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Bankruptcy helps you achieve your financial goals. Wipe out your debts and start saving for a home, your child's education, or your retirement. Call us to find out how.

Welcome to the Law Offices of Karen Ware, PC

Karen Ware has been helping people with credit and debt problems for over ten years. Learn more about Attorney Karen Ware’s background and experience.

While bankruptcy can wipe out your debts, it can also be a valuable tool for improving your life. We are focused on this aspect of bankruptcy– using its protections to help you achieve your financial goals.

We enjoy getting to know you and learning about your life. This helps us find the right bankruptcy strategy for you.

Some other bankruptcy practices emphasize volume and filing cases as quickly as possible. We take the time to find the best approach for you.

Of course, if you want to file immediately, we can do that too. We offer same-day appointments and emergency filing services.

We appreciate your visiting our site, and hope you find some helpful information about the benefits and protections of filing bankruptcy. We also offer a free initial consultation. Give us a call to find out how we can help. We look forward to talking with you.

What Makes Us Different?

Experience and Results: In over ten years of practice, none of our bankruptcy clients has ever lost an asset, been denied a discharge, or faced an objection to discharge from a creditor, trustee, or U.S. Trustee. We have successfully discharged student loans and tax debts. Many of our Chapter 7 cases were for very high income households and / or self-employed filers. If you think you have an “impossible” case, give us a call. You might be surprised.

Attention and Care: You work directly with attorney Karen Ware from your initial consultation until your case is closed.

We Handle Your Hearings Personally: Many other firms use “appearance attorneys” to handle bankruptcy hearings. We don’t. We handle your hearing personally. We will thoroughly prepare you for the hearing, meet you before the hearing, and keep you in good spirits while waiting for your case to be called.

We Help You Achieve Your Goals: We help you (1) determine your financial goals and (2) use bankruptcy to achieve them. This is the most complex part of the bankruptcy process. Many bankruptcy attorneys just want to get your case filed. We evaluate many different strategies to find the one that gives you a truly fresh start.

We Eliminate Your Stress: We start handling creditor contacts immediately. You can answer your phone, open your mail, and sleep at night. We check in with you often to be sure the process is clear and easy for you. In our very first meeting, we give you a timeline of all the events in your case. You will know what to expect every step of the way.

Reasonable Fees and Payment Plans: We carefully manage our overhead. This allows us to charge reasonable fees. We work with you to find a payment plan that will work with your budget.

Free Initial Consultation: We offer a free initial consultation.

We Make the Process Easy: Our procedures are streamlined, efficient, and technology friendly.

Accessibility: We are available by text, phone, and email.

Bankruptcy Can Help You Rebuild Your Credit

One year after filing, most of our clients see a 150 - 250 increase in their FICO credit score. More bankruptcy benefits are listed below.

Wipe Out Credit Cards, Medical Debts, and Other Unsecured Debts

Discharge Some Unpaid Taxes / Set Up Tax Payment Plans

Catch up on Mortgage or Vehicle Payments

Quickly Rebuild Your Credit by Becoming Debt Free

Save for a Home, Education, or Retirement

Lower Student Loan Payments

Stop Collection Lawsuits, Letters, Calls

Stop Garnishments, Liens, and Levies

Our Services

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CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCY

  • Chapter 7 bankruptcy is typically a quick process (around 4 months from filing to discharge.)
  • Chapter 7 wipes out most unsecured debts like credit cards and medical debts.
  • Chapter 7 can stop debt lawsuits, collections, garnishments, evictions and repossessions.
  • Chapter 7 can help you get back previously garnished or levied funds under some circumstances.
  • Chapter 7 can wipe out some past due income taxes.
  • If you choose to do so, you can keep your house and vehicle.
  • If you prefer to “undo” a bad deal, you can surrender your car or house and walk away from the debt and tax consequences.
  • Most people keep all their assets when they file Chapter 7.
  • Chapter 7 can help you rebuild your credit by wiping out your debts and turning you into a “debt free” person.
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CHAPTER 13 BANKRUPTCY

  • In Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you work out a payment plan with your creditors.
  • The plan is based on your ability to pay (among other factors).
  • It allows you to avoid foreclosure or car repossession while catching up on payments.
  • You can make manageable payments on tax debts and student loans.
  • Some people are eligible to “stretch out” secured debt payments (like car payments) over a longer period of time, making these payments more affordable. (available only in Ch 13.)
  • Some people can “strip off” unsecured junior mortgages on their houses (available only in Ch 13.)
  • At the end of your payment period, many “leftover” unsecured debts are eliminated.
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DEBT LAWSUITS, GARNISHMENTS, LEVIES, LIENS

  • If you have been sued by a debt buyer or creditor, we can help.
  • You might have defenses to the lawsuit, counter-claims against the plaintiff, and / or objections you can raise in defending the case.
  • If you ignore the lawsuit, the plaintiff is likely to get a judgment against you.
  • Once the creditor has a judgment, it can garnish your wages, levy your bank accounts, and file liens on your assets.
  • We can prevent this from happening. We can also stop an ongoing garnishment or levy. You might be able to get back some or all of the funds already taken from you. But, you must act very quickly. Call us immediately if you have been notified of a pending garnishment, lien, or levy.

Locations in Ventura, CA and Woodland Hills, CA

The Law Offices of Karen Ware, PC
1500 Palma Drive
Second Floor
Ventura, CA 93003

FREE PARKING
(805) 284-0760

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The Law Offices of Karen Ware, PC
5850 Canoga Avenue
Fourth Floor
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

FREE PARKING
(818) 284-4537

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LOCATIONS

WOODLAND HILLS

5850 Canoga Avenue
Fourth Floor
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
FREE PARKING
(818) 284-4537

Phone hours:
Monday - Saturday, 8:00am - 6:00 pm

Office hours (by appointment):
Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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VENTURA

1500 Palma Drive
Second Floor
Ventura, CA 93003
FREE PARKING
(805) 284-0760

Phone hours:
Monday - Saturday, 8:00am - 6:00 pm

Office hours (by appointment):
Monday - Saturday, 9:00am - 5:00pm

SERVICE AREAS
Bankruptcy Lawyer Karen Ware serves the following areas: Santa Barbara, Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks, Agoura, Calabasas, Woodland Hills, Encino, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Burbank, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California and surrounding areas.

11 U.S.C. 528(A)(4)

"We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code." This statement is required by 11 U.S.C. Section 528(a)(4). But, it does not state the full range of services our firm offers.

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In Brace v. Speier (In re Brace), 566 B.R. 13 (9th Cir. BAP 2017), the United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Ninth Circuit (“BAP”) affirmed a ruling by the bankruptcy court holding that, where the avoidance of transfers of interests in real properties restored title to a married couple as joint tenants, California’s community property presumption (California Family Code § 760) prevailed over California’s record title presumption (California Evidence Code § 662). As a result, both the debtor’s and the non-debtor spouse’s interests in the recovered real properties were assets of the bankruptcy estate. ...

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