Our Practice Areas
Our 3 attorneys specialize in Chapters 7 and 13 bankruptcy and the complex issues and litigation that can arise in these cases.
Halli Heston also handles estate planning to create wills and trusts as well as probate cases where a loved one has passed.
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
Chapter 7 is the most common form of bankruptcy which allows an individual or married couple quickly discharge their debts, usually within 4 to 6 months. In most cases, careful planning will allow someone to keep their property and not be forced to pay back any creditors.
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
Chapter 13 involves monthly payments over a longer period of time, from 3 to 5 years. Chapter 13 may be your best option if you are trying to avoid foreclosure or repossession by getting caught up on your mortgage or auto payments, strip a second mortgage, or pay back taxes or other non-dischargeable debt. Chapter 13 is also for people whose income is too high to qualify for Chapter 7 or who would lose property in a Chapter 7.
Small Business Bankruptcy
Businesses can file under Chapters 7, 11, and a new form of Chapter 11 bankruptcy created in early-2020 referred to as Sub-chapter V. Chapter 13 may also be available in some cases where an individual is reorganizing business debts. Depending on the size and complexity of your business and whether you intend to continue operating, you may be able to liquidate or reorganize under these chapters.
Some bankruptcies can get much more complex when litigation becomes necessary. This can include actions against or defending from the trustee, non-dischargeability complaints, objection to discharge, objections to exemptions, and more. These cases require extensive knowledge of bankruptcy law and the overlap with other areas of the law.
Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning
With proper estate planning, including the drafting of wills and trusts, one can ensure that upon their death, their property will be distributed according to their wishes and the burden of court involvement can be avoided. Careful planning can also help avoid or minimize income and estate taxes.
Probate and estate administration is necessary to handle the affairs of loved ones when they die without a trust. Probate is the court supervision of the transfer of asset titles when someone dies. While the process can be smooth, affordable and relatively quick, complications can arise. Probate can become unmanageable if details and formalities are overlooked. We will guide you through the process, to help ease the burdens of the estate administration.
Established in 1982, Heston & Heston has been assisting individuals, families, and small businesses throughout Southern California.
Our 3 attorneys who specialize in bankruptcy have a combined 90 years of experience and more than 3,500 bankruptcy cases filed.
Halli Heston earned her undergraduate degree at UC Irvine and her J.D. at Southwestern Law School in . She handles bankruptcy cases for individuals and small businesses as well as estate planning and probate. Ms. Heston is a Certified Bankruptcy Law Specialist by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California and has held that position since 1994. Ms. Heston's legal career includes reported appellate decisions, speaking engagements, as well as public service and providing volunteer legal services.
Halli grew up in Los Angeles and has lived in Orange County where she and Richard raised their three children, since 1980.
Richard Heston practices in the areas of consumer and small business bankruptcy law. He has been certified as a Consumer Bankruptcy Law Specialist by the American Board of Certification since 1995. He was previously certified as a Family Law Specialist by the California Board of Legal Specialization from1992 to 2017, when he elected to devote his practice exclusively to bankruptcy matters. Richard served on the State Bar's Bankruptcy Advisory Commission, acting as Chair in his final year. He is a past member of the boards of directors of the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum and the American Board of Bankruptcy Certification. Richard is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars concerning the intersection of bankruptcy and family law and is highly regarded in these fields. Richard is a graduate of UC Irvine and Southwestern Law School.
Richard is a native of Orange County where he and wife Halli raised their three children, and now enjoy spending time with their five grandchildren.
Benjamin Heston is also a graduate of UC Irvine and Southwestern Law School who handles bankruptcy cases for individuals and small businesses. Although Benjamin does handle Orange County cases as well, he is the firm's primary attorney in our Riverside office. He has a strong background in public service and volunteering. Mr. Heston has served as Vice-President of the Riverside County Barristers Association, an organization primarily dedicated to assisting young attorneys in their transition to their new careers.
Benjamin and his wife are raising their two sons near UC Irvine where she is attending graduate school.