Bayer Wishman & Leotta

Los Angeles, CA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

If you have a simple case, your fees will be cheap. Don't be afraid to find out the legal rights that you have. We'll give you a free consultation. People in debt have important legal safeguards that you should know about. Your creditors know their legal rights. Why shouldn't you know yours? Your consultation with us is FREE. We are a small firm. Just 3 very dedicated debt relief lawyers. We are not looking to get rich off you.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

The practice of bankruptcy law is extremely satisfying. There is no other area of law where so much good can be accomplished so quickly for a client. We opened our own practice in 1989. We have represented 15,000 bankruptcy clients.

Location

Los Angeles, CA 90017

Years in business

27

Number of employees

6

Times hired on Thumbtack

2

Reviews

10 Reviews
  • Jason J. Jan 15, 2016
    I spoke to Mr. Bayer for almost thirty minutes during a consultation. He charged me nothing and answered all of my questions. He was incredibly helpful. It is obvious Bayer, Wishman and Leotta are highly competent and experienced. I highly recommend them! Thank you!
  • Rochelle D. Dec 23, 2014
    My husband and I highly recommend this law firm. We were totally unaware of the procedures of Bankruptcy. Not only did they they take the time to thoroughly explain, they handled every process of the proceedings. With each and every phone call made, we received an answer or a call back directly from Jeff or one of his assistance. Again, we would highly recommend this office. They get the job done. Satisfaction guaranteed.
  • Carla R. Aug 5, 2014
    I met with Mr. Bayer in March of 14' and he was extremely helpful and understood my financial situation. He was very willing to work with me. The process was pretty easy and there was no stress what so ever. I'm grateful I research and did my homework online to find the right Bankruptcy Attorney for me. Thanks to him and his team for doing a excellent job.
  • Kevin E. Dec 13, 2013
    Absolutely the best. Much appreciated. I work hard but I over extended and put my home in jeopardy when everything crashed. Mr. Wishman and his very helpful staff helped me recover. It's been a couple of years ago now and it's almost like the problem didn't happen. I recommend them highly. You all are great. Thank you
  • David T. Jun 1, 2013
    I have been a small business owner since 1994. As most business owners do, I toiled some 70 - 80 hours per week managing the in- field and onsite daily activities of the business. I was fortunate enough to have enough word-of-mouth recommendations that I never advertised. Until one day..... The sad story I will make brief. I decided to contract with one of the largest corporations in the world. And I realized that no matter what your contractual agreement says with them, they have the money and legal council to toy with you as they wish. So, I hired a litigation attorney and went to court with them. We won. Then we won a second case. But now I was $20,000 out in legal costs with another 10 cases to go. The time burden alone was destroying my business. So, my litigation attorney and I spoke and it was decided that I would have a better life should I bankrupt the company. He recommended Bayer, Wishman and Leotta. Bankruptcy and the very idea of bankruptcy was not a pleasant thought. The years of hard work I had put into my company was about to vanish before my eyes. Though my company was a C-Corp it was still very personal to me. I contacted Bayer, Wishman and Leotta. We arranged a time to meet for consultation and what basic documents I would need to bring for the meeting. I arrived at a downtown skyscraper and was ready for the cold process. But rather, I was greeted with a smile and an offer of a beverage. My wait to see Mr. Wishman was short. And, my time with him was anything but cold. He patiently listened to my story and based upon his questions and replies, he obviously empathized with me. We spoke about several options and he even suggested that I be absolutely certain I wanted to move in this direction. How's that for a soft sell. So, I left with contemplation and a list of documents I would need to present to him should I move forward. And, move forward was what I did. My fear of an expensive bankruptcy went out the window when we agreed on the terms. And, my fear of being lost in the shuffle went out the window as well. I was anything but a number to them. I felt as though I mattered. And, they processed my documentation much faster that I provided it to them. I reviewed their legal case presentation and they reviewed my review. We discussed strategy and then I had my day in court. When I arrived at the courthouse, they were there waiting for me. So I sat before the judge. That could have felt very alone. But, the support I received was fantastic. My bankruptcy is now final and based upon the handling of my case by Bayer, Wishman and Leotta, I never received a single challenge to the bankruptcy. If you are ever unfortunate enough to have to go through bankruptcy, do not hesitate to contact them. You will be in the best possible hands and you will not be just another number. I am David T...and Bayer, Wishman and Leotta have my highest recommendation. PS: I feel like I have my life back! http://www.bayerwishmanbankruptcylaw.com/
    Replied to David T. - Jun 7, 2013

    We are very grateful to have this and all of these other recommendations.

