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Michael Frank Chekian

Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

5.0   35 reviews

also known as Call me Mike! No need for formality!

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  • Licensed for 30 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    45%
    Chapter 7 bankruptcy to wipe out credit cards, judgments, medical bills, older taxes, strip liens from real estate.

    31 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Chapter 13 bankruptcy
    20%
    Chapter 13 bankruptcy to save property, pay taxes, stop foreclosures, strip liens.

    31 years, 100 cases

  3. Debt settlement
    15%
    Pay pennies on the dollar to settle debts or perhaps pay nothing at all if the debt is legally uncollectible.

    31 years, 30 cases

  4. Litigation
    15%
    Defense of suits to recover money.

    31 years, 40 cases

  5. Chapter 11 bankruptcy
    3%
    Representation of creditors, filing claims and defending bankruptcy lawsuits.

    28 years, 20 cases

  6. Bankruptcy and debt
    2%
    Negotiation to settle lawsuits without filing bankruptcy.

    31 years, 50 cases

HARD WORKING, RESPONSIVE & POLITE BANKRUPTCY LAW SPECIALIST.

Welcome to Chekian Law Office, a Full Service Bankruptcy Law Firm handling all aspects of bankruptcy law, debt and debt settlement issues, including the difficult & challenging cases that other law firms run from. The law firm operates exclusively throughout California, focusing on Southern California cases with office strategically located in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties. Reach out to us today and expect a quick drop in your blood pressure as we explain how to solve your debt problems, in plain English.

 

This law firm was founded in 1993 by attorney Michael Chekian. Mike is a knowledgeable and experienced bankruptcy lawyer in Los Angeles. In addition to being a warm and polite guy who helps you to feel at ease, attorney Michael Chekian is a Certified Bankruptcy Specialist by the State Bar of California. Mike truly cares about his clients and he offers free legal consultations, being very transparent about the affordable fees and costs, and helping his clients understand the pros and cons of their bankruptcy options.

 

The scope of our bankruptcy practice is on Chapter 7, Chapter 13, Foreclosures, Adversary Procedures, all motion work and lien avoidance actions, including reopening cases to avoid junior liens (where available by law), and all "problem cases".

 

Chekian Law Office headquarters is conveniently located in West Los Angeles with easy access to the 405 freeway.  The law firm includes other office meeting locations across Los Angeles, Orange County, and Riverside county and beyond. Potential new clients: as a new client or someone considering working with the law firm, you can expect a detailed free phone consultation where we give you the "big picture" quickly, quote prices, and send you a written proposal if desired. The next step is a personal meeting with attorney Michael Chekian. No pressure, no hard sell, just a frank assessment of the pros, cons, consequences and potential solutions to your debt issues. 

 

 

Call Chekian Law Office for a free bankruptcy consultation.  Emphasis of practice is bankruptcy, debt settlement and litigation.  Expect a confidential, no pressure phone consultation with a frank discussion of pros and cons and fees.  We provide no obligation written proposals.  Main office is in West L.A., and meeting locations are available from the San Fernando Valley area, throughout L.A. and Orange County.

 

Michael Chekian, Esq.

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Awards

Top Contributor 2014
Top Contributor
2014
Client's Choice 2013
Client's Choice
2013

