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Bruce A. Lanser

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Hartland, WI

4.9   28 reviews
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1982
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About Bruce

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  1. Bankruptcy and debt
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    Representation of financially distressed individuals and small businesses in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases and in voluntary workouts. Cases include the routine matters as well as the very complex, including bankruptcies where (a) divorce is pending or is being considered; (b) individuals are principals in financially distressed businesses; (c) there may be a need for pre-bankruptcy planning; (d) timing is critical for a variety of reasons. Also serves as a Chapter 7 panel trustee.

    42 years

Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, Bruce A. Lanser received his undergraduate degree from the Universityof Wisconsin-Stevents Point in 1978 and his law degree from Marquette University in 1982. He owns and operates Lanser Law Office in Waukesha, WI where his practice is devoted to the representation of individuals and small business debtors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies and in settlement negotiations and voluntary workouts. Mr. Lanser also serves as a Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Location

Lanser Law Office
P.O. Box 418
Hartland, WI, 53029

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4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Debbie | June 16, 2021
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Lanser Law
I would like to say that Bruce Lanser helped guide us through the bancrupcy process. He made it very clear what we had to do and what we could expect. He is very professional and everything went very smooth. Answered all our questions. Our bancrupcy from start to finish was less than six months. I would recommend Lanser Law to anyone in need of a bancrupcy attorney.
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Posted by Kurt | April 28, 2021
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Great Lawyer - Highly Recommend
Bruce did a fantastic job representing me in a VERY complicated bankruptcy case. He took the time to get to know and understand me, and all the intricacies of my businesses. Throughout the whole process he was very organized and gave me detailed lists of what was needed for our next meeting. This was helpful as there was a lot of things I needed to keep track of and with so many moving parts it helped me stay focused. I would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone who has to make such a big life decision, he will guide you along the way.
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Posted by Carrie | January 19, 2021
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Bankruptcy Review
Bruce Lanser did a terrific job in our bankruptcy case. He was very knowledgeable in all aspects of our case and we could not have been more pleased with his professionalism and overall representation.
Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2021
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A Real Professional
We were rather nervous about the whole bankruptcy process. But Bruce was very helpful, friendly, and (most importantly) knowledgeable. We had a lot of paperwork to go through and details to gather, but Bruce made everything very clear and was quick to answer any questions we had. I can't imagine how the process could have gone any smoother than it did. I would recommend Bruce and his office to anyone!
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Posted by Jessica | December 27, 2020
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Ray of light
2 years ago I felt I was in a place that I would never get out of. Following a high conflict divorce, I was not only in trouble financially—I was also emotionally drained. Attorney Bruce Lanser was a ray of light in one of the darkest times of my life. He was so thorough and organized with a process that felt so out of control. My case was very complex and he handled it so smoothly. Whenever I had a question, he was prompt in responding. I highly recommend Attorney Lanser. He also gave me a referral for an excellent Post-divorce attorney. I strongly believe that my financial stability today is a result of the mess Attorney Lanser helped me get out of.
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Posted by Ian | November 3, 2020
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Highly Recommended Attorney
Attorney Lanser has been an absolute pleasure to work with considering the unfortunate circumstance we found ourselves in that led us to need his services in the first place. We quickly found that our specific needs were somewhat unique, but Bruce was the guide we looked to throughout the entire process. For all the negativity we faced, we consider ourselves lucky to have been referred over to him. He has been honest and realistic from the very beginning and I was comforted in the belief that he would provide the best outcome possible, which he was certainly able to deliver. It may not be the route for everyone, and Bruce will always be direct about his recommendations, but he was able to help us settle our debt and avoid bankruptcy altogether. While I would never want anyone to have to go through the bankruptcy process, I will recommend Bruce to anyone looking for the help they need to get out of a bad financial situation.
