Practice is limited to federal law.
Preferred fields are Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy law.
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.
1900 North California Boulevard, 8th Floor
Walnut Creek CA 94596
Yes. A free, no-obligation, in-person or telephone consultation of thirty minutes is available.
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.
$250.00 to $300.00, depending on the complexity of the case.
09:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. Monday to Friday
Emergency After Hours: Evenings
English only. Clients with limited English skills may bring an English-speaking friend or relative to our conferences.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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