Law Offices of Phillip Myer

Law Offices of Phillip Myer

Bankruptcy, Immigration and Civil Litigation Attorneys with over 100 Years of combined Legal Experience!!!

Firm Overview

At the Law Offices of Phillip Myer, APC, we are fully prepared to fight for the consumer whenever he or she is in need of legal protection. We always attempt to bring business organizations and the consumer together to come up with a compromise and mediation-driven solution that benefits everyone. When a fair settlement cannot be reached, however, we are ready for the good fight ahead. Our hardworking, skilled attorneys have decades of combined legal experience and will go above and beyond to get you the results you're looking for.

Main Office

Upland Bankruptcy Attorney - Upland Immigration Attorney
1869 W. Foothill blvd

Upland CA 91786

Phone

(855) 391-3091

Fax

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes, we offer free consultations.

Office Information

Office Hours

M-F 8a 7p | Sat 8a 5p

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

English, Spanish

Bankruptcy

Chapter 7 - Chapter 13 - Chapter 11 - Credit Card Debt - Medical Bills

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Credit Card / Medical Bills Many hardworking, honest people from all walks of life run into seemingly unmanageable financial difficulty through absolutely no fault of their own. A challenging divorce, job layoff/termination, or costly medical expenditures can rapidly push you over the financial edge. You may despairingly think to yourself, "How will I ever manage to eliminate this debt and get back my cherished financial stability and freedom?" While you may be feeling somewhat hopeless, this apparently unending hardship does have a viable solution. By working with our bankruptcy lawyer around Rancho Cucamonga and Ontario to file for Chapter 7, you can get significant debt relief, stop the awful threat of foreclosure or repossession, and find yourself with more disposable income to spend. The Law Offices of Phillip Myer, APC has the best bankruptcy attorney near Upland CA who can help you successfully take back control of your financial future. We will carefully evaluate your particular situation in a free consultation and determine whether it is right for you to file under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13. Both options may free you from your debts and give you the fresh financial start you need. Chapter 7 in particular is ideal for those that require a new financial beginning yet do not have significant assets. In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the bankruptcy trustee will cancel many or all of your debts. Most property owned by Chapter 7 debtors is either exempt or otherwise worthless for raising money for the creditors. Few debtors have to surrender property, but in some rare instances the trustee may also sell some of your property to repay creditors. A Chapter 7 bankruptcy takes between four and six months and usually requires one trip to a trustee hearing with your attorney present. If you have any secured debts, including houses and automobiles, you can keep the property so long as you continue making your payments after filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The first step to a Chapter 7 is determining whether you are eligible based on your income. To determine whether you qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you measure your current monthly income (the average of your income from the last 6 months) against the median income for a family of your size in California. If your income is higher than the median, you must pass the means test to qualify for Chapter 7. With a Chapter 7 bankruptcy you will be able to: Eliminate your mounting credit card debt Eliminate taxes owed that are more than 3 years old*** Eliminate medical and other unsecured debts Free up income that had previously gone toward payments on your credit cards Keep your house, car and personal possessions if you are current in your payments for them Begin the process of rebuilding your credit score Get the fresh financial start in life you deserve ***Whether your taxes can successfully be discharged depends on your individual circumstances. We will need to evaluate your particular tax situation to make a proper determination. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Restructuring Debt Filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy with the help of our bankruptcy lawyer around Upland is an extremely powerful way to protect yourself as a borrower and allow for an essential restructuring of your numerous financial obligations. Bankruptcy has the added benefit of preventing creditors from taking action by imposing a legal protection called the "automatic stay," which immediately stops most creditors from trying to collect on the unpaid debt. This means that, at least temporarily, creditors cannot foreclose on your home, take your car, empty your bank account, garnish your wages, or cut off your utilities. If you have a pending foreclosure sale on your home, filing for bankruptcy will automatically postpone that sale. In the case of a successful Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceeding, you as the debtor will have a span of several years in which to make up for any mortgage payments that remain overdue. Second liens on your residence can be eliminated if such liens are deemed to be "under water" and the home is worth less than the obligation secured by the first trust deed. By bringing "motions to value," the Law Offices of Phillip Myer, APC can also assist you by reducing the mortgages on rental properties to the current market value of the rental real estate.

Immigration Law

Citizenship - Deportation Defense - Employment-Based Petitions - Family Petitions - Investor Visas - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) - U-visas, T-visas, and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Self-Petitions - Temporary Protected Status