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Location

Michael Chekian
445 South Figueroa Street
31st Floor
Los Angeles, CA, 90071

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  35 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2013
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2013
Great Service! Stress free, fast, reliable and amazing support! Thanks Michael
I was referred to Michael from the "Los Angeles County Bar Association". I bumped into a a financial situation (primarily medical) and was afraid of the the entire process for bankruptcy. Day in and day out I had to worry. I was glad I spoke and met with Michael as he made the entire process smooth, easy, efficient and soothing for me. I had no doubt in his abilities and skill sets to get me through a tough time. Every question I had was answered and all my worries put the rest. Once again... thank you Michael! I appreciate the services and the advice you have offered me! I am also referring him to others as I have a friend who is also going through the same process, and his attorney hasn't even started the hearing process for him! He started before me and I already received my discharge! Great job Michael! Thanks again -R
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Posted by Roger | May 22, 2013
In the most streesfull of times Michael was a sure handed guide
No one wants to go through a Bankruptcy. Many complex issues need to be considerd , not yhe least of which are ones own personal feelings of failure and self worth. Michael 's cool hand and calming manner helped to make this experience work. Not only is he knowlegeable , He finds the time to make the process make sense. He protects you and He does not make a big deal out of it. I have recommended Him to several of my friends and they have all had the same kind of experience. He is the best. If you need to go through this chapter of your life you will find no one better to be your guide.
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Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exactly what I was looking for.
Michael and his team provided an exceptional level of service that instantly made me feel at ease during a complex legal issue. Their expertise shone through as they guided me with clarity and a well-defined strategy, ensuring I understood each step of the process. Their promptness, efficiency, and excellent communication instilled full trust, keeping me well-informed and involved throughout the proceedings. It was evident from the positive reactions of the courts and legal peers that Michael's team is highly experienced and respected. Their meticulous attention to detail ensured a seamless and swift resolution to my case. I wholeheartedly recommend Michael and his team to anyone facing challenging business or personal legal matters. With their support, I have closed this chapter of my life and am now able to focus on the future with confidence. Their professional prowess, coupled with reasonable fees, makes them an outstanding choice for legal representation. Thank you, Michael and team, for your invaluable assistance.
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Posted by Alex | January 4, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney knows his stuff!
Unfortunately, I've been involved in lots of litigation, and I appreciate Michael Chekian's knowledge, experience, fee structure, and effectiveness. We were concluding, after seven years of effort a CH 11 restructuring when a creditor filed an objection in a veiled attempt to renegotiate their agreement. Michael Chekian knew exactly how to handle the situation. I highly recommend Michael Chekian.
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Posted by Marshall | December 19, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
He's a straight shooter
I contacted Michael regarding a matter that was not in his wheelhouse, but that didn't stop him from going out of his way to tell me everything he did know about my matter and referring me to another attorney that could assist me, things he really did not have to do. He has an air of confidence about him, without even a hint of arrogance and is a straight shooter for sure. If I need his expertise in the future, I will certainly give him a call and you should too.
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Posted by Alem | October 9, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dr
Throw, assertive and effective in his council. Understands the law and its implications. I do recommend him any time to who ever aspires his professional services.
Posted by Tracy | October 6, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend Michael Chekian
I am a private lender. I contacted Michael Chekian when a borrower filed for bankruptcy. I had never been through this process before and did not know what to expect. Michael and his assistant, Kathya, far exceeded my expectations. They are experienced, professional, reachable and responsive. His fees were more than fair. I would absolutely use him again and can recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Michelle | March 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer and great person!
After getting the run around from other attorney's in trying to begin the bankruptcy process, I found Michael. It can be very difficult as a transgender person finding professional services who are willing to fight for you like they would anyone else, Michael went well beyond what I had hoped for. He has been so gracious with his time and answering all of my questions and putting to rest my concerns throughout this process. I would recommend him and his team to anyone who is in need of an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Lawyer
Mr. Chekian always follow up our case until end. He pay so much attention to our case. He really took care our case. Definitely recommend him to everyone who needs litigation law; talk to Mr. Chekian. He will gives you great advise.
Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Accessible and Friendly Professional - Highly recommend
I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Chekian and it was evident from the beginning he goes above and beyond for his clients. He is extremely knowledgeable of every faucet of bankruptcy law, easy to communicate with, and overall a friendly person to work with. I highly recommend his services to anyone looking for an attorney with help navigate an otherwise stressful time.
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Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very nice, knowledgable and helpful !
Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge/expertise and for giving me a few helpful pointers over the phone.
Posted by Lisa | March 7, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very knowledgeable, helpful and non-judgemental
I messaged this lawyer here and told him my situation. He said that it didn’t make sense to hire him for such a small debt but that he could talk more on the phone about this. I took him up on this generous offer and he provided me with so much great information that will really help me handle this myself all at no cost. Thank you so much for your valuable time and insight. I would definitely hire this lawyer for a higher debt or bankruptcy issue and would recommend him to others.
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Posted by Nereida | November 26, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Caring and Conscientious attorney
Mr. Chekian, despite my not paying him, took his time to advise me and look out for my best interests. He refused to be hired because what I was asking him to draw up would have been detrimental to me.
Response from Michael Chekian December 5, 2018
Thanks for the kind words. I try my best to give big picture advice to anyone who contacts me.
Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding
Mike is an outstanding lawyer. He's communicative, efficient, and just an overall good person. I had called several law firms before hiring him and that proved to be one of the best decisions I've made. I appreciate that he talked to me like a human being and he helped me overcome a difficult situation with ease. Even my family were surprised, as they have all had bad experiences with lawyers. I never once had to question what was going on with my case because he kept me in the loop every step of the way. Words cannot describe how thankful I am.
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly Recommend!
Michael took the time to review my documents, make an insightful recommendation based on the circumstances and patiently talked me through the findings. I didn't feel rushed or as if I was bothering him as I had with some other firms. I highly recommend Michael!
Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of a Kind
I first contacted Michael when consulting legal advice about filing for bankruptcy from several attorneys specializing in this field. From the moment he picked up the phone, he was genuine and upfront about my case all the way until the very end when I successfully filed for a Chapter 7 with him as my attorney over a year later. You could tell instantly he was genuine in nature as he never gave off the sales-pitch tone commonly encountered when speaking to other lawyers in any domain of expertise, be it accounting, taxes, etc. Every time we spoke, you knew he took the time and due diligence to look into your case as one of his highest priorities and not as another pile of papers stacked on his desk with a name on it. This was evident when he was able to educate and inform me of all possible options and actions specifically tailored to my case that I could act upon with my personal best-interest in mind. Michael knows his stuff, gets it done, and, most importantly, he genuinely takes your case seriously, always keeping you well informed along the way. Definitely one of a kind.
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Posted by Russell | June 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great bankruptcy attorney!
Michael made the entire process of Chapter 7 very simple and stressless. He was always available personally to answer any of my questions over email and phone. After only a few months of hiring Michael, my case was completed successfully and I was finally debt free! His fees are also very reasonable. I highly recommend Michael Chekian as a bankruptcy attorney!
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Posted by Gaetano | March 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Savior
Michael Chekian truly saved my bankruptcy. I originally had another lawyer handle my case which was a mistake. The first lawyer only knew how to handle basic bankruptcy. When the case had an adversity charge placed against me, he new nothing and it cost me. I found Mr Chekian through a reference. This was the greatest save I could ask for. Mr. Chekian stepped right in and helped me settle the case. All I can say is thank you Mr Chekian and God bless you for helping me and my family!
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Posted by Robert | December 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mission Accepted - Mission Accomplished
I needed some help with a collection account. I was in a really tough situation, the creditor had a judgment, a garnishment order was in place and the creditor was very likely going to take 25% of my paycheck every time I got paid for the next several years. Needless to say, I was in panic mode. A friend recommended Avvo, so I went to the website and found Mike Chekian. I contacted Mike and had a brief discussion about my situation and Mike immediately put my mind at ease. He reassured me and told me that we could get through this. I hired Mike on the spot and it was the best money I've ever spent for Legal Services. Mike gave me solid advice and while he didn't guarantee a specific outcome, Mike hit a home run. Mike helped me avoid the garnishment, we settled for under 50% of the amount due and I received favorable repayment terms. Mike Chekian delivered and he did it it on a fixed fee and with the highest level of professionalism I've ever seen. I can enthusiastically endorse Mike for any bankruptcy or collection needs. He saved my financial life and I am extremely grateful.
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Posted by James | March 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing representation
Mike is truly a class Act attorney, saved me personally as well as my business from paying hundred of thousand dollars in legal fees. Highly recommend him
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 20 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Chekian Law Office
  • 1993 - Present

