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Posted by Robin, a Debt Settlement client, Flag
We were thrilled to have met and been able to work with Bret. He is very smart and very ethical! He really looked out for us and turned what we saw as a very negative situation into a very positive one! He is always very calm and professional. We felt very fortunate indeed to have him work with us. We can 100% recommend Bret for any debt or bankruptcy issues.
Posted by Yerania, a Chapter 7 client, Flag
I tottaly recomend him , he was very helpful, I have no words to say thank you, I was really confused on what to do when I call him and request an appoiment with him but he had an answer for all my questions thanks Bret!!!
Posted by Mary, a Chapter 7 client, Flag
I needed a lawyer to file for bankruptcy and hoped I could go out online and read the reviews of lawyers in my area and find one that I would be comfortable with. I lucked out and found Bret based on the wonderful reviews that I read. He was so calm where I was so stressed. He was very patient with me and explained everything and didn't mind my many questions. He made the whole process so much easier than I ever thought it would be. His fees were lower than any of the other lawyers that I had reviewed. That was an added plus. I very rarely do reviews but he really is a very kind and considerate lawyer and that's not something you can find everyday. I will recommend him to all my friends and family.
Posted by a Bankruptcy client, Flag
Bret recently assisted my husband and I with a chapter 7 bankruptcy that went very smoothly from start to finish. When we began the search for an attorney to assist us with the financial mess we'd gotten ourselves into, We were so fearful of the whole process. We had no idea of even where to start. We just knew we needed help. We began calling attorneys in our area and asking as many questions as possible. Bret immediately stood out from all of the rest of the attorneys we talked to. He was kind but very knowledgeable. He was always there for us regarding every problem or question from that moment on. His response time to phone calls and emails was always extremely prompt. One of the reasons we chose Bret was because we really wanted minimal people involved in our case - we didn't want an attorney with a big law firm with lots of other office staff or paralegals involved. We felt we got exactly what we wanted; someone who knew us and our case all the way through and gave us consistent knowledge and guidance. Hopefully we will never find ourselves in a similar financial situation, but if we did we'd use Bret's services again in a heartbeat and would have no issues recommending him to anyone in need of his expertise. Thanks for everything Bret!
Posted by Tom, a Debt Collection client, Flag
I definitely go with Bret for alleged credit card debt lawsuit. His price is affordable. He is a fantastic attorney
Posted by Debbie, a Debt Agreements client, Flag
I highly recommend Bret Knewtson to anyone being sued by a debt collection agency. He is honest, responsive, highly competent and just downright amazing. He was able to get the case against me dismissed with prejudice. He saved me close to $10,000.00
Thank you Bret!!
Posted by Francisco, a Chapter 11 client, Flag
There are times in life when all the roads seem to lead to a dead end, when all you think about is how did I get here, when the goals, the dreams, the hopes seem to vanish........
And then you start looking for a way out, for another chance, for the one more time to keep dreaming......
For months I was trying to work out my debt until I found Bret, he was not only my lawyer but also the shoulder that at times I needed, an incredible person a competent lawyer that works for you all the way
Someone you can realy trust...that is my experience and thank you thank you...thank you, Bret.
Posted by a Debt Settlement client, Flag
Hire him ! I was wrongly sued, but was pretty scared since I'm not a lawyer I didn't understand all the language. I'm so glad I found Bret in the phone book, I'm so glad I did. Bret won my case for me and secured a nice settlement as well. If you need help fighting a claim I suggest you contact Bret, he is awesome.
Posted by Kathy, a Chapter 13 client, Flag
Bret was wonderful. We didn't understand the course to take with our bankruptsy, but he led us through it every step of the way. Thanks, Bret.
Posted by Justin Loudermilk, a Bankruptcy client, Flag
Mr. Knewtson was able to attend to my need on a moments notice. I came to him to discuss being sued for Credit cards, previous judgments, and student loans. Knewston's advice kept me from filing bankruptcy and gave me alternatives to fight back and reduce payments. He also, kept in close contact with me via email and phone within 2 hours of each self initiated contact.
I would reccomend Knewtson to anyone who is in debt and feels overwhelmed. His extensive knowledge about the debt collection and relief process will speak for itself the first time you speak to him.
