"Yes...it sure was an experience ...perhaps one we will never forget. It all started with my wife loosing her job. Single paycheck was all we had and I needed to work double to make up the difference. In return, I brought a chronic illness upon myself, and...lost more time at work. We didn't need a forensic team to find out that we were broke. Sleepless nights, stress, and helplessness were my new friends. I knew, that loosing our house is only a matter of days. Avoiding phone calls from utilities was a full time embarrassment. Tired of the way my wife looked at me...and the way she was not...I was looking at my daughter wondering, how to tell her that she wont be able to play in her room ever again. Just when we thought that all is lost, my ex-coworker gave me the number to attorney Neil Crane. I did make that call with my wife. I remember that day very well.......cause that was the day I realized how much time I have wasted agonizing ......something like a blind fool if you wish. Now, the help we received was way above our expectations ! I mean, I have no words to thank the entire team !!!!......Atty. Crane, Atty. Hefferman, ...and especially Atty. Audra Buckland....you showed us that even financially broke , we do have rights.......rights to be happy again ! To recover from debt, to be homeowners, to move forward, while you guys did all the hard work and extra efforts in order to provide us with this blanket of comfort and security, that we enjoy now and ever since we called your office. Thank you all so much......for helping us to keep the house. We simply salute you !! , and the knowledge and experience you have and offer. Now, that was us back in 2015.....and we did make the right choice asking Law Offices of Neil Crane for help. p.s. .......and I do bet all my charm....should Greece prime minister call Atty. Crane when the entire country was going bankrupt , they would be worry free by now as well."

Always Thankful.......M. K.

The Law Offices of Neil Crane knows that financial problems happen to good families who work hard. The Firm is dedicated to helping people save their homes and we help people get back on their feet by offering solutions that provide true and tested long-term results. Here are just a few examples of individuals we have helped get back on their feet.

"I discovered the meaning of "Starting Over" after I had my appointment at Neil Crane’s Office. Needless to say I was nervous and experiencing feelings of being a failure so it was very difficult to meet and discuss an unpleasant situation. I was greeted and met just a few of the staff before I met with Mr. Crane and immediately realized that this was going to be a non-judgmental and comfortable experience for me. The Staff was wonderful, I never met such caring, understanding, and compassionate people before, especially since here I was in one of the most toughest roadblocks in my life. When I met with Neil Crane it was like having a conversation with a friend just as warm and caring as his staff was, we discussed my options and he helped me to make the decision, which was the right one, taking the time and listening to everything I had to say. The end result was I was "Starting Over" and in such a good way. I will always be eternally grateful to everyone there who assisted and guided me and who were a part of my new beginning."

"Dear Neil,

I write to thank you and your vigilant and brilliant team for successfully understanding and then executing my bankruptcy. It was an exhausting journey, made less harrowing by the skill and excellence of your fine practice. You came to my awareness highly recommended and now I join the ranks of your clients, all of whom are surely like me - deeply grateful.

Everything has changed in our household. Credit is a thing of the past, we have the humility and good sense that comes from defeat to now say no to our children and ourselves and live within our budget. Shame is no longer something we associate with living sanely.

Also, and most importantly, your helping us remove the crushing burden of unsecured (and unfixed interest rate) debt permitted me the breathing room I needed to get back on my feet clear-eyed and renewed for finding the new paying clients I lost in the downturn. Slowly but incrementally and positively I am going now from strength to strength. And I thank you for that.

I will never forget the ordeal and the surprising kindnesses of our laws and those entrusted with them. As a veteran, this means a lot to me.

My sincere best wishes to you and all there - and to all your new clients coming to you today and in the future like me, blinking in disbelief at the horrors of debt and hoping against hope that you are as good as people say you are.

You are."



"I spoke with Attorney Crane last evening. For the first time in 3 years my husband and I both had a good nights sleep! Thank you for such quick follow up and genuine concern about our situation, in particular for our 6 year old daughter!

Thank you."