Education

  • Western State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • U.C. Irvine
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Lien Strip Motions
  • Stripped Off Two Mortgages
  • Got Client Back on Title After Foreclosure
  • Client Got Home Back in His Name
  • Wiped Out Judgment Liens
  • Wiped out $500k Liens

Associations

  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Lawyer Referral and Information Service
  • 2006 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
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Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer-Bankruptcy Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
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Publications

  • Inside the Minds, Aspatore Books, Thomson Reuters
  • Strategies For Consumer Bankruptcy Litigation
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
  • Cannabis Issues
  • 2022
  • Payroll Centric University
  • Money and Debt: Make It Your Friend, Not Your Enemy
  • 2014
  • Conejo Valley CPA Seminar
  • Bankruptcy Hot Button Topics
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (13)
Endorse Michael
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer with no reservation. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community. Very hardworking and diligent. Consistently achieves superior results. Advice is always practical and on point. I recommend to anyone looking for an attorney who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and achieving the most favorable result possible."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Chekian has earned the respect of the legal community and others. He is highly regarded for his representation of clients in bankruptcy/ debt issues. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is a consummate professional worthy of your trust. He is an expert in his field and you cannot go wrong with his representation!"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael based on his extensive bankruptcy experience and track-record of highly favorable results. He is very reputable, knowledgeable and thoroughly acquainted with the law and procedure dealing with all aspects of bankruptcy. He is devoted to his clients and an able and committed advocate on their behalf."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is as smart and talented as they come. He also has that rare talent of knowing how to treat a client with respect and understanding when they are going through a BK filing. I have received rave reviews back from clients I have sent to Michael."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I would recommend Michael to any of my clients, family and friends who need a talented dedicated bankruptcy attorney with a tremendous work ethic and the highest integrity."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike Chekian is a lawyer's lawyer. He is my 'go to' choice for my clients who seek personable, professional, and effective handling of their bankruptcy matters. I highly recommend Mike."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Michael Chekian is a great bankruptcy attorney. As a family lawyer in the Los Angeles community, I have a lot of experience working with other attorneys. I called upon Michael to come into one of my divorce cases just days before a bankruptcy hearing. He was educated, patient, efficient and has seen the case through the dismissal of the Petition, to our mutual client's advantage. I looked to Michael for guidance on the BK aspect of the case and he was always patient, available and willing to talk. My client said the exact same thing, that he was always available and patient. I will call upon Michael when in need of a great referral for Bankruptcy Counsel."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Michael Chekian is among the top 5% of all bankruptcy lawyers in southern California. Mr. Chekian is trustworthy & efficient, and he understands people. Due to his command of bankruptcy law and procedure, Michael Chekian navigates bankruptcy court and the bankruptcy process like a true professional. Whether creditor or debtor, individual or business enterprise, anyone seeking bankruptcy counsel is in very good hands with this lawyer. I endorse this lawyer, Mr. Michael Chekian."
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Avvo Contributions

Top Contributor 2014
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Los Angeles Chapter 7 bankruptcy Lawyer Michael Frank Chekian
Michael Frank Chekian
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney
Los Angeles, CA
Licensed for 30 years
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