Publications and Press 2017-12-14T00:56:31+00:00

Publications and Press

Leon Bayer and Jeff Wishman are freqently called upon to give press interviews on bankruptcy and consumer debt topics in the news. They are consumer advocates who get life-changing results for their clients. And they share their expertise freely with others through numerous bankruptcy publications and press events.

Over the years, they have become authors and editors of bankruptcy works and they educate consumers and other lawyers on important bankruptcy subjects like debt relief, credit, consumer credit fraud, loan modification scams, foreclosure rights, the bankruptcy means test, Chapter 13 practice and procedure, Chapter 7, complex exemption laws that allow debtors to keep their property and ways that debtors may avoid mistakes before and after filing bankruptcy.

Leon Bayer and Jeff Wishman also volunteer their time to answer consumer questions about bankruptcy on the radio and speaking before groups and organizations. Here are some of their publications, appearances and press events:

Print:

A Human Guide to Bankrutpcy

1st Edition, Bayer Wishman & Leotta, June 2013, Paperback

By Leon Bayer and Jeffrey Wishman

An easy to read guide that gets right to the key problems faced by real people in financial trouble. No-nonsense recommendations and advice for common debt and bankruptcy problems. A well-organized collection of key information that you will want to go back to again and again when you have questions about the issues you face. Finally, a bankruptcy book written for humans!

Available in print on Amazon.com
Available for download in any E-book format here
Available as an E-book at Amazon.com for your Kindle

The New Bankruptcy: Will It Work for You?

5th Edition, Nolo, May 2013, Paperback

By Leon Bayer and Stephen Elais

The New Bankruptcy provides clear-cut information, answers to common questions, worksheets, and strategies to help you figure out whether bankruptcy is the right solution to your debt problem. Find out:
· the main differences between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy
· whether you qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy (the means test)
· how the Chapter 13 repayment plan works
· which type of bankruptcy (7 or 13) is better in various situations
· which debts are wiped out
· what happens to your property, including your home, car, and retirement accounts, and
· other ways to handle debt problems.

Available here on Amazon.com

The Daily Progress

Thursday, May 30, 2013:  CNET founder Minor files for bankruptcy

…The process of dissolving his remaining assets to pay creditors will likely take years, experts said Wednesday.
“In the case of a high-flying business person, it’s likely that there’s going to be some objections [from creditors],” said bankruptcy attorney Leon D. Bayer, of the Los Angeles firm Bayer, Wishman and Leotta. ‘People sometimes will make it very hard to discover their true financial affairs.'”

…”While all men were created equal, creditors weren’t,” Bayer explained. The majority of Minor’s creditors will likely be left saddled with some of the debt, he said. “By the time a bankruptcy gets filed, all the good assets have been sold off or lost,” he said. “At that point, they’ve been throwing good money after bad for a long time.”

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Los Angeles Daily Journal – Banking on Bankruptcy

March 30, 2012: Susan McRae’s profile of Bayer Wishman & Leotta
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Thompson Reuters, Aspatore Books – Best Practices for Filing Chapter 13

2011: Best Practices for Filing Chapter 13: Leading Lawyers on Analyzing Today’s Chapter 13 Filings, Preparing Clients, and Implementing Effective Strategies (Inside the Minds), 2011 ed; Leon Bayer is a featured author in this publication.

Thompson Reuters, Aspatore Books – Trends in Consumer Bankruptcy Filings

2010: Trends in Consumer Bankruptcy Filings: Leading Lawyers on Understanding the Current Bankruptcy Landscape, Navigating the Filing Process, and Educating Clients (Inside the Minds), 2010; Leon Bayer is a featured author in this publication.

CEB – Bankruptcy Practice

2003: “Bankruptcy Practice”, CEB (Continuing Education of the Bar), 2003; Leon Bayer served as Reviewer and Contributor for this legal practice guide used by bankruptcy lawyers in California.

Matthew Bender – Basic Bankruptcy Practice

1992, 1993: Basic Bankruptcy, California Practice Handbook, Matthew Bender 1992, 1993; Leon Bayer served as Contributing Editor.

Los Angeles Daily Journal Report – The Essentials of Chapter 13

1987: “The Essentials Of Chapter 13,” Daily Journal Report, December 18, 1987; by Leon Bayer.

Television:

KTTV – Fox News LA – Jeff Wishman on the fate of the Dodgers in bankruptcy

July 1, 2011; Jeff Wishman was interviewed on KTTV, Fox News LA, by reporter Jeff Michael about the fate of the Dodgers franchise in their bankruptcy case filed in Delaware. Mr. Wishman correctly predicted that a sale of the team would occur. Click here for more details.

