Ross Smith, Attorney At Law

A Bankruptcy Lawyer That Listens - We Care

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Firm Overview

Our firm is dedicated to the delivery of expert legal services to consumers in financial trouble. We offer a full range of services to enable our clients to have the widest possible choice of remedies for their financial problems. Client communication is the key to our firm's culture. We don't just return phone calls, we encourage our clients to call and talk to us about their cases at any time in their representation.

I established this firm in July of 2009 and is one of the few firms in Erie and Huron County, Ohio that specialize solely in financial problems. I am a bankruptcy and consumer attorney of 32 years experience. The firm was built on the idea that clients would be best served by a law firm that is dedicated to personal service and excellent client communication.

Example cases

Crenshaw v. Simione, 1988 WL 49460 (Ohio Ct. App. 9th Dist. Summit County, 1988).

Main Office

Main
1604 East Perkins Ave.
Suite 106
Sandusky  OH  44870

Phone
  • (419) 502-0051
Fax
  • (419) 502-0051

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes. I usually spend about an hour with prospective new bankruptcy clients at no charge.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Almost all of my fees are fixed-price. For example, I do solo Chapter 7 bankruptcies for $800 plus court costs and counseling fees.

Hourly Rates

Not applicable.

Office Information

Office Hours

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

For emergency after hours, please call (419) 352-3281.

Office Manager

Lisa Ryan

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

I speak enough Spanish to get myself in trouble, but not enough to get out of trouble.

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

Solving people's financial problems through bankruptcy and other techniques is very satisfying. People come to my office in very difficult situations. When I get done representing them, they are happy to see how improved their lives are. That makes me feel good about going to work every day.

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

When a client has shown the initiative to educate themselves about their own case, it makes it much easier to talk about the case. So it saves time in discussion and helps us work together effectively.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am willing to review documents prepared by clients, but clients have to understand that at some point a court may require an attorney that reviews documents to appear in court and explain the choices made in those documents.

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

We evaluate each case on its own merits and decide based on the complexity of the case and the client's abilities.

Ross Smith

Previously, I was Managing Attorney of the Sandusky, Ohio office of UAW Legal Services Plan, a large, non-profit law firm, specializing in bankruptcy and consumer law.

32 years of legal experience has certainly improved the quality of my advice. Over the years, I have learned to listen well and also to communicate clearly with clients who do not want to hear legal jargon. Putting myself through college and law school as a truck driver gave me an appreciation of the value of hard work and clear communication.

Our office gives personal attention to every client. All of our staff listen carefully and we make ourselves available for questions as much as possible.

Personal interests:

Skiing, motorcycles and justice.

License
  • Bar Number: 0079786
    Ohio , 2005
Education
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
    J.D. , 1977
    Cleveland, OH
  • Kent State University
    B.A. , 1968
    Kent, OH
    Pre-Law.

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