Walden, Goodhart, Harden & New, LLC

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Firm Overview

Your case is as individual as you. From the scope and complexity of the facts and legal issues involved to the outcome you'd like to achieve, your case comes with its own unique set of needs. If you're facing legal problems, you need an attorney who will take the time to understand your situation and concerns. You need someone who will outline your options to determine which will best fit your specific needs, and will work diligently and competently toward achieving your optimal outcome.

Walden, Goodhart, Harden & New is a full service law firm serving clients in metro Atlanta, and throughout the State of Georgia. We specialize in providing personalized legal counsel and representation to individuals and businesses in the areas bankruptcy, consumer debt, and immigration. At Walden, Goodhart, Harden & New, we are dedicated to crafting legal strategies that are thoughtful, effective, and unique; just like you.
Main Office

Walden, Goodhart, Harden & New, LLC
315 Ponce de Leon Ave #757
Decatur  GA  30030

Phone
  • 404-884-8315
Fax

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Consumer debt services (including filing for bankruptcy) and immigration services. An agreement is provided outlining the specifics and the costs for any additional services (hourly or flat rate), if needed.

Bankruptcy
When faced overwhelming debt, the law provides various solutions to relieve the burden. Bankruptcy is a good solution for a lot of people, but not everyone. We will look at the specifics of your case to determine if bankruptcy is the best option.
CONSUMER DEBT
At some point, everyone feels financial pressure and strain. Whether it's a job loss, an unexpected repair bill, or just needing a little extra cash, we all find ourselves getting behind in our bills from time to time. At Walden, Goodhart, Harden & New, we understand financial setbacks and we seek to help those under the crushing burden of debt. As one size does not fit all, we take a holistic approach to our clients' financial needs and find ways to alleviate the stress. Problems and solutions can range from unlawful creditor harassment, to creditor negotiation, to mortgage assistance, and even to chapter 7 or 13 bankruptcy. Regardless of your need, we will find the right solution to your financial problem so you can sleep again.


Bankruptcy
Bankruptcy is a very powerful tool that can help someone with a number of different debt issues. While there are certainly downsides to filing for bankruptcy, it does not signal the end of your financial existence, and in fact can solve certain debt problems in ways that no other avenues can. Upon reviewing your situation, an attorney at Walden, Goodhart, Harden & New will advise you on whether bankruptcy is a good option for you. If it looks like a good option, the attorney will advise you on the differences between chapter 7 and chapter 13 in depth and assist you in determining which is the best option based on your specific situation.

As a brief overview, chapter 7 bankruptcy is ideal for individuals whose main concern is their unsecured debt, such as unsecured credit cards and other common bills. Though not guaranteed, it is often possible to keep your home and vehicle in a chapter 7 as long as your payments are current. The entire process generally takes 4 to 6 months to complete.

Chapter 13 bankruptcy is ideal for individuals who may be behind on their vehicle payments or house payments. Chapter 13 is a repayment plan than can often pay off the vehicle, pay off mortgage arrears, and pay off or discharge other debt through a monthly payment to a bankruptcy Trustee. Based strictly on how much debt is required to be repaid and the length of time it takes to pay it, this monthly payment amount is sometimes lower than a client's current car payment giving the client a little more breathing room each month. The entire process generally takes 3 to 5 years to complete.

There are a number of other relevant factors, benefits, and drawbacks to filing for bankruptcy. At Walden, Goodhart, Harden & New, we will take the time to discuss these with you in more detail and demonstrate how they apply to your particular needs.


Creditor Harassment
Not all creditor contact is harassment. But there are strict laws governing the ways in which companies can collect debt from individuals and sometimes a debt collector will overstep these bounds. Some of these limits include clear indications that a letter or phone call is an attempt to collect a debt, limited number of phone calls, limited times during which calls can be made, and so forth. If appropriate, Walden, Goodhart, Harden & New will take the time to analyze your particular debt situation to see if any such violations have occurred and assist you to end the harassment.


Creditor Negotiation
Often times some debt problems that seem overwhelming can be handled through negotiation. If appropriate, an attorney from Walden, Goodhart, Harden & New can help determine if reaching out to creditors and attempting to settle or restructure a debt is a good first step to take. This is best utilized when dealing with only one or two creditors. If the number of creditors climbs, the amount of debt is too high, or the creditors are unwilling to work with a client, it might be in the client's best interest to move toward more aggressive means of dealing with debt, such as bankruptcy. Our firm is dedicated to helping clients at all stages of the debt cleanup process, including creditor negotiation and bankruptcy.
Immigration Law
The immigration laws affect a lot of individuals in the metro Atlanta area. However, there is never a solution that will be right for everyone. We will look into the specifics of your situation and develop a plan for meeting your immmigration needs.
IMMIGRATION
Trying to navigate the U.S. Immigration system can be a daunting task. The laws are highly complex, and can change quickly. The attorneys at Goodhart & New have extensive experience handling a wide variety of Immigration matters. Whether you're an individual looking to start a new life in the U.S. with your family, or a business looking to bring on new talent, we have the expertise and dedication to help you navigate each step of the process


Business Immigration
At Goodhart & New, we understand that immigration can be an ongoing process. We take the time to understand our clients' businesses as well as their specific needs, and we counsel them regarding the best short and long-term visa strategies. We provide services for a wide range of business immigration matters, including H-1B specialty occupation visas, treaty investor visas, intracompany transferee visas, PERM applications and other types of nonimmigrant and permanent residence strategies.