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Posted by Michelle | August 20, 2020
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So glad he was referred to me!!!
Bruce was a Godsend. He was very patient with me during this very difficult time in my life. He was clear with his explanations and answered my questions thoroughly. He never made me feel obligated to file bankruptcy or to use him as my attorney. He was transparent with all of my options and how a bankruptcy could affect me in the future. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, his office observed the social distancing and safety measures without missing a beat. I never felt unsafe during any meetings with him. I would recommend him to others highly.
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Posted by anonymous | July 14, 2020
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A listener and a leader
We interviewed, and ultimately hired, Bruce Lanser based on his online reviews so feel compelled to positively contribute to this process. Bruce knew exactly what needed to be done and when, and he communicated it to us in a meticulous, organized manner. We felt he was an honest person without any hidden agendas or fees. We also felt his experience as a trustee of the bankruptcy court lent another layer of expertise to his counseling. Filing for bankruptcy was anything but an easy decision for us. We interviewed several other attorneys who were quick to tell us “not to worry” or essentially “sign here today, we’ll take care of the rest.” With Bruce we got details, not generalizations. He was patient with us as we repeatedly contacted him with additional questions before ultimately hiring him. Once hired, Bruce remained a patient listener since we are the type of people who wanted/needed no surprises. We never felt there was anything we could not ask. He always gave us his honest assessment of things such as our chances of being granted a positive decision. You want and need to understand, and be mentally prepared for, this process that you are going through. You don’t want to feel like just another stack of papers. Although it was an arduous process, Bruce provided the leadership to move successfully and smoothly through it. He was also very accommodating with my husband’s disabilities. With Bruce, we felt understood. We felt we had an advocate for our family. We felt confident having him on our side. Lisa was always very helpful, as well as organized and clear about papers that needed our action or attention. They both helped make a scary, unknown situation easier.
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2020
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Concise AND compassionate!
My husband and I can not say enough good things about Attorney Lancer. Bankruptcy is a difficult process, but he made it understandable and manageable. He is concise, efficient, thorough, and compassionate. If we could give him 10 stars, we would.
Posted by Sue | March 4, 2020
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No one better to have at your side in the courtroom
Attorney Lanser, Bruce, as you will come to know him, humanizes the experience of bankruptcy. It is understood bankruptcy is anything but pleasant. Bankruptcy can, however, be governed in a manner that allows us to maintain our dignity upon completion and then move forward in our lives. Bruce was thorough and meticulous as he laid out my financial scenario. He answered any questions I had clearly and at my level. All bankruptcy options were explained to me as well. During the process, Bruce never lost sight of the fact that while I was his client, I was also, Sue going through a bankruptcy. I took comfort and had confidence knowing Bruce was intensely knowledgeable with the law and each potential outcome. I felt as prepared as I possibly could be. Communications from Bruce’s office were clear, concise and only as needed. If you are faced with the possibility of bankruptcy, I highly recommend you speak with Bruce and his staff. There simply is no one better to have at your side in the courtroom than Attorney Bruce Lanser.
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Posted by Ann | February 2, 2020
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Smooth experience
I want to highly recommend Mr. Lanser as bankruptcy attorney. The process requires time, and a knowledgeable attorney, such as Bruce Lanser. When I began my bankruptcy proceedings I spoke with another attorney and because of a unique situation they declined to take my case. Mr. Lanser explained everything to my so that I understood and told me what could happen, and I felt comfortable with his explanations that I hired him at the end of the initial consultation. My bankruptcy discharge was recently granted.
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Posted by Mary | September 20, 2019
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Review of Attorney Bruce A. Lanser – best decision I could have made.
