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Posted by Henry, a Chapter 13 client, Flag
I felt lost with my financial issues and knew i needed to get a Bankruptcy but talked to many lawyers i either felt were not helping me or wanted up front Fees for consultation. I went to Mr. Schwitalla's Firm and he treated me well and answered any question i had. He was very clear with me on what he could do for me and took me every step of the way. My Bankruptcy process went fast and flawlessly. Mr. Schwitalla was a pleasure to work with and still checks on me to make sure everything is going smooth on my Chapter 13 Bankruptcy. I strongly recommend his Firm!
Posted by Claudia, Flag
He sat down without rushing or watching his watch every five minutes. He dedicated his 100% attention to my specific situation and counseled me as if I was a friend.
Thanks to Mr. Schwitalla I learned so much and gathered the hard facts about my situation that now I am able to work towards a realistic goal.
I am truly grateful for the time and attention received!
Posted by JACQUELINE, a Chapter 13 client, Flag
MR. SCHWITALLA IS A TRUE PROFESSIONAL, CARING AND WILL NOT STOP UNTIL HE HAS COMPLETED YOUR BEST INTEREST. VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE AND TRUSTWORTH. IF YOU NEED AN ATTORNEY YOU CAN CALL HIM YOUR ATTORNEY. SOMEONE WHO CAN TRULY GUIDE AND REPRESENT YOU WHEN YOU NEED IT MOST. WE FELT HE WAS THERE ALL THE WAY THRU OUR CHAPTER 13, RATHER COMPLICATED, BANKRUPTCY. ALSO HIS STAFF IS FRIENDLY, KNOWLEDGEABLE AND MADE THE PROCESS PAINLESS.
Posted by HAPPY CLIENT, a Chapter 7 client, Flag
Mr. Schwitalla is hands on and no-nonsense yet you get a warm and fuzzy feeling from him. He explains things clearly and accurately. The steps he explains are easy to follow and understand. He tries really hard to speak to Spanish speaking clients and does a great job of it. I have been working with attorneys for almost 18 years and he is one of the best I have come across. He represented my parents and other relatives in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and got a swift and painless resolution. I would wholeheartedly recommend him and call on him again for any future needs.
Posted by Ivette, a Chapter 7 client, Flag
Schwitalla helped me solve a problem 4 years ago. He was extremely professional and honest. His office runs very smoothly and his staff is very polite and helpful. They helped me go through a very difficult process in a very a calm and efficient manner. Recently I visited for advice and once again I received the best service. I highly reccommend Mr. Schwitalla and his office!
Posted by Mari, a Chapter 13 client, Flag
The law firm that had started my bankruptcy had created real problems. One by one James and Kelly unraveled the mess and made the road smooth again. James and Kelly are extremely knowledgeable, reliable, dependable and results oriented. Definately experts in their field. The staff is a genuine pleasure to deal with, especially Maria. The law firm with a heart. They were compassionate and caring every step of the fearful way, giving me confidence, strength and what is more important, a positive financial position in the end. I would recommend the Bankruptcy Law Firm of James Schwitalla without reservation.
Posted by BANKRUPTCY CLIENT, a Chapter 13 client, Flag
PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS AND THE OTHER NEGATIVE REVIEWS (ESPECIALLY THE REVIEW FROM "DON'T RECOMMEND") ON THIS SITE. I EXPERIENCED THE SAME, SCHWITALLA CLAIMS TO BE THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS, HOWEVER, CASES ARE FILED ONLY TWICE A MONTH AND I WAS REPRESENTED BY ANOTHER ATTORNEY, AT THAT! I WAS ADMONISHED FOR ATTEMPTING TO SPEAK TO HIM AND TOLD HE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE CASE AFTER I HAD PAID TO RETAIN HIM. A "BAIT AND SWITCH".
THE OFFICE STAFF (THAT ARE REFERRED TO AS PARALEGALS, NOT TRUE) ARE CONSTANTLY COMPLAINING ABOUT WORKLOAD.
