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Harlene Miller

Harlene Miller

Harlene Miller Law, APLC
  • Bankruptcy
  • California
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Reviewed by Nathan Wirtschafter April 1, 2020
Rating: 10 Justia Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
Ms. Miller took care of my client and achieved the client's goals quickly and efficiently.
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Bankruptcy representation of debtors and creditors; personal and business; chapter 7, 11 and 13 since 1990. CA Certified Legal Specialist in Bankruptcy Law for 20 years. Provide consulting for how to avoid bankruptcy; budgeting; life after bankruptcy. Assist in creditor settlements in lieu of bankruptcy. Personal care and attention to clients. Half hour no charge consultation.

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  • Bankruptcy
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    Free initial half hour consultation
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Harlene Miller Law, APLC
- Current
Shareholder and attorney
Pagter and Miller
Western State University College of Law
J.D. (1989) | LAW
Honors: Graduated with Scholastic Merit; 4 American Jurisprudence awards
Activities: Member of Law Review
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Professional Associations
American Bankruptcy Institute
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Orange County Bar Association
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OC Bankruptcy Forum
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State Bar of California  # 146651
- Current
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Speaking Engagements
Bankruptcy Impact on Family Law Issues , Seminars for Family Law Practitioners & CPA's
Bankruptcy Impact on Personal Injury Litigation
Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
Creditor's Rights in Bankruptcy , Saddleback Community College
Bankruptcy and its Alternatives , Orange Coast College
Certified Legal Specialist in Bankruptcy Law
State Bar of California
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162 Questions Answered

Q. Can a towing company charge me over $4,000 for the time it's been there when they sold the car to someone else?
A: The towing company is allowed to sell a vehicle that is towed and not picked up by the owner. They sell them to cover the storage fees - which they are allowed to do. If they sue you for the fees, you need to resolve it or they can get a judgment against you. You can choose to do nothing right now, or try to offer a settlement, i.e., offer them something less than the amount of their claim. If you do nothing for now - watch out for someone trying to serve you with a lawsuit - don't ignore the lawsuit. And the amount due is going to increase as the company is likely charging interest on the balance due.
Q. What happens to assets & property in a revocable trust upon the trustor's death if in the process of bankruptcy?
A: Sincere condolences to you. I suggest you talk with your mom's trust attorney or a trust attorney in your area to confirm what needs to be done. You can also contact your mom's bankruptcy attorney to discuss the issues but since the case has was not yet filed, a bankruptcy cannot be filed for a person who has passed away. The trust attorney will be the best person to advise you about the creditors.
Q. Bankruptcy and the trustee, where is the justice?
A: The reality of chapter 7 bankruptcy is that the person filing must disclose all assets and debts. If assets are not disclosed then it might give rise to objecting to the debtor getting a discharge of debt. However, it requires the creditor objecting to consult with and retain a bankruptcy attorney to file a lawsuit (called an adversary proceeding) in the bankruptcy case within a certain period of time. The notice that the bankruptcy was filed that the creditors receive, include information and deadlines regarding this type of lawsuit. If the creditor has evidence of assets that were not disclosed, I urge contact with a bankruptcy attorney for an initial consultation so see if such a claim can or should be pursued. Some of us offer a no charge half hour consultation which might provide sufficient initial information to determine if there is something to pursue.
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Harlene Miller Law, A Professional Law Corporation
9110 Irvine Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
Telephone: (949) 756-1313
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