Fairwood, Washington Bankruptcy Lawyers

Jessica N. MacGill
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Washington Bankruptcy Lawyer with 16 years experience

Hamline University School of LawMinnesota and Washington
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Erin Lane
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Get help now! Free consultation, experienced representation in bankruptcy cases.

I'm an experienced Seattle metro area bankruptcy lawyer and am dedicated to helping my clients get out of debt. I handle all Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases and I provide guidance at each step of the bankruptcy process. Read More »
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Jason S. Newcombe
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Free consultation, knowledgeable representation in bankruptcy and debt cases.

I'm an experienced bankruptcy lawyer and help clients to file and successfully complete the bankruptcy process. My practice includes Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 and I can help you determine which is best for your situation. Read More »
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Renton, WA Bankruptcy Lawyer with 20 years experience
(253) 444-5660 14201 SE Petrovitsky Rd
Renton, WA 98058
Bankruptcy, Business and Real Estate
Renton, WA Bankruptcy Lawyer with 27 years experience
(425) 235-2665 15826 SE 180th Ct
Renton, WA 98058
Bankruptcy, Business, Criminal and Estate Planning
Renton, WA Bankruptcy Lawyer with 18 years experience
(206) 729-4777 707 Grady Avenue South
Renton, WA 98058
Bankruptcy and Real Estate
Bernadette Joseph
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Renton, WA Bankruptcy Attorney with 13 years experience
(206) 439-1860 14900 Interurban Ave. S.
P.O. Box 88814
Renton, WA 98138
Bankruptcy, Business, Estate Planning and Foreclosure Defense
Darcel Lobo
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Normandy Park, WA Bankruptcy Attorney with 10 years experience
(206) 408-8158 19803 1st Avenue S.
Suite 200
Normandy Park, WA 98148
Free ConsultationBankruptcy, Estate Planning and Real Estate
Seattle University School of Law
Darcel Lobo has served Normandy Park and the surrounding area’s legal needs since 2009. After working with other firms, she founded to better serve her clients. Darcel was born and raised in the area and is a graduate of Seattle University and Seattle University School of Law. She is admitted to practice in Washington, as well as in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Darcel prides herself on her legal work, bringing practical solutions to real-life issues and helping clients plan for their financial future. She provides legal guidance in real estate matters and bankruptcy as...
Christopher Mulvaney
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Bellevue, WA Bankruptcy Attorney with 16 years experience
(425) 649-1190 14205 SE 36th St Ste 100
Bellevue, WA 98006
Free ConsultationBankruptcy and Estate Planning
Gonzaga University School of Law
Christopher S. Mulvaney, owner of MULVANEY LAW OFFICES, PLLC since 2008, is a proud graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law (Cum Laude - 2002). Mr. Mulvaney was admitted to the Washington State Bar (#33595) in 2003. Mr. Mulvaney is a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. MULVANEY LAW OFFICES, PLLC is a debtor bankruptcy and estate planning law firm.
Jessica N. MacGill
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Seattle, WA Bankruptcy Lawyer with 16 years experience
(855) 923-3283 10700 Meridian Ave N
#109
Seattle, WA 98133
Free ConsultationBankruptcy
Hamline University School of Law
Matt Iwama
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Kent, WA Bankruptcy Attorney with 14 years experience
(253) 520-7671 333 5th Ave S
Kent, WA 98032
Free ConsultationBankruptcy, Immigration and Real Estate
Concord Law School
As a small business owner, I have worked with many professionals, including lawyers. Through my experience with lawyers, I became intrigued by the highly litigious role of the attorney in our society. Like doctors who use preventive medicine to help their patients avoid sickness and disease, lawyers can help their clients avoid unnecessary hardships. Lawyers help direct their clients to prevent personal and property damage or mitigate larger losses by directing them towards the proper course of action. Like preventive medicine, preventive law is more cost-effective than going through litigation. Most of what we really need to know in life cannot...
J. David Huhs
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Bellevue, WA Bankruptcy Lawyer with 13 years experience
(206) 745-2044 5806 119th Ave SE, Suite A #288
Bellevue, WA 98006
Bankruptcy, Business and Real Estate
University of Oregon School of Law
Dave's practice includes the representation of companies, homeowners associations, contractors, landlords/tenants and individuals in civil litigation, transactional matters, and bankruptcy.
Horace Lee
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Seattle, WA Bankruptcy Attorney with 15 years experience
(206) 406-3943 P.O. Box 28247
Seattle, WA 98118
Bankruptcy, Business, Civil Rights and Consumer
Seattle University School of Law
John Ferguell
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Kent, WA Bankruptcy Attorney with 22 years experience
(206) 575-1401 555 West Smith Street, Ste. 106
Kent, WA 98032
Bankruptcy, Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
My practice is devoted exclusively to family law. I know how emotional litigation and negotiations can be. I'll help you make good choices especially when the process is taxing.