Attorney Lanser was highly recommended to me by another attorney. I was looking for advice on credit card debt consolidation. After an initial meeting, during which Bruce was thorough in his questions and put me completely at ease, it was decided that filing bankruptcy was my best and most cost-effective course of action. During the initial consultation, which was well worth the $200.00 fee, Bruce met my expectations of professionalism, knowledge and efficiency. In addition, his team was equally professional, knowledgeable, and efficient during all my interactions with them. Bruce was always straight to the point in answering any questions I had for him throughout the process and was very clear on the expectations he had for me in gathering and preparing the documents he needed to file my bankruptcy. He constantly kept me apprised of the status of my case with detailed communications. The entire process was done smoothly and with great thoroughness by Bruce and his team. I was well prepared for my meeting with the Bankruptcy Trustee and that preparation made me feel very much at ease in responding to the Trustee’s questions. The process was concluded in a very timely fashion and very much to my satisfaction. I am deeply grateful to Bruce and his staff for all their work and support. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for an excellent attorney and team.
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Posted by Andrew | September 13, 2019
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Lanser Law Office
September 2018, my privately owned machine manufacturing business of 75 years, Electro Mechano Inc, finally succumbed to the financial pressures and endeavors that were ever present for an American machine manufacturer competing in a global marketplace. Our companies lawyer and dear friend to the company president, my deceased father, was Muth, who currently serves as senior counsel, was called upon to help us proceed with bankruptcy Bruce Lanser and Lanser Law Office was the immediate and only bankruptcy law firm that Mr. Muth emphatically directed us to for handling every aspect of a very complex and critical situation. We knew, given Fred Muth 40 years vast network of only the highest quality lawyers would be great. . Bruce Lanser and Lanser Law Office is outstanding ; legal expertise and utmost professionalism that any client could imagine..Also very affordable .Bruce and Lisa have another key advantage making them the premier bankruptcy law firm available and it's not the razor sharp intellect they possess, it's the x-factor of genuinely caring about people and their well being. My financial dilemma was vast and It was thoroughly fixed by Bruce. I know Lanser Law Office will fix your problems.
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Posted by John | September 10, 2019
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No questions on who you should go to
Let me first start off by saying that I am extremely thankful for Bruce and his team and how amazing they are. I went in for a consultation about my finance and options I had to deal with it. Bruce was clear and made sure I understood all my options. I decided to go through with bankruptcy and Bruce sent me everything I needed to get started. I completed everything and sent it back, he kept in touch with me through email and always updated me on what information he needed next. He updated me every step of the way and always was there for any questions I may of had. He told me how the court appearance was going to be like and helped me to understand any question that was going to be asked. For my final words, I would like to say how professional and efficient his team is. They made this whole process go smoothly and I can't thank them enough for it. I thought this process was going to take longer and be so much more stressful but Bruce and his team made it where I never had to stress and that helped me through it. Bruce is a true professional and I would recommend him to anyone who is dealing with debt. He knows his information and gets the job done quickly so you don't have to worry. Thank you Bruce and your team!!
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Posted by anonymous | August 16, 2019
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My husband and I met with Attorney Lanser this week. He was highly recommended to us by (2) other attorney's who had worked with him previously. Their suggestion to meet with him was absolutely correct. He was extremely thorough getting to know our situation. Answered all our questions and gave all the information we needed to make an informed decision. I can't thank Bruce enough and feel the $200.00 fee was well worth the time he spent with us. We left feeling we had more of a handle on the situation that has indeed been stressful.
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Posted by KZ | August 8, 2019
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Small Business Failed - Personal Bankruptcy
Bruce is very knowledgeable about bankruptcy. My case was quite complicated and he explained the process and guided me in the best way to handle my case. The process went smoothly and Bruce communicated next steps in detail which gave me comfort that I was in good hands.
Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2019
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Possible Bankruptcy
I think my story might be one of a kind! We hope that day never comes to hire an Attorney. But you will at least once in your life time. Most of us more than once. When you have to, you then ask yourself, who do I go to? Are they telling you or even know the Truth (Law)? Am I now put on the money Elevator for payment? I hired several Attorneys throughout my life time, not because I wanted to, because I had too! Including Lawyers in the field of Personal Injury, Workers Comp, Will, Business, Real Estate (Buying, Selling, and Leasing small businesses), just to name a few, and now Bankruptcy. I owned a small business for the last 12 years, increasing business at least 10% or more each year, until the working 16 to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week got old, along with the Industry shrinking! I was now going to sell my first business, and then look to getting into owning another type of business that could bring