We offer free consultations to Nolo readers. They are usually about 30 minutes long.
For Chapter 7 cases, the flat fee for a Nolo Press client for a basic case begins at $1,200 plus court fees and costs; the retainer may be broken into installments as long as it is paid in full by filing. For Chapter 13 cases, the client is expected to pay their costs, but all attorney fees may be built into the plan. This makes Chapter 13 affordable to everyone who can propose a feasible repayment plan. When the case is especially complicated or needs to be filed on an emergency basis, a Chapter 13 retainer will be proposed.
The exact amount of the fee is determined by the complexity of the particular case. Clients who organize their paperwork well and allow sufficient time to prepare will save on legal fees. We are, however, available for emergency filings or to help people who have already filed bankruptcy pro se, or if they would like to hire a new attorney.
We primarily use fixed pricing because it is simpler and predictable.
Monday through Friday
10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
We speak conversational Spanish, but legal matters are handled in English only.
I worked on cases that involved bankruptcy issues, and found this area of the law interesting. Bankruptcy provides a very powerful legal remedy, and I don't think a lot of people understand their rights. They also don't realize that companies are spending money to try to convince them they don't have the right to bankruptcy relief. I realized I could provide a valuable service because most people don't understand these laws. When people put their financial problems behind them, they can improve their lives in all kinds of ways.
I find that clients who educate themselves about the process find it less intimidating. I think the Nolo books are informative.
We can review documents prepared by clients. Clients don't need to prepare documents, though; we take care of that.
I don't think it is a good idea for clients to represent themselves in bankruptcy court. There is too much on the line, and the rules are very complex.
I worked under other attorneys on civil litigation matters. Many of these cases involved bankruptcy issues so that got me interested in bankruptcy work.
My father was a doctor in a rural area of Kentucky and he took his work and his patients very seriously. That taught me the value of work. Education and work experience are important but you need to be able to relate to people. I think on the close cases, being personally invested in the outcome will make the difference, and if you can't relate to people and walk in their shoes then you cannot be personally invested.
I am able to get things done quickly and make changes along the way to adapt. I maintain a small caseload for a bankruptcy practitioner, so clients can get individual attention and really understand their options. We don't have a sales-oriented approach; we focus on the outcome instead of the total number of cases.Personal interests:
I like the outdoors, and especially mountain sports so California is a great place to be. I am fortunate to have a very exceptional woman in my life and we enjoy all the things the state has to offer, particularly the food — she is an exceptional chef. We like low-budget adventure travel when time permits; we recently went to some remote parts of East Asia. Like a lot of other men, I like things that burn gasoline.
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