I stay current in family law and precedents. So I'll make you aware of every legal advantage open to you in plain terms.

I'm a resourceful attorney. I consider all available legal avenues, including mediation and arbitration. So you get a fair ruling at the lowest cost.

Call me for a phone consultation now, free of charge, to put your mind at ease, and find out how to get the fair treatment you deserve.
David H. Fuller
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Kent, WA Bankruptcy Lawyer
(206) 789-8751 1316 Central Ave S.
Suite 102
Kent, WA 98032
Free ConsultationBankruptcy and Criminal
Patricia Army
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Bellevue, WA Bankruptcy Attorney with 22 years experience
(206) 619-2335 4957 Lakemont Blvd. SE, Suite C-4 #133
Bellevue, WA 98006
Bankruptcy and Real Estate
Matt Iwama
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Kent, WA Bankruptcy Lawyer
(253) 656-4851 333 5th Avenue South
Kent, WA 98032
Bankruptcy, Estate Planning, Probate and Real Estate
Jason S. Newcombe
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(844) 925-2943 10700 Meridian Ave N
#108
Seattle, WA 98133
Free ConsultationSeattle, WA Bankruptcy Lawyer with 22 years experience
Bankruptcy, Consumer, Criminal and Foreclosure Defense
Boston College
We are a dedicated team of legal professionals who are here to help you in your time of need and crisis. Our Washington State lawyers have the resources, the knowledge, and the experience to assist you with your legal matter in our practice areas.
Gordon Charles Webb
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(877) 800-1007 4005 20th Ave W
#110
Seattle, WA 98199
Free ConsultationSeattle, WA Bankruptcy Attorney with 26 years experience
Bankruptcy, Insurance Claims, Maritime and Personal Injury
Tulane University School of Law and University of Idaho College of Law
Gordon Charles Webb is recognized by the American Society of Legal Advocates as one of the top 100 Litigation lawyers in the State of Washington. He is also one of the principal founding members of Seattle Maritime Attorneys and Webb Law Firm, a specialized firm with offices in Bellevue and Seattle. Gordon is licensed to practice in all State and Federal Courts of the State of Washington. He holds a Master's Degree in Maritime Law from Tulane University Law School, and has represented hundreds of clients in personal injury, wage claims, bankruptcy claims and other matters involving...
Barry W. Davidson
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Seattle, WA Bankruptcy Lawyer with 42 years experience
(844) 624-4600 1700 Seventh Avenue
Suite 2100
Seattle, WA 98101
Free ConsultationBankruptcy
Gonzaga University School of Law
Mr. Davidson represents financially distressed individuals and businesses in bankruptcy proceedings, including complex Chapter 11 reorganizations. Barry also serves as a state court receiver, and represents other parties that serve as a receiver. Mr. Davidson has additional significant experience representing commercial borrowers and guarantors in the negotiation of loan restructurings and workouts. Although a Chapter 11 bankruptcy attorney at heart, Barry’s practice is focused on resolving troubled debt outside of court whenever possible. If a restructuring can’t be accomplished in the best interests of the borrower or guarantor, Mr. Davidson has the experience and background to go the distance...
Richard Symmes
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Seattle, WA Bankruptcy Attorney with 11 years experience
(206) 682-7975 1001 4th Ave., Suite 3200
Seattle, WA 98154
Free ConsultationBankruptcy, Business, Entertainment & Sports and Foreclosure Defense
University of Washington School of Law and The University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Richard J. Symmes, Esq. is a Seattle native and the managing attorney at Symmes Law Group, PLLC. Mr. Symmes currently focuses his practice on bankruptcy and debt settlement matters and is an experienced bankruptcy advocate, having filed and prepared hundreds of bankruptcy petitions prior to starting his own firm. Mr. Symmes is also well versed in business, trademark, and sports and entertainment matters. Prior to forming Symmes Law Group, PLLC Mr. Symmes was an associate attorney at two respected law firms in Denver, Colorado where his practice primarily involved bankruptcy, business and insurance defense. While in law school Mr. Symmes...
Erin Lane
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(855) 923-3283 10700 Meridian Ave N
#109
Seattle, WA 98133
Free ConsultationSeattle, WA Bankruptcy Lawyer with 9 years experience
Bankruptcy
Western Washington University
Erin Lane is one of the founding partners of Washington Law Group. She is caring, compassionate, and devoted to her clients. She came from a working class background and understands that money doesn't grow on trees. This is part of why she ended up thriving in her bankruptcy practice. She loves helping good people get back on their feet.

