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Adrian M. Lapas

Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney at Goldsboro, NC

5.0   4 reviews
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  • Licensed for 30 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1993
    Active No misconduct found

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About Adrian

Learn Adrian’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Chapter 13 bankruptcy
    I file chapter 13 cases for debtors seeking to reorganize their finances under the United States Bankruptcy Code. I am a board certified specialist byt the North Carolina State Bar.

    31 years

  2. Consumer protection
    I help people if debt collectors are hassling them; mortgage servicing problems; student loan issues and other consumer protection claims.

  3. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    I file chapter 7 cases for debtors seeking to discharge their debts under the United States Bankruptcy Code. I am a board certified specialist in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the North Carolina State Bar.

    31 years

  4. Social Security & Disability
    I assist people in making their claim for Social Security disability benefits.

    31 years


I give your case the personal attention that you deserve and provide you all of the information that you need to make your bankruptcy case go as smoothly as possible.  I will explain to you the ins and outs of bankruptcy and how it will affect your future credit prospects.


I have been practicing bankruptcy law since 1993 and I am a board certified consumer bankruptcy law specialist by the North Carolina State Bar.  I am also a two-time graduate of Max Gardner's nationally renowned Bankruptcy Bootcamp and was recently designated as Legal Elite by my peers through Business North Carolina magazine.  In 2010, I was invited to testify before a Congressional committee on proposed bankruptcy legislation and I frequently speak at seminars across the state on bankruptcy and consumer issues.


What sets me apart from other bankruptcy lawyers is that I am also experienced in pursuing consumer claims both in and out of bankruptcy cases.  For example, I have pursued claims under the Truth in Lending Act which led to mortgages being voided.  I also pursue Fair Debt Collection Practices Act claims and other debt collection abuses that can lead to a significant money award to my client.


Put my experience and expertise to work for you.  If you are facing too much debt or creditor harassment, call me today!


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Lapas Law Offices, PLLC


5.0 / 5.0
  4 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2015
One of the best in the field.!
Impressive! Very thorough in his answer, smart, knowledgable and extremely helpful. One of the best attorney in the field. I have spent these past months meeting with different lawyers and not one came back with such clear, smart and accurate legal advice. Frankly, I'm looking forward to hire him fror his knowledge, his ability to be clear, precise and to understand the subtlety of my case. I definitely recommend him big time!
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Posted by Jay | February 17, 2015
Attorney Adrian Lapas is simply AWESOME!
During a very low time in my life, when I was faced with the need to file Chapter 7, Adrian guided me through a difficult process with professionalism and understanding. I simply can not say enough positive things about Adrian. I give Adrian my highest recommendation!
Posted by James J. | January 28, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Service
I am thrilled to share a review of my experience with Lapas Law Firm, particularly with the exceptional personal service and dedication of Adrian Lapas and his team. My journey with Lapas Law Firm has been nothing short of outstanding, and I am genuinely satisfied with the level of professionalism and expertise they have consistently demonstrated. From the very beginning of my legal matter, Adrian Lapas displayed a deep commitment to my case. His attention to detail, legal knowledge, and genuine concern for my well-being were evident from our first consultation. It was clear that he and his firm were dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for their clients, and this dedication never wavered throughout the entire process. One aspect that truly stood out was the respect and reputation that Lapas Law Firm has within the legal community, particularly with trustees. It was clear that Adrian Lapas and his team were well-respected by their peers, which undoubtedly played a significant role in the positive outcome of my case. This level of professional respect is a testament to their unwavering commitment to excellence and their clients' best interests. Furthermore, the respect and dedication that Lapas Law Firm demonstrated towards me as a client were unparalleled. Adrian and his team were always available to answer my questions and provide guidance, ensuring that I felt well-informed and supported throughout the legal process. Their responsiveness and willingness to go the extra mile made me feel valued and reassured during what could have been a stressful time. In conclusion, I cannot express my satisfaction enough with Lapas Law Firm and the exceptional personal service and dedication of Adrian Lapas and his team. They are a shining example of what a law firm should be – knowledgeable, respected, dedicated, and genuinely caring about their clients' well-being. I highly recommend Lapas Law Firm to anyone seeking legal representation, as they have undoubtedly earned my trust and gratitude for their outstanding work.
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Posted by Daniel | April 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Life changing experience....
After simultaneously experiencing a protracted period of unemployment and a difficult divorce and losing everything I found myself buried in debt that would take the rest of my life to repay. I was being sued by creditors and unable to get credit anywhere when I reached out to Adrian. He quickly assessed my situation and advised me that a Chapter 7 bankruptcy was the best option for me and immediately assisted me in responding to a lawsuit notification I had received before I had actually hired him. He walked me through the process and kept me updated and always took my calls and responded promptly to my emails throughout the whole process. With his assistance I successfully received a discharge for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy in just under 90 days. It changed my life. Since then in just under 2 years I have restored my credit, purchased and financed a brand new vehicle, and just recently moved into a brand new home I was able to finance through my credit union. Adrian has even helped me deal with a couple of creditors that popped up after the discharge and quickly resolved those situations. This was the best decision I ever made and I have my life back because of Adrian. Thank you.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Lapas Law Offices, PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney at Law
  • Strickland, Lapas, Agner & Associates
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Adrian M. Lapas, P.A.
  • 1993 - 2013


