I am the Legal Director of the Community Law Project, a nonprofit dedicated to meeting the everyday legal needs of Oregonians. We have a broad practice, with areas including bankruptcy,... more
I am the Legal Director of the Community Law Project, a nonprofit dedicated to meeting the everyday legal needs of Oregonians. We have a broad practice, with areas including bankruptcy, employment law, consumer issues, small business advising, tenant representation, small claims court advising, personal income tax issues, and more.
A bankruptcy attorney can help you manage personal or business debts you are unable to pay. Bankruptcy laws allow people and businesses to (1) get a “fresh start” by relieving most debts; and (2) repay the money owed to all creditors as fairly as possible. When you file for bankruptcy protection, all other legal actions against you are put on hold. Creditors cannot sue you, garnish your wages, repossess your car or home entertainment system, or start or continue with a foreclosure action against your home. There are different types of bankruptcy filings and each has its own advantages. Since bankruptcy can significantly impact your future purchasing power and credit rating, you should see a bankruptcy attorney to make sure the benefits of filling bankruptcy outweigh the consequences.