1520 W. Cleveland St.
Tampa FL 33606
Yes for all debt related consultations
Chapter 7 $1,000 to $1,500, plus costs. Chapter 13 fees vary up front, and much of the fees are paid in the plan.
Mon - Thurs 8-5; Fri 8-12; evening appts Wed and Thurs
I chose both bankruptcy and employment law due to the ever changing and complex laws in these areas. It makes it interesting. Also besides the challenge of the law in these areas, I find it challenging to make such a difference in the lives of my clients. Due to the environment we added foreclosure defense back in 2008 and have recently added student loan default representation.
I think it is wonderful. Just understanding the terminology is an important first step and it makes our consultation with our clients much easier and of greater benefit to our clients. My job is to explain options, legal hurdles, the process and likely outcomes. Educating our clients is something that I have always tried to stress as I feel that two minds working toward the same goal is going to be more successful every time. My website strives to educate potential clients. Even if they choose not to consult with me, I hope the information is helpful to their situation. We actively blog about things we feel our clients need to know or would be interested in.
Both my bankruptcy paralegal and I review documents prepared by clients as part of representing my clients. However, I do not provide "ghost" representation, which is essentially behind the scenes representation without formally being the client's counsel of record. The malpractice concerns of doing this are simply too large nowadays especially under the new bankruptcy laws passed in October 2005.
My willingness to coach clients who want to represent themselves is extremely low. Under the old Bankruptcy Code, self-representation was a risky proposition, even with legal coaching. It is now clear, under the amendments by the Act, self-representation has many legal pitfalls and is not recommended at all. In fact, it is probably malpractice for an attorney to so coach a client. Besides, the time it would take to explain all that was necessary to the client, would probably result in the same legal fees anyway so the savings would not outweigh the risks to the client in my opinion. Notwithstanding the above, if a client has a simple problem, there are many times I may explain to the client how to do it themselves rather than to retain my services, such as filing a proof of claim or filing a small claims suit. However, nowadays, filing a bankruptcy petition is no longer simple.
Prior to forming my own firm, I practiced employment, business and civil litigation for three years in small to medium firms representing primarily businesses.
Interning at the State Attorney's office was a great experience as well as working at several small firms immediately following graduation. Learning the different ways each firm approached the practice of law was very valuable to starting my own firm. Supporting myself through college and law school with various jobs including bartending, photography, retail, reporting on court cases etc. taught me self reliance, the ability to juggle workloads, people skills and other attributes that make a successful lawyer.
My biggest strength is my ability to listen and analyze. Oftentimes, attorneys tend to be overbearing and force their interpretation of the law or circumstances on others. I find that in our practice, listening to the 'big picture' is a better approach and oftentimes more rewarding when a case is presented and is successful.
Our office style is very low key and 'laid back.' Some debtors' firms are aggressive in their attempts to sign up new business. This office avoids the high-pressure approach. We feel that our service sells itself without any 'embellishment' and if a personal bankruptcy is the correct choice, then that service sells itself.
Snow skiing, kayaking, photography, reading, and if I have time, playing Xbox 360 with my twin nephews (BimmerRat is my gamertag for those of you similarly inclined).
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