  • Wake Forest University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • B.A.
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Pounds and all others similarly situated v. Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC
  • Defendant's motion to compel arbitration denied.
  • In re: Price
  • Debtor prevailed in that the transaction was not a "lease" but a disguised security interest under the Uniform Commercial Code.
  • Moses v. Cashcall, Inc.
  • Affirmed in part; reversed in part; 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
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  • Bankruptcy Law Network
  • Contributor
  • 2008 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • 1993 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Issues Committee
  • 2006 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Legal Elite2012
  • Business North Carolina
  • 2012
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • 2011
  • Board Certified Specialist in Consumer Bankruptcy Law
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • North Carolina Bankruptcy Institute
  • Bankruptcy, Credit Reporting and the Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • 2018
  • 40th Annual Bankruptcy Institute
  • Bankruptcy, Credit Reports and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
  • 2017
  • Eastern Bankruptcy Institute
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act in Bankruptcy
  • 2015
  • Eastern Bankruptcy Institute
  • Claims in Bankruptcy
  • 2014
  • Eastern Bankruptcy Institute
  • Mortgage Defects and Why They Matter
  • 2013
  • 36th Annual Bankruptcy Institute
  • Judgment Collection for Creditors and Debtors
  • 2013
  • Unfair Debt Collection Actions
  • Defending Consumer Debtors in Collections Action
  • 2012
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Bankruptcy Fundamentals
  • 2011
  • Bankruptcy Basics Continuing Legal Education
  • Home Loan/Hamp Modifications in Bankruptcy
  • 2010
  • Eastern Bankruptcy Institute
  • Consumer Claims in Bankruptcy
  • 2009
  • North Carolina Bankruptcy Institute
  • Bankruptcy Issues
  • 2008
  • Bankruptcy Institute
  • Truth in Lending Claims/Respa Claims
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (5)
Endorse Adrian
Unknown Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Adrian Lapas is a highly regarded NC Attorney, known for being an ethical, excellent, and experienced consumer and bankruptcy lawyer in Goldsboro NC (Eastern District of NC Raleigh-Wilmington). In addition to his bankruptcy practice, he often takes on defense of state court collection lawsuits and is known for his aggressive pursuit of consumer protection laws when appropriate. I have worked with Adrian on committees, co-counseled on case matters, and discuss legal issues with him frequently. I enthusiastically endorse Adrian Lapas."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Lapas is an attorney who works hard for his clients and only seems satisfied at obtaining the best results for his clients."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Lapas is one of the finest Bankrupty Attorneys in his state. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend his legal services."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"What I find so impressive about Adrian M Lapas is his kind heart & soft way of delivering an unpleasant truth. Lawyers have to bring bad news many many times, despite their best efforts, and Mr Lapas has the personal skills to pull this off with aplomb. Frankly, I am envious. Kudos!"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Adrian professionally for several years as we are both debtors' side bnkruptcy attorneys. Adrian is a well known and highly respected attorney. He has the requisite knowledge to ably assist his clients with bankruptcy matters. He is a fine man and an fine attorney."
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Goldsboro Chapter 13 bankruptcy Lawyer Adrian M. Lapas
Adrian M. Lapas
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney
Goldsboro, NC
Licensed for 30 years
Free Consultation