Example cases

I represented a family who faced the imminent foreclosure of their home due to increased costs in medical expenses when their child was diagnosed with autism. Through a Chapter 13 plan, we were able to save their home from foreclosure and reorganize their debt.

In addition, I have had a recent increase in clients who purchased homes post-foreclosure and found holdover tenants and previous owners still living in the property whom refused to vacate. We were able to gain possession for the new owners.

Main Office

Main
1260 North Dutton Avenue
Suite 135
Santa Rosa  CA  95401

Phone
  • (707) 527-8553
Fax
  • (707) 542-5655

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

One hour free consultation.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Yes. I do Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies for a low fixed prices.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Weekend and evening appointments available.

Emergency After Hours

No

Other Offices

  • San Rafael Office
    4040 Civic Center Drive, Suite 200
    San Rafael,  CA  94903

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I have a passion in aiding others with financial difficulty. I understand that stress caused by financial hardship is one of the worst types of stress, causing relationship problems and inner turmoil. Practicing bankruptcy law is a direct way to help and assist others facing this particular type of distress and I find it rewarding. Furthermore, much of my past experience in the legal profession dealt with landlord-tenant law and that is why my practice includes unlawful detainers (evictions).

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I have had a major influx of clients prior to my consultation educating themselves with Nolo materials, especially in the area of bankruptcy. I feel that it is a good idea for two reasons: First, they understand what they are facing and the difficulties ahead. Secondly, it allows for a much more advanced consultation and attorney-client relationship because we are able to communicate at a much higher level. The clients ask educated questions and spot issues they otherwise would have overlooked.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I will review the documents only if they hire me to perform a bankruptcy. I will use those documents as part of my fact gathering process. However, I do not perform piece meal legal work.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I do not coach clients who want to represent themselves, because it opens me up to liability if mistakes are made.

Brian A. Barboza

Throughout my undergraduate studies and while attending law school in the evenings I worked for the Sonoma County Probation Department as a peace officer. I worked in corrections and as an adult probation officer. While studying for the California bar exam and for an additional year I worked as a law clerk for a local law firm which practiced general civil litigation and landlord tenant law. In addition, I did contract work for a local bankruptcy attorney.

My experience as a peace officer and a law clerk prepared me to deal with the different personalities and challenges that an attorney deals with on a day to day basis. Additionally, my experiences as an attorney continue to build upon each other, allowing me to truly master my craft.

In addition to my scholarly approach to bankruptcy law my strengths are my attention to detail and ability to communicate effectively with others. Moreover, my style is one of versatility. I have the ability to modify my style from caring and cooperative to zealous and aggressive depending upon what the situation requires.

Personal interests:

My personal interests are physical fitness, traveling, coaching youth sports, and reading.

License
  • Bar Number: 257423
    California , 2008
Education
  • Empire School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2007
    Santa Rosa, CA
  • Sonoma State University
    Bachelor of Arts , 2002
    Rohnert Park
    Criminal Justice Administration.

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