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Kathryn Ursula Tokarska

Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   51 reviews

also known as Tokarska Law Center, San Diego Bankruptcy Attorney


Licensed for 16 years

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About Kathryn

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"I believe in second chances! 

Decades ago as immigrants from an Eastern block country, my family and I worked extremely hard to rebuild our lives here.  As a teenager attending high school I found myself assisting my parents and immigrants in the community disadvantaged by language barriers and lack of understanding of financial products and choices.   It is ironic that people who can most benefit from financial advice are least likely to afford and receive such professional services. 

My experience has grown into a passion of assisting and educating people in financial matters.”  

Client's Choice 2021
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Top Contributor 2021
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Licensed for 16 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 08/08/2022

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

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Tokarska Law Center
185 West "F" Street
Suite 100
San Diego, CA, 92101

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2021
Client's Choice
Kathryn received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2021
Posted by D. Santiago | March 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
We recommend Kathryn! Professional, Polite, and Transparent.
My wife and I had to file for Bankruptcy and spoke with several lawyers before selecting Kathryn. She was recommended to us by a family friend and we were grateful to have Kathryn on our side during this very difficult and stressful time. She was astute, precise, and transparent throughout the whole process. During our proceeding, it was brought to our attention how organized and responsive Kathryn when she was asked for specific information and documents by the court, which if not provided in a timely fashion, could have delayed our case. If you are looking for someone to represent you - look no further! You will not be disappointed.
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Posted by Reyna Zamudio | September 29, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Beyond Expectations!!
Miss Tokaska was exceptional, professional and very caring. She was always available and answered all my questions as well as guided me through the whole process of filling for bankruptcy from the beginning until the end. I am very grateful for all her help and I would definitely recommend Miss Tokarska to my family and friends.
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Posted by Vanessa | September 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very detailed, efficient, and professional!
I worked with Kathryn Tokarska for my BK process. It was a very difficult decision for me, however I lost my job due to Covid and I had no other options but to file for bankruptcy. I talked to a few attorneys before finding Kathryn and I am so glad I kept searching until I found her. Unlike the other BK attorneys I spoke with, Kathryn took the time to listen to my specific situation and needs and provide a TRUE consultation. I didn't feel rushed or like I was just another "number" in line. I felt like a real person whose situation mattered to her. After my first conversation with her, I knew she was the perfect fit for me. She is extremely detail oriented, she provided clear instructions, she was patient while answering the 1,000 questions I had along the way, and she was also warm and caring. She understands that this is a difficult decision for most people, and she is there for her clients every step of the way. I would HIGHLY recommend Kathryn to anyone searching for someone who really knows their way around the Bankruptcy laws and protocols, and who will make sure everything is done correctly and by the book every step of the way. Kathryn is excellent at what she does and I cannot recommend her enough!
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Posted by Nicole | December 8, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
You want Kathryn on your side!
Kathryn is one of the most exceptional attorneys I have ever worked with and am so grateful I found her during a difficult time in my life. Throughout the last decade, I have retained probably 10 different attorneys for various business related issues. Kathryn is exceptionally talented and professional bar to none. She will always be truthful and forthright and is extremely detail oriented. She answers questions promptly and makes sure you completely understand the process and due diligence required. I was terrified to go down this road and she gave me peace of mind and helped me prepare for a seamless process and the ability to start over with a new chapter of my life. I will always refer every friend and family member to Kathryn and still reach out when I have questions. Thank you for helping me restart my life! I have already reaped so many blessings moving forward.
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Posted by Shawn | May 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend Kathryn Tokarska
Kathryn did an amazing job handling my mom’s bankruptcy. She is intelligent, tireless and knows her job inside and out. She also consulted with me regarding a student loan issue that ended up in my favor. My mom and I would use her again in a minute!!
Posted by Elena Lancefield | May 6, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Need to repair your credit?
On a clear score, my credit was less than 463, and I was slightly skeptical but decided to give this an opportunity. R E M O T E R E P A I R a t C L E R K d o t C O M has done more than fix my credit. He has helped me better my knowledge of credit opportunities. I will refer him to any of my friends or family with any bit of credit discrepancies. I am now ready to continue improving my score and not worry about getting approved for the things I want and need in life
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Posted by Darla | April 19, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She did an amazing job.
Kathryn isn't a warm & fuzzy person but as your attorney she is tough and to the point. Great at follow up and communication skills. There is no hand holding with this wonderful attorney but you haven't hire her for hand holding. She is a true professional and I would refer anyone to her.
Posted by Scott | June 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Experience
Ms. Tokarska did an outstanding job helping us navigate a very complicated and stressful process. I had tried starting with several other attorneys. Most seemed to be too busy and/ or impersonable to take the time to explain and keep things moving. But once we got started with Ms. Tokarska she made it seem much simpler, fairly easy and smooth. She was easy to contact either picking up or calling back as soon as she could. I highly recommend!
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Posted by Christopher | February 24, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Kathryn handled my bankruptcy professionally without incident. Was very responsive. Very thorough. Met with me multiple times, prepared and filed all forms. Kept me upraised of the timeline, my court appearance, and discharge. Highly recommend.
Posted by Yvonne | December 22, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very very helpful
For years my husband and I were chased by a company about a debt they say we owed. She took the time to give me instructions on how to stop them harrasing us. She is an honest lawyer who really cares.
Posted by janie | July 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
my journey
Kathryn was friendly, professional and non-judgemental. She took the time to reassure me that all will work out and remind me to breathe! She really knows her stuff!
Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Easiest process
We very much enjoyed working with Kathryn, she made the process of bankruptcy easy. She was on top of our case from day 1. She has a spunky personality and gets the job done. If you want a thorough and well prepared lawyer she is for you. We will definitely be recommending Kathryn to any friends and family that require her services.
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Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Chapter 7
Kathryn was excellent in her representation. She is very knowledgeable of bankruptcy law and provided very good advice on a number of issues that resulted in discharge.
Posted by Jonathan | October 31, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very quickly helped me get my Bankruptcy filed within a month...
Kathryn took me on as a client who needed to work quickly. It was late November and I wanted to file before the end of the year. Kathryn explained the process well and walked me through what I needed to do. She made it a smooth and easy process for me...and we filed in less than a month.
Response from Kathryn Tokarska February 25, 2020
Thank you Jonathan. You were an awesome client, a pleasure. I sense you will go places and do great things. Best of luck!
Posted by Carrie | October 22, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Honest
I found Ms. Tokarska to be honest after discussing my financial issues with her. She gave me her time and attention while we spoke. I am planning to make an in office appointment to get my case started as soon as I can.
Posted by Steve | October 13, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great lawyer
I contacted Kathryn because I was thinking about my options for my financial Situation she was great answered all my questions she was very professional and I felt at ease when discussing my options I will definitely call her back and would hire her if I decide to file for a bankruptcy
Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ms Tokarska 5 star attorney
Ms. Tokarska was very efficient and professional. She was available to help and answer any questions I had 24/7...I highly recommend her and was very satisfied with her legal help.
Posted by Richard | October 14, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helpful advice
Gave me a quick answer to a legal question that otherwise would of cost me $100.
Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One AMAZING professional.
Kathryn is amazing. She handled my bankruptcy in the most professional manner imaginable. She is knowledgeable, detailed, and did an excellent job of leading me through what was a completely foreign and stressful process. She was excellent at explaining the complexities of my case and each possible outcome. Kathryn is very responsive to timelines, she made herself available on evening and weekends to make various deadlines, and to answer all my questions. She clearly does care about her clients and their cases. I would recommend Kathryn to anyone needing help.
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Posted by Kasey | April 3, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Kasey
Kathryn is amazing. After a 30 minute consultation I hung up the phone feeling completely assured. Kathryn was precise, detailed and very helpful. Above all: she is fair and knowledgeable. You do not get sales tactics, you get someone who wants to genuinely help; even if a Bankruptcy is not your best option she will guide you to someone who will ward off collection agencies. I actually enjoyed talking with Kathryn, considering such a stressful and sensitive subject. Would not go anywhere else, completely recommend.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Bankruptcy Attorney
  • Tokarska Law Center
  • 2007 - Present
  • Director
  • San Diego Bankruptcy Forum
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Law Office of the Public Defender
  • 2007 - 2007

