Laura M. Harris has helped thousands of people battling unmanageable debt. She is dedicated to ending clients anxiety and providing them with a fresh start. With more than 20 years of experience, including several years working for the other side,
Because I can really help individuals and families gain financial freedom at a bargain cost. Bankruptcy is something that actually works. Unlike credit counseling and debt reduction programs which only work in a minority of cases, bankruptcy actually discharges debt clients cannot pay and gives them a fresh start. I love it!
Bankruptcy is very confusing and the system is set up to prevent individuals from making it through the bankruptcy process. I have seen lawyers filing for bankruptcy have their cases dismissed because they did not follow all of the requirements. Also, what applies to one person or couple will likely not apply to another. Each case is very specific to the facts. I have also seen creditors take advantage of individuals trying to get through the system (without attorneys) by getting the individuals to agree to pay back debt they do not need to pay. It is good to get information about the process so you can choose an attorney who knows what they are doing.
We can review the documents, but we find that the information is nearly always in a form which will create problems for the individual. For example, most individuals over-value their assets in the bankruptcy process. The trustee then must take these assets. The exemptions are tricky even for lawyers to understand. Deciding on which exemptions to take is critical to a successful bankruptcy. Frankly, we find it best just to work with the clients by reviewing their original documents, such as titles, paystubs, deeds, mortgages, tax returns, and bills.
It would cost us more to coach a client than to just do it. Our fees are extremely reasonable, especially considering the huge benefit resulting with a discharge of thousands of dollars worth of debt.
Education: Brigham Young University, B.A., 1979, University of Utah, J.D., 1984
Practice Areas: Bankruptcy; Tax Law; Collections; Commercial Litigation; Creditors Rights; Federal Litigation; Lender Liability; Secured Transactions; U.C.C.; Workouts
Membership: New York State Bar Association; Central New York Bankruptcy Bar Association; National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.
Admissions: 1984, Utah, U.S. District Court, District of Utah and U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; 1988, Massachusetts; 1989, New York, U.S. District Court, Northern, Western, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
Miscellaneous Information: Member, Order of the Coif. Member, Utah Law Review, 1982-1984. Chairperson, Bankruptcy Mediation Committee, 1996.(Certified Specialist, Business and Consumer Bankruptcy Law, American Bankruptcy Board of Certification) (Certified Specialist, Consumer Bankruptcy, American Board of Certifications)
Laura M. Harris has helped thousands of people battling unmanageable debt. She is dedicated to ending clients
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