Posted by Kim, a Chapter 13 client, Flag
Bret has been very patient through our very difficult filing. He not only has explained everything in detail he never made us feel like we were bad people for filing! I would recommend him to anyone I know who needs a great attorney. Knowledge is Power and when you feel like your world is crumbling around you financially; know that you DO have someone on your side!
Posted by Nicole, a Chapter 7 client, Flag
I got a court summons from Amex abt 20 days before was leaving to go overseas to see my parents. I had a month to reply and was totally freaked out. I called Oregon Legal Aid for help and they set me up with some of their pro bono attorneys for the next day. After spending 3.5 hrs with them, I didnt have my answers or a concrete solution. I asked for a referal for a BK lawyer and a wonderful lady there referred me to Bret. It was 4:45 PM on Friday and I wasnt expecting anything to happen till Monday, but I called anyway and left hm a VM. As I was driving back home, I was very pleasantly surprised to get a call back from Bret. It was almost 6PM. I explained the situation to him and the time crunch I was facing. He heard the stress & panic in my voice and immediately got me an appt to see him on Monday morning at 10AM. We spent almost 3 hrs w/him at our 1st appt and finalized a plan to handle this. We decided to go ahead w/Chapter 7. At the end of this, I knew I was in good hands and could totally trust him. He set up another appt for an intake. This one was also nearly 3.5 hrs long. He was extremely detail oriented, actually listened to everything I had to say and we literally printed out most of the paperwork he would need to file, right from his office. By now, I had only 10 days left before I flew and the stress was mounting. But Bret handled everything beautifully. He interjected a lot of humor into our meetings to lessen my stress, worked thru all the papers meticulously and gave us some very helpful pointers. He put together a rough draft for me by Thursday, which I reviewed and he called me again in to meet him on Friday eve, so we could finalize the petition, get signatures and file. He did this for me after work hours, only so I could have some peace of mind for the next 4 days before I flew. He went out of his way to get everything done and filed in less than 15 days. I am amazed he pulled it off, but he did.
If you need an excellent BK attorney, Bret is the person to go to. He is one of those few attorneys who is not clinical, cut and dry. He has this wonderfully human and caring side to him which assures a person and makes them feel safe. He will listen to every concern you have an address it. He never failed to respond to my emails or phone calls, which, trust me, would have annoyed any other attorney. But not Bret.. he knew I was in super panic mode and he did everything he could calm me down and get me thru all this.
When I came home, I was jet lagged and had my trustee meeting scheduled in less than a week. He said I could leave my car at the office and go with him to the court since I was still so disoriented.
I guarantee you, if you do decide to use his services, you will not be disappointed. Every aspect, detail and concerns will be covered.
His fees are extremely reasonable, which makes getting an attorney not so daunting and stressful.
There are not enough good things I can say about Bret and if anyone in my social circle needs a BK attorney, I am sending them to him.
So, go right ahead.. retain him and you will not be disappointed.
Posted by a Banking client, Flag
It is a pleasure to unequivocally recommend Bret Knewtson for any legal representation within his law practice's specialty. Mr. Knewtson provided exceptional service and a complete command of the legal subject matter in my banking case. His insights were thought-provoking and relevant - and his direction saved me time and money. Who could ask for more? Responsive and accessible, with a concerned eye for every minute detail, my experience with Mr. Knewtson was positive and helpful, even amid the unsettling legal circumstances.
Posted by M, a Debt Agreements client, Flag
I had nothing but a positive experience working with Bret Knewtson. I had a difficult situation in which I was served with a judgment for a debt I did not believe was mine. Due to misunderstanding of legal implications and the unresponsiveness of the firm that had served me, the judgment was issued before I found legal counsel. I talked to two attorney's before the last one referred me to Bret. Because of his thoroughness, and experience in fair credit practices we were able to get the judgment reversed and dropped! He saved me a couple thousand dollars and the effect it could have had on my current position in my career, not to mention the long term effect on my credit. I would highly recommend Bret to anyone dealing with credit issues, Fair Lending and Fair Credit Practices.
Posted by Dan, a Chapter 13 client, Flag
I,m 62 now and have needed a lawyer several times in my life, the results were less than good. However, working with Mr. Knewtson was a whole other story. He is 5 star in every aspect, he handled several matters for me for nearly two years, completing each as promised. His rates are great, no big fancy office for clients to support. He knows his stuff, and will not compomise your case, or be intimidated. He is also a very pleasant man, easy to work with, unless you on the opposing side. Hire him and you wont be sorry...