"We wanted to thank you so much for assisting and helping us begin a new chapter in our lives, one that we are so grateful for all of you that helped make it possible!! You have no idea what this has meant to us, a new fresh beginning, it is a pleasure to wake up every morning now! We will forever be grateful and appreciative and will recommend your practice to anyone who finds themselves in a similar position. Everyone was wonderful and we never felt anything but support and helpfulness. You will never know what this meant for us." 

"Thank you for your letter along with the Discharge Notice, this will remind us both how far we came and we will now go back to our old lives. Thank you again so very much. With deepest regards."

"To Attorney Neil Crane and Staff:

We would like to thank you and your staff for being so helpful. You were extremely accommodating, which made this process much easier. Thanks to you and your staff for making it possible to get our lives back on track in our senior years. Again, thank you so much."

R & M

"Dear Neil,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your staff for the excellent service provided during my Chapter 7 Bankruptcy proceedings. You and your team were very thorough in your explanations and request for information. Your professionalism and perseverance forced me to step up to the plate and take action which in fact made my court date quick and flawless. On behalf of my mother and I, I thank you very much!"


"Dear Team, All:

Thank you for walking us through the process of having a fresh start – from making sure we got the papers right, the interviews, and guidance through each of the steps...

Each one of you made a difference for us. You all are working for a great team!

Thank you so very much."

E & A

"Dear Neil:

What can I say - You have been a great lawyer and confidante for us while going through this process.

You made it happen!

Thank you for the new start."

Small Business

"We have had a home based business for eleven years that always maintained our family. When the economy shifted so did our income. We have always lived in our means but trying to get by became a struggle. Neil Crane's office as well as the bankruptcy court was so welcoming, understanding, and helpful. I don't know why we waited so long to seek advice on our situation…"

Therese Kennett
Oxford, CT

"When we started with Neil Crane we had a difficult case which included a small business with lots of debt, personal credit card debt, and we were behind on our mortgage. In the end we have kept our business running debt free, have one affordable mortgage that we are current on, and have no personal debt. All we can say is thank you! Thank you for your professionalism, thank you for being up front and honest. Going through bankruptcy was such a difficult decision. We want you to know that you have helped us in so many ways, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for getting the Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy finished and the best of all ways. Again we want to tell you how much we appreciate all your help and positive experience your firm has provided. You will always be recommended by us. Thanks again!"

Watertown, CT

"One of the most difficult decisions of my life was filing for bankruptcy. After being in business for over 30 years and with the downfall of the economy, I knew it was the only choice I had. What I didn't realize was how important the choice of a bankruptcy attorney would be. After meeting Neil Crane I knew I had again made the right choice. My filing was difficult because of the business and also because of some unscrupulous relatives trying to profit from our misery. Neil Crane and his entire team took the burden off of me and went above and beyond doing everything that needed to be done. I am forever grateful to this staff of wonderful people for their patience and expertise and for all their help in giving me and my family fresh start."

Berlin, CT


Saved My House

"I wanted to share our story with others and let you know that the Law Offices of Neil Crane resolved our issues so we could start fresh and move forward. It seemed like one bad thing after another was happening and it was getting worse by the day. Bill collectors were calling several times a day and we were in a state of panic over our situation. There was no way we would be able to pay the outstanding debt. Attorney Neil Crane and his staff made the process so much easier than I thought it would be and all of my questions were answered in a manner which I could understand and reassured me every step of the way. We are now able to pay our monthly bills without worrying where we will get the money and we are still in our house."
M. Ryan
Watertown, CT

"I was in danger of losing my home and felt completely powerless to change my circumstances. Once I asked for help and went to see Attorney Crane, the doors of change opened and I left with a feeling of confidence that my life is going to get better now. I have successfully gotten rid of my debt, saved my home and have a fresh financial start. You CANNOT save your home on your own, you need the experience and knowledge that ONLY Attorney Crane can provide…it will change your life!"