She thrives on helping honest and hard-working folks, who, often through no fault of their own, suddenly find themselves falling on hard times. Bankruptcy is one of the most powerful financial tools on the planet. And, Erin knows the bankruptcy code like...
Edgar Hall
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Seattle, WA Bankruptcy Lawyer with 11 years experience
(206) 535-2559 2611 NE 113th St., Suite 300A
Seattle, WA 98125
Free ConsultationBankruptcy, Collections, Consumer and Foreclosure Defense
University of San Diego School of Law
My practice is focused is focused on resolving debt issues, protecting assets, and litigation regarding the same for individuals and small to mid size businesses. Prior to founding Washington Debt Law, PLLC, I worked at one of the largest creditor side law firms, representing financial institutions in bankruptcy, eviction, foreclosure, and litigation matters.

Having both creditor and debtor side experience brings a nuanced approach in dealing with creditors as I am familiar with their tactics, budgets, resources, and how best to find an effective approach. Our major solutions focus on litigation, settlement, bankruptcy, and out of court...
Aaron Nielson
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Redmond, WA Bankruptcy Lawyer with 16 years experience
(425) 533-4476 8201 - 164th Ave NE # 200
Redmond, WA 98052
Free ConsultationBankruptcy, Criminal, DUI and Foreclosure Defense
Oklahoma City University School of Law
Before he began his career as a criminal defense lawyer, Aaron served as a criminal prosecutor for 5 years. Aaron has handled thousands of cases and more than 200 trials before a judge or jury. He has trained prosecutors and police officers on wide range of issues. As Aaron transitioned from working as a prosecutor to private practice, Judges that he had previously appeared before asked him to represent certain clients as a public defender. Aaron continues to take on new clients that are facing all types of criminal charges. With the economy being hard on everyone, Aaron started handling bankruptcy...
Minh T Tran
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Seattle, WA Bankruptcy Lawyer with 10 years experience
(206) 467-1785 1904 3rd Ave, Ste 930
Seattle, WA 98101
Bankruptcy, Collections and Personal Injury
University of Washington School of Law and Michigan State University
Mr. Tran is a graduate of the University of Washington (B.A.), and Michigan State University College of Law (JD). He is licensed to practice law in the State of Washington, as well as both Western and Eastern Federal Districts of Washington. Mr. Tran has represented hundreds of clients before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Chapter 7 and 13. His primary practice entails: bankruptcy, debt relief, business, and landlord-tenant. Mr. Tran also speaks Vietnamese
Jacob DeGraaff
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Seattle, WA Bankruptcy Lawyer with 14 years experience
(206) 330-0595 1833 N. 105th St.
Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98133
Bankruptcy
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
A native of Lynden in Whatcom County, I have spent my career representing ordinary citizens, small business owners, and consumers in Washington in bankruptcy and civil cases. My primary focus is Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases involving rental properties, developers, and small business, although I am experienced in many areas of debt and consumer law. I am a 2001 graduate of Western Washington University in Bellingham, and received my law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego in 2005. Prior to cofounding Henry DeGraaff & McCormick, I worked in general practice at Libey, Enley, Esser & Nelson...
Lisa S Tse
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Bellevue, WA Bankruptcy Lawyer with 8 years experience
(425) 559-0636 40 Lake Bellevue Drive Suite 100
Bellevue, WA 98005
Free ConsultationBankruptcy and Foreclosure Defense
Washburn University School of Law
My name is Lisa S. Tse and I was born and raised in Moses Lake, WA. I moved to Bellevue, WA for high school and attended the University of Washington at Seattle, WA. I went to Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, KS. This was the same alma mater that my father went to as an undergraduate. My father was an art professor at the local community college for 30 plus years. Growing up in a small town, living in a growing mid-size town, and then moving to the midwest, I have seen how Americans live and lead their...
Brian Louis McCormick
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Seattle, WA Bankruptcy Attorney with 19 years experience
(206) 330-0595 1833 N 105th St, Ste. 200
Seattle, WA 98133
Free ConsultationBankruptcy and Foreclosure Defense
Seattle University
