Experienced Bankruptcy Attorneys Serving You
The law firm of Simon, Fitzgerald, Cooke, Reed and Welch has helped thousands of people find true relief from debt through bankruptcy. We have five convenient office locations serving most regions of Louisiana:
Shreveport • Alexandria • Lafayette
A Tradition Of Service Dating To 1907
Our lawyers practice exclusively in bankruptcy law, and three of our attorneys are Board-Certified Consumer Bankruptcy Specialists. All of the attorneys at Simon, Fitzgerald, Cooke, Reed and Welch have at least five years of bankruptcy experience and some have more than 30 years of experience. We offer a FREE, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced bankruptcy attorneys. Contact us today to schedule the appointment so that you can decide what is best for you. Free Case Evaluation
I joined Simon, Fitzgerald, Cooke, Reed and Welch in 1977, and have been practicing bankruptcy law in Shreveport for the last 30 years. One of my partners, Paul Cooke, was with the firm when I joined. Paul and I are the older attorneys now. Our mentor, Archie Simon, was one of the premier bankruptcy attorneys in Louisiana and one of the original senior partners in Simon, Fitzgerald, Cooke, Reed and Welch. The Simon, Fitzgerald, Cooke, Reed and Welch firm has been involved in the practice of bankruptcy law for well over 50 years, and we trace the original firm back to 1907.
Over the years we have handled all types of bankruptcy matters, representing debtors, creditors and trustees of bankruptcy. However, since 1999 we have primarily represented individuals and small businesses in Chapter 13 bankruptcy and Chapter 7 filings. A lot has changed over the last 50 years. Most households now rely on two incomes. Credit is a vital part of everyday life. Far too many of us are living payday to payday. Even the slightest disruption in income or an unexpected expense can result in major financial problems.
We now have offices in five major cities throughout Louisiana with eight experienced bankruptcy attorneys, more than 20 paralegals, and additional support staff. I know that I speak for all our attorneys and staff when I tell you that we love what we do. There is a real sense of helping people. Almost without exception, the relief we bring to our clients is significant when we explain their options under Chapter 13 and Chapter 7.
We don’t underestimate the difficulty people have in making the decision to call us. The initial consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys is free and confidential. It costs nothing to talk to us. You will be treated with respect and we will provide you with options to help solve your financial problems. Call us.
— Keith Welch, Partner
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
The most common form of bankruptcy filed in Louisiana is Chapter 13. It does not erase debts, but provides immediate relief from creditors, and may allow the filer to avoid foreclosure or repossession.
In Chapter 13, you are not usually required to pay the attorney fees upfront — they can be included in your repayment plan. If needed you may pay be able to your court filing fees in installments as well.
Call us toll free at 888-341-8091 to discuss whether Chapter 13 or Chapter 7 is the solution to your debt problems. We are Louisiana’s oldest bankruptcy law firm.