David Russell Hagen

David Russell Hagen

Merritt, Hagen & Sharf, LLP
  • Bankruptcy
  • California
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Merritt, Hagen & Sharf, LLP
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Southwestern University
J.D. (1982)
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California State Bar # 108383
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Introduction to Merritt, Hagen & Sharf, LLP: San Fernando Valley Bankruptcy Lawyers

We welcome you to visit our bankruptcy website today. It provides information, advice and tools to assist you in many ways.

The Psychology of Debt | Bankruptcy Lawyers in Woodland Hills

Facing debt is a difficult situation, so let us guide you through the process of gaining financial freedom.

10 Ways to Prosper and Avoid the Risk of Bankruptcy

Check out my 10 tips on prospering financially and avoiding bankruptcy.

FAQ 12 - Does bankruptcy have to get published in the newspaper?

Bankruptcy reports are public records. However, most papers will only report business bankruptcies and not individuals.

What Is My Financial Future After Bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy can be very stressful for some, but the law allows bankruptcy filings so citizens can seek out financial relief from their debts.

FAQ 14 - Can I Transfer Assets Before Filing for Bankruptcy?

While some assets are transferable, you must be certain to do this properly to avoid fraud. Talk with a bankruptcy attorney from Woodland Hills to learn more about asset transfers.

FAQ 19 - How Do I Find a Good Attorney? | Woodland Hills Bankruptcy Attorney

A good attorney knows how to help their client. Even if they are unable to help with their case, they should at least be able to point them in the best direction.

FAQ 18 - Can I Use a Paralegal? | Woodland Hills Bankruptcy Firm

Although a paralegal can file for you, they lack the education, experience and confidence to know exactly how to handle your case professionally.

FAQ 17 - Can a Bankruptcy Be Denied? | Woodland Hills Bankruptcy Firm

Bankruptcies can be denied on many different grounds.

FAQ 16 - Can I File My Own Bankruptcy | The Pros and Cons of Self-Filing

Any citizen may file their own bankruptcy cases. However, to avoid the risk of misfiling or misjudging their assets, discuss everything with a lawyer.

FAQ 15 - Can Bankruptcy Change the Terms of a Mortgage? | Bankruptcy Lawyer in Woodland Hills

In general, your mortgage will not be affected by bankruptcy. To learn more, visit my website today or schedule an appointment.

FAQ 13 - How Long Does A Bankruptcy Take to Become Final?

Most bankruptcy cases take roughly four months to complete and be considered final.

FAQ 11 - Can The Trustee Come Into My Home?

Learn whether or not a trustee is allowed in your home when you file for a bankruptcy.

FAQ 10 - Can I Include Just Some Of My Debts?

You always must include all of your debts when filing for bankruptcy.

FAQ 2 - When Will Creditors Stop Calling?

Creditors usually stop calling when you give them the name and phone number of your attorney.

FAQ 9 - Do My Bills Need To Be Delinquent To File?

Just because your bills are behind doesn't necessarily mean you should file for bankruptcy. To find out more, discuss your situation with a Woodland Hills bankruptcy lawyer.

FAQ 7 - What Are The Disadvantages of Bankruptcy?

While bankruptcy is a great tool to help people handle their finances, there are disadvantages that will need to be considered.

FAQ 8 - Must Both Spouses File Together?

While it is better in most cases to file together, spouses are able to file for bankruptcy separately.

FAQ 5 - Must I Go To Court?

With only a few exceptions, you must attend at least one court proceeding.

FAQ 4 - What Are The Different Types of Bankruptcy?

Here, David Hagen explains the various types of bankruptcy filings that are available to the Woodland Hills community.

FAQ 6 - Can Creditors Come Up To You at The Hearing?

If you do not have an attorney defending you, a creditor can call you at any time to discuss your situation.

FAQ 3 - Will My Employer Find Out?

There is no reason for your employer to know about your bankruptcy except for a wage garnishment.

Will I Lose My Home Car or Other Possessions?

Although you will not lose your possessions right away, certain steps must be taken to prevent your assets from risk of loss.

Mistake 6 - Not Undertaking a Credit Rehabilitation Program

After the bankruptcy process has finished, another big mistake clients make is not going through a credit rehabilitation program.

Mistake 5 - Hiring an Attorney Who Does Not Provide Alternatives

Learn why it is important to know about alternatives to bankruptcy when facing overwhelming debts.

Mistake 4 | Having Assets While Filing Bankruptcy Yourself

It is extremely difficult to file bankruptcy yourself when you involve your assets in the filing procedures.

Mistake 3 - Choosing a Paralegal or Document Preparation Service

Another common mistake is when someone files with a paralegal or document preparation service, which creates a high amount of risk of misfiling or losing information in the process.

Mistake 2 - Choosing a Bankruptcy Mill

A bankruptcy mill is when someone files with a legal business that is not authorized to legally represent the client in court.

Mistake 1 - Hiring an Inexperienced Attorney

The most common mistake is getting an attorney with very little to no experience with bankruptcy cases.

Famous People Who Filed

One may think that they are alone in their bankruptcy troubles. Check out these celebrities who also have faced financial struggles and bankruptcy.

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Merritt, Hagen & Sharf, LLP
5950 Canoga Ave #400
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Telephone: (818) 861-9917