in more money, to maybe work less hours! I now owned my next business. While selling my first business, I now had to use that money to fund the 2nd business, which was losing large amounts of money each month. I now had to find a Bankruptcy Attorney. I asked family, friends, acquaintances, other Attorneys, referrals, and the internet, to determine which Bankruptcy Attorney to use. Attorney Bruce Lanser's name came up a lot! I called Lanser Law Office. A Paralegal answered the phone, Bruce called back to talk a little, and I made appointment with Bruce the next day! The first appointment was for an hour to go over my situation. I hired Bruce to represent me after talking to him. He is very business like and straight to the point. He will tell you to be honest with him or he will not represent you! He has been a Bankruptcy Attorney right out of school for at least the last 36 years! I felt I was told the truth the whole time discussing my case. My case took longer than most of his cases, because of the added issues with the current Landlord, and surrounding business owners. As I was preparing for Bankruptcy, I told every person I knew that we needed more money to invest in my new Business venture, or we might not be able to make it. I was looking for investors or I had to sell everything in it to try to cover the loses. Not giving up, I had also reached out to other business owners, including vendors I worked with. A customer of a Vendor was looking to purchase some of the Equipment. When he came to look at the Equipment, he looked at the facility and through our discussions that day, he wanted to take over the business! 3 months later, I am out of the Lease and the Bank Loan is paid off! I now do not have to file for bankruptcy! Knowing that Attorneys charge a lot per hour, you want to make sure you are getting your monies worth! Anytime there is a money exchange between parties, we all think we are getting the short end of the stick. I try my best to look for the Honesty in a person! I think Lanser Law Office has that honesty! We hope we don't have to file Bankruptcy in the future! If I have to, I know who I am calling! Thank you Bruce, Lisa and Staff!
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Posted by Charles | February 21, 2019
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I high recommend Bruce Lanser
I hired Bruce after my initial consultation. I felt he was highly professional and I did not need to shop around. I'm sure he charges a bit more than the discount guy you see on TV. For something this important you get what you pay for. My bankruptcy was pretty typical but had a few unique problems as most bankruptcies do, I am sure. It is not one size fits all. I'm not sure a discount guy would have been so thorough. Bruce was very thorough and I always felt I was in good hands. Things went extremely smooth. I would also like to point out that Bruce made me feel like I was his only client. If I emailed him a question, I did not wait days for an answer. An answer was only an hour or two away. Sometimes it was minutes. If you want total peace of mind in an emotional, important legal process, go with Bruce.
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Posted by Jennifer | September 9, 2018
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Attorney Bruce Lanser Review
If you want to make one decision that you'll never think twice about, hire Attorney Bruce Lanser to represent you for your bankruptcy proceedings. Our case was very complex, in fact, the first two bankruptcy attorneys we interviewed with turned us down and highly recommended Bruce Lanser. We're so glad that we followed through with their recommendations. Attorney Lanser was not intimidated by our case, he put us at ease, was compassionate, easy to talk to, highly knowledgeable and organized, professional and thoroughly answered all of our questions. We left with a clear understanding of the bankruptcy process and a very detailed outline of paperwork that would be needed to get started. While the list of documents you need to submit may be a bit daunting, you'll come to understand that Attorney Lanser leaves no stone unturned. Every possible question is thought of and because of his methodical foresight, there's no question prior to or in court that can't be answered and followed up with proper documentation. We were questioned by more than the Trustee, but because of Attorney Lanser's meticulous attention to detail, all of us were successfully able to respond with substantial backup documentation. We're so grateful to Attorney Lanser for helping us attain the very best possible outcome for our case. He's someone you respect immediately, commands honesty and you can trust implicitly. No matter where you are in the process, every email or phone call will be responded to quickly and thoroughly, even after your case has been discharged. Before court he'll walk you through the questions that will be asked and will personally help calm your nerves. We were in the best of hands during the worst time in our lives, he was our silver lining. We highly recommend Attorney Bruce Lanser no matter how simplicit or complex your case, we promise you, you'll have no regrets in choosing his law office to represent you.
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Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2018
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Excellent Attorney
Attorney Lanser was very helpful in my bankruptcy case. Having him represent me made the process run smoothly and it was not as stressful as I thought it would be.
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Work Experience