Citizenship Applications We can help you successfully apply to become a United States citizen. Family-Based and Spousal Petitions Many immigration cases involve a U.S. citizen or green card holder applying to bring a family member to live in the United States permanently. These applications are often used to reunite families or keep families together. They allow parents to apply for their children, children to apply for their parents, siblings to apply for each other and spouses and fiancs to apply for their significant other. There are even special processes for international adoptions. Even though these are the most common kinds of applications, no two cases are the same. This makes it important to understand how certain facts will impact your application. For example, it is important to know if your immigrant relative has ever entered the United States before as well as how they entered. Did they enter as a tourist and pass through inspection, or did they sneak across the border without inspection? It is also important to know if your immigrant relative has a criminal history. There are also medical and financial details that can have an impact on your application. For example, a medical exam is a necessary part of the process, and the petitioner has to meet a minimum income requirement. These are just some examples of relevant information that can impact an application's success or failure. Employment-Based Petitions There are visas available for highly skilled jobs as well as for unskilled labor. As examples, visas are issued for foreign company transfers to U.S. offices, performers, actors, artists and athletes. Investor Visas Investor or entrepreneur visas can lead to obtaining a green cardnot just for the investor, but for the whole family. This type of investor visa is called and EB-5 visa, and it requires at least a $500,000 investment in a U.S. business. Depending on the business, a larger investment may be required. There are other visasE-1 and E-2 visas, that involve investment in, or creation of, a new business. The size of investment under these programs must be "substantial," but what is substantial depends on the business itself. Temporary Education Visas There are visas that allow an immigrant to enter the U.S. temporarily for the purpose of obtaining an education. Immigrants can apply for an F-1 or M-1 visa if they are enrolled full-time in a qualifying academic program at a school approved by the Student Exchange Visitors Program. There are also language and financial requirements which must be met. These visas are available to both academic students and vocational students. Deportation Defense The other part of our immigration system is Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This is the part of the system that apprehends and deports immigrants. Just like with the criminal justice system, it is important to understand your rights in the event you are arrested or detained by immigration. For instance, you are not obligated to sign anything, and are often entitled to an attorney. Also, many immigrants are unaware of the fact that they are entitled to a hearing before a judge prior to removal or deportation. Most people assume they have no rights. That is not the case. It is also important to know that you aren't out of options just because you have a notice to appear in immigration court. There are special forms of relief from removallike cancellation and withholding of removal. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Another form of relief from deportation is called deferred action. On June 15, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security announced a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It is commonly known as DACA or Deferred Action for Dreamers. Under that programs, individuals who entered the United States prior to their 16th birthday could obtain protection from deportation and authorization to obtain lawful employment for a period of two years. This program does not grant lawful status, but it does afford protection from removal based on unlawful presence. On November 20, 2014, President Obama made an announcement extending the period of deferred action from two years to three, and broadening the programs so that more people were eligible. He did this by changing the length of required continuous physical presence and eliminating the maximum age requirement. During the same announcement, President Obama announced a second program called Deferred Action for Parental Accountability. This new program has not taken effect yet, but it will allow parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to request deferred actions and employment authorization if they can meet the program requirements involving criminal background and continuous presence. If approved, applicants will receive deferred action and employment authorization for three years, and this deferred action will be renewable for additional time.

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

Phil Myer is the lead bankruptcy attorney at Phillip Myer, APC. He has represented clients in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 cases for over 15 years. Phil is directly involved in stopping foreclosures and working out repayment plans on his clients' homes through the use of the bankruptcy laws. Over the years, he has helped many people get the fresh financial start they needed. He spends much of his time personally handling his clients' cases and appearing for them in court.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others?

Phil has previous experience running his own law practice and also worked for many years in small firms in the San Gabriel Valley. He has over 30 years of experience practicing law in the Los Angeles area. Phil received his J.D. degree from Loyola University School of Law, Los Angeles. Prior to law school he received his B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

At the Law Offices of Phillip Myer, APC, we are fully prepared to fight for the consumer whenever he or she is in need of legal protection. We always attempt to bring business organizations and the consumer together to come up with a compromise and mediation-driven solution that benefits everyone. When a fair settlement cannot be reached, however, we are ready for the good fight ahead. Our hardworking, skilled attorneys have decades of combined legal experience and will go above and beyond to get you the results you're looking for.

Phil Myer

Law Offices of Phillip Myer

Phil Myer is the lead bankruptcy attorney at Phillip Myer, APC. He has represented clients in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 cases for over 15 years. Phil is directly involved in stopping foreclosures and working out repayment plans on his clients' homes through the use of the bankruptcy laws. Over the years, he has helped many people get the fresh financial start they needed. He spends much of his time personally handling his clients' cases and appearing for them in court.

Phil has previous experience running his own law practice and also worked for many years in small firms in the San Gabriel Valley. He has over 30 years of experience practicing law in the Los Angeles area. Phil received his J.D. degree from Loyola University School of Law, Los Angeles. Prior to law school he received his B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison.

When not practicing law, Phil spends his time in activities through his church, volunteering his time in charitable work, and singing in his church and community choirs.

License

Bar Number: 73645
California, 1977

Education

Loyola University School of Law
JD,

University of Wisconsin Madison
BA,

Richard McFarlane

Law Offices of Phillip Myer

Richard A. McFarlane, J.D., Ph.D., is a seasoned legal professional handling litigation matters for the Law Office of Phillip Myer, APC. Dr. McFarlane received his JD from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, California, and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Riverside in the legal history of the Western United States. Dr. McFarlane is a member of the bar of the states of California and Utah, of the United States Supreme Court, of the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, of the United States District Court in the Central and Southern Districts of California, of the United States Court of International Trade, and of the United States Tax Court.

Dr. McFarlane is the author of several articles on the law, legal history and legal ethics. He is also the author of The Only-Two-Party System: Why Third Parties Are Unconstitutional. He is a visiting adjunct instructor in the Law and Society Program at UC Riverside.

Significant Cases:

Alvis v. Espinosa, 181 L. Ed. 2d 976, 80 U.S.L.W. 3425 (2012).

Gore v. Yolo County District Attorney's Office, 213 Cal.App.4th 1487 (2013)

License

Bar Number: 155199
California, 1991

Education

Southwestern University School of Law
JD,

University of California at Riverside
Ph. D,

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