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Firm Overview

I provide legal assistance to individuals and small business owners in filing bankruptcy.

Example cases

A typical case will involve an individual or a couple who have 1) overextended themselves on their credit cards; 2) been sued by a creditor for non-payment of their obligations; 3) lost a job, becoming unable to make their payments to creditors; 4) been unable to pay on their home mortgage resulting in a Notice of Default / Notice of Sale; 5) become ill resulting in an inability to pay for medical treatment or other obligations; 6) own rental property but have been unable to stay current on the mortgages for the rentals; 7) co-signed on an obligation for another and the other person has stopped paying resulting in an unaffordable payment; 8) had real property foreclosed upon resulting in a deficiency owed to the lender, usually in a large amount; 9) had a vehicle repossessed resulting in a deficiency owed to the lender; 10) any other financial setback which could be alleviated by the discharge of financial obligations.

Main Office

Main
1414 Soquel Avenue
Suite 222
Santa Cruz  CA  95062

Phone
  • (831) 704-7324
Fax
  • (831) 704-7321

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

There is no charge for the initial consultation. The typical initial consultation lasts 30-45 minutes. I troubleshoot the situation and explain the process.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

I charge flat rates for Chapter 7s depending on the complexity of the situation. A simple Chapter 7 for a single person starts at $1500.00 plus costs (filing fee, credit report, required financial classes). By mentioning Nolo, a discount of $75 will be deducted.

Hourly Rates

$350/hour.

Office Information

Office Hours

Appointments are available, in general, Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. I am not available for drop-ins. E-mails are frequently used for communications and are sometimes answered outside of normal business hours.

Office Manager

Marilyn Fitch

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

None.

Other Offices

  • Mailing Address
    P.O. Box 66409
    Scotts Valley,  CA  95067

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

No.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

My office consists of one attorney and one paralegal. Work is divided between us in a manner that facilitates completion and keeps costs down. The fee for the basic work on a bankruptcy is charged at a flat rate depending on the complexity of the situation.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

If complications arise in a case, attempts are made to resolve the conflict short of litigation in the bankruptcy court.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

Pro bono work is accepted through the local bar association.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

My firm offers personalized interactions with clients. I and my paralegal respond quickly to clients' needs and take the time to keep the client fully informed of the status of the case and any expected or unexpected developments.

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

Bankruptcy law is vast and confusing, touching on virtually every other field of law. I have found that many clients come into my office having spent considerable time researching bankruptcy on the internet and other places. Even in those cases, these clients frequently have misunderstandings about the law or the process of bankruptcy. This makes sense since bankruptcy law is fragmented over multiple jurisdictions, and the rules will be different not only from state to state, but even courtroom to courtroom. That is why it is important to hire a local attorney who is familiar with the courts that the client will be dealing with. I take the time to answer all of my client's questions.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

No. By the time the review is completed on an hourly basis, it will usually cost more than if the attorney took the case on the usual flat fee basis and prepared the case himself.

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

No. I believe that clients are best served by hiring an attorney who is aware of the details of the situation and takes responsibility for the entire case.

Preston Brahm

I was admitted to the California Bar in 1977. I have handled a wide variety of cases over the years, and have been specializing in bankruptcy since 2009.

My office consists of one attorney and one paralegal. Work is divided between us in a manner that facilitates completion and keeps costs down. The fee for the basic work on a bankruptcy is charged at a flat rate depending on the complexity of the situation.

License
  • Bar Number: 70248
    California , 1976

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