Good day, and welcome to Selwyn’ Law. My name is Selwyn Whitehead; I’m a California Bar-Admitted Attorney and also a Bankruptcy Law Certified Specialist, whose been Certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. And in addition to my JD, I also hold a couple of Masters Degrees in Law: that is to say that I am both a Master of Laws of Taxation and a Master of the Laws Intellectual Property.
And, because of my education, training, experiences, observations and life-long interest in business and money and finance and the creation, preservation and transfer of wealth within families and communities and the roles these particular aspects of economics play in the lives of every day people, like you and me; I primarily practice Bankruptcy Law. I also practice the related fields of Debt/Wealth Management, Estates and Trusts, Real Estate and, of course, Taxation Law. With these areas of law as my reference points, as they relate to personal, familial, community and small business finance; I’ve spent the greater part of my last nearly 40, both before and after getting my license to practice law, fighting for the economic empowerment, independence and autonomy of women, people of color and communities of color, including Indigenous communities. And because I grew up in as a military brat and also created one with my former spouse; I know first hand how hard it can be economically for our citizen soldiers, sailors, airmen and women and marines and their families in our sometimes less than patriotic capital-based economic system, especially after they separate from the service; I also proudly serve veterans of all stripes and in all branches of the military. And when the situation is right, I am sometimes able to at least attempt to vindicate the rights of seniors who find themselves the targets of and unfortunately more and more the victims of some of the most pernicious forms of financial elder abuse you could ever imagine that is running rampant in our society today!
I come to you each week to discuss some of the financial and legal issues confronting individuals, families and small business owners.
However, please note that this show does not provide any legal advice, nor am I developing an attorney-client relationship with anyone within the sound of my voice. Instead, this show strives strictly to serve as an educational forum for the exchange of information that might be helpful to you as you begin your search for more detailed information that is tailored to your specific set of facts and circumstances, and hopefully to provide you with at least an outline of some the key issues that may help you seek out and find the qualified professional help I believe you need if you have having a legal issue that intersects with your finances or your assets.
More about Selwyn Whitehead:
SELWYN D. WHITEHEAD, ESQ. [JD, LLM Tax Law, LLM IP Law, California Bar Bankruptcy Law Certified Specialist]
Selwyn D. Whitehead is a San Francisco Bay Area bankruptcy, estates and trusts, real estate and tax attorney whose practice focuses on helping her individual, family and small business clients manage their wealth through effective estate and tax planning and/or manage their debt through debt restructuring or bankruptcy. Selwyn also helps her clients facing foreclosure and represents clients dealing with emotionally and financially “taxing” issues before the Franchise Tax Board, the IRS and the U.S. Tax Court. Selwyn also seeks to vindicate the rights of seniors and members of our disabled community who find themselves victims of financial elder abuse. In other words, Selwyn knows her way around a dollar and her practice focuses on helping her clients keep as many of their hard-eared dollars as possible for themselves and their loved ones.
Prior to going into private practice, Selwyn managed a group of attorneys and paraprofessionals in Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company’s Claims Department, where she was responsible for auditing the claims and case handling practices, performance, fees, and expenses of outside defense counsel.
Before joining Fireman’s Fund, Selwyn spent the preceding 17 years as a financial services industry consumer advocate. She held leadership positions at the Law Offices of Public Advocates and The Greenlining Coalition, focusing on banking and insurance public policy issues; was a consumer representative to the California Automobile Assigned Risk Plan, the California automobile insurer of last result; and, founded the non-profit Economic Empowerment Foundation, whose mission was to educate urban center dwellers, small business owners, and women about their rights and responsibilities as financial services industry consumers, while advocating on their behalf before regulatory and governmental bodies, including the Untied States Congress and the California Legislature.
Between 1993 through 1998, Selwyn was selected by the Officers of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners to represent the interests of California insurance consumers before that body as one of only 12 Consumer Representatives from around the country. In that role she helped provide the consumer’s perspective to the Commissioners and their staff during their deliberations on model insurance laws and regulations.
In the fall of 1998, nearly two decades after receiving her undergraduate degree in Business Administration, Selwyn entered law school and obtained her J.D. from New College of California, School of Law. She then went on to Golden Gate University, School of Law to obtain two legal masters degrees; one, a Master of the Laws of Taxation Laws, with honors, and the other, a Master of the Laws of Intellectual Property Laws.
Selwyn is admitted to practice in California has demonstrated a life-long commitment to helping individuals, families and small business owners solve their financial problems and lead more economically empowered lives. As such, Selwyn has spent the greater part of the last 40 years, both before and after getting her license to practice law, fighting for the economic empowerment, independence and autonomy of all people, but especially women, people of color and communities of color, including Indigenous communities.
Between 2010 and 2019, Selwyn produced and hosted her weekly talk show, SELWYN’S LAW, airing Saturday mornings at 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM on the Christian Radio Stations KDIA and KDYA, whose broadcast footprint includes the San Francisco Bay Area and the Sacramento Valley. The show provided its listeners with practical, down-to-earth and legal-jargon-free information about finance, taxation, real estate, trusts and estates, and bankruptcy law and the public policy basis for each area of the law.
Beginning in the fall of 2018, Selwyn began the production of SELWYN’S LAW, airing Saturday mornings at 10:00 AM on the Christian Radio Station KFAX, whose broadcast footprint includes the San Francisco Bay Area and nationwide on the Internet. And beginning in April 2020, Selwyn expanded the reach of SELWYN’S LAW when her show was picked up by World-Wide Christian Radio, WWCR, which rebroadcasts her shows world-wide over short-wave.
In 2011, the Alameda County Bar Association’s Volunteer Legal Services Corporation awarded Selwyn the prestigious Volunteer of the Year Award for her pro bono bankruptcy and tax work for low-income residence in Alameda County. And since April 1, 2013, Selwyn has maintained the designation of Certified Specialist in Bankruptcy Law, from the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.
Selwyn D. Whitehead, Esq.
Bankruptcy Law Certified Specialist
Certified by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
(JD, LLM Taxation Law, LLM Intellectual Property Law)
Bankruptcy, Debt/Wealth Management, Estates and Trusts, Real Estate and Taxation Law
LAW OFFICES OF SELWYN D. WHITEHEAD
4650 Scotia Avenue, Oakland, California 94605
Web Site: www.selwynwhitehead.com