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Dorothy G Bunce

Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney at Las Vegas, NV

4.9   84 reviews

About Dorothy

Learn Dorothy’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    65%
    Chapter 7 Planning, Means Test deductions & planning, anticipating assets that Trustee may seize, credit repair & rebuilding after Bankruptcy.

    41 years, 7,700 cases

  2. Debt settlement
    25%
    Removing liens and negotiating settlement of credit card and other debts, INCLUDING restructuring payment of STUDENT LOANS outside of bankruptcy.

    13 years, 1,200 cases

  3. Chapter 13 bankruptcy
    10%
    Chapter 13 Planning, Means Test Deductions & planning, resolving IRS & other non-dischargable debts with Chapter 13.

    25 years, 1,800 cases

Anyone of us can face tough times, and if you need legal help, you may want to find someone who can relate to your problems and won't judge.

I understand what it is like to have financial problems, since my partner is disabled and hasn't been able to work for the past 20 years.

I am the mother to a crazy Papillon dog, Cody Coyote. Although lacking any formal training, Cody acts as a service dog to my partner. 

I first represented someone in Bankruptcy Court back in 1979 while practicing in Reno. I moved to Las Vegas in 1993. I have worked in the private practice of law working with consumer debt problems with A Fresh Start Law since 1999.  

In 2007, I realized that I was digging my own grave with a fork, leaving me with diabetes, hypertension & high cholesterol.  So I had weight loss surgery & have lost more than 100 lbs.  I now work out at the gym every chance I get (so if I don't answer the phone, I may be down the block at the fitness club a few blocks away from the office). 

But I return all my phone messages & seldom stay at the gym for more than 30 minutes.  So if you get my voice mail or if my assistant tells you I am out of the office, please leave me your phone number.

 And for my existing clients - please leave me your phone number!  Although I have your number at the office, if I get a message from you and am not in the office, I will not be able to return your call unless you give me your number!

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Licensed for 44 years
State NV
Status Active
Acquired 1978
Updated 09/10/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Dorothy G Bunce
2037 Franklin Ave
Las Vegas, NV, 89104

