Practice Areas

Ronald E. Ostrin takes pride in providing clients robust legal advice in each of the following practice areas:

Mr. Ostrin also guides clients on issues such as:

  • Bankruptcy
    • Commercial bankruptcy
    • Consumer bankruptcy
    • Chapter 7
    • Chapter 13
    • Creditors rights
    • Chapter 11 creditors rights
  • Estate planning and elder law
    • Wills
    • Probate
    • Trusts and estates
    • Conservatorships
    • Elder law
    • Trust administration
  • Business and real estate law
    • Contracts
    • Corporate law
    • Limited liability companies
    • Partnerships
    • Construction law
    • Business litigation
    • Commercial leases
  • General civil practice
    • Art law
    • Corporate law
    • Intellectual property
    • Gun law

Creditor representation

When a debtor owes you money, you rightly want to receive compensation. Attorney Ronald E. Ostrin is highly familiar with recouping losses from debtors who default on good faith loans. He has represented secured lenders, commercial landlords, title companies and many related creditors in collections litigation and bankruptcy actions.

If you know a debtor has filed for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, an early analysis of your case is essential to a just resolution. Bankruptcy courts prioritize claims based on whether the debt was secured or unsecured — and unsecured debts can be discharged within 60 days of the debtor filing for bankruptcy. However, if any part of the claim is based on fraud or some malicious tort, you may still be able to recover entirely on your loan. Mr. Ostrin can help you analyze the character of your loan under bankruptcy and state laws. He can also represent your interests at the first meeting of creditors.

Mr. Ostrin has had the distinct advantage of having represented creditors against a bankruptcy estate where the debtor died, making it the creditors' responsibility to have their legal claims addressed when weighed against the interest of the beneficiaries to the estate. He understands the importance of title issues and bankruptcy concerns, and is often able to get a big-picture view of competing interests to negotiate sound legal results.

Lending institutions

In addition to his work with banks and other lending institutions in bankruptcy proceedings, Mr. Ostrin provides advice and counsel to help clients mediate or litigate matters related to:

  • Foreclosure and title insurance issues
  • Large collections
  • Breach of contract disputes
  • Complaints for nondischargeablity
  • Opposing attempts to avoid liens
  • Judicial foreclosures
  • Unlawful detainers

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Title litigation

Title companies have an interest in protecting their insureds in state and bankruptcy courts. Mr. Ostrin has extensive experience with these matters, having filed motions to avoid liens and to obtain quiet title, fought encroachment or boundary issues, and filed for adverse possession. He also gives comprehensive advice on a wide range of related matters.

Real estate foreclosure

The prospect of losing your home can be a frightening experience — and is one where an attorney's advice is an invaluable resource. If you are considering filing for bankruptcy, Mr. Ostrin can determine whether you are eligible for a homestead exemption. He may be able to help you get a fresh start at a healthy future in your home.

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Bankruptcy debtor representation

While the decision to file for bankruptcy is the only logical choice in some situations, high-end debtor bankruptcies are significantly more complex. Understanding the differences between Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 can make all the difference in your litigated claim.

  • Chapter 7 bankruptcy for consumers and businesses requires the liquidation of assets. Some personal property is protected from the liquidation sale, but all nonexempt assets are sold to pay off creditors.
  • Chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy allows companies to stay open while paying off debts. It is available to high-net-worth individuals and businesses.
  • Chapter 13 debt consolidation allows individuals and businesses to keep most of their property as long as they keep up with one easy monthly payment. Individuals and families who earn too much money to qualify for Chapter 7 often file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

Business litigation and commercial disputes

Business owners with commercial disputes turn to the Law Offices of Ronald E. Ostrin to conduct the local footwork and coordinate with out-of-state co-counsel to complete business deals. Title companies and financial institutions also retain our firm for assistance with matters involving their insureds or mortgagees. The services we provide include:

  • Analyzing Chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • Attending scheduled hearings
  • Opposing the debtor’s repayment plan or disclosure statements
  • Litigating automatic stays
  • Handling complaints related to nondischargeability
  • Representing clients in adversary proceedings
  • Fighting motions to avoid liens

Estates, trusts, wills and probate

For clients who wish to have an estate plan, we can help protect your assets and your wishes by drafting wills, developing living trusts, signing away durable powers of attorney for financial issues, handling elder care issues, obtaining conservatorships and negotiating probate issues. Mr. Ostrin is on the Los Angeles Panel of "PVP" attorneys.

Estate planning and conservatorships are issues close to Mr. Ostrin's heart: His mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease before her passing. In her memory, he continues to volunteer at the Culver City Senior Center where he provides pro bono counseling.

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Contact the Law Offices of Ronald E. Ostrin

Call 424.901.0160 or 888.820.1519, email Mr. Ostrin at [email protected], or contact our Los Angeles office online for a free telephone consultation regarding your specific circumstances. We represent clients throughout California, with a particular focus on Southern California and Los Angeles County.