We take complex bankruptcies with tax or business components and are able to work out solutions for our clients in many cases that initially appeared to be difficult to impossible. In fact, we have become the go-to practice for this type of case. We have helped our clients discharge hundreds of thousands of dollars in consumer, tax, and business debt through Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. We also file Offers in Compromise (OIC) with the IRS and have gotten great results--as in the client who owed over $140,000 and we got the IRS to accept $525 in full satisfaction of the tax debt.
Many of our initial consultations are at no charge. In some cases we charge a small fee.
Chapter 7 bankruptcies are usually flat fee, at an amount quoted in advance depending on the issues in the case. Chapter 13 bankruptcies are normally an estimated fee, with the hourly billings subject to the approval of the bankruptcy judge. Debt settlements are generally done on a contingency basis, in which the fee is a fixed percentage of the amount that is saved for the client. In lawsuits against abusive debt collectors, we typically collect our fees from the debt collectors rather than from the client.
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Emergency after hours by appointment on a case-by-case basis.
So many good people occasionally find themselves in trouble financially. The current wave of foreclosure actions by the big banks is only making things worse. I was initially a "tax nerd." But people with tax problems frequently have other debt problems as well, so I also handle other problem areas that deal with debt, and I enjoy being able to do what I do where it really matters.
A well-educated client is a better client and easier to help, because they understand the issues. They should be aware, however, that much information they hear, or read online, is incomplete, outdated, misleading, or just false. Bankruptcy and tax are complex areas of the law with many potential traps, which are best navigated with the guidance of knowledgeable legal counsel.
We are willing to review documents that our clients bring us, providing they have already retained us.
I am always willing to help coach clients in issues where that type of help is appropriate. Both bankruptcy and tax have become complex areas filled with traps, and are difficult even for attorneys who are not experienced in these areas. I will tell clients when I think they can handle a particular issue on their own, with tips on what to do and what not to do. I will also tell them when self-representation is not advisable in a particular case or controversy, for which they should engage competent legal counsel to represent them.
I enjoy and welcome the analytical challenge of complexities in a case. I have the mature judgment that age can bring, but I still have the mental dexterity to look at things from many angles in working out the possible problems and solutions. I really like people, communicate well, and I prefer to work things out by negotiation rather than fight. But if a legal fight is necessary, then I can be quite resourceful, and very persistent, on behalf of my clients.Personal interests:
Running, bicycling, hiking, traveling -- in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. I also have degrees in the Social Sciences and in Linguistics and enjoy learning more about other languages, places, and cultures.
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