Peter Van Leunenhas experience ranging from matters in the municipal courts of the... more
Peter Van Leunenhas experience ranging from matters in the municipal courts of the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan Area to the Federal Court of Appeals, Eastern District of Missouri. Mr. Van Leunen believes that the best defense is a good offense: "Why plod through the entire process, if you can circumvent the cost and expense of litigation with a Motion to Dismiss or cut to the quick with a Mot... view profile
I've been practicing bankruptcy law and other related areas for over ten years.... more
I've been practicing bankruptcy law and other related areas for over ten years. During that time I've represented both creditors and debtors, inside and out of bankruptcy. This experience has given me a broad perspective of the issues that both face. And it's this perspective that allows me to better help my clients resolve their debt problems so that they can get a fresh start. I’m motivated b... view profile
If you owe a large amount of money on unsecured debts, you may require the services of a debt settlement lawyer. Unsecured debts include medical bills, student loans, credit cards, store and gas cards, personal loans, collection accounts, and bounced checks. For these sorts of debts, lenders will usually accept less than the full amount if it's clear you don't have the money to pay them (especially if the original amount has continued to grow with interest, late charges, and collection costs). A debt settlement attorney can negotiate with the lender and objectively present the facts in your case. Oftentimes, unsecured debt lenders would rather settle with you than take a chance on getting nothing if you file for bankruptcy. If the negotiation is successful, the creditor may even be convinced to take the settled debt off your credit history.