I opened up my solo practice in 1993. I started filing bankruptcies in 1997. By 2003, I began to limit my practice to bankruptcy. I feel like I have always represented those down on their luck, helping them to get a second chance. I have filed about 1,000 bankruptcy cases in my career.
Filing bankruptcy for individuals and small businesses is all I do. I help people get relief from crushing debt so they can get a breath of fresh economic air and start over when their finances become too much for them to bear. I help people save their homes, cars, wages, marriages and maybe their lives. I really believe that. Bankruptcy gives desperate people some breathing room by stopping all collection activity by any creditor.
I take pride in ensuring the thoroughness and accuracy of my client's bankruptcy petitions, which is important both to comply with the law and to protect my clients. My staff and I work hard to get things right the first time. Hard work before filing bankruptcy leads to less work after filing when it is sometimes too late to stop the consequences of pre-filing errors. While I have filed bankruptcies in Missouri, I currently only file them in Kansas.
I have helped people keep their home by stopping foreclosures by filing a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, sometimes stopping the sale of a home the day before the sale. Some of these 13 filers have been able to keep their home and not have to pay their second mortgage, though the amount owed on the first mortgage was more than the home was worth. I have helped people discharge substantial tax debts that they thought they would never be free of. I frequently represent small business owners who need the protection of bankruptcy, who go on to continue running their business.
7920 Conser Street
Overland Park KS 66204
Yes, which involves a 30 minute meeting with staff and a one hour meeting with the attorney.
I charge a flat fee of $1,600 for legal fees for the typical Chapter 7. There are additional fees when the debtors are below median income, have rental properties, or have been self-employed in the last six months.
A Chapter 13 usually costs at least $3,000 for legal fees. Each Chapter has additional costs for filing fees paid to the Court and counseling fees which run from $348 to $393.
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$200 an hour for attorney time.
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Evening appointments available Monday and Thursday.
I chose to exclude criminal defense from my practice to focus exclusively on bankruptcy in 2003. I ultimately prefer bankruptcy as it allows me to provide fairly quick resolution to really large problems and can have life changing effects.
A well-educated client is easier to represent. I am always trying to get potential clients to read my "frequently asked questions" handout before we meet so they can have a head start. I have had clients tell me this handout gave them more information about bankruptcy than the attorneys they had already spoken to. People do need to be careful that the information they are receiving is from a knowledgeable source and not something heard through the grapevine, keeping in mind that bankruptcy laws changed dramatically in 2005.
We are always reviewing documents prepared by clients, as we have a 15 page set of worksheets that clients complete. We also have a list of documents we need the clients to provide. We then carefully review the worksheets and then the final petition with the clients prior to filing to ensure that it is thorough and accurate.
I will not do this, as bankruptcy is simply too complicated to try to complete with just a few hints and suggestions.
Right out of law school I served as a Public Defender in Wichita, Kansas for one year before transferring to the Public Defender in Johnson County, Kansas for an additional two years. I then opened my solo law practice. I have tried over thirty felony jury trials.
I understand what it is like to have crushing debt and not enough income to handle it from early in my career as a public defender and then starting out as a solo practitioner. After talking to over one thousand debtors, I have learned many tricks of the trade, such as knowing what questions to focus on with my clients before filing their petition. I know that the things my clients do not want to tell me are often the most important things they need to tell me. I know how important it is to listen to my clients about what is important to them, while also helping them make very difficult decisions.
I have substantial experience in listening to clients, reviewing financial numbers, and discussing solutions with the client so the client can decide what they want to do. I am compassionate about my clients' fears, needs, desires and concerns, while helping my clients make difficult decisions that are in their best interest. I am not just trying to help my clients get rid of their debt. I am trying to help my clients understand how they got to their current situation and how to avoid the same situation in the future.Personal interests:
My wife and I have two daughters, ages 11 and 13. I enjoy playing disc golf, which is much like ball golf, only it is easier to find your disc. I enjoy fantasy football.
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