THE ATTORNEY (NOT SCHWITALLA) THAT FILES ALL THE CASES TWICE A MONTH IS ALWAYS STRESSED, IMPATIENT, AND BOTHERED WHEN ASKED QUESTIONS. SHE IS INSULTING, RAISES HER VOICE AND ALWAYS COMPLAINING ABOUT HER WORKLOAD, AS WELL.
MY CONCERN FOR ANY NEW CLIENT IS TO BEWARE. IT'S LIKE A MACHINE AND YOU GET CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE. SCHWITALLA TAKES YOU IN, DUMPS YOU ON HIS SIDELINE, AND THEN YOU'RE STUCK WITH SECRETARIES TO ANSWER QUESTIONS. OR, NO RESPONSE!
GOD FORBID THERE WAS A MISTAKE MADE IN THEIR STRATEGY WITH CREDITORS...WHEN THEIR STRATEGY WASN'T SUCCESSFUL WITH THE CREDITOR, THE BLAME WAS REDIRECTED TO ME AND THEY ATTEMPTED TO BILL ME MORE FOR THEIR MISCALCULATION/ MISTAKE!
PLEASE BE ADVISED TO HIRE AN ATTORNEY THAT WILL ACTUALLY COMMUNICATE, AND REPRESENT YOU RESPECTFULLY DURING SUCH AN IMPORTANT TIME. (NOT PASS YOU ON TO ANOTHER ATTORNEY WITH POOR COMMUNICATION THAT YOU DIDN'T HIRE IN THE FIRST PLACE.) IT WAS AN AWFUL EXPERIENCE.
I PAID FEES FOR AN ATTORNEY THAT I THOUGHT THAT I HIRED TO REPRESENT ME, BUT NEVER DID; A STRATEGY THAT WAS POORLY ADVISED, AND THEN CHANGED WITH STILL NEGATIVE RESULTS. THEY DIDN'T ATTEND HEARINGS THAT WERE COMPLETELY PAID FOR IN 'SAFE HARBOR ATTORNEY FEES', THE BALL WAS DROPPED, AND THE CASE TOTALLY ABANDONED WITHOUT NOTICE ON TOP OF THAT! TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, THEY HAD THE AUDACITY TO FILE A MOTION FOR MORE ATTORNEY FEES, WHEN I HADN'T BEEN REPRESENTED IN ANY HEARINGS THAT WERE PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED. THANKFULLY, THEIR REQUEST WAS NOT GRANTED AND I WAS ABLE TO MOVE ON.
SCHWITALLA'S WEBSITE/ADVERTISEMENT NEGLECTS TO MENTION ANOTHER ATTORNEY THAT WILL ACTUALLY BE HANDLING YOUR CASE. SCHWITALLA IS VERY NICE AND ACCOMMODATING WHEN HE SOLICITS YOUR BUSINESS, HOWEVER, HE IS UNAVAILABLE AND QUITE INSULTING WHEN BOTHERED AFTER HE HAS YOUR BUSINESS AND IS PAID FOR IN FULL.
I HOPE I CAN SPARE SOMEONE ELSE THE SAME. BEWARE AND SHOP AROUND TO COMPARE.
Posted by Jorge, a Chapter 7 client, Flag
Having to file bankruptcy is a life changing experience, it was a long ride but your Mr. Schwitalla's office made it easy for us to deal with it. His staff is highly proffecional and caring and the time we had to go to court with them left us feeling well represented
Posted by a Chapter 13 client, Flag
From the very beginning of my bankruptcy Mr. Schwittalla and his staff guided us through the process in an ethical and professional manner. I had never gone through this before but was initially told what to expect and informed along the way. Going through a bankruptcy is not any easy thing to do, but I am glad that I had the guidance of Mr. Schwitalla and his team.
Posted by OS, a Chapter 13 client, Flag
We picked Mr. Schwitalla to handle our parents Ch. 13 case approximately 3 years ago based on another attorney's recommendation. This turned out to be a great decision.