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Posted by Nancy | December 14, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Perspective! Highly Intelligent!
Thank you for steering me clear of trouble and being able to see long term. I will take the Answer to the Summons filed by the creditor seriously. T
Posted by Amy | February 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer so grateful I hired her
I had to go through the scary experience of bankruptcy and I choose to have Dorothy Bunce represent me. What an excellent decision!! She really knows what she's doing, she came up with all kinds of solutions for me, any time I needed a question answered she was there immediately with a response, she's patient and really knows how to handle business. I got my discharge. She always kept her word to me and pointed out a number of loopholes that also really helped me. I went with her because of her vast experience and it was definitely the right decision. Thank you Dorothy I couldn't have done this with anyone else. I highly recommend her!!
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Response from Dorothy Bunce February 10, 2021
Amy, it was a pleasure working with you as well. I sure you will have a bright future.
Posted by Danielle | April 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
RN
I had medical bills, and no insurance, not a way I wanted to go, but Dorothy made my life livable, and she's a smart chick!!
Response from Dorothy Bunce April 3, 2020
Was happy to have you as a client, and hope you enjoy your fresh start.
Posted by Jerome | January 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced and Knowledgeable
Ms Dorothy has helped me on my Bankruptcy ordeal. She's very knowledgeable and got many years of experienced. She's responsive and honest if you have some question or inquiry.
Posted by B.B. | April 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
You get what you pay for!
There are a lot of people out there looking for a cheap way to file bankruptcy. Do it yourselfers, bankruptcy attorney mills (a lot like puppy mills) that just move you through and don’t really care, or predatory attorneys that try to force you into and expensive chapter 13 because they either A: don’t know the law or B: want to make more money. Dorothy cares! No questions asked! Like many people, I was scared... however she walked me through it, put up with my annoying hypotheticals through the process and tolerated me until the end. My case wasn’t simple, but she handled it with unswerving ability! Highly recommended for people who are serious about a new lease on life and DO WHAT YOUR ATTORNEY TELLS YOU TO! Don’t be late with paperwork, meetings, bank statements...etc. She will put your needs and fears above everything else. If you want the HANDS DOWN BEST REPRESENTATION IN YOUR BANKRUPTCY CASE......HIRE DOROTHY BUNCE!
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Response from Dorothy Bunce April 9, 2019
BB, thanks for this kind review! I wish I could have waved my magic wand to prevent you from worrying but that would have destroyed who you are. I am glad to have turned you into a believer.
Posted by Wayne | October 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Perfect and professional
From the first time we met Dorothy she put us at ease - not a "stuffed shirt" attorney - Dorothy is down to earth and speaks in "real time" language that was easily understood. Would highly recommend her and we are so appreciative of everything she did for us.
Response from Dorothy Bunce October 30, 2018
Thanks, Wayne for your kind words. You & your Wife are the reason I enjoy working in the bankruptcy field. It has been a pleasure to have been able to help you both.
Posted by Melony | September 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dorothy G. Bunce review
We hired Dorothy for our chapter 7 BK. We were very nervous and worried. She was awesome and pretty much held our hands through the entire process. I was so nervous for the creditor meeting but she calmed me down and made it painless. I am so happy to have worked with Dorothy. Thank you so much Dorothy. We appreciate you.
Response from Dorothy Bunce September 30, 2018
It was a pleasure working with both of you too. I hope you will work on the credit rebuilding program so you can be proud of your good name.
Posted by Jennifer | August 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dorothy was with me every step of the way.
I retained Dorothy as my Lawyer, for my Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Boy, am I glad that I did. One of the wisest things I could have ever done. She made sure that I didn´t become overwhelmed, or misguided during the entire process and went above and beyond to ensure I would get a ¨fresh start¨. She literally wiped out 95% of my debt, and this included debt that many Lawyers that I spoke with- prior to finding Dorothy, wouldn't touch. Not Dorothy, she really knows her stuff, and will fight for you. I was so nervous, and also ashamed of my financial situation, but she put all that to rest. The day of court, I was nervous, but prepared. She made sure that I knew what to expect every step of the way. There was not one question that was presented to me in court, that I could not accurately answer because of her guidance, and her knowledge. Thanks, Dorothy! You truly gave me a fresh start.
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Response from Dorothy Bunce August 22, 2018
Jennifer, I was so relieved you weren't a member of that feminist terrorist group portrayed on tv - LOL! My pleasure and privilege to work with you. Wish I could say "come back soon!"
Posted by Robert | August 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Caring Lawyer!
Dorothy has been very supportive and caring throughout the entire nerve recking bankruptcy process. She is thorough in her explanations and empathetic. It has now been seven years since I went through the process and she is still willing to answer questions. She is also very quick in her responses. I will and have recommended Dorothy to any family member or friends. Thank you Dorothy for your continuous support!
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Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
Dorothy helped me navigate the process of Chapter 7. I was able to file without my husband, as it was my debt. She also worked with me to ensure we met the means test. There were no issues at the hearing and I am happy to recommend her to anyone.
Response from Dorothy Bunce July 12, 2017
Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I will let you know how your case progresses.
Posted by Cora | February 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very satisfied client
Dorothy Bunce is a wonderful and very knowledgeable lawyer. Always on top of her job and keeps you updated on your case. Highly recommended if you ever need a bankruptcy lawyer.
Response from Dorothy Bunce February 16, 2017
Thanks Ms Cora!
Posted by Jacqueline | December 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experience Counts!
When it comes to medical and legal issues, experience counts. I arrived at my 341 creditors meeting very early and saw nearly a dozen meetings with the court trustee. During nearly every one the trustee chastised the bankruptcy filer’s attorney for errors or omissions. When Ms. Bunce and I walked up to the table for my meeting, the trustee knows that Ms. Bunce is the most experienced, most knowledgeable, most professional attorney he would be dealing with all day. My meeting was short, fast, and painless. I firmly believe it was because of Ms. Bunce’s known competency and history. Experience counts! I wanted an attorney that knows and has seen everything. Based on my research the choice was obvious and I am so glad that I had Ms. Bunce representing me during this difficult time.
