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Richard Gaines Heston

Richard Gaines Heston

Heston & Heston, Attorneys at Law
  • Bankruptcy, Divorce, Family Law ...
  • California
Claimed Lawyer Profile

Having practiced for 42 years in both bankruptcy and family law, two often related fields of practice effecting consumers, I have gained considerable expertise as well as an understanding that consumers are seeking prompt resolution of such issues with the least conflict and at the lowest cost. Being among a small handful of dual Certified Specialists in both Bankruptcy (1995 to present) and Family Law (1992-2017), I am frequently sought out by attorneys and litigants whose cases originating in one field have spilled over into the other, where knowledge and experience in both areas is essential. In addition, I have served as a speaker and gust lecturer on numerous occasions.

I have also a deep commitment to public service, having served on an chaired the Bankruptcy Advisory Commission of the California State Bar, the boards of directors of the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum and the American Bankruptcy Board of Certification. I currently serve as a representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. In addition, I regularly accept pro bono cases from the Public Law Center, representing indigent debtors.

Southwestern Law School
J.D (1979) | Law
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University of California - Irvine
B.A | Social Ecology
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Professional Experience
Heston & Heston, Attorneys at Law
- Current
Consumer Bankruptcy Law
American Board of Certification
Family Law
California State Bar, Board of Legal Specialization
Certificate of Appreciation
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California
Given in recognition of pro bono activities and contributions
Certificate of Appreciation
State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization
Professional Associations
Orange County Bankruptcy Forum
Member, Board of Directors 1998-2004
- Current
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National Association of Consumer Banruptcy Attorneys
- Current
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Orange County Bar Association
Member, Client Relations and Fee Arbitration Committee
- Current
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California State Bar  # 90738
- Current
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American Board of Certification
Member, Board of Directors 1998-2001
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Bankruptcy Advisory Commission, State Bar of California
Member, Chair
Activities: Served as a founding member from 1993 to 1997, acting as the Commission Vice-Chair for 1996, and as Chair for 1997
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • Free Consultation
    Consultations for filing a bankruptcy proceeding are always free. Where seeking counsel regarding a previously filed case or concerning your rights as a creditor, a fee may apply.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Flat fees generally quoted in bankruptcy matters, otherwise $430.00 per hour
Practice Areas
Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief
Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
Family Law
Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
Foreclosure Defense
Appeals & Appellate
Federal Appeals
Additional Practice Areas
  • Premarital Agreements
  • Postmarital Agreements
  • Bankruptcy/Family Law Crossover Issues
Websites & Blogs
Contact & Map
Orange County Main Office
19700 Fairchild Road
Suite 280
Irvine, CA 92612
Telephone: (949) 222-1041
Fax: (949) 222-1043
Riverside County Office
4192 Brockton Avenue
Suite 100
Riverside, CA 92501
Telephone: (951) 290-2827