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Colby LaVelle

Colby LaVelle

The LaVelle Law Offices
  • Bankruptcy, Estate Planning
  • California
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Colby Dean LaVelle II proudly manages LaVelle Law Offices with the personal attention of a boutique law firm but with the resources of larger law firms. An honored graduate of Santa Clara University of Law, Mr. LaVelle has dedicated his career to the pursuit of justice. He began his legal career working for the San Francisco District Attorney's Office. Following his success litigating criminal matters, Mr. LaVelle started the LaVelle Law Offices. Now with eight locations across California, The LaVelle Law Offices is an incarnation of Mr. LaVelle's desire to serve the public, as he did so aptly in his role with the District Attorney.

Practice Areas
Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
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  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Our Chapter 7 attorney fees for a single filer are typically $1195 plus court fees.
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Managing Attorney
The LaVelle Law Offices
Santa Clara University School of Law
J.D. | Law
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California State Bar  # 316277
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Alameda County Bar Association
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San Francisco Bar Association
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National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA)
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5 Questions Answered
Q. I got served for BofA credit card $24980 debt. I call lawyer who sue me and willing to settle for $14k. Take the deal?
A: The offer you state from the lawyer suing you is lower than the offers I typically see...which makes me wonder why the attorney is offering you such a relatively good deal. Once a lawsuit is filed, these debt collectors don't usually make such "generous" offers. I urge you to call an attorney for a consultation. You can discuss your overall finances and see if paying off this debt makes sense or whether it might make more sense to file BK. If you have other creditors and limited resources, you should really consider all your options before writing a check for $14k. If you file bankruptcy you can very likely include a civil collections lawsuit and the lawsuit and debt can be discharged under your bankruptcy filing. ... Read More
A: I see you posted this in the Bankruptcy forum, so I will address the Bankruptcy angle. Under Bankruptcy code, there are very specific exceptions to a debt being "dischargeable." The exceptions are listed in the following code/webpage:

If there is not a listed exception, the debt would likely be dischargeable. Judgements can be dischargeable, subject to the aforementioned exceptions listed in the code. This is something you should discuss with an attorney, so they may be able to assess your assets, the type of case you are involved in, whether you or partners are personally responsible for debts etc. It is imperative that you speak with an attorney about your options and pros and cons (risks) before filing bankruptcy based on the facts you have presented. ... Read More
Q. I have about 15k in debt and another 12k to the IRS ,how much would it cost to file bankruptcy?
A: There are two fees to consider: the attorney fees and the court fees. The court fees are $338 and the attorney fees vary widely, but generally the going rate is between $1000 and $2000. Be sure to discuss in detail your IRS debt with your attorney, and whether it will qualify for discharge in bankruptcy or whether you may still be responsible for these taxes even after filing bankruptcy. There are some specific requirements regarding IRS debt you should discuss with an attorney.
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Contact & Map
LaVelle Law Offices
505 14th Street
Suite 900
Oakland, CA 94612
Telephone: (510) 393-2083
LaVelle Law Offices
One Market Street
Spear Tower 36th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
Telephone: (415) 596-6337
LaVelle Law Offices
4900 Hopyard Rd
Suite 100
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Telephone: (925) 351-4550
LaVelle Law Offices
177 Park Avenue
Suite 200
San Jose, CA 95113
Telephone: (408) 396-8731
LaVelle Law Offices
350 10th Avenue
Suite 1000
San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone: (619) 210-4622
LaVelle Law Offices
980 9th Street
16th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: (916) 825-2619
LaVelle Law Offices
110 N San Joaquin St.
Suite 200
Stockton, CA 95202
Telephone: (209) 321-2896
LaVelle Law Offices
California Business Center
1652 West Texas Street
Fairfield, CA 95433
Telephone: (707) 398-3652