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Posted by Xu | November 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dorothy Bunce -----the best lawyer ever !
I am very happy today finally I got discharge letter , credit card debts gone, during past 5 months, don't know how many times I looked this name " A fresh start", It touched my heart so much. really. I have to say if I didn't have Dorothy to be my attorney , I wouldn't have today. I owe $60,000 credit card debt ,I was going to borrow money to do the debt reduction, it's going to cost me at least $ 25,000 and may take over a year . The reason I find Attorney Dorothy because she only charges 10% of the reduced amount not like other attorneys charge the whole debt amount's 10% . When I met Dorothy , She suggested me to do chapter 7 bankruptcy , She herself gave up making $4000 , would rather making $ 1400 and do the complicated bankruptcy paperwork , just because she thinks to borrow new debt to pay the old debt is bad action , She said having a fresh star of my life is better for me , and she has confidence to make it happen. Other people told me if I have a job income is not low enough , it's gonna fail . But Dorothy told me it's wrong . We start on May, during those months , preparing all kinds of documents, fill forms, we have been sent each other 109 emails ! and I went to her office 6 times, what a work...... I read lot of people's experience online, some attorney offer lower price get people in, later charge more and more, but not Dorothy , She could asked me to pay more, She spent so much time and energy on my case, specially because of my ignorant , didn't know the right way to calculate income , her had to spend more time re-calculate and explain to me..... My case is complicated , because I have stock account, small business, such a mess, over 200 pages of document present, when trustee told me they need more bank documents, I felt I was collapsed.....But Dorothy was calm and at the first time guide me to prepared everything we need. Dorothy is the most capable attorney I have ever met, and She is the nice, kind, confidence, hopeful, I asked her to treat her for dinner, she didn't want , I want to give her some gift, she said she didn't need anything , Dorothy is like a angel, I can see her heart , she is not for making money, she is there for helping people. I am here giving all my best blessings and wishes to Dorothy, You have a wonderful weekend.......... ( Sorry my English is not so good . )
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Posted by Barbara | July 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Above all expectations
Dorothy Bunce provide excellent guidance during the Chapter 7 process. She was able to put me at ease and all went well. I would recommend Dorothy to anyone who is in need of legal services. She treated me as a friend and I am happy with the caring support she provided. Barbara.
Response from Dorothy Bunce July 22, 2016
Thanks Barbara! I enjoyed working with both of you.
Posted by Nolan | July 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A wonderful guide for a difficult time.
Part of the reason we dug ourselves so deep into our hole was that we were so afraid of all the unknowns of bankruptcy. We were ashamed, scared, and feeling pretty helpless. As it became more and more evident we were out of options we tried searching online to find a good lawyer at a reasonable price. We had spent quite some time looking and we had Dorothy highlighted from the start. As we searched our narrowing list of Lawyers we found some cheaper, and some from large firms. We just kept on running across Dorothy and her awesome reviews. We finally reached out to her and set up our first meeting. From that initial moment, all the way until today we are certain that was the best choice we could have made. Dorthy made things simple. Dorothy did not judge us. Dorothy kept us up to date and even reminded us when we had important papers due. For the intimidating meeting with the trustee, Dorothy prepped us, was there with us in the courtroom so we felt at ease the whole time. Bankruptcy was not a simple choice in any way. There are many mountains of paperwork, looming due dates, ever changing court schedules, but Dorothy guided us through it all and set us back on our feet. Thank you for all you have done for our family Dorothy!
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Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Initial Consultation
Dorothy had all the answers to my questions. We spent twice as much times as scheduled to be sure I was clear about my options. She is very down to earth and I believe genuinely concerned for her clients.
Posted by Robert | March 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Bankruptcy Lawyer and a nice person.
Thank God I found you! I do not know how or why a layperson such as myself would deem they possess the skills AND knowledge to file for bankruptcy on their own…it’s too complicated. Even with you guiding and advising me, it’s overwhelming!
Posted by Michael | February 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
satisfied customer
Dorothy Bunce at a fresh start was pleasantly supportive and insightful prior to and during the process of our filing. My wife and I have never filed for financial hardship prior to this and we were very apprehensive and anxious about the entire process. She reassured us that if we fully disclose or information and remain vigilant and truthful the process would be relatively smooth. She delivered on her promise, represented us respectfully at a fairly in the presence of the Trustee at fair fee. Thank you again for your work with us and now we can truly have a fresh start.
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Posted by Jim | January 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I Finally Have a Fresh Start
After enduring 7 years of collection letters, phone calls, and a couple of lawsuits by creditors related to my former business, I finally decided to see if a lawyer could help put my past business failure in the past. I initially chose Dorthy Bunce based on the positive reviews that I found online. After our initial consultation I new Dorthy was the right person to help me navigate through chapter 7 bankruptcy. Dorthy guided me through all of the steps in the process with professionalism and compassion. She responded to my questions in a timely manor (Even if they were irrelevant to the case) and completed the process without any extra or hidden costs. Bankruptcy may not be for everyone, but you should consider Dorthy for every bankruptcy.
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Posted by V Huy | November 19, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
EXCELLENT
Dorothy was an excellent attorney. My father and I was very worried about the case and had many questions and concerns. I would consider her an expert in bankruptcy and made the process for us for easy. She is extremely helpful and friendly, I wouldn't consider anyone else but her!
Response from Dorothy Bunce November 20, 2015
Thanks for these kind comments. Your Dad's case should be winding up very soon and I will be sending him his credit repairing information when his case finalizes.
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AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • A Fresh Start
  • 1997 - Present
  • Researcher
  • Nevada Attorney for Injured Worker
  • 1993 - 1996
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Dorothy Bunce
  • 1978 - 1991
  • Trust Agent
  • Nevada National Bank
  • 1978 - 1978
  • Legal Intern
  • Peoples National Bank
  • 1977 - 1978
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Education