Harwinton, CT

"No more credit card debt, which was over $150,000 and growing-vanished by the touch of your magic baguette! The grand finale was being able to say "Good Bye" to my second mortgage. All of this was possible due to your knowledge and clever vision, which enables you to help people who are in a bad financial situation like myself. Paying for one mortgage on my home is relatively easy to do when you freed me from my other debts!"


Why Us?

"I want to say thank you and compliment your office for the professionalism and promptness in our bankruptcy case. Within two months of our first appointment, our case was filed and closed. When we appeared at court, we saw examples of other bankruptcy cases and the un-organization and unprofessionalism of the other cases being presented by other law firms. Our case could not be compared…"

Shelton, CT

" I was terrified about claiming bankruptcy before I started. The promptness of all of the paperwork, all of the responses to my questions and concerns, the attention to detail, and everything having to do with this entire circumstance, was as superb as it could have been, considering my situation, and I wanted to extend my very sincere thank you to all of you. I do not know of anyone claiming bankruptcy at this time, but rest assured, if I ever do come across anyone that is thinking about it, I will not only recommend they go to you, but demand it!"

West Hartford, CT

"I would not hesitate for a minute to refer this firm to someone in need of these services. In the end we were able to move on after receiving our discharge papers and give life a fresh start, thank you for all you have done."

Durham, CT

"Thank you for starting your company to help people like myself that really need your support. I can't begin to tell you how grateful I am"

New Haven, CT

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Attorney Crane and his staff for getting me through a stressful time in my life. Neil and his staff were very supportive and answered all of my questions and concerns. They made me feel that my case was a priority. My financial situation has improved with the hard work of Attorney Crane and his wonderful staff. If you need any legal assistance I would highly recommend Attorney Crane. Thank you Neil and staff for being there for me. Your not only my attorney but a friend also and I would recommend you to anyone. Thanks again."

Hamden, CT

"I was mostly impressed with their availability when I needed to speak with them or the office staff which always knew me by name and made me feel very comfortable. As difficult as it was for me both financially and emotionally, they all made me feel that my situation could be resolved and I WOULD move forward, which I have now done. I am convinced that I would not have been able to achieve this without the expertise and support of Neil Crane and his entire staff. I would highly recommend this office for your financial needs. Thank You Neil and your staff for all your support."

Killingworth, CT

Complete Restructure of Finances

"Prior to coming to the Law Offices of Neil Crane, I had several foreclosure lawsuits pending against me, and was in danger of losing my primary house. We came to Neil Crane's office looking for advice and a solution to our financial situation. Presently we have no pending foreclosures against us, have saved our primary residence, and have restructured almost all of our commercial mortgages. Our financial future currently is brighter and more profitable than it ever has been. There is only one office that could have provided this type of recovery to us and it is the Law Office of Neil Crane."

New Haven

"When I came to Attorney Neil Crane's office my home was overleveraged and in debt with credit cards. Since filing Bankruptcy, I have gotten rid of all of my credit card debt, and have restructured the debt on my home in such a way as to have been afforded a complete financial turnaround in all aspects of my financial life. I can confidently state I am in a better financial position now than I have been in years and my credit is improving everyday."

New Haven

"The Law Offices of Neil Crane deserve numerous accolades!!!!

We were facing foreclosure in late 2008 and had lost most of our investments as well as our business. We knew that bankruptcy would probably be the next step and maybe our only solution.

We were frightened, embarrassed, and panicky. We did not know where to turn. A phone call to Neil Crane's law office was the first step (we found the phone number in the yellow pages!) We were immediately reassured that they could help us.

The Neil Crane Law Office and his associates and staff have:
  • Thoroughly researched our entire situation.
  • Provided us with attorneys who really care and get involved.
  • Given us clear explanations of complex issues.
  • Walked us through and prepared us for our court appearance.
  • Been understanding and non – judgmental.
  • And reassured us that we are not "bad people."
The office has made a terrifying situation something we realized we could understand and approach with a sense of confidence.

