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Languages spoken: Spanish, Russian

Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 80%
  2. Debt Settlement: 20%
    23 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (15 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Raymond Jake Bulaon

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    I endorse this lawyer. Knows Chapter 13 inside and out.


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Contact info

Law Office of Peter M. Lively

11268 Washington Boulevard
Suite 203
Culver City, CA, 90230-4647


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Class of 24 FellowAmerican College of Bankruptcy2013
Pro Bono Attorney of the YearPublic Counsel2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorUcla School Of Law2012 - Present
PrincipalLaw Office of Peter M. Lively1994 - Present
Panel Member - Individual Chapter 11 Task ForceUnited States Bankruptcy Court2010 - 2010
AttorneyColeman & Coleman, APLC1993 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
Federal Bar AssociationEditor for Bankruptcy Case Updates2013 - Present
American College of BankruptcyFellow2013 - Present
Culver Marina Bar AssociationN/A2012 - Present
National Association of Consumer AttorneysN/A2010 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysN/A2001 - Present
Financial Lawyers ConferenceN/A2000 - Present
Los Angeles Bankruptcy ForumN/A2000 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationLawyer Referral Service Panel1998 - Present
Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys AssociationVice President2011 - 2012
Santa Monica Bar AssociationN/A2010 - 2012
Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys AssociationChairman of Special Events2009 - 2012
Southern California Bankruptcy American Inns of CourtBarrister2009 - 2011
Beverly Hills Bar AssociationBankruptcy Section Member2001 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Balas & MoralesJudge Thomas B. Donovan was joined by fifteen other judges in the Central District of California in his June 13, 2011 memorandum of decision denying the United States Trustee's motion to dismiss case, after finding DOMA unconstitutional.
Garcia v. DockeryThe 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Garcia and he was not required to propose a 5 year Chapter 13 Plan.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books)Giving the Client Every Advantage when Filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcies2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Los Angeles School of LawLawJD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA1992
Carnegie Mellon UniversityBusinessBS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Chapter 11 Issues and Strategies Including an Introduction to Chapter 11 Plan & Disclosure Statement, with Judge Neil BasonChapter 11 Bankrutpcy2013
State Bar Specialization Certification in Consumer Bankrutpcy. Who, What, Why, How?Bankrutpcy2011
Individual Chapter 11s that are really Chapter 13sBankruptcy Chapter 11 & 132011
Consumer Bankruptcy 101: Practice, Petition and PlanChapter 7 Bankruptcy2011
How BAPCPA Changes Chapter 11 Cases for Individuals - or - No, This Is Not Your Mother's Chapter 11Bankruptcy Individual Chapter 112010
Don't Supersize MeBankruptcy Individual Chapter 112010
Chapter 7 Hot TopicsBankruptcy Chapter 7 Means Test2010
Chapter 7 & 13 Means TestBankruptcy Chapter 7 & 13 Means Test2009