James K. Tamke, Attorney, P.C.

James K. Tamke, Attorney, P.C.

We are a Bankruptcy Law Firm that has been filing bankruptcy cases since 1987. Don't Feel Guilty, Bankruptcy Is An Honest Solution!

Firm Overview

Our firm was established in 1985, and has been in existence for over 25 years.

We are a debt relief agency that has helped numerous clients get a financial "fresh start." Bankruptcy offers a new opportunity in life without the pressure of pre-existing debts. Bankruptcy is not a failure, but a fresh start. Henry Ford filed bankruptcy twice. Without a bankruptcy law, there never would have been a Ford Mustang or a Ford Explorer. Think about it. It's intended for the honest, but unfortunate, debtor in search of a fresh start.

We bring experience, skill, and creativity to the highly complex area of bankruptcy law, and are guided by the principle that each situation calls for the right combination of innovation, creativity, and commitment. We are compassionate listeners and problem-solvers, and are approachable, responsive, efficient, and effective.

Example cases

We handle all kinds of bankruptcy cases, from very simple to very complex.

Main Office
Bankruptcy Law Office
922 East Jefferson Blvd.
South Bend  IN  46617
  • (574) 289-8788
  • (866) 752-8152


Free Initial Consultation?
Yes. We offer a Free Consultation to Individuals. The free initial consultation usually lasts about half an hour.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Most of our bankruptcies are done on a flat fee basis, starting at $650 for a simple Chapter 7 for a single person. Fees vary, however, depending on the complexity of the case, and the actual fees are determined and quoted during the initial free consultation.
Hourly Rates
As previously mentioned, most of our bankruptcies are done on a flat fee basis.

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday by appointment only.
Office Manager
Becky Freer
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken

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

When I began my legal career, tax cases were referred to me because of my prior experience as an auditor and tax consultant. I then got into bankruptcy law by working in the same office with two other attorneys that handled numerous bankruptcy cases.

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

I think it's a good thing, but the person needs to know their limitations. If somebody needs a medical or dental procedure, it's OK to read about it on the internet, but I wouldn't suggest that you give yourself a root canal. You can probably find a good dentist that accepts payment plans. The same applies to lawyers. Many of us accept payment plans and will be glad to work with you to provide the debt relief (similar to the pain relief from a dentist) that you need and deserve. It's OK to educate yourself, but don't try to do it yourself. Just remember this: We're skilled and experienced at what we do because we've done it many times, over and over. But, if you try to do it yourself, you won't have that skill and experience to fall back on, and it may be difficult for you to find a lawyer later if you take a simple case and simply "botch" it beyond repair or to the point that you can't afford to pay what it would cost you to have it repaired.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

It's simply more cost effective, in my opinion, to use our time-tested system that we use over and over, rather than paying us to help you "re-invent the wheel." You can either do it yourself or have us do it, but you can't have it both ways at our office.

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

It's generally more cost effective, in my opinion, for the client to have us do the work rather than paying us to train them to do it.

James Tamke

I began my professional career as an auditor for Price Waterhouse & Company in Los Angeles, California, in 1973. After receiving my Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation by the State of California, I was named senior auditor by the Los Angeles Office of Travelers Insurance Company. While at Travelers, I worked with many CPA's and attorneys in the healthcare industry and later was named controller and chief financial officer of a hospital in the Los Angeles area. I decided to become an attorney, and took a position as an auditor and tax consultant with a CPA firm in Beverly Hills that would allow me to work part-time while attending law school. After graduating from law school, I decided to move back to South Bend, Indiana where I began a tax and consulting business in 1985. I began to accept referrals from other attorneys in the area regarding clients with tax debt problems. In 1989, I went into an office with two other attorneys (a former judge and a former chief deputy prosecutor). They were handling a number of bankruptcy cases at the time and began referring some of these cases to me. One of these attorneys later retired and the other one moved out of town and became a partner with the largest law firm in the State of Indiana. Meanwhile, over the past 20 years, I have continued to concentrate my practice in the areas of bankruptcy and tax law, representing individuals and small businesses. Currently, however; due to the state of the economy, I am spending most of my time helping individuals file for personal bankruptcy.

I was able to develop certain analytical and technical skills as a CPA that have carried over into my practice as an attorney in the areas of bankruptcy and tax law.

I'm a good listener and I encourage my clients to tell me as much about their story as they want; more than just the basic facts. I am also sensitive and compassionate about learning the big picture that lead to their financial problems.

Personal interests:

I enjoy listening to radio talk shows and also enjoy watching sports and politics on television.

  • Bar Number: 12030-71
    Indiana , 1985
  • Glendale University College of Law
    J.D. , 1984
    Glendale, CA
  • University of Notre Dame
    B.B.A. , 1973
    Notre Dame, IN
    Major: Accounting.

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