I've found it very satisfying to help people get a fresh start. Anyone can suffer a setback that puts them in a tough financial position and I truly understand that. Illness, disability, divorce and unemployment all contribute to financial distress, and these events can occur without warning. I do not feel that people should have to choose between paying their debts and putting food on the table for their families. When the law can work against you, it will, so why not use the law to your advantage when possible?
Managing my own solo practice gives me the ability to be flexible in many ways. If meeting in my Elizabeth office is inconvenient for you, I can meet you in my satellite office in Woodbridge. If a big job proves too costly, I can arrange to do the work in smaller pieces or discuss payment plans. Whatever the issue is that arises, there is always a workable solution. The BEST way to reach me is always text or e-mail.
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I try to make the process as simple as possible. I have developed a tried and true method of collecting documents and information in a quick and orderly manner so that I can minimize headaches and delays for the client.
I also make myself available by cell and e-mail so that my clients can reach me any time, with a question or concern.
In addition to my legal degree, licensing and 10 years of experience, I receive 12 hours of continuing education each year. I also read and follow numerous legal publications to stay on top of all the latest law and cases.
I set my rates based on the amount of time I anticipate that I will spend to bring a matter to a successful resolution for my client. While some attorneys do charge less, they often don't handle their client matters, personally. Rather, they rely on paralegals to do the majority of the work. Bankruptcy, in particular, can have devastating consequences if not handled properly (loss of income or property, fines and penalties, even jail time). I believe my clients deserve my personal attention, which necessitates slightly higher fees.
I've practiced in other areas of law and found that none of them allowed me to help people as much as bankruptcy. In business disputes, even if we settle, everyone has had to give up something they wanted. In divorces, forget it, everyone is miserable and emotional. But at the end of a bankruptcy, my client has a clean slate and gets a second chance to get their financial affairs in order. Without a doubt, I make a comfortable living from my practice, but bankruptcy has by far been the most fulfilling.
My average client is a hard-working person who has been met with unfortunate circumstances. Sometimes their spending got away from them, and other times they have been faced with a real tragedy. Whatever brought them to file bankruptcy, they all have one thing in common: they need a second chance. Without any judgment, I help my clients obtain that goal.
Attorneys provide services in very sensitive and often personal situations. You should trust the person who is going to guide you through the legal process. Take the time to ask questions and satisfy yourself that the attorney you hire has your best interests in mind.