Our Team’s Qualifications
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Blake Goodman received his law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 1989 and has been exclusively practicing bankruptcy related law in Texas, New Mexico, and Hawaii ever since. In the past, Attorney Goodman also worked as a Certified Public Accountant, receiving his license from the State of Maryland in 1988.
Blake Goodman specializes in providing bankruptcy and other solutions to your debt burdens and tax problems. To date, he has helped over 6,000 individuals and families alleviate their financial setbacks caused by overwhelming debt problems. Attorney Goodman is one of the largest bankruptcy filers in the entire state of Hawaii. He is a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association-Bankruptcy Law Section, the Tax Freedom Institute and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Lawyers. In addition to being a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, his article “The Often Overlooked 10-Year Tax Discharge Rule” was published in the ABI Journal.
Attorney Goodman moved to Hawaii in 1999 with his wife because he wanted to live in paradise. He has found Hawaii to be that and more.
Our Honolulu bankruptcy law firm would like you to consider the following 5 mistakes to avoid when choosing a lawyer:
Mistake #1: Not Choosing a Qualified Hawaii Attorney
Today, attorneys specialize in everything from divorce law to corporate mergers. Most attorneys have never handled a bankruptcy or tax problem resolution case. Make sure you choose a lawyer who has in-depth qualifications and has been practicing in that particular field for at least 10 years.
Mistake #2: Not Choosing Someone Who Knows Your Options
If you are looking for a solution to your debt problems, choose a Hawaii lawyer that can give you the full range of options. Choosing an attorney that just handles Chapter 7 cases or that just handles bankruptcies would be like taking your Chevy to a mechanic that works only on Volkswagens. Seek the advice of someone that’s experienced in the full spectrum of possibilities, including Chapter 7, Chapter 13, non-bankruptcy solutions, and debt reduction plans. Your attorney should also suggest ways to repair your credit when the representation is completed.
Mistake #3: Not Choosing Someone Who Understands Both Bankruptcy and Tax Law
Make sure your attorney understands the complete spectrum of tax law. Let’s face it – you need help with your finances, and taxes are an important consideration. Whether you are involved in a business or just budgeting family expenses, you need someone who understands your income, expenses, property holdings and how those transactions and bankruptcy will affect your tax liabilities.
Mistake #4: Choosing Someone Just Because Someone Else Did
An attorney referral from a friend can be a nice gesture. Referrals are a common way of learning about good lawyers, but do not use a referral as your only measurement. Meet with the attorney and make sure you feel comfortable before you decide to hire him or her.
Mistake #5: Choosing Someone Just Because They Are Close to You
Convenience is a good consideration when hiring a Hawaii bankruptcy lawyer, but do not put too much importance on the location of the lawyer’s office. In today’s electronic age, nearly all paperwork is handled by email and electronic filing. It is far more important that you choose an experienced, qualified attorney, than to choose a lawyer because his office is down the street. Not only are we are located in the heart of downtown Honolulu, but we are easy to find and we pay for your parking.