Chief Judge Daniel Collins, of the Arizona Bankruptcy Court, presented Diane Drain with a Lifetime Achievement Pro Bono Award, sponsored by the Arizona Bankruptcy Section, “(f)or a career of overwhelming and extraordinary pro bono services in establishing the Bankruptcy Court Self Help Center and leadership in the bankruptcy pro bono programs.”

“I was speechless and embarrassingly flattered by this attention.  My passion has always been helping others understand the issues they may face when filing for bankruptcy.”

 

Law firm mill lawyers are in the business to make money, without any regard to the damage they suffer on their clients.

You have a right to obtain competent legal advice. You also have the right to be treated with respect. Never settle for less.

Arizona is burdened with a history of bankruptcy “mills” run by unscrupulous lawyers who have little to no commitment to helping people.  Instead, these mill lawyers are in the business to make money, without any regard to the damage they suffer on their clients. Arizona also has the distinction of being the only state that allows document preparers to “assist” in preparing bankruptcy paperwork. The problem is that these document preparers usually put the individual in a worse position then they were before the bankruptcy was filed.

The volunteers at the Self-Help Center educate individuals as to their rights and obligations in bankruptcy. The Center provides free consultations with attorneys. The attorney volunteers help the person understand that if they file their own bankruptcy that person is expected to know all the laws covering bankruptcy.

Warning – it takes years for an attorney to learn even a small portion of those laws. In addition, the laws or rules governing bankruptcy change almost weekly.  Never contract with anyone who you do not meet in person.  Do not assume that a lawyer is licensed; check them out with the state bar where they are licensed.  Here is the link to the State Bar of Arizona.

We have several videos on this site.  This is one “Meet Diane L. Drain. Some Suggestions in How to Hire an Attorney”

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