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Welcome to our website. At Columbia River Law Group, we advocate for you, the consumer. We have offices in Portland, Vancouver, Clackamas, Beaverton, and Tualatin. We represent individuals and small businesses in chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy and in consumer law issues, including false credit reporting, identity theft, unlawful debt collection practices, and consumer fraud.
Our attorneys have over 30 combined years of experience, and we put that knowledge to use for you. It is our commitment to serve our clients and to provide zealous representation. We are well-respected by both the courts and the legal community. We are here to serve and help you.
When you’re suffering through the stress of financial troubles, the last thing you need is an attorney who makes you feel bad about having to file for bankruptcy. We are here to support and help you through this difficult process with compassion and dignity.
Many people consider filing for bankruptcy to be immoral. However, we disagree. Bankruptcy is not a moral decision, but an economic one. Filing for bankruptcy is one of the few means of protection that consumers have available to them. Whether to file should be about what your life would be like economically if you do file versus what it would be like if you don’t. Often bankruptcy is your only alternative, especially since the financial collapse of 2008.
Filing for bankruptcy is a right guaranteed by the United States Constitution. It is an ancient right that has been around for thousands of years. The word actually comes from Italian banca rotta, a broken bench. It is from Latin rumpere, to break. The bench was a literal one. It was the usual Italian word for a money dealer’s table (and indeed is the origin of the word bank for a financial institution and also for the sense of break in phrases like “He’s gone broke”). Without bankruptcy, money would not be available to spend and keep the economy going.
There is a lot of misinformation in the public about people who file for bankruptcy. The general perception is that bankruptcy filers are irresponsible people who ran up big credit card balances and can’t manage their finances. This is simply not true. The biggest reasons people file have more to do with situations that are out of their control such as divorce, unemployment, or medical problems. Our system has few safety nets, and when something big happens, many people have no means of taking care of themselves financially, especially when they are living paycheck to paycheck. People filing for bankruptcy are simply struggling to make ends meet in an economy where this is extremely difficult.
Millions of people file for bankruptcy. Since 2008, over 5.3 million people filed for bankruptcy protection. If you are considering filing for bankruptcy, you are not alone, and you are not a deadbeat. Examining your situation from an economic perspective will help you to decide whether bankruptcy is a good option for you.
Unlike many firms where you interact primarily with paralegals, your case will be handled by an experienced attorney from start to finish. We can stop collection calls and offer advice about bankruptcy so you can determine whether bankruptcy is right for you. An attorney will answer all of your questions and see your Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 case through, helping you achieve a fresh start.
The attorneys working for Columbia River Law Group have years of experience, working primarily with bankruptcy and consumer cases. Because we focus exclusively on bankruptcy cases, we can assist you with knowledge and expertise.
Our bankruptcy rates are affordable and competitive. If you don’t have the full fee right now, contact us to discuss how we can help you to get the protection that you need. Contact us for a free initial consultation to learn the advantages of bankruptcy and how bankruptcy can protect you.