Mr. Schwitalla proved to be extremely knowledgeable and was able to, with the help of his wonderful staff, guide my parents through the process very efficiently. My wife and I, who helped with logistics as my parents speak limited English, live out of state, yet never had any difficulty securing an appointment with Mr. Schwitalla and/or his staff during our limited visits to Florida.
Since the plan was court approved, a couple of issues arose that required us to reach to Mr. Schwitalla. On each occasion, he personally responded within hours. More recently, a very serious issue arose as a result of retaliatory action taken by one of my parent's former creditors. Mr. Schwitalla provided excellent guidance and was prepared to take legal action should it be required.
All of our experiences solidified my belief that Mr. Schwitalla cares about all of his clients, is extremely professional and just simply great at his job. I would strongly recommend him to anyone seeking assistance during difficult times.
Posted by Mario, a Chapter 7 client, Flag
Mr. Schwitalla is a great lawyer, he knows the system very well, very knowledgeable in his field. I have used him on my Bankruptcy Chapter 7 case and I'm very satisfied, I have referred friends and family to him.
Posted by bradleyj, a Chapter 7 client, Flag
I was very happy with the service from Mr. Schwitalla. He is very helpful, knowledgable and proficient. His office support was just as friendly and helpful. Everyone was very pleasent to deal with and very responsive with all my questions and concerns in a very timely manner. I would recommend Mr. Schwitalla to anyone! And Have!!!!
Posted by Nilka Gomez, a Chapter 13 client, Flag
Excellent attorney and supporting staff. Attorney rates a 10 in knowledge in the field and made me acquire peace of mind. I felt completed confident in his work and reliability. Paralegal Diana was extremely efficent and quick in response. Jacqui and other staff were very courteous and extremely helpful!
Posted by a Chapter 7 client, Flag
This lawyer and his staff are exceptional from day one to last day in court. Very knowledgeable, went to court well prepared and we found no surprises, exactly what he told us will happen, happened. A lawyer to trust!
Posted by thomas, a Chapter 13 client, Flag
While the calamity of our times instill anger, fear, and distrust, this counselor has made a very positive difference in my life twice. Through his expertise and command of his field of practice, Mr James Schwitalla, Esq. has helped me through the worst months of my life. He presented a plan, assissted my progress, spoke in my behalf in court & most of all he enabled me get hold of my life & begin to rebuild it. I finally could sleep at night, the phone calls stopped, & I was able to plan for a renewed future. Then two years later an unethical debt collector began a renewed harrasement & Mr Schwitalla took the issue at hand & calmed my existence again. Thank-you James Schwitalla and all your staff for a job well done and done again in a timely manner & for a reasonable cost. Anyone needing this type of professional management would be well served by contacting Mr James Schwitalla's law offices.
Posted by Masoud, a Chapter 7 client, Flag
James is not just your lawyer, he becomes your buddy. It is almost unreal how much he cares for you. I feel like I have a best friend who is also EXTREMELY knowledgeable in what he is doing.
He took care of my bankruptcy case 2 years ago and can you believe that he still responds to my emails and answers all my questions in such detail that you cannot even imagine! Yes, he becomes really interested in helping you and goes the extra mile to deliver his EXCELLENT service.
I am so thankful to all the service that he has provided to me so far and for ever, I feel that I am indebted to him.
In summary, I enthusiastically recommend James for your bankruptcy cases without any reservation. He is a pleasure to talk to in person and so quick in responding to your emails. You can depend on his VERY strong defense during the court procedure, of course. Last but not least, he provides you with the lowest charges, but at the same time with the greatest and most EXCELLENT service.
