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Richard Earl West

also known as Rick West, Richard West

 This lawyer has been disciplined by a state licensing authority.

Practice areas:

Bankruptcy & Debt, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Settlement, Foreclosure

About Me

Rick West is not your typical lawyer. He knows what it’s like to be in debt, hounded by his creditors and sued for bills he could not pay. Although he always helped consumers with difficult debt problems since he started practice in 1986, he had a horrible accident in 1993 and broke his back after falling off of his rooftop. He could not work for months, and had to close his law practice while, literally, he “got back on his feet.”

As a result, he had to live on credit cards, pay his mortgage and feed his family with borrowed money. He was unable to pay his bills and – eventually – got sued by attorneys he knew.  They would not work with him.  They did not care about him, or his family. They wanted money he could not pay.  It was devastating.

In time, Rick did get back on his feet, and was able to pay the creditors.  But the experience changed him forever and he vowed to devote the rest of his professional life to helping good, hard-working people who, through no fault of theirs, could not pay their bills.

He closed his general practice, and began to specialize in debt relief.  He became one of only a handful of attorneys in Ohio who are board certified in consumer bankruptcy, and he is also a certified consumer credit counselor as well as an accredited debt arbitrator and debt workout specialist, certified by the IAPDA.  He is the only attorney in Ohio to hold all of these certifications. He has lectured widely to attorneys across Ohio on bankruptcy law, and has appeared on numerous television programs as a bankruptcy specialist.

Rick understands the importance of credit.  His firm is the only firm in Ohio to offer – to all clients – a unique 3-Step Plan for total financial recovery.  He combines his expertise as a consumer credit counselor with his extensive bankruptcy experience to help his clients get out of debt, rebuild their credit, and – after the bankruptcy is over – Rick’s firm continues to help his clients to ensure that their credit report is accurate.

Because he is also licensed to practice before the United States Tax Court, Rick can also help with consumer tax debt problems, including the “pennies on the dollar” offer-in-compromise program.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1986

  1. Foreclosure: 20%
    29 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. Debt Settlement: 20%
    29 years, 500 cases
  3. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: 20%
    29 years, 8 thousand cases
  4. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: 20%
    29 years, 5 thousand cases
  5. Bankruptcy & Debt: 20%
    29 years, 13 thousand cases

Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

9 total 

  • Jay S. Fleischman

    Rick West is a fine lawyer, and a solid legal mind. He takes excellent care of his clients and provides the highest level of consumer bankruptcy services to his community.

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    Jay Fleischman Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Ronald Lee Burdge

    I gladly endorse this lawyer. I have known Rick for his entire legal career. No one knows Bankruptcy Law as well as he does. He also cares deeply about helping people solve financial troubles. He can tell if there are better ways to deal with a problem than just rushing to bankruptcy, but if that is the best answer then he knows exactly how to handle it for you. I admire his dedication to helping people and his tremendous knowledge of Bankruptcy Law. He is as good as it gets. I highly recommend him to you.

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    Ronald Burdge Lemon Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

70 Birch Alley Ste 240
Dayton, OH, 45440

195 E. Central Ave
195 E. Central Ave, OH, 45066

7069 Taylorsville Rd
Ste G2
Huber Heights, OH, 45424

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
OHActive198604/18/2015

Professional Misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Felony Suspension
    issued in OH, 1994

    updated

    Felony suspension means an attorney was convicted of a crime and lost his or her license to practice law.

    Richard’s comment: “Unrelated to legal practice. An unfortunate personal circumstance which I am happy to discuss with clients if they have any concerns. This involved carrying a concealed weapon, not legal practice.”

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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Certified Specialist- Consumer BankruptcyOhio State Bar Association2014
Certified Specialist- Consumer Credit CounselorOhio State Bar Association2014
Certified Specialist- Student Loan CounselorOhio State Bar Association2014

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Founder, ManagerWest Law Office1986 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Association of Consumer Advocatesmember2006 - 2009
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2000 - 2009
Ohio Lawyer's Assistance ProgramPast Officer1997 - 2014

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
In Re Dayton Title Agency, Inc., 304 B.R. 323 (2004)Obtained favorable result for client

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
King's PressStripping Liens2012

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
St Joseph's CollegeBusiness ManagementBS - Bachelor of Science1982

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Ohio Lawyer's Assistance CommitteeProfessionalism2010
American Bankruptcy Law ForumBankruptcy2007
National Business InstituteFundamentals of Bankruptcy Law2006
National Business InstituteManaging debt with chapter 132005
National Business InstituteAligning your practice with the reform act of 20052005
National Business InstituteOhio Foreclosure and Related Bankruptcy and Title Issues2004
National Business InstituteFundamentals of Bankruptcy law in Ohio2004