Posted by Jack, a Bankruptcy client, Flag
I was a client of Mr. Knewtson regarding a pending judgement against me by a major creditor's legal team. Bret provided clear instructions on what materials I would need to bring for his review at our first in-person consultation, which he scheduled two days after I called him because of a time constraint I was under. After review of my situation, he provided easy to follow suggestions on how to proceed. In my case, instead of taking more of my money, he explained that I could take the first steps myself to save desperately needed cash. These steps only took a couple of hours using information that he had already had me collect.
During our meeting, Bret was very personable and made me feel comfortable in a very uncomfortable situation. He spoke at my level, helping me to understand the conflicting language used in the documents I had to try to comprehend.
I feel that I received a very good value for the limited funds I was able to spend. I will certainly use Mr. Knewtson again if the need arises.
Posted by Dani, a Debt Agreements client, Flag
I had the best expreience with Mr. Knewtson. I had no options left and I was about to be hung out to dry paying off the difference from the short sale of my house for the next 10 years. Be advised that it is always best to be foreclosed, you have protection and rights that way. He took a risk with my case and got it dismissed, saving my family from bankrupctcy. Trusting in this man to fight the fight for me was one of the best decisions I ever made.
Posted by Michael, a Chapter 7 client, Flag
Working with Bret was an amazing experience. The lawyers I have had experiences with in the past have been the sterotypical lawyers; money grubbing, lacking empathy, or the ability to listen. Bret listened to every minute of my situation. Not just listened, but actively listened. He took the time to understand me as a person in my situation providing an individuialistic relationship between lawyer and client. Bret answered all of my calls, or returned them in a timely manner. He returned all e-mails in a timely manner. He acted as if my case was the only case, even though he had many different clients at the same time. Bret will take the time to explain everything to you from the difficult an complicated to the easiest and sillyest questions you may have, while providing a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. I would recommend him to anyone, it really was the best legal experience I could ever ask for and even though I hope I never need him again, but if I do I would never go to anyone else for his field of expertise regarding the law. Thank you for all your help Bret, you did a phenomenal job and it is very much appreciated.
Posted by a Chapter 7 client, Flag
I went to Bret for enquiring about Bankruptcy. He listened and stated what the pros and cons with me filing banruptcy is. He replied to all phone calls quickly, very reasonable pricing. Even after the bankruptcy was discharged, I could always call him and ask Bankruptcy related questions.
Posted by Jill, a Debt Collection client, Flag
Bret handled a credit issue/lawsuit for me. He is polite, does not give up, and truly is prompt in returning phone calls. He is very knowledgable and is organized and has a gift in explaining legal issues. I would hire him again without hesitation and look forward to doing so and winning!
Posted by a Debt Collection client, Flag
I discovered a 10 year old judgment against me out of the blue one day when I pulled my credit and noticed an "inquiry" on it. Apparently, they indicated they served me but couldn't tell me where (no address on the delivery document). It was a very difficult time for me, not realizing this was even out there as it was never a bad mark on my credit. I immediately found Bret and he found holes in their paperwork from the get-go. Through his perseverance and knowledge of the law he began fighting the judgment to vacate. Needless to say, he fought for me until the end. I would definitely recommend him to anyone!
Posted by a Lawsuits & Disputes client, Flag
This is about a credit card I let my sister in-law use and she never paid the card. The debt was sold to a law firm ( Harrington, Anderson & DeBlasio) and they had served the summons to a Rental property that I had owned. They stated that service was to John Doe or a family member at the rental property. I never knew of this untill 2008 and the default judgement was granted in 2000. The lawyer (Bernardi & Spencer) representing the first law firm sent me a letter in 2008 that they wanted info about my assets. That was when I went to the court house and I got a copy of the default Judgment. The original law firm did not give proper service to me and I could not believe that a Judge would have let this happen. It just makes me feel that the Judge was buddies with the lawyer and let this go through. I hired Bret to dispute the jugdment in October and he had this resolved by Febuary without having to go to a hearing and with a minimal cost to me. I would recommend Bret as a great lawyer.