Having worked as an attorney in the Puget Sound region for the past twelve years, Brian McCormick has spent his career working with a wide range of clients. Brian spent the early years of his career defending citizens in criminal matters. After moving into private practice, he focused on assisting individuals and small businesses achieve their business objectives. Brian is a 1997 graduate of the University of Washington, and received his law degree from Seattle University School of Law in Seattle in 2000. Prior to cofounding Henry, DeGraaff & McCormick, P.S., Brian worked as General Counsel and Director of business strategies...
Shashi Vijay
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Issaquah, WA Bankruptcy Attorney
(425) 557-4305 22525 SE 64th Street, Suite # 249
Issaquah, WA 98027
Free ConsultationBankruptcy, Business, Collections and Estate Planning
Seattle University School of Law
Shashi Vijay founded VJ Law Firm, PLLC with the vision of helping individuals and small-businesses with their legal needs, by partnering closely in understanding each client's unique situation and formulating solutions in an expeditious manner. She has over five years of legal experience and has counseled clients in areas of consumer bankruptcy, business formation, real estate and estate planning. Shashi provides probono services to local non-profits through Washington Association of Community Organizations and serves the needs of low-income clients by vounteering at various Eastside neighborhood clinics. She also assists homeowners in protecting their homes by volunteering at the Northwest Justice...
David A. Kubat
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Seattle, WA Bankruptcy Lawyer with 35 years experience
(888) 545-8394 2634 Thorndyke Avenue W. #201
Seattle, WA 98199
Free ConsultationBankruptcy, Business and Personal Injury
Tulane University School of Law and Willamette University College of Law
I have been practicing bankruptcy and personal injury law in Seattle for over 31 years. I have helped over 5000 individuals get debt free or receive fair compensation for their personal injuries.
John Tollefsen
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Seattle, WA Bankruptcy Attorney with 45 years experience
(206) 624-5300 800 5th Avenue, Suite 4100
Seattle, WA 98104
Bankruptcy, Appeals, Business and International
Suffolk University, Willamette University and University of Washington School of Law
John is a international lawyer with multiple post graduate degrees from both U.S. and European schools. He is a certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Controls Specialist. He has extensive multifaceted experience in business law and litigation.
Christopher Benson
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Federal Way, WA Bankruptcy Attorney with 28 years experience
(253) 815-6940 1814 S 324th Pl.
Federal Way, WA 98003
Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Nursing Home
University of Puget Sound
Eric Engel
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Seattle, WA Bankruptcy Lawyer with 15 years experience
(206) 625-9800 600 University Street, Suite 1904
Seattle, WA 98101
Bankruptcy, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Foreclosure Defense
Washington State family lawyer handling divorce, child custody, and other types of family law cases in the Seattle, Washington area.
Fred Martens
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Bellevue, WA Bankruptcy Attorney with 9 years experience
(206) 300-2733 14040 NE 8th St.
Suite 211
Bellevue, WA 98007
Free ConsultationBankruptcy, Business and Consumer
Seattle University School of Law
The Law Office of Fred Martens offers consumers and small business clients effective legal representation with personal service in the following practice areas: Consumer Law & Debt / Collections Defense; Chapter 7 & 13 Bankruptcy
Ken Tsiprin
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Bellevue, WA Bankruptcy Lawyer with 12 years experience
(425) 454-6277 11033 NE 24th St
Suite 200
Bellevue, WA 98004
Free ConsultationBankruptcy, Business, Criminal and DUI
University of Washington School of Law and Thomas Jefferson School of Law
BIO- Tsiprin Law Firm, PLLC is managed by Ken Tsiprin. Prior to opening Tsiprin Law Firm, PLLC in 2008, Ken was an attorney for K&L Gates LLP (33 offices located on three continents) and took part in representation of Microsoft, Delta Airlines, T-Mobile, among other. Ken is a graduate of the University of Washington (B.A. in Economics, 2002), Thomas Jefferson School of Law (Juris Doctorate, 2006). He is a member of The Washington State Bar Association (WSBA), The American Bar Association (ABA), Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, and The King County Bar Association. Ken has...
Darrel Blaine Carter
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Bellevue, WA Bankruptcy Lawyer with 28 years experience
(425) 283-0432 11400 SE 8th St, Suite 235
Bellevue, WA 98004
Free ConsultationBankruptcy and Tax
Georgetown University Law Center and Gonzaga University School of Law
Darrel B. Carter is a founding member of CBG LAW GROUP, PLLC.

