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Firm Overview

We are a general practice law firm that specializes in financial areas of the law such as bankruptcy, business and taxes. We focus on both the individual and small businesses and strive to provide reasonable and fair rates for quality service and legal work. We are able to offer full service bankruptcy counseling and petitions, as well as provide bankruptcy alternatives and other services.

Seifert Law Center opened its Downtown Milwaukee office in 2009 and has since represented a wide variety of clients from individual Chapter 7 to Corporate Chapter 11.

Example cases

Chapter 7 for a married self employed couple.  This couple had personally guaranteed leases and financial commitments for their family business which failed due to the recession.  They were being sued in civil court over their obligations and faced many thousands in legal fees as well as the danger of judgments.  Bankruptcy not only wiped out all of their personal debt and saved their assets but eliminated defending the costly law suit entirely by removing it from the court's jurisdiction.

Chapter 11 for a small local business.  This local service provider suffered a decline in sales throughout his shops following the start of the recession, falling seriously behind in lease payments and taxes.  Facing a potentially devastating eviction, a Chapter 11 was used to prevent this as well as reorganize his debts into manageable payments while discharging others.  This allowed him the time that he desperately needed to recover and reduce his obligations to levels that he could afford while maintaining and growing his business.

Main Office

Main
230 West Wells Street
Suite 610
Milwaukee  WI  53203

Phone
  • (414) 273-9900
Fax
  • (414) 299-3710

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes, up to one hour in most cases.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Our fees range usually from $500 to $1,250 depending upon the service required. A typical individual Chapter 7 is usually $1,050.

Hourly Rates

$175 per hour for Chapter 11 and 12.
$125 to $150 per hour for consultation.
$150 per hour for Adversary Proceedings.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday?
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.??

Evening hours and Saturday hours available.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

Russian and German.

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

Southeastern Wisconsin has a need for practiced business professionals in the law and for attorneys that understand the many bankruptcy options. Bankruptcy law is written to help people as well as society and it can be a win for everyone.

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

An informed client helps ensure that the case proceeds smoothly and effectively. We encourage our clients to understand their rights and obligations under the law and to understand their case. It is our goal to gain the maximum that we can using bankruptcy laws and an educated client can go along way to help achieving this.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

We are always willing to review documents prepared by clients and assist with their filing needs.

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

We are not allowed to coach pro-se clients, but can only step in to represent them if needed. We are willing to help clients explore alternatives prior to filing and educate clients on their rights and options through consultations.

Joseph Seifert

Joseph Seifert was formerly the Director of International Finance for Besser Company, the largest manufacturer concrete equipment in the world; Director of Operations for Minoru Yamasaki, designer of the World Trade Center in New York; President of Estina Mir, Ltd., a multi-national manufacturing and distributing company in Moscow, Russia.

Joseph Seifert has extensive experience in contract formation, contract negotiations, business operations and finance. These real life experiences contribute significantly to understanding the logic and process of bankruptcy and finance law and greatly streamline the entire process as well as provide insight to alternatives and variations that can help clients.

Strong knowledge of bankruptcy law, theory and Chapters, as well as alternatives.

Personal interests:

Continuing education, teaching, travel, foreign languages and cultures.

License
  • Bar Number: 1073592
    Wisconsin , 2009
Education
  • Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law
    Juris Doctor , 2007
    Columbus, OH
    Commercial Bankruptcy, Finance, Business, and Taxation.
  • University of New York, Excelsior College
    Bachelors of Global Business , 2005
    Albany, NY
    International Finance & Trade, and Operations.

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