|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||1977||08/05/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Clients Choice Award||AVVO||2016|
|Clients Choice Award||AVVO||2015|
|Clients Choice Award||AVVO||2014|
|Attorney||Wachstein & Associates||2002 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys||member||2010 - Present|
|Bankruptcy Trial||Judgment for my client|
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|Woodrow Wilson College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1977|
|Georgia State University||Criminal Justice||BS - Bachelor of Science||1972|
|Institute of Continuing Legal Education||Consumer and Business Bankruptcy||2016|
|Institute of Continuing Legal Education||Consumer and Business Bankruptcy||2015|
|Institute of Continuing Legal Education||Georgia DUI Update GA Forum||2015|
|Institute of Continuing Legal Education||Building Success Together Underwriting||2015|
|Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute||22nd Annual Alternative Dispute Resolution||2015|
Posted by anonymous
I was so apprehensive about making the decision to claim bankruptcy. Ben was empathetic, compassionate and eased my mind within a very short time of talking with him. He answered all of my questions about the process. Any time i had a question he was quick to respond through email, text, or phone call. He informed me of the entire process and followed through every step of the way. When going to court he was very professional while placing me at ease with the entire process. Following the court proceedings he has continued to follow up with me. I highly recommend his services and feel confident you will be treated as a near and dear friend.
Posted by Val
Its so much to say about Ben, I do know that Ben is very professional he is on top of everything, he lets you know everything that is going on. He is very honest . If you have any questions or concerns he is right there. I've never had to call Ben, not once he was always there for me. Thank you so much Ben you have truly being a blessing to me......
Posted by Josh
I purchased a home with an ex-spouse in 2007 and ended up getting divorced in 2009, at which time the ex-spouse quit-claimed the home to me. Being young and uninformed, I failed to file the deed at that time with the county, assuming it was all taken care of as part of the divorce. I purchased the home right before the market dropped so the entire time I owned the home I was upside-down and unable to refinance the home to remove my former spouse from the mortgage.
In 2016 i decided to sell the home and was in the process of building a new home. At that time my realtor informed me that i needed to file the quit-claim which I did the following day. That afternoon I received a letter in the mail informing me that 14 days prior, the former spouse filed bankruptcy. I spoke with the mortgage company and they assured me that I would have no issues selling the home. We received an offer and went under contract on the home. A few days prior to closing I was contacted by the closing attorney, informing me that they were unable to obtain title insurance because the former spouse incorrectly listed the house in the bankruptcy schedules, including it as an asset.
It was at this time that we contacted Ben letting him know the mess that I was in. Ben did an incredible job walking me through every aspect of the process, letting me know what I needed to provide and how the whole process would work.
Ben got right to work on things, contacting the former spouse's attorney and the trustee. We quickly realized that the trustee was going to be a problem. Because I filed the deed after the bankruptcy was filed and the property was listed as an asset in the schedules, the trustee decided that they had a monetary interest in the property and unwilling to allow the schedules to be corrected, even though the attorney was willing to correct them. The trustee wanted half of the proceeds from the sell of the home, a home that I put many year's of work and money into.
Ben was not going to let that happen and made it his personal mission to ensure we received a ruling that was in our favor. Within a few weeks Ben was able to obtain, what seemed no less than a miracle, a ruling excluding the property from the former spouse's schedules and the trustee did not intend to pursue any financial interest in the sell of the property. This allowed the closing attorney to obtain title insurance and me to be able to close on the home.
This was truly a nightmare situation which very few lawyer's had even heard about. The case was a mixed disaster of real estate law and bankruptcy law and Ben truly pulled through for me and my new wife and young child. We will be forever grateful for the work that he did. Thanks Ben!!!
Laura Austin, General practice Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
For years I worked with only one lawyer in referring bankruptcy cases - that is until I got to know Ben. Bankruptcy is such an intense emotional experience for anyone that has to experience it - its like the rug being pulled out from underneath you with no net to catch you. Ben is kind, and excellent practicioner, discreet and thorough in all that he touches. The detail work that is required in bankruptcy demands someone who has his mind focused strictly on the details and this outstanding lawyer has it! I refer everyone that needs counseling for bankruptcy as an option to him as I know the job will be done correctly with no mistakes. I recommend Ben highly and welcome any inquiries about him. I've never worked with him regarding the real estate side of his practice, but if its anything like his knowledge and perfection in bankruptcy, you couldn't go wrong.
Marianne Shaver, Real estate Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
Ben saved the day and rescued a closing that was a title company nightmare. We would not have closed without his tenacity in obtaining an Order from the Bankruptcy Judge for a party to my transaction. He had to present a unique set of facts to the Trustee and use powers of persuasion! Thank you, Ben!