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 27 years I have helped over two thousand 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, Mt Hood and Wasco.
How Can I Help You?
No Office Appointment Necessary. I Can Work With You Remotely.
I can do all client contact remotely by telephone, text, and email. To schedule a remote consultation, please contact me via my website or call (503) 284-0994 to schedule an initial appointment. I look forward to working with you.
"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.”
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.
Tanya Lamb ★★★★★ I really appreciated Brian's expertise, no-nonsense approach and responsiveness during a very difficult time in my life. He led me every step of the way. I have recommended him to many others. Could not recommend him higher.Shannon Preas ★★★★★ Brian was the absolute best! He made me feel comfortable and was so knowledgeable during the entire experience. We all know it’s nerve racking to file. He does not judge, he communicates everything. He is also very available to answer any questions. I am a single mother and he made this experience easy…….. time wise, and with honesty. He is to the point and effective. He truly cares about his Clients. It shows in his work ethic, client relations and results. Brian completely changed my life! Thank you Brian!Savun Krith ★★★★★ Kind and helpful! Answered all my questionsHolly Lewis ★★★★★ Brian was so understanding and nonjudgemental. I walked into his office feeling ashamed that I had gotten into the hole I was in. But, I left feeling a lot better. He explained the entire process to me in a manner that I could understand, and walked me through the entire step of the way. I never felt alone and knew that if a question came up he would be there to answer it for me! I definitely would recommend Brian to anyone!May Lee ★★★★★ Brian was super helpful and amazing in the process. He gives you straight forward information and clear instructions. No bs, no judgment. He does his best to make the process smooth and easy for you to understand. Truly a blessing to find him. Don't hesitate just hire him!!M E ★★★★★ Brian Wheeler is a slam dunk attorney, it was a very stressful time and I appreciate his process. It was efficient, he kept me on point with my documentation, and represented me well. Very happy with the outcome, thanks Brian.Douangchay Sonphommasith ★★★★★ I am so glad I found him. The process was easy. The documents he asked for were simple. When we went to court it literally took 5 minutes because he was so well prepared. Friendly and professional. The best at what he does by far. Price unbeatable.marni riehs ★★★★★ We can't thank Brian enough for all his help in walking us through the bankruptcy process. It was nice to know we had someone on our side. He made it so easy for us. We appreciate him and the time he put in to dealing with our case. He was always there when we had questions and never made us wait for answers. We are grateful to him for making our lives a little easier.mike clark ★★★★★ Brian wheeler did a wonderful job for me. he explained everything to me in a way i could understand. he was extremely low priced and you definitely got your money's worth. he went out of his way to allow me to come into his office (to do the phone interview when my cell phone service wasn't adequate) even though he had other clients to deal with. this wasn't part of the deal but he bent over backwards to accommodate me, without any additional charge! I was amazed how he treated me so personally and made this extremely stressful,scary part of my life easier. he was always there to explain any questions i had and made the process as easy as possible. If i ever needed him again i wouldn't hesitate to call him. If you're considering bankruptcy I would definitely give him a call. he answered all of my questions beforehand and never pressured me into hiring him or even going forward with bankruptcy, he just answered my questions and I was surprised there was no no strings attached. long story short, brian wheeler is an outstanding bankruptcy attorney who does his job like people did in the past, with integrity, honesty and treats people with respect.Mindee Garrett ★★★★★ Brian made the entire process pain-free. I was expecting it to be awful, however, his kindness and professionalism gave me complete confidence that everything was being handled expertly. I would highly recommend Brian, he made things go very smoothly and was always there for questions!Jamie Grant ★★★★★ Brian is extremely effecient and nice to work with.Thank you Brianしらゆきゆう ★★★★★ Brian is a fantastic attorney. I had a lot of debt of medical bills and I laid off from my work I couldn’t pay it anymore. So I found him and contacted him. He is so professional, understanding, kind and very friendly. He made my chapter 7 so easy. I didn’t have any knowledge about it but he explained everything and it was so fast to filed. I'm so grateful to work with him. I was scared to ask the fee but his fee is affordable. He know about bankruptcy very much and his advice is very accurate.I’m so happy he helped me. And now I have new life. I would like to give him 1000 stars!!! I highly recommended!Ryan Neuman ★★★★★ Highly professional, he walked my wife and I through the process and it was an almost completely pain free experience other than all the paper work you have to print, sign and send the experience was excellent.Thank you Brian.Christopher James Thomas ★★★★★ I was referred to