Greenberg And Greenberg Information from Circa 2007 - 2013
For a number of years this was the official website for the full service Law Firm of Greenberg & Greenberg located in Portland Maine.
The specialized in commercial and consumer debt collections throughout the State of Maine, handled estate probate matters, drafted legal documents, prepared Wills, Living Wills, Health Care Proxies, and Powers of Attorney.
Content is from the site's 2007 -2013 archived pages.
This is no longer the official site for Greenberg & Greenberg, although you can still reach their law office by calling the number below.
The new owner of the domain kept the archive content so if some one is searching online for the law offices of Greenberg & Greenberg, they can still find this information.
Mailing Address: 95 Exchange St., Ste. 100
Portland, ME, 04101
Email: Greenberg & Greenberg
ABOUT GREENBERG & GREENBERG
Maine's Premier Debt Collection Law Firm
We are the law firm that works for you
At Greenberg & Greenberg, our firm has been helping individuals and businesses for over 75 years.
The firm was formed in 1933 by Attorney Morris Greenberg who helped to lay the foundation for Creditor's Rights in Maine. Attorney Stanley Greenberg joined the firm in 1979 and together, Greenberg & Greenberg continued to promote and further Creditor's Rights through lectures and the successful passage of state legislation.
In 2004, Attorney Edward Zelmanow joined Greenberg & Greenberg as an associate attorney after eight years of work in the disability insurance industry. Attorney Zelmanow specializes in Disability Insurance Benefits Law.
Greenberg & Greenberg is a member of the Commercial Law League of America and is listed in the following Law Lists: American Lawyers Quarterly, The National List, and The Commercial Bar.
You too should have someone in your corner that will stand up for you and see to it that your interests are protected.
The law firm of Greenberg & Greenberg, with over 75 years of history, is ready to work for you in any of the practice areas that we specialize.
What Greenberg & Greenberg Can Do For You.
Consumer & Commercial Collections
Insurance & Employee Benefits
Arbitration Award Enforcement
Disability application assistance
Disability benefit appeals (Denials and terminations)
Wills & Estates
Power of Attorney
Contract Drafting & Review
An update: I was in the midst of choosing a moving company when I received a phone call from my mother who lives in Portland Maine. She was distressed about phones calls from what she thought were debt collectors who were pressuring her to make payments on debts she wasn't even aware of. I told her that debt collectors often say anything to try to get money out of you. Some might even break the law and lie to you about the debt collection process or worse, threaten you. She had no outstanding debt so why were they calling, sometimes several times a day. Under both federal and state law, debt collectors, also known as collection agencies, are not allowed to contact you about your debt once you have told them to stop. My good friend and former Queens Assistant District Attorney Benjamin Pred reinforced everything I said but also suggested she ask for a phone number so she could call back. Most scammers will never do this, though they might give you a bogus number. But doing that puts them on the defensive. I told my mother that the next time she received a phone call from a debt collector to tell them: “I exercise my rights under federal and Maine law and demand that you immediately stop contacting me.”
I then spent several days looking into why my elderly mother was receiving collection notice calls debt collectors. Another call from my mother about her now receiving court documents. I contacted the law offices of Greenberg & Greenberg and with their help, we figured out that my mother's identity had been stolen and someone had been using her name and id to rack up huge debts. During the months that it took to get everything cleared up, I moved to Washington DC, I met the man who would eventually become my husband, and I learned a great deal about identity theft and the Maine court systems.
When do I need to speak with an Attorney?
Anytime you feel the need for legal advice or representation, you should call as soon as possible so that the matter can be addressed in a way that benefits you.
What will happen during my initial consultation?
First we ask you why you have come to see us. After you explain your problem, we will point out any laws or legal procedures that will be involved in handling the matter for you. You should feel free to ask any questions you have about your problems or the law. During this first visit we will also discuss what the fees will be. Although the exact amount cannot be determined in advance, we can at least explain how the fee will be calculated. You will then be asked to sign an Attorney's Retainer Agreement that explains the costs and fees involved and the rights you have during the course of our legal representation.
How are Attorney's fees determined?
Many of the services we provide during the course of our legal representation of you are performed on your behalf and in your absence. This usually includes the preparation of documents, court appearances and meetings. In most cases, the documents prepared or advice given to you follows many hours of preparation work.
Our fees are determined in one of three ways:
1. A flat fee basis, for handling a particular type of matter;
2. A percentage basis of the recovery involved; or
3. An hourly basis.
Can I trust my Attorney with a confidential matter?
Your relationship with Greenberg & Greenberg creates what is called an "Attorney-Client Privilege". Without your consent, we cannot reveal anything that you say as part of that relationship. No court or other authority can force us to violate that confidence. It is absolutely essential that you provide us with all the facts relating to your case - BOTH FAVORABLE AND UNFAVORABLE. Unless you are completely honest, we will be unable to represent you properly. We will, in turn, keep you advised of all important developments in your case.
How do I get started?
Contact Greenberg & Greenberg and we will set up your free initial consultation.
Greenberg & Greenberg is comprised of individuals with the experience and knowledge to handle any legal matter that requires the attention, intensity, and expertise of our staff to achieve positive results for our clients.
Stanley Greenberg, Esq.
Admitted to the practice of law in the State of Maine (1977) and before the Federal Courts: the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. Graduate of Boston University School of Law, J.D. (Cum Laude, 1977); Yale University B.A. (1972).
Member, The American Bar Association, The Maine State Bar Association and Cumberland County Bar Association. Has written and conducted numerous seminars concerning creditor's rights. Instrumental in working with state legislators to have State Legislature enact legislation promoting and protecting Creditor's Rights.
Areas of practice: Consumer & Commercial Collections, Creditor's Rights, Bankruptcy, Contracts, Subrogation, Wills and Probate, and Civil Litigation.
Martindale-Hubble BV Rated.
Edward L. Zelmanow, Esq.
Admitted to the practice of law in the States of Connecticut (1995), New York (1996), and Maine (2003) and before the Federal Courts (2004). Graduate of New York Law School, J.D. (1995) and The State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A. (1991).
Appointed to the Planning Board for the Town of Gorham, Maine (2006 - Present). Elected Planning Board Chairman (2010 - Present).
Member, Maine State Bar Association (Legal Education & Admissions Committee and Insurance Practice Section). Has written and conducted seminars including those involving collection practices and procedures, creditor's rights, and disability coverage and benefits legal issues, policies and procedures.
Areas of practice: Disability Insurance Benefits, Consumer & Commercial Collections, Creditor's Rights, Insurance Subrogation, Contracts, Civil Litigation, and Wills & Probate.
Martindale-Hubble BV Rated.
Maine State Legislature
As a leader in the field of Creditor's Rights and Consumer and Commercial Collections Law in the State of Maine, Greenberg & Greenberg has been active in the Maine Legislature over the years, proposing and commenting on legislation, including:
-The judgment execution real estate lien (1981);
-Bank account levy (1983 and 1985);
-Simplified attachment procedures (1983);
-The overhaul of post-judgment disclosure proceedings (1987);
-Increasing the amount of a retail purchase in which a security interest can be perfected without filing a UCC-1 (1993);
-Extending the period of effectiveness of judgment executions from one year to three (1995);
-Allowing alternate service of disclosure subpoenas, and simplifying probate claims (1997); and
-The establishment of an alternate method of enforcing security interests in personal property, and creating procedures for limiting the duration of judgment liens on real estate (2001).
Current proposals deal with clarifying the amounts and calculation of judicial rates of interest and with switching reliance from judgment executions to copies of judgment when initiating disclosure actions and perfecting judgment liens.