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Daniel Edward Mueller

Daniel Edward Mueller

Harborstone Law LLP
  • Bankruptcy, Business Law, Consumer Law ...
  • Pennsylvania, Washington
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We represent individuals and business owners in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy, civil litigation, debt settlement, debtor defense, foreclosure defense, mortgage modification, business law, and intellectual property. Our goal is to find the right solution for each client.

In addition, we represent clients in several areas of consumer law, including the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and other federal and state statutes intended to protect consumers from abusive debt collectors, creditors, and scammers.

Our business practice includes business formation, strategic planning, contracts, business debt negotiation, regulatory compliance, trademarks, copyrights, and outside general counsel services.

We represent clients throughout Pennsylvania and Washington DC. (Offices located in Center City in Philadelphia, Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.)*

Not all services are available in all locations.

Practice Areas
    Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Consumer Law
    Class Action
    Foreclosure Defense
    Intellectual Property
    Trademark Litigation, Trademark Registration
Additional Practice Area
  • Debt Settlement
  • Free Consultation
    We offer a free debt consultation to individuals in our geographic practice area. See our website for details.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    We accept most major credit cards. (Bankruptcy clients may pay via debt card.)
  • Contingent Fees
    Representation in some non-bankruptcy matters is available on a contingency fee basis.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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South Carolina
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Professional Experience
Senior Partner
Harborstone Law LLP
- Current
The primary focus of this practice is Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy, debt negotiation, intellectual property, and business law. (Formerly, Harbrostone Law Group.)
Flying Dart Productions
Documentary film production company producing videos for non-profits and advocacy organizations.
Groff Murphy, Lawyers
Practice focused on complex commercial litiation.
Principal Attorney
Mueller Law Firm
Primary focus of practice was on bankruptcy and civil litigation.
Suggs & Kelly, Lawyers
Primary focus of practice was on complex civil litigtion, including product liability, insurance bad faith, medical malpractice, and ERISA.
University of South Carolina - Columbia
J.D. | Law
Honors: Associate Editor in Chief of the SC Environmental Law Journal. Dean's List.
Activities: Pro Bono Program. Trial Competition. Faculty Research Assistant. Faculty Research Supervisor.
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Furman University
B.A. (1986) | History
Honors: Cum Laude, Deans List
Activities: Congressional intern, Municipal Intern, Various Volunteer Activities,
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Professional Associations
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
- Current
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Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Current
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Washington State Bar
- Current
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Articles & Publications
High-Income Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: Crossing the Threshold
Philadelphia Bankruptcy Attorney Blog
Senior Citizens and Bankruptcy: When the Wolf is at Grandma's Door
Charleston Bankruptcy Blog
Websites & Blogs
Harborstone Law
Philadelphia Bankruptcy Blog
Legal Answers
9 Questions Answered
Q. My wife received an oral deposition notice from a law firm via certified mail looking to collect a +10 year old debt
A: It is possible that a creditor sued your wife on a debt, and, for whatever reason, she was never properly served. This might happen, for example, if the creditor cannot find the defendant and obtains permission for alternate service by mail or publication. If there is no response, the creditor might obtain a default judgment. (Note that depending on the court, older cases can be challenging to find on the docket. You may want to call the court clerk or prothonotary for help locating it.)

Generally, once a creditor has a judgment in Pennsylvania, it has twenty years to collect against the debtor's personal property. The judgment also becomes a lien on the debtor's real property. (Although judgments may fall off credit reports after seven years, it does not affect collectability.)

Your wife should speak to a debtor defense attorney right away. If she was never served, it may be possible to reopen the judgment and raise any defenses she would have had. (However, ten years is a long time.) In the alternative, an attorney may be able to help her protect her assets and settle the matter.

The other possibility is that it is a scam. There are several scams going around where the scammer impersonates a lawyer, law firm, court, or law enforcement. However, you may wish to seek counsel either way. Certainly, do not deal directly with the sender unless you are sure you are dealing with a legitimate law firm.
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Q. How long a Bank can collect on a judgment in PA? Judgment was on my credit report for 7 years but not sure when Status
A: Credit reporting does not affect the time in which a creditor can collect a judgment. A creditor with a money judgment in Pennsylvania can collect against the debtor's personal property, including money in bank accounts, for up to 20 years. In addition, as my colleague noted, judgments become liens on real property and can be transferred between counties. (Note that Magisterial Court judgments generally do not become liens on real property and have other collections limitations unless transferred to Common Pleas Court.)

You may want to discuss the matter with an attorney who handles debtor defense and debt settlement to discuss your options. Even if there is no defense to collection of the judgment, an attorney can often negotiate a settlement of the judgment for significantly less than the balance. ... Read More
Q. chapter 7 with discharge. One loan in the chapter 7 sent me a 1099-A is that incorrect should it have been 1099c
A: Was the debt a mortgage loan? Form 1099A is used to determine capital gains and losses on abandoned or foreclosed property (usually real property.) When you surrender your home in bankruptcy, you may receive a form 1099A from your mortgage lender, most often if (1) the property is vacant and (2) the lender has taken steps to secure it. However, if you receive your bankruptcy discharge, the 1099A does not create taxable income. Nonetheless, you should provide the form to your tax professional.

Also, if the property is investment property rather than your residence, you may need to discuss it with your attorney or a CPA to avoid tax complications.

Note that 1099(c) forms filed for debts discharged in bankruptcy do not create taxable income. However, you may need to file IRS form Form 982 to inform the IRS that the debt was discharged in bankruptcy. ... Read More
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Contact & Map
Harborstone Law
40 W. Evergreen Avenue, Suite 101
Philadelphia, PA 19118
Telephone: (215) 248-0989
Monday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Evening and weekend appointments available upon request.
Harborstone Law Group
1628 JFK Blvd, Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Telephone: (215) 279-9336
Monday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Weekend and evening appointments available upon request.