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Choose GENERAL BAR to help you in selecting creditor’s rights counsel worldwide!
Our network of attorneys handle collection, bankruptcy, subrogation, and many general legal matters. In addition, our customers can benefit from the free insurance program that protects them on each and every properly-placed account with a GB firm. You and the selected attorney set a mutually agreeable fee, normally contingent upon results obtained.
GENERAL BAR is rich in history, starting with humble beginnings by George Bloom, a man with a vision. In 1941, in the midst of World War II, George Bloom, along with his wife Ruth, ventured out and established GENERAL BAR, which has now grown into the largest resource of collection lawyers in the world, both in printed format and on the web. George originally operated from the Bar Building in New York City, and for decades he was a friendly face at all CLLA meetings, taking pictures and making memories.
In 1983 the Sonnhalter family acquired GENERAL BAR and continued to develop it into the successful and widely-acclaimed company it is today. The Sonnhalter family, along with their dedicated staff, is one of the very few publishers that actually provides their customers with any type of a succession plan to take care of their needs for many years to come. They continually challenge themselves to provide the best product on the market, noting that their loyal customers inspire them to strive for excellence.
Michael J. Sonnhalter, Charles J. Sonnhalter & Robert C. Sonnhalter
For years the GENERAL BAR book was only available in printed format, but as the industry grew so did GENERAL BAR, becoming the first list of its kind to have a web presence. In the past we printed and mailed 10,000 copies of the book throughout the industry, but now millions of people worldwide can access our listees’ information on the web!
Our active website, www.generalbar.com, gives our customers the ability to select counsel and send business directly to them, along with any needed attachments. There is also a tracking feature from which they can follow each claim placed.
We provide you with the largest selection of legal counsel and the most current information available. All listees complete an application process before listing. State Bar Association information we receive confirms that the attorney listed is an active member in good standing with the Bar Association. Clients must mention GB as the referral source both to GB and the selected attorney in order to activate coverage through our $2,000,000 Chubb insurance program. Most listees carry their own malpractice policy.
GENERAL BAR is proud of the fact we list more law firms than any of our competitors, and our insurance program is the largest and most comprehensive available in our industry. Our renewal rate is number one, giving our clients dependable, long-lasting relationships with many of our law firms. Call us at 1-800-533-2500 for personal assistance in selecting legal counsel, obtaining status reports, and any other legal department needs.