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Shaye Larkin

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at San Francisco, CA

5.0   142 reviews

also known as Law Office of Shaye Larkin

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  • Licensed for 25 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Shaye

Learn Shaye’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    40%
    My practice focuses on helping individuals and businesses free themselves from the burden of debt (including tax debt) through Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. I also help clients settle their debt outside of bankruptcy.

    25 years

  2. Chapter 13 bankruptcy
    25%
    My practice focuses on helping individuals restructure their debt, catch up on behind mortgage or car payments, and eliminate underwater second mortgages through Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

    25 years

  3. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    20%
    My practice focuses on helping individuals and businesses free themselves from the burden of debt (including tax debt) and harassment by creditors through Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

    25 years

  4. Estate planning
    10%
    I prepare custom estate plans for my clients with small to medium sized estates that help ensure their wishes with regard to the distribution of their assets upon death are carried out and the needs of their loved ones are met.

    13 years

  5. Landlord or tenant
    5%
    Representing tenants only, I assist my clients in resolving disputes with their landlords, including security deposit disputes and early lease terminations.

    13 years

NEED A FRESH START? LET ME HELP YOU GET BACK ON TRACK WITH A CHAPTER 7 OR CHAPTER 13 BANKRUPTCY, OR WITH DEBT SETTLEMENT. NEED AN EFFECTIVE ESTATE PLAN THAT ENSURES YOUR END OF LIFE DECISIONS ARE CARRIED OUT? I CAN HELP YOU WITH THAT TOO! DISPUTE WITH YOUR LANDLORD? LET ME HELP YOU RESOLVE IT!

My law practice focuses exclusively on bankruptcy law, estate planning and tenant rights.

 As a bankruptcy attorney, I handle cases all over the State of California in the Northern, Eastern and Central districts. 

I  have been a licensed attorney handling bankruptcy cases before the United States Bankruptcy Court for more than 24 years.  My goal is to make bankruptcy affordable for my clients, who I know are already facing tremendous financial challenges.  I also strive to be accessible to my clients, and handle their cases expeditiously in a caring and sensitive environment.  I will hold your hand throughout the process, making it as painless and understandable as possible.

As estate planning attorney, I enjoy preparing custom estate plans for my clients with small to medium sized estates that help ensure the orderly distribution of their assets upon their death, according to their wishes.

As a tenant rights attorney, I assist clients in resolving disputes with their landlord, including security deposit disputes and early termination of leases.

Please like my law office page on facebook to get updates about changes in bankruptcy law and other interesting information:  ?pnref=lhc

A little more about me:  I am also an artist and paint portraits.  You can view my art on my facebook art page here:  ?pnref=lhc

I also do a fair amount of teaching.  In addition to teaching bankruptcy law to other adults, I have taught every grade from kindergarten through 12th grade.  I love working with young people and act as a fill-in teacher at various schools in San Francisco and Oakland.  I also served as Assistant Dean of Middle School at French American Internationa School during 2022 and 2023.

Please visit my website at for more information and links for watching my YouTube videos.

Awards

Client's Choice 2020,2017,2016,2015,2014,2013,2012,2011,2010
Client's Choice
2020 2017 2016 + 6 ...
Top Contributor 2015,2014,2013,2012
Top Contributor
2015 2014 2013 + 1 ...

Photos and videos

The Bankruptcy Trustee:  Who they are and what their role is
What to expect at your Bankruptcy Meeting of Creditors
Chapter 7 vs. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
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Location

