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SLO mortgage lenders file personal bankruptcy

By   /  Monday, November 8th, 2010  /  Features, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on SLO mortgage lenders file personal bankruptcy

The former president of now-defunct mortgage lender Cameron Financial Group has filed for personal bankruptcy, listing $33.1 million in debts and $2.6 million in assets. E. Shannon Faries and his wife, Olivia Faries, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Sept. 29, listing mostly debts from their now-bankrupt company, which was based in San Luis Obispo. Read More →

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Hertel partner files $128M bankruptcy

By   /  Friday, October 29th, 2010  /  Real Estate, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Hertel partner files $128M bankruptcy

Almost two years after Ventura-based developer R.W. Hertel & Sons was forced into bankruptcy by its creditors, one partner is left holding the bag. Bob Fowler filed one of the largest personal bankruptcies in tri-county history on Sept. 26, listing $127.6 million in debts. Of those liabilities, $105.6 million are personal guarantees Fowler made on Read More →

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Distenfield takes stand in bankruptcy

By   /  Monday, February 1st, 2010  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Distenfield takes stand in bankruptcy

Ira and Linda Distenfield asked the American people to trust them with their legal documents. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, they built We the People, their discount legal filing business, into a nationwide chain of more than 1,000 stores. They garnered the endorsement of Rudy Giuliani and inked a deal to sell their Read More →

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State order targets PRstore sales pitch

By   /  Thursday, August 27th, 2009  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on State order targets PRstore sales pitch

[Editor’s note: This story appeared in the Aug. 21 print edition of the Business Times. Ira Distenfield’s response, attached below, will appear in the Aug. 28 print edition. Source documents used to report this story are also attached below.] Ira Distenfield, the Santa Barbara man who built up and sold legal services franchise We the Read More →

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Distenfield taken into custody

By   /  Tuesday, March 17th, 2009  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Distenfield taken into custody

Ira Distenfield – who grew legal services franchise We the People into a national brand and sold it to Dollar Financial in a much-litigated transaction – was booked into a Los Angeles County jail March 16 on a five-day sentence for contempt of court, according to the county’s records. Distenfield’s sentence stemmed from a legal Read More →

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Legal jam leads to Ch. 7 filing for Distenfields

By   /  Sunday, January 25th, 2009  /  Law & Goverment  /  Comments Off on Legal jam leads to Ch. 7 filing for Distenfields

Ira and Linda Distenfield, who grew legal services firm We the People Forms & Service Centers into a national brand, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy Jan. 14. The Summerland residents listed $515,000 in assets and more than $5 million in liabilities. The Distenfields sold We the People for $12 million and $2 million in stock Read More →

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Distenfields file for bankruptcy

By   /  Friday, January 16th, 2009  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Distenfields file for bankruptcy

Ira and Linda Distenfield, who grew legal services firm We the People Forms & Service Centers into a national brand, have filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The Summerland residents listed $515,000 in assets and more than $5 million in liabilities. The Distenfields sold We the People for $12 million and $2 million in stock in Read More →