About Us

Karen Ware helps people in central California file Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy; fight debt lawsuits; vacate judgments; stop garnishments, liens, and levies; wipe out old income taxes via bankruptcy and set up payment plans for other taxes; solve student loan repayment problems; and solve other credit and debt problems.

Her practice emphasizes the importance of explaining all options to Clients, and the relative advantages and disadvantages of each approach.

She is a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA), the California State Bar, and the California State Bar Section on Business and Insolvency Law.

Ms. Ware is admitted to the the Supreme Court of California, and the United States District Courts for the Central District of California, and the Eastern District of California. She is admitted to the Bankruptcy Courts for  the Central District of California and the Eastern District of California.

Before starting her own practice in 2006 in Bethesda, Maryland, Ms. Ware was an Associate in the National Tax Department of a “Big Four” accounting firm. Her work focused on the tax aspects of complex business transactions, including executive compensation plans, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, LLC operating agreements, and forming and unwinding partnerships. Ms. Ware was also an Associate at a Fortune 100 financial services firm, where she researched and resolved tax issues arising from complex investment transactions.

In 2010, she expanded her practice to include offices in California.

She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology.

She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law, where she received the Thomas E. Berry Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Probate Law.

She lives in California with her husband and their daughter.

 

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.

The State Bar of California has put out information to assist attorneys and community members affected by the recent California wildfires in Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Sonoma and Yuba counties. There are free legal assistance hotlines, assistance for replacing lost documents, applying for federal aid, applying for unemployment, reporting scams, assistance for landlord-tenant disputes, etc. www.calbar.ca.gov/Public/Need-Legal-Help/Free-Legal-Help/Legal-Help-After-Disaster ...

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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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