Fee Bankruptcy Clinic is sponsored by the Law Offices of David A. Tilem.It provides bankruptcy representation to
those who have uncomplicated financial problems which can be resolved by filing
a Chapter 7 case.For those who qualify
and who bring all of the necessary information, cases are filed on the same
day.The Clinic offers the required
on-line pre-filing briefing, a 2-agency credit report, professional preparation
of Court documents, representation during the case, and ready access to
professional and expert advice (at additional cost) if unexpected problems do
arise.All Court documents are reviewed
by the on-site Clinic Director, an attorney, before they are filed.
participants are clients of the Law Offices of David A. Tilem, a law firm which
specializes in handling bankruptcy cases.The firm represents both debtors and creditors in Chapter 7 liquidation,
Chapter 13 consumer debtor repayment, and Chapter 11 reorganization cases.The law office maintains a website at www.TilemLaw.com (currently being
remodeled) and can be reached during normal hours at 818-507-6000 or
founder, David A. Tilem, is a Bankruptcy Specialist (certified by the State Bar
of California, Board of Legal Specialization) and a Business Bankruptcy
Specialist (certified by the American Board of Certification).With more than 25 years of experience, Mr.
Tilem has filed hundreds and perhaps thousands of cases including bankruptcy
cases for other attorneys, accountants, physicians and business people.He receives many referrals each year from
other bankruptcy attorneys with cases which suddenly get out of hand, or with
cases which have issues exceeding their experience levels.
staff consists of dedicated and trained law firm employees hand selected by Mr.
Tilem.These employees provide the same expert
services to the law firm's full fee clients during the regular work week.
The Clinic provides
moderate cost bankruptcy representation for those who have uncomplicated
financial problems and who have already decided that it is in their best
interests to file a Chapter 7 case.Each
person or couple is screened for eligibility.Those not eligible for the Clinic are referred to the Law Offices of
David A. Tilem where they can receive individual attention from an attorney specifically
assigned to their case.For a list of reasons why someone might not be
eligible for the Clinic, please go to the page entitled DO I QUALIFY.
may need only a brief meeting with an attorney to get answers to specific
questions before becoming eligible for the Clinic.While these meetings cannot be provided as
part of the Clinic, they are available through the Law Offices of David A.
Tilem on an hourly fee basis.Please
call the law office at 818-507-6000 or 888-BkPro4U to schedule an
is open on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and then again from 1:15
p.m. until 5:30 p.m.There are no
pre-scheduled appointments for the Clinic, but advance REGISTRATION is required.
must check in during the morning session and it is "first come, first served".For those eligible for the Clinic who bring
the necessary information, their cases will be filed on the same day.Those who do not check in during the morning
session or who do not bring all of the necessary information may be asked to
return the following Saturday.
REGISTER for the Clinic IN ADVANCE.This
allows us to begin the screening process and have the proper number of staff
members on hand to help you as quickly and efficiently as possible.The Clinic Secretary will tell you what
information and documents to bring. This same information is found on the following page: WHAT TO
BRING. The Clinic Secretary will give you basic driving directions. You can also get detailed directions on the following page: CONTACT US AND DIRECTIONS.The Clinic Secretary will tell you about our fees and costs. This same information is also found on the WHAT TO BRING page.If you do not pre-register, the
Clinic staff will likely ask you to return the following Saturday.
for the Clinic, please call the Clinic Secretary no later than 3:00 p.m. on the
Friday before the Clinic you wish to attend.The number is:
The Clinic Secretary will ask you for your name and
telephone number.Then she will ask you
a series of questions which are designed to help us determine whether you are
eligible for the Clinic.
Checking In At The Clinic
in as soon as you arrive at the Clinic.Your name and phone number are all that is needed.Walk-ins may be helped if there is time and
staffing available and at the sole discretion of the Clinic staff but those who registered will be helped first.