KCAL-TV – More Deals: Personal Bankruptcy

December 10, 2002: Bayer says most of his clients use a Chapter 7 bankruptcy to wipe out their non-secured debt including credit card payments. A Chapter 7 is best for consumers with few assets such as a house or car.
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KCAL-TV – Eleven Part Series on Preparing for the next Recession, Part 11

February 26, 2001: Leon Bayer of Bayer, Wishman and Leotta – a bankruptcy law firm in Los Angeles – says bankruptcy can be helpful. “Most people who file a bankruptcy are being hounded to death by bill collectors who are calling them at their job. They get phone calls at night at home demanding money that they can’t pay.”
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KCAL-TV – Eleven Part Series on Preparing for the next Recession, Part 6

February 12, 2001: If you make only the minimum payments on credit cards with standard interest rates, bankruptcy lawyer Leon Bayer has a warning for you: “you will die in debt,” he says…
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Radio:

“Your Legal Rights” on KALW-FM Public Radio 91.7-San Francisco

January 4, 2012: Los Angeles bankruptcy attorney Leon Bayer joined Host Chuck Finney to talk about bankruptcy and take calls from listeners. More information and a transcript of Leon’s interview can be found here.

Bankruptcies R Us on Marketplace – American Public Media

“Over 2 million American households filed for bankruptcy in 2005. Bob Moon reports that it wasn’t just financial troubles…”
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“Your Legal Rights” on KALW-FM Public Radio 91.7-San Francisco

Wednesday, February 23, 2005: Los Angeles bankruptcy attorney Leon Bayer joins us in from 7:30 to 8:30 pm, to talk about bankruptcy and take calls from listeners. People outside of the Bay area can listen live via internet. Click here for live broadcast

Benjamin Dover Show on KFI AM 640-Los Angeles

KFI Updates Sunday, May 25, 2002: Los Angeles bankruptcy attorney Leon Bayer joins us to discuss the recent news about the rising tide of personal bankruptcy filings…as well as an update on the aggressive lobbying efforts of the nation’s leading banks and credit card companies to change the federal bankruptcy laws….
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Benjamin Dover Show on KFI AM 640-Los Angeles

KFI Updates Sunday, June 2, 2002:Anti-virus software, advice from bankruptcy attorney Leon Bayer, smart travel tips, rebate headaches and more…
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Benjamin Dover Show on KFI AM 640-Los Angeles

Bens’ tips on annuities, SBC may owe you, tips on dealing with the IRS and more
KFI Updates Sunday July 7, 2002: LA-based bankruptcy attorney Leon Bayer clears the air on an e-mail that was a screaming good example of bad information…
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Benjamin Dover Show on KFI AM 640-Los Angeles

KFI Updates Sunday, June 2, 2002: /advice from bankruptcy attorney Leon Bayer, smart travel tips and more…
Leon Knows! Bankruptcy expert, Los Angeles-based Leon Bayer answers some tough questions about the coming changes in the bankruptcy laws, as well as debunking and explaining the myths of seeking refuge by invoking your right to legally protect your assets or legally discharge your liabilities through this legal maneuver…
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Internet:

BankruptcyBlogger.org

Both Leon Bayer and Jeff Wishman, through their blog, regularly provide articles, news and useful content about bankruptcy to consumers. A wealth of content is available to read or research on their blog for those interested in learning about bankruptcy or following legal developments and the ways in which bankruptcy law affects people every day.

TheBankruptcyGuide.net

Bayer Wishman & Leotta provides a full and complete “Human Guide to Bankruptcy” packed full of detailed information about Chapter 7, Chapter 13 and the ways that bankruptcy cases affect real people. You will also find lots of helpful tips and suggestions on topics that affect debtors in Los Angeles bankruptcy cases.

 

Making Payments On Time During Bankruptcy May Save Your Home

“…Probably the single scariest unknown is: What will happen to your home if you file for bankruptcy? ”
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Bracing for the bankruptcy bill (CNN Money)

“What you should know about a bill that would make it tougher for consumers to clear their debts.”
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Special Report: Beware cut-rate bankruptcy advice (MSN Money)

” More people are turning to high-volume bankruptcy law firms and document-preparers. But trusting the wrong person can have staggering costs: lost homes and broken lives…. ”
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The Bankruptcy Paralegal Connection (LawyerAssistant.com)

” Ask Leon … A weekly column provided to our readers by Leon D. Bayer, Esq., a California attorney and a Certified Specialist in Personal and Small Business Bankruptcy Law by the State Bar of California. Mr. Bayer can be contacted directly at… ”
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Events Conspire Against Bankruptcy Reform (theStreet.com)

Even if the House and Senate bills do expire this year, the issue of bankruptcy reform likely won’t disappear. As Leon Bayer, whose law firm, Bayer, Wishman & Leotta, Los Angeles, handles 600 personal bankruptcy cases a year, notes: “As long as credit card companies are willing to dole out millions in campaign contributions, we will continue to see legislation.”
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Why we are qualified

For the last 33 years, Leon Bayer and Jeff Wishman of Bayer Wishman & Leotta have specialised exclusively in helping clients with debt problems.