DeMott Law Firm, P.A.

DeMott Law Firm, P.A.

Breathe Again

Firm Overview

I represent clients with a variety of financial problems. I provide both bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy options to clients, depending on the client's unique circumstances. My focus is on tailoring my approach to my client's needs.

Example cases

I have handled over 1,000 bankruptcy cases in my career, but one of the most satisfying cases I ever handled was one in which I represented an elderly man and his wife. They were having financial problems, and the man found it hard to come to grips with the fact that he needed to file bankruptcy. He was over 70 years old and, understandably, wanted to make it through life without having to file bankruptcy. However, his business was failing, and there were really no other meaningful options for him. He continued trying to save the business and to avoid bankruptcy, despite my advice. He eventually had a heart attack. Finally, he took my advice and filed bankruptcy. His debts were discharged, and I could see the weight lift from his shoulders. It was very satisfying to see the bankruptcy system save someone's life by eliminating financial stress.

Main Office

Main
P.O. Box 50370 1516 Trolley Road
Suite 100A
Summerville SC 29485

Phone

(843) 695-0830

Fax

(843) 408-4443

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes. I offer a free initial consultation. Normally, this lasts for up to an hour. I want to be able to help the client before I begin charging or quote a fixed fee.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

I quote a fixed fee for each case. Each case is unique. I offer a discount to clients who find me through my Nolo listing.

Hourly Rates

$250.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Office Manager

Kim Coulter

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Bankruptcy

Foreclosure

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

I find bankruptcy law interesting and enjoy helping people with financial problems.

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

I believe clients should understand the legal issues they face. For this reason I write articles on bankruptcy law for Bankruptcy Law Network as well as for my own bankruptcy blog, The Charleston Bankruptcy Blog.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

All this really depends on the document and the type of case. I welcome client participation in the case and view the attorney-client relationship as a joint effort.

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

I would only recommend that for small claims proceedings.

Russell DeMott

DeMott Law Firm, P.A.

I have been in private practice since 1995. Prior to that, I was a law clerk for Judge Harry A. Beach in Allegan, Michigan, for two years.

I have a real-world perspective on representing those with financial problems. I have a wife and three children. I understand financial stress is horrible and can negatively affect a client's marriage, his relationship with his children, and job performance. I've represented ordinary folks with sometimes extraordinary financial problems since 1995.

During law school I worked for Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee Robert F. Anderson in Columbia, South Carolina. I have also represented bankruptcy trustees during my practice.

I always try to make clients feel relaxed and at home in my office. I never want them to feel like I am judging them. I always try to match the solutions I offer to the client's unique needs. Also, I do not "sell" bankruptcy. Instead, I try to come up with appropriate solutions--both bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy--to my client's particular needs.

I tend to be very direct with clients. I believe clients appreciate honesty and want to know the truth about their situation.

Personal interests:

I enjoy spending time with my family. I also like reading, hiking, writing, and skeet shooting.

I am also on the Board to Children in Crisis, a child advocacy center in Summerville. My firm works with a different charity each month at our monthly charity luncheons we host. We do this to give back to our community.

License

Bar Number: 73937
South Carolina, 2005

Education

University of South Carolina School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 1993

Russell DeMott

DeMott Law Firm, P.A.