  • Marsha G. Mar 29, 2013
    Mr Bayer was very helpfull and understanding. This company makes you fell like a family member instead of a client. I would highly reconmmend this firm to any one looking a gerat attorney.
  • Cory C. Nov 18, 2012
    LEON BAYER IS THE MAN WHEN IT COMES TO BANKRUPTCY LAWYERS . WHEN YOU NEED TO HIRE A BANKRUPTCY ATTORNEY YOU NEED TO HIRE SOMEONE WITH VAST EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE. DO NOT MAKE THE MISTAKE I MADE I HIRED AN ATTORNEY WITH ONLY FOUR YEARS EXPERIENCE. WHEN MY CASE TURNED INTO AN ASSET CASE SHE DID NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO AND SHE TRIED TO PAWN ME OFF ON ANOTHER LAWYER. I WENT TO LEON BAYER AND HE FIXED THE OTHER ATTORNEYS MISTAKES. THE FIRST TIME I CALLED LEON I SPOKE DIRECTLY TO HIM AND HE STAYED ON THE PHONE WITH ME FOR 30 MINUTES. HE IS VERY NICE AND UNDERSTANDING AND IS AS SMART AS A WHIP.TRUST ME THAT IS THE KIND OF PERSON YOU WANT REPRESENTING YOU.THANK YOU AGAIN LEON.
    Replied to Cory C. - Nov 20, 2012

    As a Los Angeles bankruptcy Attorney, I often see people in the middle of a bankruptcnightmare. Frequently enough, it wass caused by having an inexperienced lawyer, a paralegal, or being slf represented. It happens all the time. I did not charge Cory anything. I'll always be glad that I helped her. This case would never have been a problem if it had been handled correctly from the very beginning, by an experienced Los Angeles Bankruptcy Specialist. An inexperienced lawyer filed Cory's bankruptcy case and took her money. Cory is a very brave young mother with a special needs child. She has a great attidude. She has very limited income. After paying the other lawyer, she certainly had no money left to pay me or any other lawyer to re-do her case correctly.

  • Jannette G. Oct 23, 2012
    I received nothing short of stellar service! I am a primary borrower on a mortgage which the secondary borrower filed for Chp 7 Bankruptcy. That discharge was showing up on my credit when it shouldn’t have since I didn’t file for bankruptcy. After several calls to other attorneys that only wanted money up front for services that obviously I didn’t need, Jeff Wishman resolved my matter with just the initial consultation. He was very nice, easy to talk to, practical and extremely bright – a great reflection of the entire firm!
  • Elizabeth W. Oct 21, 2012
    I wish I had consulted Leon Bayer sooner. He made a process that I dreaded into a professional and relieving experience. Please call him if you are underwater like I was.
  • Jeannie O. Oct 19, 2012
    Jeff Wishman handled my daughter's very complicated BK quickly and efficiently. Later, Leon Bayer advised me much quicker than I'd anticipated on some questions regarding my bankruptcy despite the fact that I filed it myself. He also helped in follow-up questions and other matters regarding my BK. This firm impressed me beyond all expectations. They rock!

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
We start off with a free consultation. After that, we need a list of your debts, copies of recent pay stubs and tax returns, and we will ask you to answer some brief questionnaires. I think most clients expect this to be much harder than it really is.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
We are three very experienced bankruptcy lawyers. Each one of us is a Certified Bankruptcy Specialist by the State Bar of California. Each of us has been in bankruptcy law practice for anywhere from 25 years to 37 years.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Our standard pricing method is very simple. We are going to charge you as little as we can get by with. All of our clients are broke. We can't charge you high fees. If you have a simple case, your fees will be cheap. Amen.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
A young law graduate usually wants to get rich but has no idea how to do it. Each of us was different. Each of us was looking to make a living, but the most important goal for each of us was to practice law in a field that really helps people. For each of us, gravitating into bankruptcy practice was a natural. The help that bankruptcy relief can bring to most clients is miraculous. This is a very gratifying career for lawyers who are looking to make a real difference in the lives of ordinary people.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Our clients come from all walks of life. Debt problems can hit anybody.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I'll share one case in particular. Student loan cases are very difficult to win. Student loan debts are rarely discharged in bankruptcy court. We successfully completed a student loan case in the bankruptcy court. Our client suffered from many years of mental health problems. The client owed more than $100,000 in student loans. Prior to trial, we were able to get a settlement approved. Our client agreed to pay just $3000 to settle $100,000 of student loan debt, (and the $3000 settlement was made payable at just $50 per month).
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
The biggest mistake people make is hiring a bad lawyer. In recent years, the State Bar of California has received about 12,000 complaints involving debt relief/bankruptcy lawyers. You can be sure that every one of those clients wishes they had hired someone else.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Do you want to change your luck? We won't take your case unless we believe we can make good things happen for you.