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Firm Overview

We practice all facets of bankruptcy cases, including Chapter 7, 11, 12, and 13 (both business and personal) and bankruptcy litigation such as adversary proceedings and defense of preference demands.Example casesSuccessfully assisted numerous individuals and businesses in filing bankruptcy cases, both large and small.

Assisted individuals and businesses with successful out-of-court workouts to avoid the need to file bankruptcy.

Successfully reorganized coal companies in Chapter 11 cases, family farmers in Chapter 12 cases, and numerous individuals in Chapter 13 cases who were sole-proprietors and/or self-employed.

W. Thomas Bunch II also practices in the area of Estate Planning (preparation of Last Wills & Trusts) and Probate Law (filing of probate cases) throughout Central Kentucky. Call "Tom II" to discuss your Last Will and Probate questions.
Main Office

Main
271 West Short Street
Suite 805
Lexington  KY  40507

Phone
  • (859) 254-5522
Fax
  • (859) 233-1434

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes, if you mention that you found us on Nolo.com, we will meet with you in person for one-half hour to review your financial situation. Please understand that some cases are more complex and require more time to meet (such as business cases or consumer cases of individuals with income above the Kentucky Median Family Income by Family Size published by the U.S. Census Bureau); in those instances, we will tell you in advance that a small consultation fee is required.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

For Chapter 7 cases, we have flat fee rates. The amount of the fee depends upon the complexity of the case. Chapter 13 cases are different because the bankruptcy court must approve the attorneys' fees and expenses after confirmation of the Chapter 13 plan; in those cases, our law firm requires an initial payment (a "retainer") plus the court's filing fee, and the balance of the attorneys' fees are paid through the Trustee's Office.

Hourly Rates

Our typical rates are $200 to $450 per hour, but the rates are negotiable in some instances depending upon the circumstances of a given case.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Office Manager

Tresine

Emergency After Hours

No

Bankruptcy
Lexington Bankruptcy Attorneys
You have worked hard to provide for your family, and played by the rules as you have reached for the American dream. But now that you have been downsized, you are discouragedyour finances are in a shambles. Your creditors want their money yesterday. Where to go? Who to turn to? Where will the money come from? Can I keep my home?

If you do not know how to get out of debt, you may be able to obtain relief through bankruptcy and make a fresh financial start. You deserve the protections allowed by bankruptcy law. You need the calm competence of an experienced legal team in your corner. You need Bunch & Brock, Attorneys at Law. Call us at 859-254-5522 or contact us by e-mail to schedule a consultation with one of our bankruptcy lawyers.

Consumer Bankruptcy
At Bunch & Brock, in Lexington, Kentucky our experienced lawyers represent debtors in all consumer bankruptcy law cases. Even though the U.S. Congress passed a new bankruptcy law in 2005, most people are still eligible for bankruptcy relief.
In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you may be able to discharge some or all of your debts. Chapter 13 bankruptcy allows you to use your income to pay some or all of your debts pursuant to a court-approved payment plan. Chapter 12 Bankruptcies are available to family farmers. If you are facing property foreclosure or your wages are being garnished, you should seek legal advice immediately in order to protect your home and other assets.
If you are a creditor, our Bunch & Brock lawyers can review a debtor's case and advise you of your rights. We'll begin work immediately by compiling a list of financial records needed to evaluate your case.

Corporate Bankruptcy
Our attorneys also excel at handling complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, otherwise known as corporate reorganizations. Our skilled attorneys can represent the debtor-in-possession, secured creditors, and unsecured creditors' committees in corporate bankruptcies.

Our senior partner, W. Thomas Bunch, has over forty years of experience in bankruptcy law, representing financially distressed companies. Following your initial consultation, he will know if filing for Chapter 11 is the right move for your business.

Bunch & Brock also accepts cases involving various adversary proceedings, such as discharge litigation and defense of bankruptcy preferences. Our bankruptcy lawyers have the level of expertise and track record of success that this complex litigation requires.
Probate
Lexington Probate Attorneys
Probate
Probate is the method by which the assets of a deceased person are gathered, his or her creditors paid, and the remainder of the estate distributed to beneficiaries. In the event of a death in your family, our lawyers can assist you with your local Probate Court in Fayette County or many surrounding counties in central Kentucky. We prepare other types of documents too, such as Powers of Attorney and Living Wills.

