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Barbara Lee Franklin

Barbara Lee Franklin

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  • Bankruptcy, Collections, Real Estate Law
  • Alaska, Hawaii
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2003 to Present: Sole Practitioner, Honokaa, Hawaii
General practice with an emphasis on bankruptcy law, consumer issues, and real estate law. I represent individuals and business owners under chapter 7, and chapter 11, chapter 12, chapter 13, and one bankruptcy trustee. I have represented individuals in preference actions brought by chapter 7 trustees in other jurisdictions. Based on my experience working on highly complicated bankruptcy cases, I have successfully confirmed client's chapter 12s for which they received a discharge. I also represent clients in real estate matters including the purchase and sale of residential real estate, landlord and tenant matters, and boundary disputes. I assist owners resolving title and ownership issues, and recording deeds.

From 2003 to present: Besides debtor/creditor law in Hawaii (see below), I practice real estate law in Hawaii. All aspects of property ownership from deed transfers to estate planning and creditor issues. I handle short term vacation rental compliance for County of Hawaii property owners.

From 1989: Assistant United States Trustee, Department of Justice, United States Trustee's Program, District of Alaska. Civil enforcement of Title 11, including oversight, discipline and removal of both chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy trustees; establish procedures for post-confirmation oversight of chapter 11 cases; and developed pilot identification and chapter 7 audit programs. I served on the executive committee for Alaska Bar Bankruptcy Section and rules subcommittee; chaired a Financial Literacy and Bankruptcy Fraud Working Group, and was an expert witness for the Office of the U.S. Attorney in criminal trials. I taught numerous continuing education programs for both attorneys and other paraprofessionals. Retired from Dept. of Justice 2002. In Hawaii, I have successfully handled chapter 12 cases and various aspects of debtor/creditor law using the breadth of knowledge gained.

Practice Areas
Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief
Real Estate Law
Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
Additional Practice Area
  • Bankruptcy/Debt
  • Free Consultation
    The first 1/2 hour is free with a paid one hour consultation. Generally, an initial consultation is 2 hours including a comprehensive review of solutions and development of strategy and chapter.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    I accept credit and debit cards for all work, but not payment by bankruptcy debtor clients.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Flat Fees for Ch. 7 cases, Ch. 13 cases generally I use the Court established guidelines. Other bankruptcy research, briefs, or representations are at my current hourly rate, which is $285.00 per hour.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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Professional Experience
Bankruptcy Attorney - 23 Years
Member of American Bankruptcy Institute
- Current
Assistant United States Trustee
United States Trustee's Program, Department of Justice
District of Alaska
Seattle University School of Law
LL.B. | Law
Honors: John Manders Award
Activities: Alaska Student Bar Association
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Professional Associations
Hamakua Youth Foundation, Inc.
Board Member
- Current
Activities: A 501(c)(3) devoted to after school programs for Hamakua youth.
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ACLU of Hawaii
Board Member
- Current
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Hawaii State Bar
- Current
Activities: Bankruptcy Section
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Honokaa Business Association
Activities: Member since 2001
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Websites & Blogs
Contact & Map
45-3438 Mamane St
Honokaa, HI 96727
Telephone: (808) 775-0530
Fax: (808) 775-1040