One cannot find a better advocate than Neil Crane, Esq. and his associates. We are so lucky to have had them represent us in our bankruptcy filing. Their advice, guidance, and professionalism have given us a fresh start and we shall be forever grateful."

"Just when I thought it was all over, and with absolutely nowhere else to turn, my wife and I found the Law Offices of Neil Crane, and his seasoned, professional staff. They assisted us with our legal and credit issues, and immediately put our minds at ease.

I had my own business and was struggling through one of the worst economies in US history. I was afraid that not only would I lose everything, but my business as well. Upon our initial meeting with Neil Crane himself, I couldn't believe how easy and painless the entire process was, and words can't describe the relief of the heavily weighted burden that was lifted from the two shoulders of my wife and I. This burden was catastrophic, and we had been dealing with it for quite a considerable amount of time.

Since our discharge was finalized, life has started to become a sheer joy to experience now and has not only returned to normal, but is now so much better without the worry and concern of our mounting debt issue. We kept our cars and our home, and have since been able to trade in our cars for new ones, all within 2 months of our discharge. I cannot express the gratitude and heartfelt appreciation I have towards Neil Crane, Stuart Caplan, and all of Neil's incredibly knowledgeable, caring and understanding staff."

"Dear Neil and Staff:

Thank you so much for everything you've done for me. You and your staff did a wonderful job by helping me get through my most difficult time of my life. I admire your skills and your professionalism."

"Dear Attorney Crane & Staff,

I wanted you to know how grateful I am to you and your staff. Over the past several years, you have always managed to help me through my toughest times. I have always respected and trusted your advice. As long as I had you in my corner, I never had to worry about things not working out. I don't know what I would ever do without you. You have gotten me through my Chapter 7, Chapter 13, and now another Chapter 7. I don't know how many times through all of that I was so afraid, and you were there to reassure me that things would work out just fine.

Most of all, the one thing I do know is that you're the best at what you do and I would never trust any other attorney to take care of me the way I trust you. I would recommend you and your office to everyone I know because you give your clients 150%. You've never let me down and have always taken very good care of me.

Thank you very, very much for all you've done and continue to do for me."

"Due to our son having a respiratory illness, we had to file bankruptcy. For the past three years, my husband and I have been living a nightmare. The first attorney we had was very incompetent and caused extra financial hardship and undue stress to us. There were several instances of last minute phone calls with substantial amounts of money requested. Needless to say, we were at our wits end and considered it a lost cause until we went to the Law Offices of Neil Crane. He listened to our situation and immediately remedied our situation, eased our stress and for the first time since we filed, we are able to sleep easy. We are very pleased with his representation and expertise."

"Dear Attorney Crane:

I am writing this letter firstly to thank you for all you did to help me save my home. And I want you to share this on your website so that others who feel all hope is lost won't give up.

When I purchased this home in June of 2005, I had been divorced for 15 years, always able to maintain a good roof over the heads of myself and my two children in a desirable area of town. I was a mortgage collections supervisor, often helping people obtain deferments during hard times, never knowing that it could happen to me. I was able to support my kids in a comfortable lifestyle, but not beyond my means. We never wanted for anything. Then, in January 2007, my world caved in. I lost my job and began collecting unemployment. The juggling and struggle set in quickly. I started robbing Peter to pay Paul. Even buying groceries was a hardship. It took three months to find a job, and that was nearly $15,000 less a year than I was making. I finally fell two months behind on my mortgage. In November 2007 I called the mortgage company to make a payment and see what arrangements could be made. By then, they were not accepting payments and served me with foreclosure papers.

Shortly after I bought my home, I h ad obtained a second mortgage to buy furniture and do some upgrades to my home. When I was served with the foreclosure papers, I received a phone call from the loan officer who encouraged me to contact Attorney Neil Crane. My brother, who works for a law firm in New Haven, also made the same recommendation.

