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Firm Overview

We handle all matters of bankruptcy and financial workouts. We do consumer and small business bankruptcies. We handle litigation in bankruptcy courts.

I started a private practice in Casper, Wyoming in 1985. For many years it was a general practice firm with an emphasis on bankruptcy and bankruptcy litigation. In 2008 the firm limited its practice to bankruptcy matters.

Example cases

Due to client-attorney confidentiality, the Law Offices of Patrick M. Hunter does not share information from prior practices.

Main Office

Main
142 N. Park PO Box 337
Casper  WY  82602

Phone
  • (307) 235-1900
Fax
  • (866) 922-3773

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

I will discuss with a client their particular case over the phone without charges, to determine generally what options they have and to make a rough estimate of the fees that I would charge. When I meet with a client for an in office initial consultation I charge $200 for the initial bankruptcy consultation, since I spend 2 to 3 hours with the client.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

I do not have fixed fees, but do flat rate quotes for Chapter 7 cases based upon the complexity of a client's bankruptcy case.

Hourly Rates

$200 in Wyoming; $400 in California.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Additional hours by appointment.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

I have basic Spanish.

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

I find bankruptcy law to be rewarding in the sense that my clients come to me overburdened with debt. I can help them find relief and a future.

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

Clients have the responsibility to know and understand their legal rights before making decisions regarding legal issues. In some circumstances self education is an option; however self education opportunities are limited and usually can only deal with general topics. There is no substitute for good legal advice from an attorney who is experienced in the pertinent field. If a client spends some time on self education concerning the general topics, it will help them better understand the advice that an attorney provides. It also prepares them to ask questions, and frequently will shorten the time required for an attorney to explain things to them.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I will review client prepared documents as a starting point for final document preparation by myself. I will not review documents and suggest changes and modifications for a client to represent themselves.

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

I used to help clients represent themselves in areas of the law other than bankruptcy. Bankruptcy is so specialized that I do not coach clients to represent themselves in my limited field any more.

Patrick M. Hunter

I was an associate with a bankruptcy firm in Cheyenne, Wyoming from 1983 to 1985. From 1985 to 2006, I had a sole practice of law. From 2006 to 2008 I worked for Wyoming Legal Services providing legal service to indigent persons. In 2008 I became associated with the Law Offices of David A. Tilem, a bankruptcy firm in Glendale California. In 2009 I re-opened my sole practice in Wyoming, limiting my practice to bankruptcy work. I am still of counsel with the Tilem firm.

Every experience that I have shapes me in some fashion, hopefully to be a better attorney and person. Perhaps most important is that I treat my clients as people, not just a paycheck. I try to understand their goals, responsibilities, hopes and desires as part of my representation. I empower my clients to make decisions, by not making decisions for them. I try to teach them what they need to know to give them comfort and confidence in their decision making. I help them understand what went wrong the required legal assistance and to take responsibility for their part in their problems and to let go of the parts that they could not have changed.

I treat my clients with respect and dignity. I honor them as people with value. I help clients determine appropriate goals and outcomes and advise them of their options without imposing external values on them. I am creative with solutions for their problems.

Personal interests:

I love to cook, golf, camp, and garden. I like to travel and some day hope to retire in Mexico. I am very family oriented.

License
  • Bar Number: 5-2181
    Wyoming , 1983
Education
  • University of Wyoming, School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1983
    Laramie, WY
    Moot Court - 2nd
  • University of Wyoming
    Bachelor of Science , 1980
    Laramie, WY
    Major in Physics, Student Senate

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