Los Angeles Bankruptcy Lawyer
Welcome to the website of the Law Offices Of Hagen & Hagen. Please feel free to view my informative videos and navigate your way around our site as you gather information about the bankruptcy process. I'm Jeffrey Hagen and I'm an attorney specializing in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 consumer bankruptcy representing primarily individuals and small businesses throughout the counties of Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Luis Obispo. We understand that the road that brought you to your search for a bankruptcy attorney was a very bumpy and pretty scary one. You're likely frightened, intimidated, perhaps embarrassed, and no doubt feeling overwhelmed. But there is a way out--there are real solutions--and the good news is, you've already taken the first and most important step toward solving your financial problems: you've recognized your need for some help, and you're visiting our website. The dread of potentially losing your home, the incessant harassment from creditors, the lawsuits, wage garnishments, bank levies--we understand how stressful they are and the damage they can cause to your health, your work performance, your marriage, and your reputation in the community. We can help in a very tangible way.
Most attorneys wouldn't dream of giving you specific legal advice in a website, but I'm going to do just that: meet with a qualified bankruptcy attorney immediately. Don't put it off another day. The sooner you consult with a qualified bankruptcy attorney, whether it's me or someone else, the sooner you will have an effective game plan for resolving your financial woes, and the sooner that game plan can be implemented. There may very well be strategies that take time to implement, such as assets to sell, businesses to wind down, lawsuits to resolve, and transactions that need time to age. Waiting not only prolongs the agony, but can potentially complicate your bankruptcy case and leave you with fewer effective options.
SO WHY AM I THE ATTORNEY WITH WHOM YOU SHOULD CONSULT?
1: You Need Someone Who Is Experienced. My entire legal career has been devoted solely to the practice of consumer bankruptcy law. My father, Earle Hagen, practiced bankruptcy law for over forty years, and I'm proud to have been his partner from the day I became an attorney in 1989 until his passing in 2008. You're undoubtedly being inundated with all sorts of conflicting advice from relatives, friends, co-workers, spiritual advisors, friends of relatives, relatives of friends...well, you get the picture. One tells you to save the home, another urges you to sell while you still can, and no doubt some knucklehead is probably telling you to burn the house down and collect the insurance funds. Knowing what to do, or even to whom to listen can be awfully confusing. Thank your friends and relatives for their input, but come meet with me, an experienced bankruptcy professional.
2: You Need A Specialist. I'm certified as a specialist by the State Bar Of California and the American Bankruptcy Board Of Certification and have been ever since certification was first introduced in 1994. I am also a CPA. What this means to you is that I am uniquely qualified to analyze your situation, design a solid game plan, implement that game plan and shepherd you through the highly complex bankruptcy process safely. If you had a complex medical condition, you'd insist on seeing a specialist, right? You wouldn't want to see a general practitioner, or a doctor who only dabbles in that sort of medicine. It's the same when it comes to bankruptcy. There are many attorneys who know a little about bankruptcy--I often say they know enough to be dangerous--but you want, and need, a specialist.
3: If You Come Aboard, You Get Me. I'm the one with whom you'll consult, I'm the one that will input your data and prepare your papers from start to finish, I'll be the one who appears with you at your meeting of creditors and any required court hearings, and I'm the one who will be answering your questions throughout your case and beyond.
4: You Want To Pay A Reasonable And Fair Price. Understandably, you're considering filing bankruptcy, so resources are limited, and the price being quoted by prospective attorneys is going to be an important factor when making your selection. We recognize that you're hiring us to help you solve financial difficulties, not make them worse. Probably not too surprisingly, the fee charged for a bankruptcy depends on the chapter of bankruptcy you file as well as the complexity of your financial circumstances. If your case appears fairly routine, the cost is going to be less than if you own multiple properties or have multiple businesses, or other facts that would make preparing your papers more time-consuming. Many attorneys charge to meet with you and assess your financial situation--I do not. Most of those attorneys who offer a no-charge initial consultation have you meet with a paralegal or assistant and maybe give you ten or fifteen minutes of their time. If you schedule a no-charge in-person or by-phone initial consultation with the Law Offices Of Hagen & Hagen, you will meet with me, and I'll take whatever time it takes--usually sixty to ninety minutes--often more--to thoroughly assess your financial situation, educate you on how the bankruptcy process works, explain to you your various options, make recommendations in writing, and quote you a reasonable fee, also in writing. Unlike many attorneys, I don't believe in nickle and diming you every time you have a question. My theory is that I'd much rather have you ask a question and by doing so avoid a complication in your case, than to be reluctant to ask such a question out of concern that you'll be charged additional fees. Admittedly, we're probably not the least expensive shop in town. But I guarantee you that we're not the most expensive either. It's really quite simple--like in any industry, you get what you pay for. Attorneys that quote the lowest fees are undoubtedly delivering the weakest product. We're surmising that you're willing to pay a reasonable fee for a bankruptcy that is prepared thoroughly and properly.
5: You Want Convenience. We recognize that filing bankruptcy is akin to having root canal, so my staff and I endeavor to create a relaxed, comfortable environment for our clients. And although I encourage you to come to meet with me at my home office in Woodland Hills, both the initial consultation and the follow-up meeting to complete the papers can be done by phone, e-mail, fax and mail if you so desire.
6: You Want The Truth. I practice law the way I try to live my life--by the golden rule--treating my clients the way I would want to be treated--with dignity, understanding and compassion. If bankruptcy is an unwise idea, or there are better nonbankruptcy alternatives available, I'll be the first to tell you. We can't wave a magic wand and solve all of your financial woes. We can't put food on your table, find you employment, or double your earnings. But what I can do is listen to your situation, identify all of your available options, make suggestions, and help you utilize the tool of bankruptcy carefully and creatively so that we can get your life back on track.
7th and finally: I'm Very Good At What I Do. My approach to representing my clients successfully is simple: be very thorough and very careful. My reputation in the industry is that I am meticulous and detailed. I know all of the judges, all of the bankruptcy trustees, and virtually all of the attorneys who represent your potential adversaries. I know what they're looking for. I know what raises red flags. I know how to avoid the numerous traps for the unwary. I know how to successfully navigate you, your home, and your other assets, through the shark-infested bankruptcy waters.
The sooner you call us, the sooner you can take a deep breath, exhale, relax, and probably for the first time in quite awhile, get a good night sleep knowing you have a game plan. Please feel free to view my informative videos and navigate your way around our website, and if you're so inclined, give us a call and schedule a comprehensive, no-charge in-person or by-phone initial consultation.