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Firm Overview

Practice is limited to federal law.
Preferred fields are Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy law.

Example cases

U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals, In Re Juarez, Interim Decision No. 3066, 1988
Won a political asylum case on appeal of an unfavorable ruling by the U.S. Immigration Court.

Main Office

Main
1900 North California Boulevard, 8th Floor
Walnut Creek  CA  94596

Phone
  • (925) 287-6491
Fax
  • (925) 287-6492

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes. A free, no-obligation, in-person or telephone consultation of thirty minutes is available.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Chapter 7 cases vary between $1,200.00 and $1,800.00, depending on the complexity of the case.
Chapter 13 cases require a retainer of $1,800.00. The balance of the fee is determined by court rules and is paid over the three to five years of the court determined repayment period.

Hourly Rates

$250.00 to $300.00, depending on the complexity of the case.

Office Information

Office Hours

09:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. Monday to Friday
Emergency After Hours: Evenings

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

English only. Clients with limited English skills may bring an English-speaking friend or relative to our conferences.

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

There are two reasons for my decision.
Firstly, bankruptcy law has a fairly high ratio of successful outcomes compared to many other areas of law practice. Litigation in other fields often results in a win loss ratio closer to fifty percent.
Secondly, I have a degree in mathematics and I worked on complex cases for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service for sixteen years. I found this background to be helpful in bankruptcy practice.

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

I am very much in favor of clients educating themselves on legal issues. It helps the client feel comfortable with the legal process and makes communication with the client easier and more effective.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Yes.

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

No. The necessary coaching would probably take longer than it would take to prepare and file the petition. Bankruptcy is a fairly technical area of the law and there is a higher risk of delays and a greater chance of an unsatisfactory outcome when debtor's represent themselves.

William Drysdale

Estate and Gift Tax Attorney, U.S. Internal Revenue Service, 1991-2007
Various positions in the graphic arts industry

My college major, mathematics, helped me develop a logical approach to problem-solving and my minor, English, helped develop careful reading and clear writing skills, essential attributes for lawyers.
During my sixteen years with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, I developed legal research skills,
wrote case assessments, made oral presentations to small and large groups and negotiated settlements with taxpayers.

I am a good listener. I remain available to my clients throughout the bankruptcy process. I generally return missed calls within 24 hours.

Personal interests:

Photography, domestic and foreign travel, hiking, tennis and pro bono projects.

License
  • Bar Number: 2885
    Montana , 1983
Education
  • Lincoln University Law School
    J.D. , 1983
    San Francisco, CA
  • University of San Francisco
    B.S. , 1970
    San Francisco, CA
    Major in Mathematics
    Minor in English

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