Law Offices of Michael S. Martin

A law firm dedicated to our clients, The Law Offices of Michael S. Martin strives to provide our clients with the highest level of legal expertise while still being kind and personable.

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Firm Overview

When you need legal representation, you want to feel confident that the person representing you is a skilled attorney who can vigorously represent you with the legal matter at hand. There are certain important qualifications an attorney should have that can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. Some of the factors to consider in choosing a lawyer include: Do they have a personal interest in your case and its outcome? Can they provide you with the time and personal attention you deserve and explain how they will handle your case? Will your attorney return your calls promptly and give you regular updates on the status of your case? Will they work aggressively on your behalf and use litigation as needed to negotiate on your behalf? Michael S. Martin, P.C. strives to offer you all of these, and at reasonable rates.

The Law Offices of Michael S. Martin specializes in bankruptcy law. For those who are facing tough decisions regarding their finances, it is important that you have confidence that there is someone who can help you through this difficult time with debt solutions. There are several available resolutions which include chapter 7 or chapter 13, among others. We can give you the truth about some common bankruptcy myths, explain the bankruptcy process and help with foreclosure defense or a short sale if you are facing the threat of losing your home.
Main Office

Main Office
4900 Hopyard Road, Ste 100
Pleasanton  CA  94588

Phone
  • (925) 218-3944
Fax
  • (209) 229-8581

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition preparation fees vary based on the complexity of each case.

Chapter 13 bankruptcy preparation fees are based on the fee schedules mandated by the Court.

Hourly Rates

We do not generally take bankruptcy cases on an hourly rate basis, but if necessary, our hourly rate is $250 an hour.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday-Friday 8am-7pm

Office Manager

Gabrielle Martinez

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

English, Spanish

Other Offices

  • Tracy Office
    121 East 11th Street, Suite 1
    Tracy,  CA  95376
Bankruptcy
The Law Office of Michael S. Martin has filed hundreds of bankruptcy cases. We have the knowledge and experience to provide our clients with the most effective legal representation available.
The firm specializes in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases. We have handled both corporate and individual bankruptcies and have assisted hundreds of clients. We are looking forward to working with you to make your experience a positive, efficient and successful one.

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

We are dedicated to helping our clients who are going through financial difficulties. Our goal is to help our clients to clear away the past and get a fresh financial start. That is exactly what bankruptcy can do, and that is why we care so passionately about what we do and why we represent each and every client effectively.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

Our attorneys have top notch credentials from well respected law schools. We have been practicing for many years and are very familiar with Bankruptcy Law.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

The Law Office of Michael S. Martin specializes in the preparation of both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy petitions. We realize what a trying time filing bankruptcy can be, and we take the time to make our clients feel comfortable and at ease with the process. We genuinely care about our clients, and treat each one as a friend, not just as a client.

We make the process as painfree for our clients as possible, compiling all necessary information to preparing your petition, uploading all necessary documents to the Court, communicating with the Court and the Trustee for you, and attending all required Court sessions with you.

Kate Petersen

Kate Petersen attended San Diego State University for her undergraduate education. She graduated from the University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science, and with a minor in Spanish. Ms. Petersen then attended the University of Hastings for her law school education. There she served on the student leadership panel and Hastings Public Interest Law Foundation, was President of the Association of Students for Kids, was a member of the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal, and was a volunteer for GAAP.

During her time in law school, she worked for Bay Area Legal Aid, the Santa Clara District Attorney's Office and the San Francisco District Attorney's Office. Following graduation, Ms. Petersen worked in Civil Litigation, focusing primarily on insurance defense and public entity defense. She joined The Law Offices of Michael S. Martin, PC in May of 2011 in the Pleasanton office.

Kate has spent the last couple of years specializing in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies. She has worked with both corporate and individual clients.

Kate is a member of the California State Bar Association and the Alameda County Bar Association. She is admitted to practice before all courts in the State of California and the United States District Court for the Northern and Eastern District of California.
License
  • Bar Number: 259119
    California , 2008
Education
  • UC Hastings College of the Law
    Juris Doctor , 2008

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