Firm Overview

We represent consumers and small businesses that may need to file for protection under Chapter 7, Chapter 13, or Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. Our clients reside in Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, Jefferson and Clallam Counties. Although the current business was formally established in 2000, the law firm has existed in various forms in Port Orchard since 1982.

Example cases

• We were able to successfully confirm a Chapter 11 Plan for a couple that included 28 pieces of real estate spread over several states, all of which were encumbered. The plan included modification of various mortgage terms and the orderly disposal of a number of properties.

• We have successfully stripped off many junior mortgages in Chapter 13 cases.

Main Office

Main
2472 Bethel Road SE
Suite A
Port Orchard  WA  98366

Phone
  • (360) 876-5015

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes, one half hour.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

• Chapter 7: fees start at $1,200 plus costs, but may be increased, depending upon the complexity of the case.

• Chapter 13: fees start at $3,500 plus costs, with a minimum of $1,200 plus costs paid prior to filing and the balance paid in the Chapter 13 Plan.

• Personal Chapter 11: fees start at $5,000 prior to filing, plus costs and such additional fees as may be generated thereafter to be paid through the Chapter 11 Plan.

• Business Chapter 11: fees start at $1,000 prior to filing, plus costs and such additional fees as may be generated thereafter to be paid through the Chapter 11 Plan.

Hourly Rates

$250 to $330 for attorney work.

Office Information

Office Hours

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

Friday
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Office Manager

Corrine Rowley

Emergency After Hours

No

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

I enjoy analyzing a problem and finding solutions. Bankruptcy is one of those areas that allows me to work out creative solutions. Bankruptcy is also not adversarial in the same sense as other areas of practice. Creditor attorneys and bankruptcy trustees are generally willing to rationally listen to and consider solutions that help both my clients and theirs.

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

I am a firm believer in good consumer education. My website provides a good overview of the various bankruptcy chapters. I can have a more meaningful discussion with the client once the client understands the basic goals and limitations of bankruptcy.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Although I am willing to review bankruptcy documents prepared by clients, I strongly discourage anyone from preparing any significant bankruptcy documents on their own. The current local rules for the bankruptcy court do not allow me to represent a client on a piecemeal basis.

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

I strongly discourage anyone from representing themselves in bankruptcy I find that this area of practice requires more than a cursory understanding of the law. Bankruptcy is governed not only by the Code itself, but also national and local procedural rules that must be followed in order for case to be pursued successfully. In my experience, very few people are able to successfully navigate their way through even a chapter 7 bankruptcy. I seldom see a successful Chapter 13 filed without the representation of an attorney.

David Carl Hill

• 1979-1981 Law Office of Earl Jackson, Battle Ground, WA
• 1981 to 1982 Udall and Hill, White Salmon, Washington
• 1982 to 1984, Law Office of David Carl Hill, Port Orchard, Washington
• 1984 to 1989, Ness and Hill, Port Orchard, Washington
• 1989 to 2000, Law Office of David Carl Hill, PS, Port Orchard, Washington
• 2000 present, Hill Law.Com, PS, DBA Law Office of David Carl Hill, Port Orchard, Washington

In addition to my legal training, I have served in numerous church leadership positions. This service allowed me to improve my leadership, teaching, counseling and public speaking skills.

I am an active listener, which means that I will ask questions that will help me identify the critical issues of the case during the initial consultation. I am also frustrated teacher and will spend time explaining the law and the process to my clients. I have a relaxed style, which helps reduce the stress new clients feel in dealing with an attorney.

Personal interests:

My interests include my wife, my children and their spouses, my grandchildren, church, politics, and my gardens/landscaping.

License
  • Bar Number: 9560
    Washington , 1979
Education
  • Brigham Young University
    Jurist Doctorate , 1979
    Provo, UT
    Legal Studies: co-authored "Interests in state and federal lands." Summary of Utah Real Property Law, 1978
  • Brigham Young University
    Bachelor of Arts , 1976
    Provo, UT
    Political Science and International Relations

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