We represent corporate clients across the country in all phases of the hiring and transfer of foreign nationals to the United States. We also represent individuals who can self-sponsor based on their extraordinary abilities or investment in the U.S. Regardless of whether you need a visa for a temporary business stay, or are looking to pursue a path to residency, the attorneys at Goodhart & New are dedicated to ensuring that you have the support you need to see your goals realized.


Family-based Immigration
There are few, if any, things in life more important than family. At Goodhart & New, we represent individuals seeking to sponsor the immigration of close family members such as a spouse, fiance, parent, sibling, or child. We can assist you in a wide range of family immigration and related matters, including fianc visas, adjustment of status for a spouse or other immediate relatives, protection of status during divorce, deferred action (DACA) applications, and U.S. citizenship and naturalization.

We understand how important family-based immigration matters can be. One misstep could delay or destroy your family's chances of a secure life in the United States. At Goodhart & New, we pride ourselves on the level of support we provide to our clients at each and every step of the immigration process. We not only treat each case with the utmost level of expertise, we make every effort to ensure that we remain available to provide timely updates and answer any questions that may arise during the process.

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

CONSUMER DEBT AND BANKRUPTCY
Carson Walden has been a bankruptcy attorney for years. During that time he filed more than 300 cases and was able to help a lot of burdened people deal with their debt problems. This is very rewarding and he is always pleased when he receives a handshake or hug from individuals thanking him for the relief they received. He knows from experience how difficult and stressful dealing with personal debt is.

Carson has now expanded his practice to cover additional solutions for debt problems that are less severe than bankruptcy. This way he hopes to help more people find the solution to their problems that really fits. Bankruptcy can solve a lot of problems, but it has its drawbacks, and there may be better ways to handle debt.


IMMIGRATION
Peter New has been an immigration attorney for years. He enjoys assisting families navigate the difficult maze the U.S. Immigration system, as well as helping businesses make sounds decisions in company immigration matters.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

Carson and Peter had very similar law school education experiences. Namely, both served on the law journal, and both graduated cum laude and second in their respective class divisions. Both have proven to be very competent, knowledgeable, and thoughtful attorneys with a strong law educational background.

Further, we have had the experience of working closely with some very good attorneys and learning, first-hand, how the law works to the advantage of clients. We have also seen where things can fall apart and we know the pitfalls to avoid.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

We don't believe in pigeon holes. As stated before, one size does not fit all. Consumer debt and immigration law are areas that tend to have multiple solutions to clients' needs, and we enjoy helping our clients determine which solution is right for them.

Our clients appreciate our open and honest nature, as well as our no-pressure office atmosphere. If we cannot help someone because their issue is outside of our practice or jurisdictional areas, we will be honest with them and advise them (if possible) on what steps they should take to find someone who can help.

Carson Walden

I am an experienced bankruptcy attorney having worked with one of the top bankruptcy firms in the state, Robert J. Semrad & Associates as an associate attorney. I started with Semrad & Associates in 2012 before starting Walden, Goodhart, Harden & New in 2014.

Prior to my work as a bankruptcy attorney, I worked as a criminal defense and domestic relations attorney. While I enjoyed this work, I soon found that I desired to help people in the more commonly shared struggles of personal finance. Like everyone else, I face financial hardship at times as well. It was in the practice of bankruptcy that I discovered the power that the law had to help individuals with a myriad of problems centering around their debt. I now seek to use this knowledge, experience, and law to help people resolve their debt issues, whether it be through working things out with creditors all the way up to and including filing for bankruptcy.

Previously, I served as an immigration paralegal in Nashville, Tennessee for several years. My focus was on assisting various high-end entertainers from around the world enter the United States to perform their art. I also handled other business and family immigration matters, including filing for Lawful Permanent Residence and Citizenship. I found this work to be very rewarding as well, and I enjoyed helping individuals solve their immigration needs. As such, I have partnered with an experienced immigraiton attorney, Peter New, so we can offer valuable and much-needed immigraiton services to metro Atlanta.

I obtained my Juris Doctorate from Atlanta's John Marshall Law School in 2011, graduating second in my class. During my time there I received awards and scholarships for both academic and extra-curricular work. I participated in Moot Court and published an article in the school's Law Journal while serving as an Editor for the journal. While in law school, I interned with the Georgia Innocence Project and the Fulton County Solicitor's Office, and I tried my first case under the Third Year Practice Act.

In 2011, I was sworn in to the Superior Court of Georgia, and in 2012 I was sworn into the United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia.
Education
  • Atlanta's John Marshall Law School
    Juris Doctor , 2011
    Graduated cum laude, second in his class. Won the award for Best Oralist in the Georgia Intra-State Moot Court Competition in 2010. Published "Senate Bill 36: Local Board of Education Code of Ethics" in the John Marshall Law Journalin 2010.
  • Trevecca Nazarene University
    Bachelor of Science , 1999

Peter New

Peter came to Atlanta to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. After graduating from Georgia Tech, Peter worked in the product development field while attending law school at night. He graduated cum laude from John Marshall Law School, where he served as Editor of the John Marshall Law Journal.

After passing the Georgia Bar Exam, Peter worked at a boutique immigration law firm, where he handled a variety of immigration-related legal matters. He additionally has experience assisting individuals and businesses with a variety of civil, criminal, and commercial matters.
Education
  • Atlanta's John Marshall Law School
    Juris Doctor , 2011
    Graduate cum laude
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    Bachelor of Science , 2005

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