Law Office of Shaye Larkin
631 O'Farrell Street, No. 615
San Francisco, CA, 94109
Law Office of Shaye Larkin
The Flood Building
870 Market Street, No. 445
San Francisco, CA, 94102
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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2020
Client's Choice
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Posted by Mike | November 9, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
She was amazing. She consulted me through doing a bankruptcy which we are able to avoid. She helped consulate my debt with American Express in half. She was amazing always helpful always checking in and full hands-on. I will always appreciate all she did.
Posted by anonymous | October 12, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Landlord/Tenant Dispute
Shaye provided excellent advice when I needed to get out of a lease agreement early due to an unfortunate circumstance. She is very knowledgable, helped put together a smart defense, and we offered a reasonable negotiation which was accepted by the landlord. Would highly recommend Shaye if you need any legal advice or representation during a landlord/tenant dispute. Thank you Shaye!
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Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Competent and kind attorney
Bankruptcy process can be a difficult undertaking which can also create self doubt in a person. But a competent attorney makes the process that much easier. I had an initial consultation with Shaye and from that call, I knew that she is the attorney I want to work with. I hired here for my case which ended up becoming a chapter 13 based on her advise. Shaye was there every step of the way. She has a kind demeanor and a myriad of experiences dealing with these proceedings. She was very patient, polite and present throughout and I am absolutely sure my case will go smoothly. I highly recommend her for any financial issues or questions you may have in Northern California. She is a rare one for sure.
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Posted by Nabid | July 26, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Landlord/Tenant dispute
I had the opportunity to work with Shaye after moving out of an apartment that I was renting. The landlord was planning to not return my security deposit. As soon as I contacted Shaye via email she responded very quickly, reviewed all my supporting documents, reviewed relate case laws and came up with a plan to address the issue. I think over a two day period she spent at least 6 hours working on my case and as a result I was able to have the landlord resolve our dispute peacefully without going to court. She is passionate about her job and truly wants to help her clients.
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Posted by Marla | May 18, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
So grateful for this lawyer who goes above and beyond!
If I could provide more than five stars to Attorney Shaye Larkin for our 30-minute consultation, I would. Shaye was professional, friendly, honest, knowledgeable, and extremely approachable. She provided me with so much information in 30 minutes. A week later, I had further questions, and reached out to Shaye again. Her response was above and beyond just addressing my concerns. Shaye obviously cares about people, and is not just interested in acquiring clients and billable hours. If Shaye serves her paid clients with as much enthusiasm as she puts into a complimentary consultation, I highly recommend Attorney Shaye Larkin for your legal needs. Thank you.
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
I had the privilege to have Mrs.Shaye as my lawyer.She is extremely professional from beginning to the end of my case always very helpful and willing to help.I highly recommend her as a lawyer.
Posted by Sean | April 7, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Skilled and effective for my Chapter 7 bankruptcy case
Shaye was an informative and wonderful partner throughout the process of doing something I didn't want to do. In addition to answering my many questions, her videos were also educational on what to expect during and after a bankruptcy filing. Shaye was very organized with the paperwork and information gathering process, and everything went as she described it to me with no surprises or unexpected hiccups along the way. My case was finalized today with the court issuing a full discharge. Shaye was friendly, professional, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to work with. Highly recommend!
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Posted by Danny | November 24, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer.
I was recently the beneficiary of Mrs Larkins skill and knowledge regarding California State Law and paid COVID leave. I know this is outside her normal practice but she managed to find time and write a formal letter with legal guidelines that I presented to my place of employment so I could get paid. This was time off that did not come from my PTO accruement. Without Mrs. Larkins assistance, I am certain I would not have been paid. I can not recommend Mrs Larkin enough! She went above and beyond the call to help me!
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Posted by anonymous | October 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Mr
Very knowledgeable about bankruptcy very understanding personality and try and get all the information and details to help go through it with less stress highly recommended
Posted by Elaine | August 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Great Attorney
When I met Shaye I immediately felt at ease and hiring her was the best decision I made. Shaye was personable and knowledgeable from the start and throughout my journey. She was responsive to my questions and issues, even through the pandemic she held my hand through it all. I felt supported and protected through the entire process. I am grateful I had Shaye by my side.
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Posted by Raymond | August 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding, compassionate, and professional
I am so grateful that my bankruptcy case has been successfully resolved and I am so thankful that I chose Shaye Larkin as my attorney. She was very supportive, clear, informative, compassionate, and professional in all aspects of the proceedings. In addition, she has created YouTube presentations that were very helpful in clarifying the bankruptcy process. She was always very prompt in responding to my questions and concerns and I always had the feeling that my case was in very competent hands and that she cared about me as a person as we proceeded through the case. I highly recommend Shaye Larkin as your bankruptcy attorney without any reservation.
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Posted by April | January 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The BEST Bankruptcy Lawyer
For the past year or two, I found myself in a pile of debt due to being unemployed and not making the best financial decisions. I knew that bankruptcy was my only option at this point, but I had been putting it off because of all the negative things we hear about it. I finally said enough is enough and found Shaye on Yelp. During our consultation, Shaye was thorough in describing what this process would entail. Her calming energy made me feel comfortable and confident that I would get through this with her guidance. She is organized, punctual, patient, understanding, and straight to the point. Because of Shaye’s hard work, I am FREE of debt! I have never felt so relieved and ready to start enjoying my life again, but with the knowledge of how to prioritize saving money and spending it wisely. I cannot thank Shaye enough!!!
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Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Shaye Larkin Review
Shaye was always very accessible and prompt in responding to any questions or concerns. In additional to being highly organized and professional, I truly appreciated her attentiveness throughout the process, which resulted in a successful Chapter 7 bankruptcy discharge.
Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A hard time made easier.
Found Shaye via yelp. Didn't have a ton of reviews but what was there were all good reviews. Gave it a chance to contact her via e-mail, and she was prompt in replying. Scheduled a phone consult quickly to go over my bankruptcy case. Was professional but also sensitive to my situation. She had better than competitive rates, again being sensitive to my circumstances. Hired shortly after the consult and the whole bankruptcy was pretty quick and painless. She is thorough and quick to reply to e-mails/texts. I would definitely recommend Shaye.
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Posted by Elizabeth | March 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
2009 Personal BK
Shaye Larkin is the best at what she does. Although my bankruptcy was 10 years ago, I don’t think I got a chance to review her. She is understanding, doesn’t judge and a wonderful lawyer and person. I couldn’t have been in better hands.
Posted by Michal | January 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very positive experience
Shaye helped me to file for bankruptcy from abroad. I could not have wished for a better attorney. She went out of her way to accommodate my unusual situation, she was extremely knowledgeable, professional and also super nice! I very highly recommend her!
Posted by Craig | December 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Super Shaye to the Rescue!
Shaye is a fantastic lawyer. I was quite nervous about the whole bankruptcy process. Shaye put my mind at ease by being patient, personable and caring. The whole experience from start to finish went totally smooth. On the day of my hearing, Shaye was a complete professional (and fun to hang around with too). I highly recommend her services to anyone looking to declare bankruptcy.
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Posted by Desiree | October 15, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Quick response
Quick response, helpful with good advise. Gave me some insight on what we need to do
Posted by Mary | October 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, Professional, and Compassionate
My brother was going through a stressful time and living in a shelter. He wanted to file for bankruptcy. Since I took care of all his business affairs, I made calls to several bankruptcy attorneys. From my first call to Shaye Larkin and after our consultation, I knew she was the attorney to assist us. Shaye was very helpful with guiding us through the legal process. She is extremely knowledgeable, compassionate and genuinely cares about helping people. I appreciated how quickly she returned calls, responded to emails and text messages. There was always communication. She was always courteous, professional and I loved that she works directly with her clients. My brother passed before his court date however Shaye made sure I received his discharge. It was a pleasure to work with Shaye. So grateful! Shaye, thank you for your support and hard work. I highly recommend Shaye Larkin. She is the best!
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Response from Shaye Larkin October 11, 2018
Mary, thank you so much for choosing me to be your brother's attorney. It was wonderful working with both of you - you've both touched my life with your kindness and generosity of spirit. I am so sorry James could not be here to enjoy receiving his discharge. I believe he saw it happen though from up above :)
Posted by Jessica | May 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bankruptcy Chapter 7
Shaye Larkin was very respectful and professional during my bankruptcy case. I have a disability that made me go bankrupt and she was very understanding and nonjudgmental that it made the whole bankruptcy journey a lot better despite the fact that going bankrupt is a very depressing situation. I would definitely recommend Shaye to my friends and family if their financial situation unfortunately suffers. In addition, Shaye is very charismatic which makes every encounter with her pleasant.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office Of Shaye Larkin
  • 1999 - Present
  • Bankruptcy paralegal
  • Rothschild & Goldin
  • 1996 - 1999

