California Bankruptcy Exemption Statutes (April 2019)

Please note that the California exemption statutes below are as of April 2019.  They do change periodically so please consult with a bankruptcy professional (such as me), or go online to the bankruptcy court website prior to relying on any numbers in case they’ve changed.  Filing a bankruptcy can be a complex process.  The following post is for informational purposes only and does not create an attorney-client relationship. Exemptions allow a person to keep assets after the bankruptcy.  A debtor … Continued

10th Anniversary Celebration of the Bankruptcy Self-Help Center

A great night celebrating the Central District’s Woodland Hills Bankruptcy Self-Help Center at Ca Del Sol in Toluca Lake.  After being introduced by Hon. Carlos R. Moreno, Former California Supreme Court Justice, the Hon. Maureen A. Tighe received the Access To Justice Award for her contributions and continued support of the pro-bono clinic and assistance with making sure people get help when they can’t afford a lawyer.   Yours truly was also presented with a token of appreciation for his … Continued

U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Honor Roll

Neil Bhartia’s work towards pro-bono bankruptcy work was recognized today at Southwestern Law School where the US Bankruptcy Court held its annual appreciation day for those who contribute to pro-se Debtors.  Attorney Bhartia was presented a certificate of appreciation by the Chief Judge for the Central District of California Bankruptcy Courts. 

How to Hire a Great Business Lawyer?

Written by Arleen Atienza This article was originally published on UpCounsel. A good foundation is crucial in starting any business and one of the pillars that keep a business stout and upright is a great business lawyer. As a business owner, you want to allot your focus and energy in running and growing the business while someone else is on top of understanding the legalities that surround the business. Just how crucial is it to have an attorney right at … Continued

Where Do I File For Bankruptcy?

Filing for bankruptcy is a federal matter, therefore your case would be filed in federal Court.  Be careful though; it’s not as simple as driving down to the nearest Federal Courthouse and filing your case.  Specifically, you have to file your case at the Bankruptcy Court which in some cases are not located in the same Federal Court where other Federal cases are filed. The other important thing to know is that each state is divided into districts.  If you … Continued

Car Insurance: Why It’s Wise To Have Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage

IT’s a great idea to invest in adding a certain coverage to your automobile insurance policy called “UIM / UM” coverage. UIM stands for Under-Insured Motorist, while UM stands for Uninsured Motorist. Especially if you live in Southern California where many people drive without insurance, having this extra add-on to your policy is an awesome investment to protect yourself.  Usually the coverage costs a little bit more, but can save you a lot of money if you’re in a car accident.  … Continued

California Bankruptcy Basics: When To Use 703 Versus 704 Exemptions To Protect Your Property

**Please note that this blog article is not to be construed as legal advice, nor does it create an attorney / client relationship.  Please consult an attorney or contact our office should you desire a consultation** Here in California, when preparing your bankruptcy paperwork, one of the critical components of your paperwork includes your “Schedules”.  These Schedules are, as I like to call them, the heartbeat of your bankruptcy as in this set of papers you disclose your income, expenses, … Continued

California Bankruptcy Exemptions as of August 2017

Please note that the California exemption statutes below are as of August 2017.  They do change periodically so please consult with a bankruptcy professional (such as me), or go online to the bankruptcy court website prior to relying on any numbers in case they’ve changed. When you file bankruptcy, the laws in California allow you to protect or “exempt” certain assets up to certain amounts.  Keep in mind that if you’re not able to protect certain assets using applicable laws, … Continued

Think It’s Better To Sue? Think Again.

  **Please note that this blog article is not to be construed as legal advice, nor does it create an attorney / client relationship.  Please consult an attorney or contact our office should you desire a consultation** So you’re getting stonewalled by the insurance company.  They either don’t want to pay you or they’re offering you some ridiculously low number to compensate you for your injuries sustained in a car accident.   Maybe a business partner screwed you over and they’re … Continued

New California Cell Phone / Driving Laws for 2017

Were you aware that a new set of cell phone & driving laws became effective on January 1, 2017? Many people didn’t know! Before you could try to use the excuse that you were trying to program the GPS on your phone or take a selfie – those days are gone. And rightfully so. Here is a breakdown of the new law so you can drive better and keep our roads safe. As far as I am concerned, the laws … Continued