Board Certified Bankruptcy Lawyers
Do I Need a Board Certified Lawyer for Bankruptcy in Kentucky or Indiana?
As a family-owned firm, we provide a comfortable environment and treat you with the one-on-one, respectful guidance you deserve. Founding attorney Julie O’Bryan established our firm nearly 30 years ago to assist the individuals and families of Kentucky and Indiana. We understand the importance of having board certified lawyers to help you get the best possible results for your bankruptcy case.
Does it matter if my attorney is Board Certified?
Yes it does matter! Our firm’s founding attorney, Julie O’Bryan is one of Kentucky’s leading consumer bankruptcy attorneys and one of ONLY five attorneys in Kentucky certified in Consumer Bankruptcy by the American Board of Certification. Many lawyers handle run of the mill bankruptcy cases. Only a few, like Julie, go on to receive Board Certification in Consumer Bankruptcy by this prestigious nationally recognized organization. Julie was certified in 2002 and has maintained her certification over the last ten years.
To be certified, an attorney must concentrate at least 75 percent of his or her practice to Bankruptcy law. Julie concentrates 100% of her practice to handling bankruptcy cases filing almost 100 cases a month. Additionally, she has had to litigate over 20 contested bankruptcy matters to earn her certification and taken over 60 hours of continuing legal education courses every three years. Finally, Julie passed a two day exam covering all areas of Bankruptcy.
What Does It Mean To Be Board-Certified?
Being board-certified is difficult. Board-certifications are issued by The American Board of Certification and are only given to attorneys who prove that they are efficient, effective and knowledgeable in their field of law.
Julie has met these rigorous qualifications and taken the extensive classes that are required to be board-certified, and she has held this certification for over 16 years. To become board-certified, a lawyer must:
- Litigate as lead counsel in at least 20 disputes related to bankruptcy that must be settled in court
- Take 60 hours of continuing legal education courses on the topic of bankruptcy over a three-year period
- Pass a two-day exam covering all details of the bankruptcy law
- Dedicate at least 75 percent of his/her legal practice in the area of consumer bankruptcy law
- Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of bankruptcy law
The title of board-certified specialist is provided by The American Board of Certification only to a small percentage of attorneys. An attorney must devote a significant portion of his or her practice to bankruptcy in order to achieve this title.
Furthermore, there is a test that must be passed to demonstrate depth of knowledge in this area of the law, in addition to other stringent criteria. In other words, this title is your proof that you know bankruptcy.
Are Bankruptcy Cases All the Same?
With more than 30 years of experience and the title of board-certified specialist on our side, we understand the nuances of bankruptcy law. Our attorneys know that every case is different. We start by getting to know you and your situation. We learn about your mix of debts, so we can come up with a plan to overcome them.
What if challenges arise along the way? The fact that we have been doing this for so long and our depth of knowledge on the topic is proven by the title of board-certified specialists means that we can overcome any challenge. You can be confident that there is nothing that will stand between us and our goal of making you debt-free.
Can a Bankruptcy Lawyer Help Me With Other Civil Matters?
Financial issues can trickle into other areas of your life. In recognition of this, we also provide guidance in the areas of personal injury, uncontested divorces and estate planning. We provide a unique perspective with an emphasis on the financial opportunities and consequences.
Contact a Board Certified Bankruptcy Lawyer in Louisville
We are conveniently located across the state, with three offices in Louisville, one in Frankfort and one office in New Albany. These offices are also located near bankruptcy courts.