Education

  • California Western SOL
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2005
  • Eckerd College
  • Undergraduate With Honors
  • 2000
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • All Chapter 7 Cases
  • Discharge
  • All Chapter 13 Cases
  • Confirmed

Associations

  • National Consumer Bankruptcy Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • San Diego Bankruptcy Forum
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • San Diego Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • San Diego Women's Network
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2013
  • San Diego Lawyer's Referral Program
  • Member: Bankruptcy Section
  • 2009 - 2013
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2021
  • San Diego Bankruptcy Forum
  • Director
  • 2008 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • Polish
  • English

Awards

  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • The Wiley W. Manuel
  • The State Bar of California
  • 2007
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • San Diego Polish Business Group Meeting
  • Bankruptcy Basics
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (47)
Given (36)
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Why? I have seen over time Kathryns' answers to over 1200 questions here on AVVO. In that time, I have had an opportunity to review her answers, which have always been thoughtful, accurate, and complete. I highly recommend this knowledgeable and capable attorney for any bankruptcy-related work. Great job Kathryn and hope to continue seeing such great answers."
Foreclosure Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Tokarska is a very knowledgeable and effective advocate for her clients."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 20
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.I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.This attorney one of the extremely knowledgable and competent counsel you look for in representation of your matter."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. The attorney works very hard for the clients and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney."
Foreclosure Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Awesome attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Tokarska is highly competent. She is exhaustive in her research and preparation. I highly recommend her."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Debt collection Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have viewed many of Ms. Tokarska's posts in the Avvo community. Her responses are well reasoned and thorough. If you are in her area, she would be a great resource."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very knowledgeable attorney. Her answers on Avvo are helpful for clients and lawyers alike. If you are seeking a bankruptcy lawyer in San Diego, CA Area I recommend calling Kathryn Tokarska."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kathryn cares a lot about her clients and does not treat them like just another case in a legal mill. I am impressed by her care, organization and attention to detail. She is also very honest with clients, which is an important quality."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kathryn Tokarska demonstrates extensive knowledge and experience in a wide variety of legal matters, particularly in the areas of bankruptcy and foreclosure law. I have tremendous respect for her sound legal knowledge and ability to communicate that knowledge. She is a true asset to our legal community. It is my pleasure to endorse her."
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