Harrington, Gilleland, Winstead, Feindel and Lucas

Firm Overview

Main Office
Harrington, Gilleland, Winstead, Feindel and Lucas
1410 Elm Street
Sanford  NC  27330
  • (919) 776-4131

Office Information

Office Hours
Available Monday through Friday as well as weekends and evenings by appointment.
Emergency After Hours

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

I saw a great deal of injustice being done to people in debt trouble. I wanted to help them get back on their feet and get a fresh start. I also try to educate my clients so they will not fall into debt traps in the future.

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

I think it's a great idea for potential clients to learn about the terms and concepts in bankruptcy before coming to an attorney -- as long as it is from a reliable source. However, it's important for people contemplating bankruptcy to take legal advice only from an experienced bankruptcy attorney who has information about his/her financial situation. It's important to ignore stories that friends and family may tell you about their experiences with bankruptcy because the facts of their bankruptcy will have involved different treatment due to different financial issues.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I'm willing to review a Motion to Continue a State Court action and information clients prepare to better help me understand their finances. However, the drafting of bankruptcy petitions, Chapter 13 plans and motions should be left up to the attorney.

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

Even experienced attorneys who don't regularly practice bankruptcy law are ill-equipped to deal with the bankruptcy courts. The bankruptcy laws and state exemption laws are such that it is not in a client's best interest to represent him or herself in bankruptcy court.

Sara Harrington

Prior to becoming a lawyer, I worked for several non-profits in the Triangle area and also in the public relations and marketing arena. While in law school I interned with the Edmisten Law Firm in Raleigh. After law school, I worked part-time with the Edmisten Law Firm as I started my own law practice. I ran my own bankruptcy practice for two years, but after my husband was pulled out of work due to a severe workers compensation injury, the fledgling law practice was unable to support us and I had to close it. I then went to work for a large law firm in the Research Triangle Park. After the Federal Bankruptcy laws changed, it was difficult for me to find work and I worked contract jobs for a variety of law firms (I believe this helped prepare me for what many of my clients are going through during this recession).

I believe the hardship that my husband and I experienced in the first four years of our marriage helped me understand my clients' situations much better. I can now relate to clients dealing with a seriously ill relative, workers compensation, unemployment, limited income, debt collectors and a variety of other situations that I could never have imagined before.

I think it's important to get to know my clients and I spend a portion of the initial consultation listening to them talk about their situation. I dress casually to make people feel comfortable despite the uncomfortable situation. I think one of my strengths is that I fight for my clients and I don't shy away from difficult cases, but view them as a puzzle to be solved.

Personal interests:

I'm interested in promoting sustainability and stewardship of our community. I also enjoy working to help local people in financial crisis; whether it be through Jobseekers, volunteering on a committee to provide shelter for the homeless, or helping local businesses succeed.

  • Bar Number: 28565
    North Carolina , 2002
  • Campbell University School of Law
    J.D. , 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    Campbell Law Observer Case Summary Writer, 2000 to 2001

    Campbell Law Observer Advertising Manager, 2001 to 2002

    Law Library Assistant, 2000 to 2002
  • Wake Forest University
    B.A. , 1994
    Winston-Salem, NC
    Major in English/Minor in Art; Old Gold and Black Writer, 1990

    Assistant Entertainment Page Editor, 1991 to 1992

    Entertainment Page Co-Editor, 1992 to 1993

    Perspectives Page Editor, 1993 to 1994

    Photographer for Campus Publications, 1992 to 1994

    Intern at Greater Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, 1991

    Intern at Ralph Simpson Public Relations Firm, 1992

    Docent at Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 1994.

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