Mr. Carter has a bankruptcy and tax practice. One particular focus is on bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy resolution of federal and state tax controversies including audits, appeals, litigation and collection matters.

Prior to becoming a member of CBG LAW GROUP, PLLC, Mr. Carter practiced at TAX ATTORNEYS, INC. in Bellevue, Washington where his practice consisted of bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy tax controversy resolution. Prior to working for TAX ATTORNEYS, INC. Mr. Carter was employed as a contract attorney with the firms of Boelter & Gale and Bogle & Gates in tax and...
Reed Yurchak
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Bellevue, WA Bankruptcy Lawyer with 13 years experience
(425) 941-6659 40 Lake Bellevue Dr. #100
Bellevue, WA 98005
Bankruptcy, Appeals and Criminal
University of Oregon School of Law
Scott Weitz
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Kirkland, WA Bankruptcy Attorney
(425) 889-9300 5400 Carillon Point
Building 5000
Kirkland, WA 98033
Free ConsultationBankruptcy, Business, Estate Planning and Foreclosure Defense
University of Washington School of Law and Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
Dorothy Ann Bartholomew
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Tacoma, WA Bankruptcy Lawyer with 28 years experience
(253) 922-2016 5310 12th St E
Tacoma, WA 98424
Bankruptcy
Seattle University School of Law
Dorothy Bartholomew is a bankruptcy attorney based in Tacoma, WA who has filed over 7500 bankruptcy cases. Ms. Bartholomew has been practicing law since 1991. She is committed to helping you as an individual, or you and your family, achieve a fresh start by alleviating your financial burdens. Bankruptcy can be a very difficult time; you need an experienced expert “to navigate you through the bankruptcy process”. Because every bankruptcy is unique, Ms. Bartholomew offers a FREE consultation to discuss your individual needs. Her firm is close-knit; priding itself on offering its clients empathy, personalized service, and a...
Stuart Kastner
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Seattle, WA Bankruptcy Lawyer with 33 years experience
(206) 448-8100 1601 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2500
Seattle, WA 98101
Bankruptcy, Business, Collections and Foreclosure Defense
Seattle University
Seth Alan Rosenberg
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Seattle, WA Bankruptcy Lawyer with 10 years experience
(206) 407-3300 500 Union Street
STE 510
Seattle, WA 98101
Free ConsultationBankruptcy, Administrative and Employment
University of Washington School of Law
Seth Rosenberg is the Managing Member of the Rosenberg Law Group, PLLC, a law firm that operates throughout Washington and Oregon. Seth focuses on administrative law, representing clients in over a hundred adjudicative hearings for professional licensing disciplinary actions and social security and unemployment benefit denials. Seth also has a strong background in Chapter 7 bankruptcy and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases, employment-related issues, and general civil litigation. Seth has appeared in front of the Washington State Supreme Court in Kumar v. Gate Gourmet, where he successfully argued for the extension of the duty of employers to accommodate their employee’s sincerely...
