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Relax and don't worry about fees. All of our clients are flat broke. We provide a free consultation. A lawyer can't be more fair than that. I want you to come in, and get to know me. See if you feel that I can help you. Fees for the work you need are quoted in advance, on a "flat fee" basis after we see what you need. We have to charge fees that are reasonable, or else you can't pay them.
Relax and don't worry about fees. 99% of our cases are done as a flat fee, and we consider "ability to pay."
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I worked my way through college and law school. I went to law school at night, and worked a full time day job. I come from a humble background. I was the first person in my family to graduate from college. When I was in college I actually worked as a bill collector. Most people that I contacted for debt collection were good, honest people who had suffered from misfortunes, such as illness or unemployment and that is why they could not pay. I was naturally attracted to bankruptcy because it was the best way I could provide real, objective help for people who deserve a break. I found enormous satisfaction in bankruptcy law from helping to solve someone's debt problem instead of being a debt collector and just making myself a part of his or her problem. As a lawyer, I will not represent debt collectors.
SPECIAL CONFIDENTIAL ADVICE TO YOUNG LAWYERS: Many people go into law because they want to make a lot of money. My advice for new lawyers who feel that way is keep the heck away from consumer bankruptcy. We don't need your kind. I don't know any lawyers who have gotten rich from this kind of law. You can make a decent living, and with hard work a few will get comfortable, but you will work very hard, 60 hours per week is normal, and you ain't gonna get rich. If you want the big bucks, do accident cases, corporate law for big business, and represent banks and Wall Street types (if you can stand them).
I particularly enjoy working with clients who have taken the time and trouble to educate themselves on the basic fundamentals of bankruptcy law. I find that clients who have done so will usually have the best appreciation of how much experience, knowledge and ability I bring to solving their problems.
No, and here's why: Unless I have done the background work for myself to acquire the information that goes into a document, I have no way of knowing if the document itself contains legally correct information. For example, you can look at a beautiful plate of food that looks good, but this does not tell you how it is going to taste. It may taste awful. I can look at a legal document, and on the surface everything has been filled in, but how do I know that the information filled in is really correct or as good as it should be?
People who are not highly trained and experienced in bankruptcy law, (and this even includes some lawyers who have no business touching a bankruptcy case) are prone to making some absolutely horrible mistakes in their papers. Sometimes those mistakes can be fixed. Sometimes the mistakes are fatal to the case. If you have a toothache, you don't do your own oral surgery, I expect that you let a trained dentist fix you up. Enough said, (I hope) to convince you that a modern bankruptcy case, especially under the new law, is no longer a "do it yourselfer."
No. Many people are tempted to represent themselves. That's fine if you need to go to small claims court to fight with someone over a couple of hundred dollars. If you lose, it won't destroy your life. However, representing yourself may be a recipe for disaster if big money is at stake. The average person who files bankruptcy is seeking to discharge upwards of $25,000 or more of debt. Sometimes it is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. If you make a mistake, your bankruptcy may be denied, and your life may literally be ruined if that happens to you. Unless you are a trained attorney with successful experience in this field, you simply can not bring to the table the same level of analytical skill and experience that I can provide you with. Cases that used to be a "simple" bankruptcy under the old law are now a "SOB" under the new law. A modern bankruptcy case, especially under the new law, is no longer a "do it yourselfer."
Formerly an attorney and partner at Slate & Leoni APC, Los Angles, California from 1980 to 1989. Literally handled thousands of bankruptcy cases, and eventually responsible for supervising other courtroom attorneys and large staff of clerical personnel. A practicing attorney since 1979, Mr. Bayer is a founding partner in the law firm of Bayer, Wishman & Leotta (1989) and is a Certified Specialist, Consumer and Small Business Bankruptcy Law, by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.
I have almost 30 years of constant, daily bankruptcy law experience. Even though it seems like I have already heard everything, I never stop listening to what my clients tell me. Each person who comes to me has his or her own unique problem. I often can apply my knowledge and experience to get somebody through a bankruptcy case when other lawyers have told the client that it was hopeless to try. This has happened many times.
I want to hear you out, and find out from you, in your own words, about the problems you have and how you would like to see them handled. After that I will give you my own analysis, telling you in a straight-forward style what I think can be done for you.Personal interests:
I am an avid reader. I am particularly interested in the history of World War 2. I have been married for 32 years to the love of my life.
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