You May be Able to Get Free Bankruptcy Help in Los Angeles


Is there free bankruptcy help in Los Angeles? In fact there are many different places throughout the Los Angeles area that provide varying degrees of free bankruptcy help.  A fact sheet with the names and phone numbers of various legal aid and legal referral organizations throughout Southern California is linked here. A person should keep in mind that while you can get free bankruptcy help in Los Angeles, it is not likely to include full legal representation with your case being handled for you by a lawyer. Most of the free help platforms that you will find available are going to be limited to giving you “self help” assistance, rather than full representation with a free lawyer.

Bankruptcy “self help” will usually involve providing a person with the necessary legal forms, various checklists, and instructions on where to take your completed papers to make your court filing. It should also provide you with simplified explanations to help you understand the legal process that takes place in a bankruptcy case, who the different “players” are in a bankruptcy case, such as the bankruptcy trustee, the bankruptcy judge, and the roles and functions that they perform. The free bankruptcy help in Los Angeles that you should expect to find will also include some advice as to various legal issues, problems, and traps that can await you.

There is no amount of legal self help assistance that can replace the analytical skill, ability and experience that a California State Bar Certified Bankruptcy Specialist can bring to your case. The filing of a bankruptcy case is complicated and difficult, even to lawyers who lack specific bankruptcy experience. For example, anyone can write things down on a pre-printed legal form, but the skill is in knowing what you should write down, not what you guess is supposed to be written down. The bankruptcy forms were designed to be prepared by skilled and experienced legal professionals who know what they are doing. The forms were not designed with you in mind, filling them out for yourself. Using guesswork in completing the forms is a recipe for potential disaster.

If you are in Los Angeles and want to get free bankruptcy help, you will find that most bankruptcy lawyers willing to provide you with a free consultation. Unfortunately, while some of those lawyers will talk to you without charge, they won’t always get into specific legal analysis of your case, and they resent giving you any meaningful help without charging for it.

At the Los Angeles bankruptcy law firm of Bayer, Wishman and Leotta, we are California State Bar Certified Bankruptcy Specialists, and we believe in giving all prospective clients a completely free bankruptcy consultation that is in depth,  and provides you with the full benefit that of all of our skill, experience, and legal ability can bring to solving your debt problems. We are highly passionate about about helping you solve your debt problems, and we like to boast that after our free consultation, you will walk out of our office knowing what you need to know, whether you hired us to represent you, or not.

At Bayer, Wishman and Leotta we pride ourselves on maintaining the continuity of that passion, which began at the venerable old Los Angeles bankruptcy law firm of Slate & Leoni from the 1950’s through the 1990’s, (now gone) where all of us worked and had our training as young fledgling lawyers, more than 30 years ago. We are here to help you. Feel free to call us and talk to an experienced, highly knowledgable lawyer.

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Leon Bayer and Jeffrey Wishman are Los Angeles Bankruptcy attorneys. They have been practicing bankruptcy lawyers in Los Angeles for 37 years and are Certified Bankruptcy Specialists by the State Bar of California. These are lawyers who bring experience, skill and creativity to the highly complex area of bankruptcy law. At this Los Angeles law firm, the your initial consultation with an expert is free. Mr. Bayer is a coauthor of Nolo's The New Bankruptcy: Will It Work for You?, authors the “Ask Leon” series on Nolo’s Bankruptcy, Debt & Foreclosure blog, and writes on bankruptcy topics for Nolo’s website. In addition, Mr. Bayer devotes a significant number of hours to volunteer legal services. The State Bar of California has commended Mr. Bayer for this work every year since 2004.