Phyllis Harley, Esquire

Attorney Profile

With a strong commitment to the local and legal communities, Phyllis is active in several local volunteer organizations including Teen Court and Justice Teaching as well as being an active member of the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law section. Phyllis is admitted to practice in the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court. She practices in the areas of real property, probate, bankruptcy, wills, trusts, and estates.


Do I have to have an attorney to file bankruptcy?

No, an attorney is not required to file a bankruptcy case.  However, many people engage attorneys (more than half of filers use attorneys) to make sure

  • All creditors are properly included
  • Make sure documents are filed properly and timely
  • Professional to appear in court with them
  • Have a trusted, informed voice to assist throughout process.

Estate Planning and Trusts

Can trusts really save me money?

I don’t have that many assets. Do I really need estate planning?

Estate planning is managing your property (both real estate and personal property) and assets in ways that save or make you money and lighten your tax burden. Everyone can benefit from an evaluation of your property and assets by making plans on how to handle them.

Trusts are a very effective tool in estate planning. A trust can protect your property and assets from creditors and taxation. Trust are flexible and private since they do not have to be recorded in the county records to be effective.

Will vs. Trust


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