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Attorney Michael Forbes

Voted as One of Pennsylvania's Top Lawyers

Host of radio show Consumer Defense Line heard on WCHE 1520 a.m. radio.
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Biographical Information

Attorney Forbes completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, and received a Bachelors in Business Administration and graduated with Honors in 1984. He attended and graduated Widener School of Law in 1989 and opened the doors to his own law office immediately upon passing the Bar examination.

Mr. Forbes has always been driven by the desire to help others. With that in mind he began his law career representing indigent families in the Philadelphia family law system for seven years.

Moving toward the suburban areas, Mr. Forbes broadened his practice to include Chester, Montgomery and Bucks Counties. As he continued to handle family law matters, he witnessed first-hand how badly his client's credit reports were causing them to suffer serious declines in their lifestyles. The families not only had to endure the emotional hardship that comes with the ending of a marriage but the financial burden was a huge problem and serious concern. He began to focus on helping his clients negotiate with their creditors in an effort to mitigate some of the damage they were facing.

The ability to file bankruptcies and defend foreclosure actions on behalf of his clients became a crucial aspect of his practice. His clients were hurting and felt helpless. Attorney Forbes quickly learned that he was successful in helping his clients regain control of their finances and renew their self-respect. This fueled his passion for consumer law. Not only was he impacting the lives of so many, he found a deep satisfaction in putting these bullies in their place.

Over the years Attorney Forbes has taught classes to other lawyers for Continuing Legal Education credits, as well as present to local groups and professional organizations about consumer rights and the laws that are available to help. Recently, Attorney Forbes was a proud recipient of the "Top Lawyer" award by Main Line Today Magazine, specifically for his work in the bankruptcy field.

Attorney Forbes' goal, is to reach as many people as possible to let them know that they do have some good options to combat collection agency bullies and correct inaccuracies that the credit reporting agencies record and save their homes from foreclosure. People know the pain first-hand of having their lifestyles threatened, but they just don't seem to think that they can do anything on their own behalf. The fact that in many cases, these people can be empowered and sue these entities is not a well-known option. They should know that there is a way to change the course of their lives and Attorney Forbes can show them how it can work in their favor.

The Practice is a Family Affair

Mr. Forbes has teamed-up with his wife Nancy Forbes who is his right-hand person and practice director. She is usually the one who clients have their first contact with, just because she will most likely be the one to answer the phone. Nancy shares her commitment to their clients as her husband does and wants them to feel like they have a "safe haven" and that they have entered the "no judgment zone" when working with their office. The Forbes's have been married for 26 years, live in Chester County with two of their younger children as their older children, have grown and left the nest. They also have a very large dog who might get mad if not mentioned-so there ya go!

Areas of Law

Consumer Law

  • Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
  • Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA)
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Debt negotiation
  • Short sales

Personal Injury

Criminal Defense & DUI


  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • National Consumerlaw Center
  • Currently blogging for Lexis Nexis
  • Contributor to CBS Philly News

Speaking Engagements - TOPIC: CONSUMER RIGHTS

  • Main Line Weichert Realtors
  • Widener University School of Law, Consumer Law Clinic
  • Cape Institute Continuing Legal Education Course

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