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Firm Overview

From our founding in 1977, we have focused on meeting the legal needs of businesses and individuals. Our attorneys and staff continue to follow these basic principles: 1) treat your clients with respect; 2) listen to their concerns with care and compassion; and 3) work with them to develop cost-effective solutions to their problems.

We have developed a well-known bankruptcy practice that focuses on helping individuals with Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 filings, helping businesses with Chapter 11 filings, and helping creditors protect their rights in the bankruptcy process. In addition, our attorneys focus on other civil matters and commercial matters such as:

Main Office

Main
1200 South Avenue
Suite 201
Staten Island  NY  10314

Phone
  • (718) 442-4424
Fax
  • (718) 273-4847

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes, I offer a free initial consultation. I spend as much time as is necessary to develop a custom list of options for each client. Usually this ranges from 1 to 1.5 hours. We also provide a free follow up meeting if required.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Chapter 7 fees generally range from $2,500 to $3,500 depending upon the complexity of the case. Where there is a high amount of debt or a problematic matter, a success fee will also be charged. We focus on providing the highest quality legal services, and always structure affordable payment plans for fees. Our philosophy is that filing for bankruptcy in the federal court is a serious matter, which should not be undertaken without extensive preliminary investigation and analysis due to the potential risks and traps for the unwary. Too often, people only think of the opportunity to discharge credit card debt without fully analyzing the way a Trustee will view the facts. We attempt that analysis before it is "too late," and counsel our clients as to various bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy options.

Hourly Rates

$350 for partners; $300 for other attorneys.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday and Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday through Thursday we have evening hours from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Office Manager

Kasey

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

Spanish

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

It was purely by accident, how I got into bankruptcy, but I truly enjoy the work I do.

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

I believe self-education is always a starting point for an intelligent consumer prior to entering into a legal matter, to help identify and evaluate options. Nevertheless, it is always dangerous going it alone, since hidden traps are not readily apparent to the inexperienced.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Client-prepared documents are valuable for the limited purpose of stating in plain English what a client's objectives are. They should be used as a guide in drafting enforceable legal documents, not as the operative legal documents themselves, because they may overlook critical legal issues.

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

I don't think it is wise. Either you are represented by a lawyer or you are not. Lawyers must recognize that they must operate in partnership with a client, but should not abdicate their responsibility to perform legal functions, and thereby leaving their clients at risk.

Paul M. Hollender

I have worked for the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, as a Confidential Law Assistant.

I have found in life that people are often faced with not-anticipated and sometimes life-changing events caused by circumstances beyond their own control. Moreover, the occurrence of such difficulties crosses all socio-economic sectors: nobody is exempt from these forces. Recognizing this enables me to have true empathy for all my clients, and motivates my work.

Our firm motto, "We listen

License
  • Bar Number: 1092402
    New York , 1976
Education
  • University at Buffalo Law School
    J.D. , 1975
    Buffalo, NY
  • State University of New York
    B.A. , 1971
    Buffalo, NY
    Student coordinator for international students. Organized first "Walkathon" in a major city in the US, with 20,000 walkers raising funds for various charities.

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