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Doan Law Firm Offering Free Bankruptcy Legal Advice and Services to Local Residents in Trouble This Holiday Season

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

In the true spirit of Christmas giving, Doan Law Firm, California’s largest family of attorneys, is making a generous offer to its most financially distressed neighbors; free bankruptcy consultations to residents of Orange County, LA County, and the Inland Empire through the end of the year.

In addition to the free consultations, from today through the end of the year, Doan Law Firm will provide complete legal services on a pro-bono basis (free-of-charge) to the first 50 qualified Chapter 7 applicants. Applicants must demonstrate their need for pro-bono services by meeting the qualifications found at www.DoanLawFirm.com/bk_proBono.php.

In an open letter to the Bankruptcy Bar, the United States Bankruptcy Court conveyed that the organizations currently assisting low-income people in bankruptcy are seeing hundreds of families on the brink of foreclosure or in other economic distress. The Court underscored that the number of newly homeless families contacting these groups has also risen and that even a brief consultation with an attorney can make a big difference to a pro se (self-representation) party. It further said that attorney assistance greatly helps the court and other litigants.

For the second year in a row, Greg Doan, the family patriarch and founder of this dad-and-five-sons-firm, took the Court’s message as a call to action, saying, “There are many families in our local communities that struggle just to make ends meet. This isn’t a very ‘merry’ time for a lot of moms and dads, and especially those individuals who have been unemployed for much of 2010. Our family decided to do something special this Christmas season and give back to the community in which we grew up, raised our families, and built our business.”

Clients may request a waiver of the Court’s filing fee if they meet the Court’s qualifications. Doan Law Firm will request a fee waiver from the provider of credit counseling services.

Those interested in pursuing this legal support should visit www.DoanLawFirm.com/bk_proBono.php, complete the short intake form, and schedule a consultation between now and the end of the year. There is no limit to the number of free consultations.

“Few things in life are more rewarding than helping members of our community regain control of their lives and experience a fresh financial start,” Doan said. “We know that bad things happen to good people. In this economy, really bad things have happened to a lot of really good people. It’s our vocation and avocation to help them on a financial path to recovery.”

Number of Bankruptcy Filings Jumps

Monday, October 25th, 2010

The Orange County Register recently reported bankruptcy filings are at their highest rate since October 2005.  Some of you might recognize 2005 as the year massive changes were instituted in the bankruptcy code and the world was beating a path to the bankruptcy court.  As the economic fall-out continues, filings are now at record levels. Bankruptcy filings have increased:

Orange County                                                                 37.2%

Los Angeles County                                                        57.5%

Riverside/San Bernardino County                             32.8%

While these numbers are staggering, they do represent a large number of people taking their financial future into their own hands, gaining a fresh start and a new life without toxic debt.

A New Word for Your Vocabulary: Debtpidemic

Friday, October 8th, 2010

On August 29, we published a full page advertorial in the Orange County Register and subsequently bought comparable space in the Press Enterprise to inform their readers and our community about the our economy in simple terms. Through a few well crafted articles, interesting data and several great YouTube and website reference points, we explained how our country got into this mess; told readers what banks don’t want you to know; and made a persuasive argument that filing for bankruptcy is your patriotic duty. But above it all…literally as well as figuratively…James Doan coined a new word: Debtpidemic©. We define a debtpidemic as a rapid spread or increase in the occurrence of toxic debt, affecting individuals, corporations, as well as local, state, and national governments.

Debtpidemic [det-pi-dem-ik] – noun a rapid spread or increase in the occurrence of toxic debt, affecting individuals, corporations, as well as local, state and national governments:  Doan Law Firm has officially declared a debtpidemic.

Our collective debt load has reached such a level that we need a new word to describe it.  We propose “debtpidemic”.  The pivotal concept behind this newly coined word is that an epidemic changes the lives of everyone in a society whether they are infected or not.  At this point in our history, national and personal debt is taking a heavy toll on our families, friends and loved ones.

Imagine if the bubonic plague swept our great land.  It would command our instant attention.  Each of us would take the utmost precautions.  We’d be hand-washing, antidote-seeking, near-hysteria fools.  We would implicitly understand the severity of the situation, the stakes are high, it’s life or death.

We’re in the same predicament now; it’s just a different plague.  Our government has emptied its arsenal; stimulus, bailouts and special programs.  At home we have pounded the pavement for work, tightened our belts and then tightened them some more, yet the debtpidemic rages on.

What is the antidote?  The first step is to stop the debtpidemic at home.  Take a good, hard, objective look at your personal financial situation.  Do you wonder how to keep the hamster wheel spinning?  Do you engage in creative accounting to get everyone, or almost everyone, paid?  Most importantly, does your financial situation keep you up at night?

Come talk to us at Doan Law Firm.  We get it and we can help.  We even published a full page of quality content in the Orange County Register to explain this concept. Our team of bankruptcy attorneys have cured over 25,000 people of their own debtpidemic, one family at a time.  We can provide you with the antidote.

PS While we’re at it, here’s another word to add to your vocabulary: Debtpandemic det-pan-dem-ik – noun: a rapid spread or increase in the occurrence of toxic debt across nations, affecting individuals, corporations, as well as local, state, national, and international governments. The debtpidemic is now reported to be a full blown debtpandemic.

Can I keep my house in bankruptcy? Another exciting installment of “Ask Doan Law Firm” (Part 2).

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Q:  Can I keep my house in bankruptcy?

A:  In the last post we analyzed this question in a Chapter 7.  Let’s look at a Chapter 13.

Just like a Chapter 7, in a Chapter 13 you receive an automatic stay on the date of filing.  That means no foreclosure can take place without court permission, i.e., the court grants a Motion for Relief from Stay.

Chapter 13 is a bit different because you are proposing a holistic financial plan for the next 3 – 5 years.  Your intention with the house will be a driving force in the plan.  Just like in a Chapter 7, you can surrender the house.  If you do, the resulting debt will put into the pot with your unsecured debt, credit cards, medical debt, etc., and will be addressed in your plan.

If you’d like to keep the house in a Chapter 13 plan, it needs to be part of the entire plan.  That means you need to be able to pay the payment, taxes, insurance and repairs going forward.  This often works because when the rest of your debt is worked into an affordable plan payment, the house may become affordable.

The Chapter 13 plan must address any missed payments.  These are priority claims and will be given special treatment.  You need to make sure you can make a plan payment large enough to catch up the house over the 3 – 5 years of your Chapter 13 plan.

As you might guess, keeping your home in a Chapter 13 is complicated to determine; you’re going to need assistance.  Doan Law Firm has a team of Chapter 13 professionals that do only Chapter 13 bankruptcies all day, every day.  They’re very knowledgeable, caring, and are ready to help you.

A Glimpse into DLF

Monday, September 20th, 2010

While discussing topics with the firm via email, Jim Doan, senior partner, wrote the following:

While unpopular in the secular media, professing Christian values is nothing to be ashamed of… we are essentially saying that we strive to “treat others as we would have others treat us.”

I have a little motto for DLF…. “Treat your client as if you were one!”

In doing so, we’re going much further than just filing a stack of papers with the court; anyone can do that.  Our goal is to provide the client with an experience they would not expect to receive from a law office, especially in these times which have become so cold and impersonal.

Jim may be a bit embarrassed I shared this with the whole wide world, since it was intended to be an internal encouragement, but it’s such a telling glimpse into the heart and soul of Doan Law Firm, it must be shared.

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