Brian from a colleague/acquaintance who had previously hired him to help her with a chapter 13. I filed his contact info knowing that, at some point, I was probably going to need to reach out to him regarding having to possibly file for bankruptcy. When I finally decided to reach out to Brian, he was generous with his time on the initial consultation call and really listened to my situation, which I greatly appreciated. And after assessing my situation, he mentioned that he felt confident I was a good candidate for chapter 7. I was very nervous about the whole procedure, but he "held my hand" the whole way and was very attentive, amiable and responsive to all my questions and concerns throughout the whole process. I would definitely recommend him without hesitation.Jacob Barr ★★★★★ Working with Brian to file bankruptcy was the best decision I could’ve made! From the consultation to the end he was there to make sure I was prepared for every detail. Brian was quick to answer all questions and very reactive to responding to any needs I had during this process. I ended up having to file with very little notice and he fit me in to an appointment that evening to make sure I did not receive a garnishment. I would hands down recommend him to anyone needing to file for bankruptcy!Lucien Kress ★★★★★ Brian was a great advocate to have while getting my credit card debt discharged. He explained the complex details very clearly, was patient through several delays caused by my changing circumstances, and charged a reasonable flat fee despite those delays and some additional processes we had to go through. Brian is always responsive, friendly, and encouraging. I recommend him without reservation.Shannon Page ★★★★★ After surviving breast cancer, I was in a bad spot. Brian answered all of my questions and provided invaluable advice throughout my bankruptcy process. Super accessible, hip to modern communication, genuine and professional. I feel like I got more than I paid for. Highly recommend!amber dykes ★★★★★ Mr. Wheeler is the best around! He was very understanding, patient and very hard working. He helped my husband and I with our bankruptcy while also explaining absolutely everything and answering all questions and concerns. He made the whole process a breeze! 10/10 recommend!Kyle Eller ★★★★★ Brian did an absolute amazing job explain to me the process of filing bankruptcy and getting everything filed for me. I would highly recommended Brian to anyone looking for help!Alejandro Garcia-Salas ★★★★★ Hands down the best choice I’ve made!!! Not only is Brian patient and knowledgeable, he also takes this daunting process of bankruptcy and turns it into a painless and easy situation. Brian took my case along with my personal anxieties and turned it into a seamless process. By the time it was all done I couldn’t believe it! I still feel like the process should’ve been longer or harder, but Brian made it possible to get through it without a thought! Thank you again Brian!
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 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.
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.
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 , texting me at (503) 936-5026, or using my 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 with the Trustee.
Fees and costs
Effects of filing a bankruptcy and receiving a discharge
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 many years with good results. They charge $20 for single or married applicants and the bankruptcy counseling can be done entirely online. For an even less expensive bankruptcy counseling option many of my clients have used www.moneysharp.org. They charge $10. 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.
The following notice is required by federal bankruptcy law: I am a debt relief agency, I help people file for bankruptcy under the bankruptcy code.
I am licensed to practice law in Oregon and can only represent Oregon residents. If you live in another state, please call your local bar association to find a lawyer in your state.
Important Disclaimer: I provide this website for information and advertising purposes only. It is not intended to and does not constitute bankruptcy assistance services or specific legal advice on a specific matter. As I am sure you understand, I can only offer to provide legal advice to people that participate in a telephone or office consultation directly with me. The information contained on this website does not and should not be construed as legal advice. You should not act on any of the information contained in this website without first conferring with an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction. No attorney-client relationship or privilege is formed by visiting this site or by sending unsolicited email. Initial emails should not contain any confidential information or information you want to keep secret. I am licensed only in Oregon and offer my services only in Oregon. The applicable laws may have changed after the information on this website was published. While I strive to keep the information current, you should not presume that all information is up to date since laws change frequently. You must confer with an attorney to be sure you have current information. Sections 341, 342, 527(a) and 527(b) of the Bankruptcy Code require that an “assisted person” be given certain required disclosures and notices. I urge every person who is considering bankruptcy to seek the advice of a competent attorney.