  • Chapter 7 Trustee
  • United States Bankruptcy Court - Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • 1990 - Present
  • Lawyer
  • Lanser Law Office
  • 1987 - Present
  • Associate
  • Consumer Law Center, Law Offices of John P. Savage
  • 1982 - 1987

Education

  • Marquette U
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1978

Associations

  • American College of Bankruptcy
  • Fellow
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, Local Rules Committee
  • Past Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Farm Crisis Committee
  • Past Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Creditors' Rights Section
  • Board Member
  • 2003 - 2009
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - 2010
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Honors and Awards

  • Milwaukee Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • Judge Dale E. Ihlenfeldt Bankruptcy Award
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association
  • 2012
  • Best of Milwaukee, Best Bankruptcy Lawyer
  • Shepherd Express
  • 2012
  • Best Bankruptcy Lawyer
  • Milwaukee Magazine
  • 2003
  • Best Bankruptcy Lawyer
  • Milwaukee Magazine
  • 1999
  • Super Lawyer - Bankruptcy - 2007-present
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers
  • N/A
  • AV Rated - 1996 to present
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
  • Best Lawyer 2007- present
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • State Bar Build Your Practice Series, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015
  • Basic Bankruptcy:Representing Clients in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Filings
  • 2015
  • Annual Meeting of Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Pre-Bankruptcy Planning: Where is the Line Between Prudence and Fraud
  • 2013
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Bankruptcy For the Rest of Us
  • 2011
  • State Bar Annual Bankruptcy Update Seminar, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010
  • Various Bankruptcy Topics
  • 2010
  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Creditor/Debtor Proceedings Unit of Lawyer Skills Course
  • 2007
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Annual Convention
  • Ethical Issues Faced by Lawyers in Joint Representation
  • 2005
  • Society of Family Lawyers
  • Selected Highlights of BAPCPA
  • 2005
  • Marquette University Law School
  • Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention Act of 2005
  • 2005
  • State Bar Annual Bar Convention
  • Sec. 707(b): What Is It, Where Did It Come From and How Is It Applied
  • 2004
  • Leander J. Foley, Jr. Matrimonial American Inn of Court
  • Pre-Bankruptcy Planning and the Timing of Bankruptcy Relative to Divorce
  • 2004
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Fall Convention
  • Pre-Bankruptcy Planning and the Timing of Bankruptcy Relative to Divorce
  • 2004
  • Society of Family Lawyers
  • In Pursuit of the Perfect Happiness Package
  • 2003
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Great Expectations
  • 2003
  • Legal Action of Wisconsin, Consumer Advocacy and Bankruptcy Assistance Project 1995, 2000, 2002
  • Basic Bankruptcy
  • 2002
  • Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers, Winter Seminar
  • What the Personal Injury Lawyer Nees to Know About Bankruptcy
  • 2000
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Family Law and the Bankruptcy Code
  • 1999
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Build Your Practice Series
  • A Closer Look at Chapter 13
  • 1997
  • National Business Institute
  • Fundamentals of Bankruptcy Law and Procedure
  • 1993
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Basic Issues In Bankruptcy
  • 1992
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Chapter 13: A Step by Step Analysis
  • 1991
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Pitfalls In Bankruptcy
  • 1989
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Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Bruce Lanser for many years as I often refer bankruptcy cases to him. He is my "expert" in the field of bankruptcy. I will continue to refer clients to him in the future."
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Hartland Bankruptcy and debt Lawyer Bruce A. Lanser
Bruce A. Lanser
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
Hartland, WI
Licensed for 42 years