Posted on Thursday, June 5th, 2014 at 3:19 am
Focused on Bankruptcy Cases
I was sworn in as an attorney in Kentucky in October 2013 and started working at Lawrence & Associates in January 2014. I was admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Kentucky in March 2014. I work primarily on bankruptcy cases, but I also work with personal injury claims. In bankruptcy, I represent debtors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases. I represent clients with personal injury claims from automobile accidents and slip and fall accidents. I chose to focus on bankruptcy because I really enjoyed learning how the entire bankruptcy process works during my course work in college. Bankruptcy is very different and it is, for the most part, not adversarial. I enjoy how cooperative the entire process is because it feels like everyone is working toward a similar goal in the end.
Devoted to Helping Clients Get a Fresh Start Through Personal Attention
At the end of every bankruptcy case, whether it is Chapter 7 or Chapter 13, I really feel like I am helping someone restart his/her life. It is a good feeling knowing that I helped them and that they can begin the process of rebuilding their lives because of our work for them. I am from a small town in Eastern Kentucky, which is one of the poorest regions in the country. I understand the issues that many struggling families go through to make a living and I know how hard it is to recover from serious financial setbacks.
My favorite part of working in the practice is meeting new people on a regular basis. I enjoy hearing the stories our clients have to tell us, and I think the best part is seeing the relief the clients feel at the end of our bankruptcy cases. I’m devoted to ensuring the best outcomes for my clients. Lawrence & Associates is not a factory. We work closely with our clients from the beginning to the end of every claim and case. I get involved from the very first meeting with every potential client. I strive to ensure that I do my best work for each and every client and that all of our clients are satisfied with my work.
Working to Eliminate the Stigma of Bankruptcy
One of the biggest challenges we face is giving potential clients the reassurance that filing bankruptcy is not a bad thing. People have a constitutional right to seek relief in bankruptcy, which is why it is often referred to as a “fresh start.” There is a horrible stigma that comes along with filing bankruptcy that should not be there.
First Generation College Grad
My biggest success has been graduating and becoming an attorney. I am a first generation college graduate in my family, and I am the first to complete graduate school. Becoming an attorney has been my dream for so long, and I am so glad to have achieved that. My true success, however, will be helping as many people as I can as an attorney.
Other Legal Experience
I have previously worked in a number of different areas of the law, including insurance defense, domestic relations, criminal law, personal injury, Social Security, estate planning, and mining regulations. I feel that my experience in the other areas helps me work through all of the various issues that are brought into bankruptcy cases.
Giving Back to the Community
I work with the Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyer Division (YLD) and the Northern Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyer Section. I am a volunteer with the CARE Program (Credit Abuse Resistance Education), which puts attorneys in high school classrooms to teach teenagers credit responsibility. I am also a volunteer in the YLD’s U@18 Program, which educates 17 and 18 year old high school students regarding their basic rights and responsibilities as renters, consumers, property owners, voters, spouses, and employees.
I also recently helped to get the Cincinnati Alumni Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta, Law Fraternity International, reactivated. The Chapter will participate in a number of philanthropy and professional events over the course of a year, and it allows us to work with undergraduate and law school students in their chapters. We are able to connect to Chapters across the world.
The best advice I ever received came from my mother. She always told me that you won’t know an answer if you don’t ask the question and that you’ll never get help if you don’t ask. I make it a habit now of never hesitating to ask a question and to keep asking questions until I get enough information. I always advise people that it is okay to ask for help because everyone needs help at some point. We are here to help, and all you have to do is ask.
About Our Bankruptcy Practice
There are many reasons that individuals and families find they can no longer afford to pay monthly bills. Some may have recently gone through a divorce. Others have been injured at work or in an accident and are unable to earn an income. Many are facing increased interest rates on mortgages or credit cards and cannot keep up. There are also people who simply let spending get out of control and cannot find a way out. Have you received notice that your wages will be garnished due to delinquent payments on your financial obligations? Has the bank started foreclosure proceedings on your home? Is your car about to be repossessed? Or have you realized that try as you may, there is just no way for you to stay current on all of your bills? Regardless of the financial problems you are facing, it is important to realize that there are legal solutions to help you obtain debt relief.
Immediate Relief For Pressing Financial Problems
Above all, do not ignore your financial problems or lawsuits that creditors bring against you. These issues will not disappear. Your best option is to contact a bankruptcy attorney at the first sign of financial distress. Even if you are facing immediate foreclosure, repossession or wage garnishment, Lawrence & Associates can provide swift legal action to help protect you. Your start to a fresh financial future begins when you contact the bankruptcy law firm of Lawrence & Associates. Our firm helps clients file Chapter 7 bankruptcy and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. When you work with our firm, we will take the time to fully explain your legal options and the bankruptcy process in an understandable way — not with complex legal jargon. We can also provide advice on how to stop creditor harassment, garnishment, foreclosure and repossessions.