Education

  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • Jurisdoctor
  • 1998
  • California State University
  • Masters in Public Administration
  • 1994
  • California State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1993

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • AIDS Legal Referral Panel
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2013
  • Bankruptcy Academy
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Volunteer Service Award
  • AIDS Legal Referral Panel
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2016
  • Top Contributor Award
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor Award
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Super Hero Award
  • AIDS Legal Referral Panel
  • 2010
  • 10 year Anniversary of Service Award
  • AIDS Legal Referral Panel
  • 2009
  • Super Hero Award
  • AIDS Legal Referral Panel
  • 2009
  • Super Hero Award
  • AIDS Legal Referral Panel
  • 2008
  • Super Hero Award
  • AIDS Legal Referral Panel
  • 2002
  • Volunteer Award
  • AIDS Legal Referral Panel
  • 2002
  • Hero Award
  • AIDS Legal Referral Panel
  • 2001
  • State of California Senate Certificate of Recognition
  • State Senator, Bob Margett, 29th District
  • 2001
  • California State Assembly Certificate of Recognition
  • Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg, 45th District
  • 2001
  • California State Assembly Certificate of Recognition
  • Honorable Den Maddox, 68th District
  • 2001
  • California State Assembly Certificate of Recognition
  • Assemblywoman Jenny Oropeza, 55th District
  • 2001
  • President's Pro Bono Service Award
  • State Bar of California
  • 2001
  • Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award
  • Volunteer Legal Services Program - Bar Association of San Francisco
  • 2000
  • Outstanding Voluteer in Public Service Award
  • Volunteer Legal Services Program - Bar Association of San Francisco
  • 1999
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Publications