Posted by Anajudy, a Chapter 7 client, Flag
There is not enough that I could say about my lawyer James W. Schwitalla if you are looking for someone who has your best interest at heart? He is the esquire that you need, if you want someone to keep you informed? He is your esquire, if you want and need an attorney who will always give you the best advise suited for your dilemma? JAMES W. SCHITALLA is your ultimate lawyer. He will take time out of his busy schedule to answer any questions or concerns that you might have even if your case was already discharged and he was no longer responsible to communicate with you. I trust him so immensely that I have recommended him to my closes loved one my sister and father. And guess what? He is now their attorney. So if you are in dire need of an attorney who is ethical and will take care of you like you were part of his internal family? JAMES W. SCHWITALLA IS YOUR LAWYER!
Posted by Dan, a Chapter 13 client, Flag
James and his staff did everything to prepare me for my Chapter 13 BK. They made it as easy as possible and got me a favorable response from the court. The whole staff is professional and courteous. Because of their wealth of experience, they can handle just about any "unique" part of your case. My wife and I are very happy with their service!
Posted by Connie, a Chapter 7 client, Flag
I found Mr. Schwitalla to be very helpful. He helped me go through a very difficult process in as smooth as can be expected. He was clear in explaining what I should expect and available to answer my concerns. After interviewing and reviewing different attorneys I chose him and that was the right choice.
Posted by Sandra, a Chapter 13 client, Flag
I would like to recommend attorney James Schwitalla without any hesitation to any of you who unfortunately need to go thru the process of a bankruptcy. Althought, this has been a very hard time for my family and I, thanks to his knowledge, experience, patience, and good heart, he has been able to give us peace of mind thru this long process. Our case was filed 20 months ago and although most of our fees were paid to him back then, every time I write an e-mail to him with any concern, he writes back to me immediately, sometimes going out of his way with more information than what I was expecting to receive. I know I am short in words to express my gratitude for all the services that we have received from him and all his staff, but all I can say is that any of you will be in good hands if you choose to hire attorney Schwitalla's services.
Posted by Louis, a Chapter 7 client, Flag
My wife and I went through a very difficult time financially and we searched for legal guidance. We contacted The Bankruptcy Law Offices of James Schwitalla, P.A. and immediately felt a sense of comfort with the staff. We found James Schwitalla to be very knowledgeable and it did not take long for us to realize that we were in good hands. James was an asset to us during a very difficult time in our lives. James assisted us and guided us through legal proceedings in a very professional and knowledgeable manner. It is not every day that you can retain professional service that truly is professional, let alone making their clients feel like they had a trusted confidant in their corner. We would never hesitate to seek his help and guidance in the future should the need arise and we are truly thankful for all that he did on our behalf. Because of his hard work and guidance, we were able to file for Bankruptcy and start again at establishing our credit and financial strength.
Posted by Jan, a Chapter 7 client, Flag
I am still in the bankruptcy process for chapter 7. I had visited with another bankruptcy lawyer who was was an absolute pompass ass who didn't seem very sharp just full of boloney. The bottom line is I left this attorney's office feeling like I was not safe and certainly not in the right hands plus his staff were all 20 year old's non english speaking incompetent children. So, I decided to meet with James Schwitalla based on his record, knowledge and excellent credentials. When we met, he was highly professional and thorough. I had some follow up questions and he responded immediately. Again, being very thorough. He is a top shelf man with strong work ethic and most important I felt like I was definitely in the right hands. Bankruptcy is a serious matter and it must be handled by someone who is extremely competent. You got one shot to do it right. The few staff members I did meet in his office were very nice and attentive, his office environment is comfortable and professional not a meet market like other bankruptcy lawyers. You do not feel like a number, you feel like an individual. I have the utmost confidence my chapter 7 will be successful because of James Schwitalla. All this negative nonsense I have read here from a few people is not true to my experience. You must consider the source. I will come back and update.
Posted by a Chapter 7 client, Flag
All the initials meeting were conducted by his staff paralegals and he on the phone via conference, because he had other cases in court etc., always excuses and no face.
Several meetings later and no show to see his real face.
A day before court hearing I ask their staff secretary for a picture, so I would know how he looks like.
On the day of the hearing for the C7 he sends a colleague because he had court conflicting time.
