Appointments – Why I Charge For Consultations

Lots of lawyers provide a free consultation. You get just enough information to convince you they know what they’re doing, then they quote a fee and rush you out the door. Don’t expect any advice, guidance, or answers.  You can also get a free consultation from a non-attorneys claiming to do debt consolidation or debt settlements.    They’re not licensed, not regulated, and sometimes not even in this country.  The federal government tries to shut them down but they just pop up with another name.

If you’re not getting any advice, guidance or answers then there’s no value in that free consultation.  I do things differently. When you make an appointment, you’re talking to me – Mark Markus. I’ve been a bankruptcy attorney since 1991 and am a Board Certified Specialist in bankruptcy law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.   When we talk (or see each other), I will do a full and comprehensive analysis of your situation. I’ll walk you through all your options and explain everything to you.  If there’s something you need to do outside of a bankruptcy case, I will guide you on how to do that.    Many people learn after the consultation that they do not need to file bankruptcy, but they go away with a list of their options and hopefully a strategy for handling everything.   However, if you do need my help for a bankruptcy case, I will credit the appointment fee back to you 100%.


Don’t trust me – trust the other people who have worked with me.  Read what my clients have said about me on Google, Avvo, and Yelp.  I am A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau and have an AV-Rating from   My record speaks for itself. I’ve been practicing law since 1991, and have always represented people with debt problems in bankruptcy.

My initial telephone consultations are free during the COVID-19 Pandemic, so if you prefer that, just click here to schedule a phone appointment.