You will be
handed several forms.Please read them
carefully, ask any questions, and fill out the forms as completely and
correctly as possible.If you still have
questions, put some type of mark on the form so that the Clinic staff knows to
ask you some follow up questions.These
forms are VERY IMPORTANT to the success of your case.If your answers are wrong, your bankruptcy
case may be dismissed, you may lose all of the possible benefits of the bankruptcy
laws, your bankruptcy discharge could be denied by the Court, or in serious
cases, you could be investigated by the FBI for bankruptcy fraud and criminally
prosecuted by the United States Attorney.These are VERY SERIOUS legal problems, so please be as complete and
accurate as possible. Even if you avoid these VERY SERIOUS problems, you will still be charged an extra fee if we have to file amendments to your
bankruptcy papers with the Court.
your completed forms to the Clinic staff.The answers will be reviewed to be sure that you qualify for the Clinic.The Clinic staff will probably have some follow
up questions.Once the forms have been reviewed,
the Clinic staff will collect the fees and costs (more information about fees
and costs is available on the page entitled WHAT TO BRING) and direct you to
a computer station so that you can take the on-line, pre-filing briefing required by law
in all cases.This takes about
60-90 minutes. You must finish the briefing and we must
receive an e-mail with your Completion Certificate before your case can be
filed.We cannot file your case until we receive your Completion Certificate from the company which offers the on-line course.
are taking the pre-filing briefing, the Clinic staff will be getting your
credit report and preparing your bankruptcy papers.We hope to finish the papers while you are
taking the course, but it may take longer - particularly if the Clinic is
bankruptcy papers are prepared, you will be asked to review and sign them.It is important that you read the papers
carefully.You will be signing several documents
which say that you have read the bankruptcy papers, that they are complete and
that they are true and correct.If it
turns out later that the papers were not complete or correct, your case could
be dismissed, your bankruptcy discharge could be denied and, in extreme cases,
you could be investigated by the FBI and charged with perjury by the United
States Attorneys Office.We will charge you if we need to file corrected or
amended forms so please review them carefully.Obviously getting these
forms filled out correctly the first time is very important.
forms are approved and signed by you, they will be reviewed by the Clinic
Director, an attorney with the Law Offices of David A. Tilem.Even at this late stage, the Clinic Director
may still decide that your case has issues which are not appropriate for the
Clinic.This is done for your protection
to be sure that you receive all of the benefits which the bankruptcy laws have
to offer.Assuming that there are no
problems, the Clinic Director will also sign your bankruptcy papers.The papers will then be filed with the Court
over the internet.The Clinic Staff will
give you a case number, a document which proves that your case has been filed,
and important follow up instructions.
the follow up instructions carefully and follow them or your case will likely
be dismissed.If you are not able to
attend the meeting of creditors, please call the law office BEFORE the date for
your meeting and ask to speak with a Clinic staff member.If you have questions about the follow up
instructions, please call the law office and ask to speak with a Clinic staff
member.The phone numbers for the law
office are 818-507-6000 or 888-BkPro4U (888-257-7648).
Fees and Refunds
costs must be paid in full before your bankruptcy papers will be prepared or
your case filed. Payments are not allowed. Fees and costs may be
paid in only one of three ways: cash, Cashier's
Check or Money Order.Cashier's Checks
and Money Orders must be made payable to "The Law Offices of David A.
Tilem".The Clinic staff will not be
able to make change so please do not ask.
important to know the following.Once
your fees and costs have been collected THERE WILL BE NO SAME DAY REFUNDS
for any reason.There are NO
EXCEPTIONS to this rule.Once received,
the Clinic staff immediately deposits all funds into a secure vault which
cannot be opened on weekends or holidays.This is done for the protection of our Clinic staff and you, our
clients.If payment was made in cash, any
appropriate refund will be available after 1:00 p.m. on the first business day
after the Clinic. If payment was made by
Cashier's Check or Money Order, refunds will only be available when the
Cashier's Check or Money Order has cleared the issuing bank's account and only
by check.This could be as much as ten
(10) business days.
computer equipment provided for your use for the on-line briefing is
damaged, you will be charged. Before you start using the equipment, please check it carefully and tell the Clinic Staff immediately if there is any problem. The charge
will be deducted from the money you have paid for filing your case.This means that unless you have brought extra
money, you will not have enough left over to pay the fees and costs for having
your case filed.If the keyboard is
damaged, you will be charged $50.If the
headphones are damaged, you will be charged $50.If the monitor is damaged, you will be
Clinic is designed to provide reasonably priced legal help to those with
uncomplicated financial problems which can be resolved by filing a Chapter 7
bankruptcy case.Everyone must qualify
before being admitted to the Clinic.Clinic
hours are on Saturday and, while no appointments are necessary, everyone must pre-register
by phone at 877-BkIn1Day (877-254-6132) with the Clinic Secretary.Clinic participants can take the required
on-line pre-filing briefing while their bankruptcy documents are being
prepared.Every attempt will be made to
file all cases the same day.Once fees
and costs are paid, there will be NO SAME DAY REFUNDS.There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule.
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