Bottner & Skillman, Attorneys at Law

Experienced Attorneys Helping People Like You. Local Eastern Panhandle Lawyers who's business is helping you!

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Firm Overview

We are a law firm that is committed to representing individuals filing chapter 7 & 13 bankruptcies. This office does not handle business bankruptcies or present creditors in bankruptcy proceedings. Our firm also handles personal injuries; family law; and criminal, federal, state, and civil litigation.

The firm was established in January 2003 and has grown in size and clientele ever since. Recently the firm added an associate attorney, David P. Skillman in January 2008.

Example cases

Kiser vs. Wells Fargo - Mortgage Servicing Abuse Case - settled prior to trial.

Main Office

Main
116 West Washington Street
Suite 2A
Charles Town  WV  25414

Phone
  • (304) 728-0158
Fax
  • (304) 725-3988

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Bankruptcy consultations are free and are for 1 hour. Call the office or check our website for further consultation information.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Chapter 7
Single = $1,708
Joint = $1,762 (includes fees)

Chapter 13 (paid in full)
Single = $3,384
Joint = $3,438 (includes fees)

Chapter 13 (payment plan)
Single = $3,884
Joint = $3,938 (includes fees)

We will provide a free Financial Management Course equal to $19 single or $38 joint if Nolo is mentioned.

Hourly Rates

$250

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Office Manager

Marissa Marandola

Emergency After Hours

No

Bankruptcy
Bottner & Skillman, Attorneys at Law is a debt relief agency with experienced attorneys helping people like you seek relief and protection under the bankruptcy code.
The initial bankruptcy consultation with our office is free. The free consultation with the attorney will allow you to discuss debt relief under the United States Bankruptcy Code, how Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies work, the debts that can be discharged through bankruptcy, the property that that you will be entitled to keep after the bankruptcy (i.e. home, vehicle, home furnishings, etc.), the debts that you will need to continue paying, the general process of bankruptcy, including pre-filing requirements, and how bankruptcy generally will affect you.

Please also note that a bankruptcy case evaluation will be required prior to filing for bankruptcy protection. A case evaluation will involve going through all of the details of your finances with you. We will collect information from you regarding your income, assets and debts in order to determine which bankruptcy chapter would be more beneficial to you. The case evaluation provides much more specific information regarding your personal options and how bankruptcy will help you personally. There is a $200.00 charge for a case evaluation. However, this fee will be credited towards the attorney fee in the event that the bankruptcy is filed within the same month as the evaluation.
Family
We know that dealing with a family law matter can take a heavy emotional toll. We see our role in this process as providing support and understanding to our clients by protecting our client's rights and interests, and those of their children.
When you come to our office to speak about your family law matter, we will listen carefully. Our goal is to learn as much as possible about your legal issues, the circumstances of your situation, as well as your thoughts of how you perceive your future and those of your family. We will discuss and work through the key issues - custody of children, child and/or spousal support, property settlement agreements and so on.

As experienced family law attorneys, we provide clear-headed answers to difficult questions. Our goal is always to protect your rights and those of your family. We know your time is precious and will not waste it, nor will we string along your case to receive a larger bill. We are the Peoples Lawyers and believe in our clients as we want them to believe in us. However, in most family law matters most people do not know their legal rights and are not prepared to handle the emotional, financial, and legal aspects, that'™s where we can help.

Bottner & Skillman, Attorneys at Law, has provided straight forward, comprehensive, cost-effective assistance to many individuals in the panhandle of West Virginia.

Find out what your rights are before attempting to craft a property settlement. Many clients who have tried filing for divorce without a lawyer's skillful advice have found that it was very costly to have an attorney fix their ineffective or incomplete divorce agreements after damage had already been done. Trust an experienced West Virginia divorce lawyer to do it right the first time.

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

To represent people and individuals. The areas of practice I have chosen allow me to do so.

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

We provide packets with bankruptcy facts and information for each potential client to review before their consultation, explaining how bankruptcy works.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

All legal documents to be filed with this office must be prepared by the law office with client input.

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

The firm provides free bankruptcy consultations which will answer questions the client may have relating to the bankruptcy process.

David P. Skillman

David P. Skillman was born and raised in Prince Georges County, Maryland. Mr. Skillman graduated from Eleanor Roosevelt High School and in 1986 moved to West Virginia. A 2000 Graduate of Shepard University with a Bachelor of Science degree, Cum Laude. After graduating, Mr. Skillman moved to the Morgantown area where he attended West Virginia University School of Law and graduated with his J.D. in 2004. Mr. Skillman then began working as a law clerk for the 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gray Silver, III in Berkeley County, from 2004
License
  • Bar Number: 10224
    West Virginia , 2006

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