South Bend Indiana Law Firm Offers a Solid Reputation in Bankruptcy and Estate Planning
Fixing your finances and protecting your property with dedicated counseling
The law office of Thomas E. Panowicz LLC can handle your most complicated financial manners. Whether you need to clear up your debts by filing for bankruptcy or protect your heirs with estate planning, an enthusiastic, knowledgeable attorney can help put you on the right path.
Providing experience and solid solutions for gaining financial freedom
We have a reputation for providing outstanding client care. We provide a free consultation to review your unique financial situation so we gain a thorough understanding of your financial goals. With a personalized touch, we guide you to your best legal alternatives. Once we begin working on your case, you will be confident we are handling every detail accurately and with attention to detail.
If creditors are harassing you or threatening foreclosure, representation from a bankruptcy attorney can put a quick end to your financial difficulties. We have the knowledge and experience to help you decide your best options for bankruptcy, including:
- Chapter 7 personal liquidation - Discharge your debt permanently.
- Chapter 11 business reorganization - Restructure your business debts.
- Chapter 13 personal repayment plan - Stop foreclosure and repossession.
Proficient estate planning helps you protect your assets and save inheritance taxes. Thomas E. Panowicz LLC is a law firm you can rely on to handle all of your estate planning needs, including:
- Estate administration - Distribute estate property efficiently.
- Special needs estate planning - Provide maximum care for your disabled child or elderly parent.
- Probate litigation - Protect your inheritance with solid representation.
Thomas E. Panowicz, board certified in consumer bankruptcy
Thomas E. Panowicz provides innovative solutions to end your debt problem or plan your estate. Mr. Panowicz is board certified in consumer bankruptcy by the American Board of Certification. His credentials show his drive to meet rigorous standards and fulfill his goal of providing responsible leadership in the field of consumer bankruptcy. Our firm's experience includes working for a Chapter 13 trustee and reviewing hundreds of cases for compliance with the Bankruptcy Code. Our ability to provide competent bankruptcy counsel gives our clients' confidence that financial issues will be quickly resolved.
In my career as an attorney, to be successful, my goals are to provide excellence in legal service AND customer service.
With customer service, I focus on the relationship with my clients and strive to follow what I consider "Good Bedside Manners" for attorneys: Know your client, Show respect, Listen, Be thorough, Be clear, Look the part (be professional), Stay focused, Be timely, Be honest and Follow-up. I believe this approach comes from my values as a Christian and the fact that my work in Michiana covers my hometown of South Bend where I grew up. I attended Holy Cross College, graduated from Indiana University, and obtained my J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. As such, in the spirit of helping of helping my "neighbors", I am licensed to practice law in Indiana and Michigan.
However, these Good Bedside Manners are only a part of being successful. The other part is to provide excellence in the legal services. Since October 2000, I have devoted much of time to consumer bankruptcy law. From representing debtors, some creditors and a Chapter 13 Trustee, as well as from attending seminars (including those on BAPCPA), I have developed the bankruptcy knowledge, understanding and skills to meet and serve the needs of my clients. I have reviewed hundreds of cases for compliance with the Bankruptcy Code, effectively communicated with other parties and prepared and presented arguments and pleadings to the Court accordingly.
As further evidence of this effort to provide excellent legal services, since February 22, 2007, I have met the requirements for Board Certification in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by American Board of Certification. The American Board of Certification is the nation's premier legal specialty certification organization - certifying attorneys as specialists in business bankruptcy, consumer bankruptcy and creditors' rights law.
In addition to bankruptcy, my practice includes providing estate planning and probate administration services. My experience in these areas started early while in law school when I represented clients under the supervision of a staff attorney in the "60 Plus Elderlaw Clinic". This provided an excellent foundation to continue such services for clients in preparing wills, powers of attorney, living wills or advance directives, and medical powers of attorney.
Similar to the American Board of Certification, both States of Indiana and Michigan have certificate programs for estate planning and probate practices. In the continued effort to provide excellent services to benefit clients, my goal is to achieve certification in both Indiana and Michigan as soon as possible.