Santa Clarita Bankruptcy

Finding the best bankruptcy attorney in Santa Clarita

To find a quality Santa Clarita bankruptcy lawyer to guide you, where do you start? How do you find the “best bankruptcy lawyer in Santa Clarita?” As a Santa Clarita bankruptcy attorney, I can help you go over and figure out which of the Santa Clarita bankruptcy lawyers is best for you. Here are some factors to look at.

Sure, one way is to personally interview each bankruptcy attorney. But there’s another way to “get to know” a lawyer to find the best bankruptcy attorney. Lawyer websites can tell you a lot about the bankruptcy attorney. Not just what they say, but how they share information, and what that tells you about him without visiting his office.

Let Google help find Santa Clarita bankruptcy attorneys

For example, if you google “bankruptcy attorneys in Santa Clarita” look at the results.

Go Local

Firstly, you want someone local. A local bankruptcy lawyer you can trust. With experience you can trust, that will shape your financial future for years to come. On the website, look at the phone number. Our phone number is 661-252-9900, and it has been for almost 20 years.

Now, look at the other bankruptcy lawyers. Is it a bankruptcy attorney in Santa Clarita with a 661 area code… or somewhere else? They may say they’re committed to Santa Clarita, but how committed can they be if they won’t even get a local number. Call us now. Again, our phone number is 661-252-9900.

Stay Away From Multi-Office Bankruptcy Mills

Secondly, do they have one office, or are they a big firm with lots of places out of Santa Clarita also? Go to their Contact Us page. How many offices do they have?  Maybe they’re not committed to be a Santa Clarita bankruptcy attorney if they have offices all over Southern California. Do they know where the Mustang Drive-in was? Do they know the sounds of the Saugus Speedway?

Scroll to the bottom of the page. Do they know anything about Santa Clarita, or did they just copy-paste words from the Santa Clarita entry in Wikipedia? You want a Santa Clarita bankruptcy lawyer who was raised here and lives in the SCV…  not one who sees Santa Clarita as a branch office and a pin on the map.

Informative and Easy-To-Understand

Thirdly, look at how the “Santa Clarita bankruptcy lawyers” in the results share information. For example, go to practices, and click on the “Chapter 7 bankruptcy” link on their website. Did it inform you? Do you feel like you know all that you need to know about Chapter 7 now? Or was it just a link to make the lawyer website look better.

Now click on our Chapter 7 bankruptcy link. It helps you, informs you, hopefully explains the process. In plain language that doesn’t talk down to you. I try to explain things to my clients so that you understand this complicated process, not talk at people to try to impress them with big words.

Do you know why this website has helpful bankruptcy information that explains things in easy-to-understand terms? Because I wrote it myself, just like I am writing this.

Most other “Santa Clarita bankruptcy attorneys” just asked their website creator to come up with copy. So the web designer just plugs in generic text.  The bankruptcy lawyer didn’t even take the time to write their online resume, which is what a lawyer website is. I hope you like this one.

Plum Canyon facing Valencia & Saugus

Above the Cinder Block Wall

Once upon a time, you’d have a view looking west driving on Plum Canyon. You’d see the horizon, with layers of foothills, mountains, shadings and striations. Now you see a cinder block wall (thanks Santa Clarita!). When you peer over the wall, though, over the housetops, this is what you see.

Good Reviews for Good Service

Fourthly, are they well-reviewed? Other websites may say “People love us on Yelp” which is great. But why isn’t there a link to the reviews to back it up? Or are they just linking to words to impress Google searches for “Santa Clarita bankruptcy attorneys” more than they’re trying to impress you, the human, their hopefully future client?  Go read a few of the testimonials and Hale Antico reviews. And I don’t hide my Yelp reviews; here’s a link to them too.

One Price Does Not Fit All

Finally, do the other Santa Clarita bankruptcy attorney websites list a price? This website doesn’t. Why? Because every bankruptcy cost is different because every person is different.  It doesn’t do you any good if a bankruptcy lawyer says the price is a dollar* (*and up) if your case is part of the (and up).

I won’t trick you to get you in the door. I can’t tell you what your bankruptcy price would be until I assess your situation. A carpet cleaner doesn’t say it’s the same price for a 1-bedroom loft and a 10-bedroom mansion. Someone who listens to you and gets to know your situation before bidding isn’t doing a bait-and-switch coupon cleaner, but just being honest. Which is what you want from a Santa Clarita bankruptcy lawyer.

Cost of a Santa Clarita Bankruptcy Attorney

It’s a problem that sounds like a catch-22: “If I had money for lawyers, I wouldn’t need to file bankruptcy!” At first this may sound logical, let me flip it around on you. I only help people file bankruptcy and yet have stayed in business for two decades. How? Because this Santa Clarita bankruptcy lawyer is affordable, and has a flexible payment plan.

Affordable

It may sound counter-intuitive, but lawyers can be affordable, particularly if you are considering ditching a lot of debt. It’s a good bang-for-your-buck to pay less than, say, $1,500 to get rid of forty-grand of debt. Oh, and in this economy, the average bankruptcy attorney fee for a typical Chapter 7 is less than $2,000. If someone is quoting you something that high they’re quite possibly charging too much.

Payment plans are where you pay-as-you-go. We’ll work as we’re getting paid. When you finish the payment, we’ll finish the bankruptcy petition, schedules, and Statement of Financial Affairs. We don’t charge interest, and even $100 a month can make this happen.