Adria Vondra
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Redmond, WA Bankruptcy Lawyer
(425) 629-6398 8201 164th Ave NE, Ste 200
Redmond, WA 98052
Free ConsultationBankruptcy, Estate Planning and Tax
University of Washington School of Law and Seattle University School of Law
Our firm is committed to providing access to legal services for all income levels and we work with each client individually to determine how to best fit their needs.
Justin Mishkin
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Seattle, WA Bankruptcy Attorney with 12 years experience
(206) 838-8118 2033 6th Ave, Suite 828
Seattle, WA 98121
Free ConsultationBankruptcy, Collections, Foreclosure Defense and Landlord Tenant
University of La Verne College of Law
Justin Mishkin received his undergraduate degree from University of Washington, with certificates in Political Science and Economics. After undergraduate school, Justin attended law school at University of La Verne College of Law, a small private law school in Southern California. While in law school Justin spent two years at a family law clinic donating his time to helping those who could not afford to pay for legal representation. While at the legal clinic, Justin helped to prepare hundreds of family law petitions. After law school, Justin served as general counsel for a company that...
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Considering Bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy law allows debtors, who are unable or partially unable to pay outstanding debts, to rid themselves of these debts and obtain a fresh start. Both federal and state laws can affect a debtor seeking to file for bankruptcy, and an attorney can help you understand how state and federal bankruptcy laws apply to you.

If you are struggling with high debt, receiving calls from creditors or collection agencies, or facing foreclosure, garnishment of wages, or repossession of property, filing for bankruptcy may provide you with solutions.

Bankruptcy lawyers offer legal advice and services during a financial crisis. In total, there are six different types of bankruptcy. For persons seeking debt relief, one option is Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which provides for liquidation of the debtor's non-exempt assets. Another popular option for individuals is Chapter 13, which allows for management and reduction of debt through payment plans. Corporations and partnerships filing for bankruptcy often choose to file under Chapter 11, which provides for supervised reorganization of the business.

Experienced bankruptcy counsel can help you evaluate whether you should pursue a bankruptcy as well as the Chapter under which to file. Bankruptcy lawyers can also help end harassing phone calls from debt collectors and evaluate available legal options when facing a home foreclosure.


Automatic stay: An injunction that automatically stops lawsuits, foreclosures, garnishments, and most collection activity against the debtor the moment a bankruptcy petition is filed.

Unsecured claim: A debt for which credit was extended based solely upon the creditor's assessment of the debtor's future ability to pay, rather than on a special assurance of payment.