The staff, in the other hand was very poor and they will make you feel like a criminal not a client when building your case.
As per the fees I guess is lake the old saying you get what you paid for. I regret choosing this attorney for my representations.
Posted by Teresa, a Chapter 7 client, Flag
Professional service, knowledgeable, informed, low key. Mr. Schwitalla and his staff were always buttoned down. I would recommend them to anyone needing their services.
Posted by a Bankruptcy client, Flag
This attorney seemed very knowledgeable, recommended the strategy that seemed to fit our problem. Over a two month period, I evaluated his recommended strategy, tried to make sure he had the facts and we were on the same page before paying his full fee plus costs in advance of proceeding. I had to send multiple emails to get even partial answers but felt OK to go ahead. Two days before the filing and after he his staff processed the papers, he changes his mind, refuses to go ahead with the strategy he recommended and which was the basis of my going ahead and paying the full fee. I ask for a refund of unearned fee citing his contract which states "fee fully earned when paid". I had offered him 50% of his fee even though he didn't file. My only option sue and decided to "move on". My take on this is that he may have too many clients.
Posted by a Chapter 13 client, Flag
My wife and I needed to find a lawyer to handle the troubled situation we were in about a year ago, and we got very lucky when James Schwitalla was recommended to us by another lawyer. After we met we him, we were confident that he and his staff were going to take care of us and our troubled situation. James was very professional and understood, and handled our situation in the best way. His staff were courteous and friendly. James and his staff worked with us on timely manner and helped us get through a very stressful time of our lives. I highly recommend him and his staff.
Posted by a Chapter 7 client, Flag
I retained the services of James Schwitalla and his team to help me out and handle the filing of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. James and his staff provided the necessary information and the compilation of documents was smooth and efficient. The entire process was handled professionally and I was kept informed at every step.
Posted by Joyce & Victor, a Chapter 7 client, Flag
After interviewing a few attorneys for this very troubling situation for my husband and I, I knew after meeting with Jim that he was the one we needed to work with for our case. He is very understanding, gives good sound advice, and his staff is great. So, for anyone else who has to face these hard times, Jim would be the one to help you through it!
Posted by Albert, a Chapter 7 client, Flag
Mr. Schwitalla seemed knowledgeable but his staff is incompetent and it does not seem that he has very much control over them. He seems a little overwhelmed by his workload. I was charged extra fees for a mistake made by his staff and when I complained he forced me to write a written apology before he would continue my case. I kept all the emails and letter. I would not recommend him.
Posted by Armando, a Chapter 13 client, Flag
My wife and I were in seious debt. Our income went only allowed us to pay our debts but we didn't have any money left over to pay for the essentials such as food, gas, etc...It was a really frustrating and sad situation. We explored our options and looked at everything from counseling to debt settlement programs. However monthly payments would turn out to be more than what we could afford. We found Mr. James Schwitalla and from the moment we walked in to his office he made us feel comfortable, explained the whole process to us and told us exactly what to expect. Thier we're never any hidden suprises and a couple of months later we filled for Chapter 13. We are now able to repay some of our debts through Chapter 13 and at the same time save a little bit of money without having to depend on credit at all.
We are lucky and blessed to have met Mr. Schwitalla and his staff. We really don't know what we would've done with out his assistance. Filling BK is not and easy process. But knowing the Mr. Schwitalla is thier during, before and after the fact supporting you and answering any questions you may have makes the whole process less frightning.
Thank you once again for all your help and support.
Posted by Jorge, a Chapter 13 client, Flag
Filing for Banckrupcy is never easy. My wife and I were treated with respect and dignity, the office staff was very sensitive to my wife medical condition, thus acomodating for brakes everytime necessary. Mr. Schwatalla was clear in his statements, without room for doubts and with firm grip on the law. Very reassuring experience.
Posted by a Chapter 7 client, Flag
never answers my calls. kept me waiting once for 30 mins, when i go to his office . he is reading newspaper.