About The Practice

About Attorney Tim Theisen’s Practice and Services

My practice is solely limited to consumer bankruptcy and family law. By concentrating my areas of practice, I have developed the experience and expertise necessary to guide you through this difficult process and the efficiency to handle your case with minimal cost and as quickly as possible.

Although I have handled numerous large cases, many of my clients are persons of moderate or minimal needs. I always presume that my clients will benefit by minimizing their legal expenses. I can work with my clients’ financial situations, which can include payment arrangements to suit their budgets, when necessary.

Not Too Big, Not Too Small. Just Right!

One of the things that sets my practice apart from others is that you will get “hands-on” assistance from me. Many lawyers simply dish their clients off to their staff or other associates. I make myself very accessible to my clients – I make it a point to try to return every phone call, every day. Not many lawyers can say that. You will notice this from the first time you try to call me on the phone. (If you can’t get through to the lawyer when you’re deciding whether to hire them, think of how hard it will be to get a hold of them after they have already “landed” you as a client!) Moreover, unlike the big law firms where you never know whether the attorney you first meet with will be the same attorney who signs your bankruptcy petition, or will be the same attorney who shows up at court with you, I am a sole practitioner, so you will always be working with me. Additionally, I grant an initial free phone consultation to anyone.

On the other hand, unlike many of the new startup attorneys who call themselves bankruptcy specialists, I have an actual bricks and mortar presence at my main office in Anoka, in addition to numerous meeting places around the Twin Cities for your convenience. We are fully staffed so you will almost always get a live person to answer your calls and your questions, as opposed to the smaller operations who have nothing but a cell phone where you get voicemail most of the time.

The Golden Rule

I try to live my life, and conduct my affairs as an attorney, treating people the way I would want to be treated, the way I would want my friends or relatives to be treated, with respect, patience and dignity. As a parent, I try to instill that in my kids as well. I know you are going through a bad spot in your life and this is not indicative of where you want to be or who you are. I deal with people at a tough point in their lives, and we get them through it.

What matters most

“There are no problems, only solutions”

John Lennon said that, but it bears repeating — we are about focusing on getting you through your issues, rather than compounding or dwelling upon what got you here.

What to look for in an attorney

It’s hard to call friends and tell them that you are looking for a bankruptcy attorney. Ironically, I still do get a substantial portion of my clientele from referrals. But as you peruse the websites and other methods of choosing an attorney, these are the questions you should be looking at, which are all fair questions to ask:

• Is the attorney experienced?
• Does the attorney practice primarily in that area of law? (I have been doing bankruptcy since 1992, and it is currently 95% of my practice. Earlier in my career, family law was a greater portion of my practice)
• Does the attorney have malpractice insurance? (I do)
• Has the attorney ever had a malpractice claim against them? (I haven’t)
• Has the attorney been disciplined by the Minnesota Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board? You can look this up, and you will see that I have a clean slate.
• Does the attorney have particular expertise in your issues? (My background in family law gives me exceptional insight into issues when married or divorced debtors are looking at bankruptcy, and my background as a landlord of numerous properties gives me particular insight for debtors who have been stung with depreciating real estate.)
• Has the attorney spoken at continuing legal education seminars before other attorneys? (I have spoken on issues of second mortgage lien stripping, as well as the intersection of divorce and bankruptcy issues)
• Does the attorney facilitate the electronic communication of data, including online data entry for bankruptcy information?
• Does the lawyer perform an online public record search to ensure all of your assets are being properly listed? (some other lawyers cut costs and corners by not doing this, which can turn out to your detriment if the trustee discovers undisclosed assets)
• Check online for reviews. Some attorneys don’t allow online reviews, such as on www.dexknows.com, because they have had too many negative comments.
Learn more about the law practice of Tim Theisen, Attorney at Law.