ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MY CONSULTATIONS
What is the purpose of the Consultation? Why Can’t You Just Answer All My Questions Without A Consultation Or Submission of Information?
Being Thorough Is Important: One of the ways I have distinguished myself and achieved over 25 years of gracious testimonials from my former clients, is by being thorough at every step of the process.
Despite what you may have heard, bankruptcy is very complicated and there are about a thousand ways to make the wrong move. 90% of these “wrong moves” can be prevented or eliminated by being thorough from the outset and taking the correct steps after.
That’s why I’m here. To guide you through it so it’s easier on you while I shoulder the burden of analyzing and advising. Most attorneys will just take your money, and then try to figure out how to fix problems as they arise. I do it the opposite way.
Eligibility to file bankruptcy is based on a number of different factors, including (but not limited to) the types of debts you have, your income for the 6 months prior to filing, relevant expenses, your current income and expenses, value of assets and, of course, your debts.
The purpose is for me to analyze all the relevant information, and give you accurate advice on your options (both bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy) and if appropriate, give you a fee quote for my services.
I usually take at least 30 minutes of my time to go over your information PRIOR to the consultation so I am prepared to ask you the necessary questions and then be able to answer all of your questions to the best of my ability.
Thus, an appointment is necessary to go over everything after you have submitted the information.
What Information Do You Need For the Consultation Appointment?:
Information regarding your income, expenses, assets/property values and debts are required to accurately determine your options.
But I go over much more than that, as my consultation are thorough and designed not only to determine your eligibility, but also see what the risks of filing might be, and whether there are superior non-bankruptcy options for you.
I realize that for many submitting their private financial data to a stranger is a less than pleasant concept, but eventually it needs to be done if you want an accurate assessment of your options. I take your situation very seriously, and you should as well.
This is not a time to be guessing about what you can or cannot do.
So please take the extra few minutes of your time to read and submit the necessary information before scheduling an appointment so I can provide you the best possible advice and assistance.
Can We Chat Briefly First?
I’m happy to have a brief chat about your situation before you submit everything (if you’d like that, simply e-mail me or call 818-509-1173 and leave a message and I will get back to you), but you have to trust me: After 30 years of consulting with literally thousands of potential bankruptcy clients, there are VERY few questions I can answer without having the necessary information on their assets, debts, income and expenses in order for me to make a determination as to what they were eligible for.
What Types of Consultations Do You Have?
To make things convenient for my clients, I offer two types of consultations: Telephone and Office. They both cover exactly the same things There is no difference except that in the office we get to see each other’s smiling faces.
How Do I Submit My Pre-Consult Information?
You can submit either online, or you can print out and send back any other method you prefer.
Where do the Office Consultations Take Place?
- 2600 W. Olive Avenue, 5th Floor, Burbank, California 91505
Is the Consultation Free, or What Does it Cost?
Yes, for a limited time during Covid-19 Pandemic I offer a free 30-minute initial consultation by telephone for most types of cases (excluding those living outside the United States).
The office consultation is $150 for a 30-45 minute consult, although for a limited time I am offering free office appointments for certain types of cases on Fridays in my Burbank Office.
If I pay for a consultation and decide to hire you, do I get a credit?
Yes! I will apply the fee you pay for the consultation towards any future fees should you decide to retain me.
What Does it Cost to File Bankruptcy if I Decide to Hire You?
That depends on which chapter you are filing, the complexity of your case and other factors.
One purpose of the consultation is for me to get enough information to give you a fee quote for my services, and structure a payment plan that works for you.
It is not a “one-size-fits-all” scenario. Everyone’s case is different.
My office does not cut corners on client cases so I offer the highest level of legal service possible. At the same time, I am keenly aware of my clients’ financial position and do what I can to accommodate that.
I have over 25 years of testimonials from satisfied clients, so I’m confident my fees are fair and my approach is sound.
Is the Information I Submit Through Your Website Secure?
Yes. If you choose to submit your information online, you can rest comfortably knowing that everything you submit is encrypted through 2,048-bit SSL, and will only be seen by me, so it’s as safe as can be. In any event, I do not request any information that could really be damaging if discovered by a third party anyway. The most personal information I ask for is your name.
Is any information I submit confidential?
Yes. Any communications with an attorney are confidential. You will not be asked to disclose any identifying information (such as your social security number)–just your name and contact information.
How Do I Schedule an Appointment/What’s Next?
As I mentioned above, I need you to provide me some information about your income/expenses, assets and debts, and other information needed to accurately assess your eligibility and options.
Once you have submitted your information, you will be directed to my calendaring page to schedule your appointment at Markus Bankruptcy Appointments
Please do not schedule an appointment prior to completing and submitting the consultation information.
Have any other questions?
Just give a call or e-mail me and I will be happy to answer.
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