Wine Country Family Law & Bankruptcy Office, P.C.

Wine Country Family Law & Bankruptcy Office, P.C.

Free consultation with a 5 star rated family law, divorce, and bankruptcy lawyer. Many service options available to fit your needs and budget.

Firm Overview

We help people with divorce, custody, child support, spousal support and other family law issues. We offer family law assistance ranging from self-representation coaching to full service representation, as well as mediation services. Our firm focuses on providing affordable Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy services for consumers and small business owners. We strive to provide our clients with a wealth of information so that they can make educated decisions regarding their financial future. Our firm is acutely aware that most people who are considering bankruptcy do not have an abundance of available funds at their disposal. We offer low flat fee bankruptcy services and offer flexible payment arrangements. Our office also realizes the tremendous stress that financial problems create. Most bankruptcy attorneys provide their clients with a huge stack of documents to complete in order to start their case. Rather than burdening our clients with voluminous documents to fill out, we utilize a user-friendly online questionnaire. Typically, our bankruptcy clients only need to visit our office once in order to review and sign final documents. Of course, our clients are always welcome to visit our office by appointment or call/e-mail us anytime.

Wine Country Family Law & Bankruptcy Office was established in July of 2008.We are happy to serve clients from (but not limited to) Ukiah, Willits, Fort Bragg, Lakeport, Clearlake, Kelseyville, Middletown, Healdsburg, Windsor, Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Sebastopol, Petaluma, Novato, San Rafael, St. Helena, Calistoga, and Napa.Example casesThe following example cases do not constitute a guarantee, warranty or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter:

SMALL BUSINESS OWNER BANKRUPTCY: My client ran a small business for several years but was struggling to stay afloat. I filed an individual Chapter 7 bankruptcy for my client who was able to save their business and personal assets and keep their business afloat. $163,000 in credit card and medical debts were discharged.

HOMEOWNERS FACING FORECLOSURE: My clients, a married working couple with three young children, filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy when they could no longer afford to pay both their first and second mortgages. Their mortgage was behind by nine months. They are now paying off their substantial mortgage arrears in their five year bankruptcy plan and are paying nothing to their unsecured creditors (credit card companies). In addition, their second mortgage lien of almost $200,000 was "stripped," turning the previously secured mortgage debt into an unsecured debt to which no money will be paid.

RECENTLY DIVORCED CLIENT: My client, a parent of two young children, incurred significant debt while restructuring their life after divorce. Although my client significantly downsized many aspects of their life, the outstanding debts were still too much to handle. I filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy for my client and discharged over $50,000 in unsecured debt while losing no assets.

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CLIENT: My client, a self-employed building contractor, came to me after suffering long months of little to no work in the construction trade. My client was no longer able to pay all of the bills while waiting for seasonal work to come in. I filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy for my client and wiped out $81,000 in credit card and repossessed vehicle debts. I was also able to negotiate a pay-off in exchange for the title on my client's car which had a secured debt of $2,500 and a Kelly Blue Book value of $4,500. My client received title to the vehicle for a mere $500!

RECENTLY WIDOWED CLIENT: My client's spouse passed away due to cancer a couple of months prior to contacting me. My client was unable to pay all of the creditors on the very limited income coming in. Creditors were harassing my client within days following my client's spouse's death. I filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy for my client which immediately stopped the phone calls from the creditors and allowed my client proper grieving time. $46,000 in credit card debt and medical bills were discharged.

CLIENT BEING SUED: My client came to me when it was apparent that the civil lawsuit filed against my client was not going to go away on its own. My unemployed client knew that paying the legal fees in order to defend such a suit was not an option. In addition, my client had substantial credit card and other bills that were not being paid. I filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy for my client. The civil suit against my client was dismissed due to the bankruptcy and my client discharged $12,000 in other unsecured debt.

Main Office
Main
2800 Cleveland Ave.
Ste. D
Santa Rosa  CA  95403
Phone
  • (707) 669-0841
Fax
Websites

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?
Yes.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
I have a flat-fee price range for bankruptcy cases. The amount charged depends on the complexities of the case and issues involved. My fees are not dependent on how much debt is involved. It primarily depends upon how much time I anticipate will be spent on the case. I am often told that my fees are much less than other attorneys in my area. Flexible payment plans are available.
Hourly Rates
$310 (bankruptcy--only applies for services outside of the scope of my flat-fee package. I rarely work on an hourly basis).

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Emergency After Hours
No
Languages Spoken
English

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

I began practicing bankruptcy law to supplement my Cloverdale family law practice. Often, divorce and bankruptcy go hand-in-hand. It seemed like adding bankruptcy law to my practice was a logical progression in my career. Much to my satisfaction, bankruptcy became my primary area of practice.

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

I appreciate and respect my clients' efforts in educating themselves on legal issues. I often email my clients with supplemental material relating to issues of particular interest to them if I feel that they will benefit from it. However, I do not expect my clients to conduct legal research on their own. If they want to, that's great. If they don't want to, that's okay too. After all, that's what they hired me to do.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I always review documents prepared by my clients that relate to the case that they hired me to work on. However, my willingness to review documents for a person who is ultimately going to file bankruptcy without an attorney depends on my caseload at the time and the circumstances of the case.

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

I always prepare my clients on what to expect during the bankruptcy process. However, my willingness to "coach" a person who is ultimately going to file bankruptcy without an attorney depends on my caseload at the time and the circumstances of the case.

Lindsay Torgerson

Prior to establishing my firm, I worked for Sonoma County Department of Child Support Services in Santa Rosa from 1998 to 2006, first as a Child Support Officer and later as a law clerk (law student/attorney intern). I worked for the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department from 1997 to 1998. Prior to my governmental employment, I was employed in the finance/banking industry. I have been working since I was 14 1/2 years old.While working for the Sonoma County Department of Child Support Services in Santa Rosa, I was in court constantly. This allowed me to quickly become comfortable arguing persuasively and effectively in front of large groups of people and to judges. I feel that growing up in a single-parent household allowed me to gain valuable insight as to how my clients feel who are facing financial problems. Also, as a divorced mother and a small business owner, I can relate well to many of my clients issues and concerns.I tend to take a more casual approach to my interactions with my clients so that they feel at ease with me, despite their stressful situation. Most people seem to be intimidated by attorneys. I don't believe that I meet the "typical attorney" stereotype. I make great efforts to make sure that my clients are comfortable talking to me. I want my clients to feel welcome to ask any questions that they may have or bring up any of their concerns to me. I am also very thorough and detail-oriented. I feel that it is important to educate my potential clients regarding the different types of bankruptcies available and the process of each. I take the time necessary to properly inform my potential clients and to gather all the pertinent information during our first free consultation.

After consulting, potential clients often tell me that they learned a lot and that other attorneys did not address nearly as many important issues with them. It is my opinion that anything less than a half an hour consultation is a disservice to the potential client. I will never pressure my potential clients to sign a fee agreement. I typically mail or e-mail them a fee agreement after their consultation. I prefer that my clients take the time to properly read the agreement at home so that they know that there's no "hidden charges" lurking within it. The fee quoted in the agreement is valid for 60 days.

Wine Country Family Law & Bankruptcy Office is a LGBT friendly firm.Personal interests: Spending time with my loved ones, including my family and pets, enjoying the beautiful Sonoma County outdoors (I'm a native), snowboarding, motorcycle riding, playing bass guitar in my son's band, listening to music, coaching youth sports, and learning new things.
License
  • Bar Number: 256363
    California , 2008
Education
  • William Howard Taft University
    Juris Doctorate , 2007
    Santa Ana, CA

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