"It was a huge relief of stress for us. The process was very smooth and painless. After doing extensive research, I am glad we found Brian. Not only did he get the job done, was very nice and personable, I also found he was the most cost effective attorney in the Portland area for bankruptcy My wife and I are now in great financial stability. We got a great second chance." R.W.

Welcome to brian-wheeler.com. I have been a Portland bankruptcy lawyer since 1994 and before that worked as a bankruptcy attorney in Eugene for a two years after law school. In the last 20 years I have helped hundreds of clients successfully file bankruptcy in Oregon and receive their discharge. Bankruptcy is not always the right choice and, if it not the right choice for you, we can explore other options such as credit counseling, negotiation and debt settlement. Please feel free to give me a call at 503-284-0994, text message me at 503-936-5026 or send me an email with any questions or concerns you may have or to schedule an appointment. I handle cases in the following counties: Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Columbia, Tillamook, Yamhill and  Mt Hood.

Finding the right bankruptcy attorney.

Even thinking about filing a bankruptcy brings up many emotions and worries, and trying to choose a lawyer to help you through the bankruptcy filing process is not easy. Let’s face it, there are many bankruptcy attorneys in Oregon and, unless you were referred to me from someone you know and trust, you do not know much about me. I would like to assure you that my goal is to help you through the process with understanding, compassion and skill.  I hope that after browsing through this website you will learn enough to feel comfortable contacting me via email or telephone to schedule a free consultation.  Filing bankruptcy is a legal and ethical option for people that need help. Let me explain how bankruptcy may be able to help you by scheduling a free office or telephone consultation. My initial consultations are always free* and there is no pressure to “sign up.”

Important-New exemption laws in Oregon - In July, 2013 the Oregon Legislature  enacted a law allowing many Oregon residents to use the federal bankruptcy exemptions. This change  will help many people  with their fresh start after bankruptcy because it will allow them to exempt more of their property, including  tax refunds.  At your initial consultation we will discuss how this may benefit you.

Former Client Testimonial:

“I would just like to thank you very much for helping us out in such a trying time. You were very professional and in no way made us ever feel like we were "bad people". We came to you with only days before we lost our home (because others said they could help and left us our to dry) and you were able to help us file bankruptcy and keep our home. I am very grateful and will recommend you to anyone who needs a good attorney. Again I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.” Respectfully Mrs. H. 


Is Filing Bankruptcy Right  For You?

Is bankruptcy the right choice?  Bankruptcy can help you and other honest, hard-working people get rid of burdensome debts and get bills under control. It can also do many other things like the following:

  • Stop garnishment.
  • Stop foreclosures.
  • Stop harassing phone calls.
  • Put a stop to collection agency abuse.
  • Prevent utility shut offs.
  • Stop car repossessions.
  • Get your car back after a repo.
  • Eliminate some income taxes.
  • Pay back child support.
  • Stop driver's license suspensions.
  • Stop lawsuits.

How to get started.

You can start the process toward solving your financial problems and rebuilding the credit rating you deserve by calling me at (503) 284-0994, emailing me at brian@brian-wheeler.com or using my contact form to arrange a free office or telephone consultation. I can also often answer questions by email.  You may also want to look at my questionnaire to see  what information will be needed to get a case filed.

No Charge Bankruptcy Consultation:

I offer a free initial bankruptcy consultation by telephone or in person at my NE Portland office so that you can get your questions answered and make sure bankruptcy will work for you.  I can also often answer some questions by email if you do not feel comfortable calling.  An initial consultation will usually last about one hour and during that time we will discuss the following things:

  •  Why you are thinking about bankruptcy.

  • What   property do you own and is that property at risk of being taken by a bankruptcy trustee.

  • What is your income.

  • Recent financial transactions

  • Will bankruptcy work for you.

  • The bankruptcy filing process.

  • Necessary information and documents to file bankruptcy

  • What to expect at your bankruptcy hearing

  • Fees and costs.

Required credit counseling:

When Congress changed the bankruptcy laws back in 2005 they created a mandatory credit counseling requirement. I have recommended a low cost Portland Bankruptcy Counseling Company for more than a year with good results. They charge $16 for  single or married applicants and  the bankruptcy counseling can be done entirely online. You do not need to have this done before you schedule a consultation with me, but it does need to be completed before you can file a bankruptcy case with the court.