When I contacted Attorney Crane, he was very professional, knowledgeable and swift to present my options, and stop the foreclosure. He advised me to file a "Chapter 20." First, I filed for Chapter 7, which wiped out my second mortgage, personal loan and credit card debt. Once that was done, I was able to file a Chapter 13, which allowed me to start paying my monthly mortgage, and repay the arrearage.

In May 2009, I thought I would look into refinancing my mortgage, but didn't know that the Chapter 7 had to be discharged for two years, which wouldn't be until February 2010. Once again, I turned to Attorney Crane, and with his advice, I contacted the mortgage company to discuss a loan modification – something that I never heard about. I didn't know this was an option available to people who had fallen on hard times.

What should be understood here, is that with time, patience, and persistence from within, and the knowledge, experience and brilliance of Attorney Neil Crane, there is hope for saving your home and a chance to have your life back. It has been an uphill battle for two and a half years, but with Attorney Crane on your side, you will win.

Please don't give up! Your home is your home. If you're married or divorced, with or without children, your home is the most important available asset. This is what I live for. My daughter is now in college, but my son, who lost his job after college, is back home. You always want your children to know they have a home to come to. I can't wait to have grandchildren to come to the home their parents grew up in.

Keep records of everything. Follow up and don't be afraid to call your mortgage company. That is their job – to be there to advise and direct you, and to work with you. If you can't speak or write English, have a family member, child or friend call for you.

Don't do anything foolish. Be sure to consult with Attorney Crane, who will discuss your options, help you, and direct you as to what the right choice is for you. He and his staff are persistent and will find the best solution for you.

Neil Crane saved my home and my dignity, and gave me back the American dream everyone wishes for.

Thanks again!"

"Dear Neil,

Thank you for starting your company to help people like myself that really need your support. I can't begin to tell you how grateful I am. I am so glad Attorney P. recommended you to me. You both are the best at what you do.

Thank you so very much."

"I was the unfortunate victim of a work accident that caused me to miss work for many years and I developed major financial problems as a result of my injuries. I was referred to Attorney Crane's office in hopes of resolving my financial problems. I didn't want to claim bankruptcy, but I didn't have a choice. Attorney Crane's handling of my case and all my questions was quick, careful and thorough. He did a fantastic job of researching all of the various avenues available to me under the new law, and an equally good job of explaining them to me. There are very few people out there that truly care, and Neil Crane is one of them. I would definitely recommend this office to anyone seeking help with their finances. They took a personal interest in myself and my wife and did everything that was necessary to make sure that we got the full benefit of the new Bankruptcy laws."

"I would just like the opportunity to say "Thank You," not only for being my attorney but for being a friend and getting me through the stress and anguish of the process. Through your help and determination, I feel as though I received the best possible counsel. Both you and your staff have consistently showed kindness and courtesy to me and in the vein I humble myself before you. In closing, I have no reservations choosing your office in for any prospective legal issues I may have in the future. I would highly recommend you to my friends and/or business associates if are ever in need of an attorney. It is refreshing to know that there still attorneys with the character and integrity such as yours."

"I began to think my life and business, which I had carefully built up, were deteriorating. My credit was ruined, my neighbors were being harassed by my debt collectors and consequently my health was suffering severely from this strain. I had a free consultation with attorney Neil Crane to discuss my financial concerns and from this point forward, my life began to turn around. I have been given a second chance; a fresh start for both my business and personal matters My health has improved vastly and my business is back on track- allude to the efforts of Neil Crane and his experienced staff. What a difference this knowledge and experience has made in my life!"

"My husband and I would like to thank the staff of the Law Offices of Neil Crane for the personalized attention we received upon filing a bankruptcy under the new law. Even though we had higher income and major difficulties, Attorney's Neil Crane and Stuart Caplan addressed all of our concerns. They provided timely and exceptional follow up and a offered bright financial outcomes at the conclusion of bankruptcy. We do not plan on filing for bankruptcy again, however, we would recommend that any other who are con contemplating bankruptcy seek legal counsel from the Law Offices of Neil Crane before allowing debt to further consume their lives."