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Firm Overview

We really listen to clients and craft reasonable solutions based upon their needs.

The firm was established in 2008 when I went out on my own after working over 20 years in legal services, both as an attorney and as a paralegal.

Example cases

A single-mom came to me because a creditor had sued her and, without her realizing it, gotten a judgment against her for a debt that wasn't even hers. I was able to get the judgment removed and the creditor paid all of her fees and court costs, so it cost her nothing.
Another single mom came to me because she was being evicted by her landlord. She had only been living in the apartment a short while, was not violating any rules and was current on her rent. She was willing to move but couldn't afford to. I was able to get the landlord to give her additional time rent-free to find a new place, pay her moving expenses and my fee also.

Main Office

Main
11024 Balboa Boulevard
Suite 431
Granada Hills  CA  91344

Phone
  • (818) 360-8295
  • (805) 986-0271
Fax
  • (818) 360-9852

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

My initial consultation for Nolo customers is free.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

My standard fee for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy is $1,500 - 2,000. This includes all areas of representation in regard to the bankruptcy -- no surprises! And I am willing to consider special issues.

Hourly Rates

$200.

Office Information

Office Hours

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

Weekends by appointment.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Other Offices

  • Port Hueneme, CA
    225 E. Surfside Dr.
    Port Hueneme,  CA  93041

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

I have worked around bankruptcy for a number of years both on the side of the consumer who is trying to save their home or get a fresh start and on the side of the creditor who wants to be paid. When I left the corporate environment to go out on my own it was only logical that this would be my first area of expertise.

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

I welcome clients who have researched the area of law that pertains to their issue. We can discuss what they want to do and how they feel that will work for them. I also understand that not everyone has time to do their own research and I enjoy working with clients who do not have the time to research their claim and just want to know the bottom line on the possible outcomes that might occur.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Often, clients bring their documents to me for editing. I am happy to work with them in that way.

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

Limited representations, reviewing a client's documents or appearing on behalf of a client on issues they have documented by themselves, are a great way to save money and still have assistance at the point where you need it. I am always willing to assist a client in the manner that works for them.

Dana M. Douglas

From 1988 to 2008, I was a founding member of a corporate legal department where I was responsible for managing litigation, advising field personnel and settling claims in 38 states. In the years before 1988, between kids, I was a consultant and venture plan writer in the entertainment industry. The net result of all this experience is that in addition to having studied the legal issues in a given situation, I know the business perspective as well as the consumer perspective.

Because I went to law school after I had been out in the working world for many years, I understand how situations develop and the perspectives of the parties on different sides of an issue. This makes it possible for me to look for practical and realistic solutions in addition to what may be possible from a legal perspective.

I think the thing my clients most appreciate is that I am approachable and I really listen to their concerns. Because I learn what matters to them, I can look for solutions that will work and the client gets a sense of comfort and relief when I am on their side.

Personal interests:

One of the things I really enjoy is walking -- whether I am in my home town or on vacation. There are so many more things that can be seen when I am walking than if I am in a car. I also enjoy working in my garden and then sitting back and enjoying how things look when I am finished.

License
  • Bar Number: 220053
    California , 2002
Education
  • University of LaVerne
    Juris Doctorate , 2001
    Woodland Hills, CA

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