W. Thomas Bunch II will represent you Probate legal matters.

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

Yes, in the appropriate case and where in our professional opinion it would be in the best interest of the client to do so.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

We strive in every case to staff the particular matter with the right person in our law firm. If work can be done effectively by an individual with a lower billing rate, we try to have that individual perform the work. We are always mindful of being cost-effective for our clients. Our law firm is a "result-oriented" group of people.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

We use them in any case where it is appropriate, cost effective, and the client wants to use the process of mediation or arbitration.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

Yes, through the Fayette County Pro Bono Office.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

We are a small AV-Rated law firm with tremendous experience in our area of expertise. Since we practice all types of bankruptcy law, we are able to bring a unique perspective to problems that our clients may have because we can see both sides of the issue; this perspective and experience is very important when choosing an attorney.

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

It is important for clients to educate themselves about debtor/creditor and bankruptcy law, but it is not a substitute for seeking actual legal advice from a professional with substantial experience.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

We are willing to do so under the right set of facts and circumstances. It is important to understand that non-professionally prepared documents may be inadequate for the intended purpose. If you have your own paperwork with sufficient detail as to the significant terms, then we may be able to incorporate those terms into a professional legal document for you to complete the deal.

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

We cannot coach a corporate client to represent itself. We cannot assist a person to practice law without a license.

Bunch & Brock was established in 1976 in Lexington, Kentucky by W. Thomas Bunch and Dan D. Brock, Jr. Since then, the law firm has expanded with the addition of four attorneys since 1989. Attorneys at Bunch & Brock have a wealth of legal knowledge in the area of bankruptcy and debtor/creditor rights and remedies. We are willing to work hard for our clients and eager to serve the needs of clients. We pride ourselves in putting the clients first and handling matters in a timely manner.

We strive in every case to staff the particular matter with the right person in our law firm. If work can be done effectively by an individual with a lower billing rate, we try to have that individual perform the work. We are always mindful of being cost-effective for our clients. Our law firm is a "result-oriented" group of people.

W. Thomas Bunch II

W. Thomas Bunch II was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1964. He was admitted to the Kentucky bar in 1989. He is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Wake Forest University in 1986 and his J.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1989. He was a law clerk for Bunch & Brock from 1987 to 1989. He is the co-author of Using Social Science Methods to Improve Voir Dire and Jury Selection in A Handbook of Jury Research, 1999 published by ALI-ABA. Mr. Bunch is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the Fayette County Bar Association. Mr. Bunch concentrates his practice in corporate reorganization under the Federal Bankruptcy Code, creditor rights and debtor's remedies, and commercial litigation.

Year Joined Firm
-1989

Areas of Practice
-Bankruptcy Law
-Litigation & Appeals
-Business Organizations

Bar Admissions
-Kentucky, 1989
-U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1991
-U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1990
-U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1989

Education
-University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
--J.D. - 1989
-Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
--Bachelor of Arts - May, 1986

Published Works
Using Social Science Methods To Improve Voir Dire and Jury Selection (Co-Author), American Law Institute/American Bar Association (ALI-ABA), Handbook of Jury Research, 1999

Professional Associations and Memberships
-Kentucky Bar Association, Member
-Fayette County Bar Association
Education
  • University of Kentucky College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1989

W. Thomas Bunch Sr.

W. Thomas Bunch was born in Ashland, Kentucky in 1940. He was admitted to the Kentucky bar in 1965. He is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He received his Bachelor of Science in Commerce in 1962 and his L.L.B. in 1964, both from the University of Kentucky. He is a member of Sigma Chi national fraternity, Beta Gamma Sigma, an honorary fraternity, and Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternities. Mr. Bunch was a member of the staff of the Kentucky Law Journal from 1961 to 1964 and author of Kentucky's Invasion of Privacy Tort A Reappraisal (56 Ky. L.J. 261, 1967). He was a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Mac Swinford (deceased) from 1964-1965. He was a member of the Lexington-Fayette County Board of Adjustments and Zoning Appeals from 1968-1970. He is currently an associate member of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. Mr. Bunch is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the Fayette County Bar Association. He is a life member of the Lexington Kiwanis Club, and held the position of President of the Club from 1980 to 1981. He is a frequent lecturer or panel member of seminars sponsored by the University of Kentucky College of Law, the Kentucky Bar Association, the Louisville Bar Association, and other for-profit seminar sponsors.