  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Means Test Complications – Beyond Median Income
  • 2015
  • Bankruptcy Litigation 101, published by the National Business Institute Seminar
  • Objections to Proofs of Claims and Objections to Confirmation
  • 2014
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy Law, Published by the National Business Institute
  • The Basics of Chapter 7 and the Means Test
  • 2013
  • Drafting Wager Earner Repayment Plans; Published by the National Business Institute
  • Drafting Wage Earner Repayment Plans
  • 2012
  • Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: Nuts and Bolts; Step By Step Procedures, Published by National Business Institute
  • Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: Nuts and Bolts; Step By Step Procedures
  • 2011
  • Consumer Bankruptcy: The Basics of Chapters 7 and 13; Published by the National Business Institute
  • Chapter 7 or 13: Selecting the Right Chapter For Your Client
  • 2010
  • Consumer Bankruptcy: The Basics of Chapter 7 and 13; Published by the National Business Institute
  • Chapter 13: Step By Step Procedures
  • 2009
  • AIDS Legal Referral Panel - Panel Notes
  • Success Stories
  • 2002
  • Masters Thesis; California State University, Hayward
  • A Study of the Effects Organizational Climate and Culture Have on Attitudes Toward Police Women
  • 1994
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Speaking Engagements

  • The Top 9 Bankruptcy Complications
  • Means Test Complications – Beyond Median Income, and Treatment of Taxes
  • 2015
  • The Karel Show
  • Bankruptcy
  • 2015
  • Bankruptcy Litigation 101
  • Claim Litigation; Objections to Proofs of Claims and Objection to Confirmation
  • 2014
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy Law
  • The Basics of Chapter 13 - August 1, 2013
  • 2013
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy Law
  • The Basics of Chapter 7 and the Means Test
  • 2013
  • Len Tillem Show - KKSF 910 am radio
  • February 17, 2012 - Bankruptcy
  • 2012
  • Kim Foster Show - KGO Radio
  • February 8, 2012 - The Student Loan Debt Bomb
  • 2012
  • Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: Nuts and Bolts
  • The Basics of Chapter 13
  • 2011
  • Oakland, California National Business Institute Presents: Consumer Bankruptcy: The Basics of Chapters 7 and 13
  • January 14, 2010 - Bankruptcy
  • 2010
  • The Len Tillem Show, KGO Radio Newstalk 810 AM, San Francisco
  • March 8, 2009 - Bankruptcy, Loan Modificiations and Foreclosure
  • 2009
  • The Len Tillem Show, KGO Radio Newstalk 810 AM, San Francisco
  • May 31, 2009 - Bankruptcy, Loan Modifications and Foreclosure
  • 2009
  • Garth Sullivan Show Pirate Cat Radio 87.9 FM
  • June 7, 2009 - Bankruptcy
  • 2009
  • The Len Tilem Show, KGO Radio, Newstalk 810 AM, San Francisco
  • October 26, 2008 - Bankruptcy
  • 2008
  • The Karel Show, KGO Radio Newstalk 810 AM, San Francisco
  • October 29, 2009 - Bankruptcy
  • 2008
  • Bankruptcy - A Bridge Over Troubled Water
  • Introduction to Bankruptcy Law
  • 2002
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (111)
Endorse Shaye
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Larkin is a very knowledgeable and effective advocate for her clients."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mrs. Larkin. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I really want all people to contact her for help."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shaye Larkin's answers in the Avvo Q&A section demonstrate her knowledge and experience in the area of bankruptcy law. I endorse this attorney."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Other
"I not only endorse this lawyer. I give this lawyer 5 stars!"
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Shaye. A highly respected attorney in the legal community with a reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shaye helps her clients with her legal skill, knowledge and ability. Shays is a true advocate you can trust."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Shaye Larkin. She is well-respected among her peers in the legal industry."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this individual as a highly respected and knowledgable lawyer in their practice."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shaye has answered many questions very well through out time on AVVO. My name is Scott Needleman, I called you several months ago about a client who had a discharge revoked and needed to refile. FYI I put her in a Chapter 13 and all is good."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Larkin is an exceptionally knowledgeable, intelligent, and talented attorney. She is compassionate and dedicates much of her time to helping many people on Avvo."
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."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Shaye. 18 years of practice with incredible results. More reviews than endorsements. READ THEM! Reviews are her legal legacy and satisfied clients are the ultimate tribute to a job well done. If you are in or near San Francisco and need an attorney do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation with Shaye first."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. What a plethora of Knowledge. Such a vast database of advice. Thank you for your excellent contributions."
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San Francisco Bankruptcy and debt Lawyer Shaye Larkin
Shaye Larkin
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
San Francisco, CA
Licensed for 25 years
Free Consultation
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