I’ve been a consumer bankruptcy lawyer since 2000, helping people get out of debt in... more
I’ve been a consumer bankruptcy lawyer since 2000, helping people get out of debt in both Washington and Oregon. I am the managing attorney of Northwest Debt Relief Law Firm. We have bankruptcy law offices in both Vancouver, Tacoma and Seattle, Washington and in both Portland and Salem, Oregon. In addition to our Bankruptcy practice, our firm also sues collections agencies for violations of ... view profile
Erich Paetsch is a member of the Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy Group and the... more
Erich Paetsch is a member of the Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy Group and the Litigation Group. His practice is focused on providing financial institutions and business clients with a broad array of legal services. Erich is experienced in defending lawsuits involving creditors’ rights and lender liability issues. He routinely assists clients with loan document review, loan document drafting, le... view profile
Michael Shurtleff and his wife Michelle have been married for 18 years and are the... more
Michael Shurtleff and his wife Michelle have been married for 18 years and are the parents of four children. Michael has been immersed in the foreclosure scene in Oregon for several years now and currently practices foreclosure defense exclusively having represented clients in over 115 foreclosure cases to date. (July 2013).
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.