Year Joined Firm
-1964

Areas of Practice
-Bankruptcy Law
-Litigation & Appeals
-Business Organizations
-Probate & Estate Administration

Bar Admissions
-Kentucky, 1964
-U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky
-U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky
-U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
-U.S. Supreme Court

Education
-University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
--LL.B. - 1964
--Honors: Member, Beta Gamma Sigma
--Honors: Member, Phi Alpha Delta
--Law Review: University of Kentucky Law Review, Member, 1961 - 1964
-University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
--Bachelor of Science - 1962

Published Works
-Kentucky's Invasion of Privacy Tort A Reappraisal, 56 Ky. L.J. 261, 1967

Representative Cases
-Wallace Hardware Co. v. Abrams, 223 F.3d 382 (C.A. 6th 2000)
-In Re Cannonsburg Environmental Associates, 72 F.3d 1260 (C.A. 6th 1996)
-N.L.R.B. v. Edward Cooper Painting, Inc., 804 F.2d 934 (C.A. 6th 1986)

Professional Associations and Memberships
-National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Associate Member
-Kentucky Bar Association, Member
-Fayette County Bar Association, Member
-Lexington Kiwanis Club, Member
-Lexington Kiwanis Club, President, 1980 - 1981
-Kentucky Law Journal, Member, 1961 - 1964

Past Employment Positions
-U.S. Judge Mac Swinford (Deceased), Law Clerk, 1964 - 1965
-Lexington-Fayette County Board of Adjustments and Zoning Appeals, 1968 - 1970

Fraternities/Sororities
-Phi Alpha Delta
-Sigma Chi

Caryn L. Belobraidich

Caryn L. Belobraidich was born in Lansing, Michigan in 1963. She was admitted to the Kentucky bar in 1994. She is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1987 and her J.D. from Thomas Cooley Law School in 1993. She is the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award at Thomas Cooley Law School for 1993. She was the executive director of the Fayette County Bar Association from 1994 to 1995. She is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the Fayette County Bar Association. Mrs. Belobraidich practices in the area of consumer and corporate bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and wills and probate law.

Areas of Practice
-Consumer
-Corporate Bankruptcy
-Commercial Litigation
-Wills and Probate Law

Bar Admissions
-Kentucky, 1994
-U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky
-U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky

Education
-Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan
--J.D. - 1993
-University of Wisconsin, Madison
--Bachelor of Arts - 1987
--Honors and Awards
--American Jurisprudence Award, Thomas Cooley Law School, 1993

Professional Associations and Memberships
-Fayette County Bar Association, Executive Director
-Kentucky Bar Association, Member
-Kentucky Bar Association, Member
-Fayette County Bar Association, Member
Education
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1993

Peter J. W. Brackney

Peter J. W. Brackney was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1983. He was admitted to the Kentucky bar in 2009 and is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky. He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics in 2006 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2009. During law school, he twice represented the University of Kentucky at the Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition in New York City, served as a volunteer income tax preparer and was Vice-Justice of the Clay Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta. He was a law clerk for Bunch & Brock from 2007 to 2009. Mr. Brackney is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, American Bar Association, Kentucky Bar Association, and the Fayette County Bar Association. Mr. Brackney concentrates his practice in consumer and commercial bankruptcy.

Areas of Practice
-Commercial Bankruptcy
-Consumer Bankruptcy

Bar Admissions
-Kentucky, 2009
-U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky
-U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky

Education
-University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
--J.D. - 2009
--Honors: Honors: CALI Excellence Award in Bankruptcy, 2008
--Honors: Honors: Harlan Writing Club, Best Appellant Brief, 2007
--Honors: Medal of Excellence, American Bankruptcy Institute, 2008
--Honors: Moot Court: UK Law Bankruptcy Moot Court Team, Duberstein Competition, 2008 and 2009
-University of Kentucky, Kentucky
--B.S. magna cum laude - 2006
--Honors: Departmental Honors in Accounting
--Major: Accounting

Professional Associations and Memberships
-American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
-American Bar Association, Member
-Fayette County Bar Association, Member
-Kentucky Bar Association, Member
-Phi Alpha Delta Clay Chapter, Vice Justice, 2008 - 2009
Education
  • University of Kentucky College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2009

Matthew B. Bunch

Matthew B. Bunch was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1966. He was admitted to the Kentucky bar in 1993. He is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University at Bloomington in 1989 and his J.D. from Thomas Cooley Law School in 1993. He is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, the Federal and American Bar Associations and the Fayette County Bar Association. He is also a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and he is a member of the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association. Mr. Bunch concentrates his practice in corporate and commercial litigation, bankruptcy law, and personal injury.

Year Joined Firm
-1993

Areas of Practice
-Corporate
-Commercial Litigation
-Bankruptcy Law
-Personal Injury

Bar Admissions
-Kentucky, 1992
-U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky
-U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky
-U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
-U.S. Supreme Court

Education
-Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan
--J.D. - 1993
-Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
--Bachelor of Arts - 1989

Representative Cases
-Wallace Hardware Co. v. Abrams, 223 F.3d 382 (C.A. 6th Cir. 2000)

Professional Associations and Memberships
-Kentucky Bar Association, Member
-Federal Bar Association
-American Bar Association
-Fayette County Bar Association
-Experimental Aircraft Association, Member
-National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association, Member
Education
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1993

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