  • Sacramento Valley Bankruptcy Forum
  • CLE
  • 2011
  • Sacramento Valley Bankruptcy Forum
  • CLE
  • 2009
  • Sacramento Valley Bankruptcy Forum
  • CLE
  • 2008
  • Sacramento Valley Bankruptcy Forum
  • CLE
  • 2007
  • University of Puget Sound School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1975
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Legal Cases

  • Eliminating Tax Debt of $450,062.43 for $920!
  • Eliminated over $449,000 in IRS debt! Whoo Hoo!

Associations

  • Southern Nevada Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Nevada
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • State Bar of Nevada
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers
  • Treasurer
  • 1998 - 2002
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Bankruptcy Attorney of the Year
  • Consumer Business Review
  • 2016
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyers in Southern Nevada
  • Vegas Inc.
  • 2014
  • Top Lawer in Southern Nevada
  • Vegas Inc
  • 2012
  • 2011 Bankruptcy Attorney of the Year
  • Consumer Business Review
  • 2011
  • 2010 Bankruptcy Attorney of the Year
  • Consumer Business Review
  • 2010
  • First 100 Women Admitted to Practice Law in Nevada
  • American Bar Association
  • 1996
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Publications

  • Self
  • Guide to Chapter 7 Bankrupcy
  • 1999

Speaking Engagements

  • The Don of the Law
  • Credit Repair
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (344)
Given (480)
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"There are few lawyers as knowledgeable as Dorothy. She is the only lawyer I would recommend in Nevada. Her knowledge is only surpassed by her compassion and willingness to share advice without expecting something in return. She's a great person as well as a great lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Other
"Dorothy has her act together. Check her out on Avvo! She answers everything."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"At the time of this endorsement, Attorney Bunce is the number one contributor here on Avvo. She takes time to help the community with her thoughtful and informative answers to so many questions. You cannot go wrong wth Attorney Bunce."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Bunce provides a much-needed service on Avvo and donates time to individuals who are in need of immediate legal answers."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer based on her thorough and knowledgeable answers on this forum."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Dorothy Bunce. She is highly experienced and passionate about representing her clients diligently. She is also very personable, and fun to be around, and willing to go the extra mile."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Bunce is extremely knowledgeable. If you have a complicated legal bankruptcy issue in Nevada, she is suited to resolve it. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney, who provides so generously to the AVVO community and gives sound legal advice."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Dorothy has a wealth of knowledge and takes time out of her day to help those who need legal assistance."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I confidently endorse this lawyer’s work and standing in the legal community."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Bunce is professional, bright and finds creative solutions to complex legal problems. I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Bunce is extremely knowledgable attorney. She gives freely of her time to answer questions on avvo and does so with expertise. The community is lucky to have her."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mrs. Bunce is highly experienced and knowledgeable in his field, and is a regular contributor to Avvo and dedicates a significant amount of his limited time to helping people answer questions in this area."
Debt settlement Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Bunce is an attorney who exhibits an understanding of legal advocacy that truly sets her apart. Her answers on Avvo are thoughtful, relevant, and compassionate. I enthusiastically endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is with the greatest of pleasure that I highly endorse Dorothy. Not that she needs my endorsement as she is truly the leader of our AVVO online Q and A . Dorothy has literaly given years and hundreds of hours of her time in answering questions for persons she will never meet nor receive a fee. Dorothy is just as quick to advise someone not to file bankruptcy and look at other options when it would be so easy to make bankruptcy the answer to all problems on the bankruptcy q&a. She looks at persons as individuals and not case numbers and offers real empathy for the client. She understands what our clients are facing as her bio clearly states. If you live in the Vegas area it will not be a gamble to see Dorthy for your debt and lien issues. She is a fantastic lawyer and I consider her a great online friend. To quote Dorothy, "Hope this perspective helps! ""
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dorothy tells it like it is. Good advice with good humor."
Debt settlement Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Las Vegas Chapter 7 bankruptcy Lawyer Dorothy G Bunce
Dorothy G Bunce
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney
Las Vegas, NV
Licensed for 44 years