Beware of Paralegals

While you may consider to file bankruptcy on your own, there are many very good reasons why you should use a Santa Clarita bankruptcy attorney. For a complex procedure that will impact your life for years to come, you really don’t want to skimp on money and cut corners. You wouldn’t skimp on a surgeon to perform surgery on you, would you? Why would you want a discount paralegal to do something as major as this? There are lawyers who dabble in bankruptcy. Even worse than that are non-attorneys who do wills, divorces, and oh yeah, bankruptcy.

Value

Let’s say your bankruptcy lawyers’ fees are around a grand or two for a chapter 7. A skilled professional will assist you in finding California bankruptcy exemptions for your property and house, often up to many thousands of dollars. A lawyer will be with you in court. They’ll fight for you if your creditors contend an issue or want you to give something back, or say that some major debt is non-dischargable. You don’t want to be on your own, at that point. Further, a good Chapter 13 bankruptcy attorney has a success rate 20 times the district average.

You get what you pay for.

santa clarita bankruptcy whites canyon south
Luckily, we still have a gorgeous view driving down Whites Canyon, with no wall (yet).

Finally, only bankruptcy lawyers can give you legal advice about your situation, even something as basic as which chapter to file under. If a paralegal does that, they’re practicing law without a license… and do you really want someone like that “helping” you?

A Santa Clarita Bankruptcy Attorney with you in Bankruptcy Court

What helps someone feel cared for is when their attorney is at bankruptcy court for them, with them. Every debtor to file bankruptcy has to attend a 341(a) Meeting of Creditors. This is where creditors can show up and question you under oath. A bankruptcy trustee will certainly ask questions, looking for assets that they can take and sell to give to your credit card debts.

A bankruptcy lawyer has to have someone be there, but it doesn’t have to be your Santa Clarita bankruptcy attorney. It can be any lawyer. They may not even know anything about you. They may not even be a bankruptcy attorney, but someone that sues for dog bites.

You’ll feel more comforted if your Santa Clarita bankruptcy attorney is there with you. And this lawyer usually is there, personally. Yes, I make the drive when others won’t. For no other reason other than if I were in your shoes, the day I’m testifying in bankruptcy court, I’d want my Santa Clarita bankruptcy lawyer there with me.

Where is the Santa Clarita Bankruptcy Court?

In Santa Clarita, if you file bankruptcy, you will need to attend the bankruptcy court that is located in downtown Los Angeles, not the courthouse on Magic Mountain Parkway or even Chatsworth. It used to be at the San Fernando Valley bankruptcy court, but that was way back in 2009.  Since then, anyone to file bankruptcy goes to Los Angeles.

Do other bankruptcy lawyers go to downtown L.A.?

Most other Santa Clarita bankruptcy lawyers don’t go to L.A. You know how I know? Because I’m there, and I don’t see them. Why don’t the other bankruptcy lawyers in Santa Clarita leave the comfort of Valencia or Canyon Country? You don’t need me to tell you. It’s like 60 minutes to get to Los Angeles from the Santa Clarita without traffic.

But bankruptcy hearings aren’t at 11 a.m. They’re at 8 or 9 in the morning. Guess what time you have to leave Stevenson Ranch or Saugus or Newhall to arrive in Los Angeles at 8am.  Add some morning rush-hour traffic and it can easily become two hours, sometimes more. Not counting the trip home. You don’t need me to tell you that a Santa Clarita bankruptcy lawyer has to set their alarm for 5:00 am if they’ll attend with you.

The majority of Santa Clarita bankruptcy attorneys don’t make the drive from the Santa Clarita to downtown Los Angeles. Because that’s easily five hours out of their day from Valencia, and they’d rather stay back in their comfy office while you sweat it out so they can get work done. They hire a stranger to be with you, someone you’ve likely never met before.

Think about it.

After the stress of traffic, finding a parking space, it’s time to find the room. Then, full of anxiety, it’s time to testify, under oath, in a room with a sign on the wall saying the FBI investigates bankruptcy crime. You’re freaking out. Do you want to meet a stranger for the first time who doesn’t know you, you’re not comfortable with, doesn’t know your personality or story? Of course not.

We’re full-service so you don’t testify with a stranger

Santa Clarita bankruptcy attorney Hale Andrew Antico will be there on your day to testify.  Because you’re not alone. We usually personally attend.

Customer service is why we do what the other Santa Clarita bankruptcy attorneys won’t do. Consequently, I typically make the drive to downtown Los Angeles to be with my clients. The same familiar Santa Clarita bankruptcy lawyer you consulted with, signed with, is there for you when you’re sweating bullets downtown.

Yes, I also lose about half a day of work, but I just feel it’s a higher priority to take care of an existing client on their big day instead of chasing new ones. Search for “bankruptcy attorneys in Santa Clarita”  and ask the other bankruptcy lawyers that.

Timing

You don’t want to wait too long. Delay will only lead to more creditor harassment and could lead to wage garnishment and put you in a situation where you’ll need to stop foreclosure.  So many people I meet have waited too long; the delay has affected their legal rights. It can become too late.

You get what you pay for.

You want the best lawyer for the job.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing. Don’t get it wrong.

For a big deal like a bankruptcy, let this award-winning Santa Clarita bankruptcy lawyer help you. Please contact me now.

I’d be humbled by your trust.

Reach out to us.


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