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Common Bankruptcy Myths

Dispelling Bankruptcy Misconceptions in Michigan

There are many myths surrounding bankruptcy that can deter a person from considering this tool as a remedy to their debt problems.

My firm, Hensel Law Office has many years of experience providing financial help to clients burdened by debts in areas such as Madison Heights, Royal Oak, Sterling Heights, Clinton Township, and Warren. I can answer all of your bankruptcy questions and make sure you have accurate information regarding the process and how it will affect your future.

If You Are Married, You Must File a Joint Petition

A person that is married has the option of filing their own petition or filing with their spouse.

You Will Lose All of Your Assets in Chapter 7

Only non-exempt assets are liquidated in Chapter 7. A Michigan bankruptcy attorney can explain the laws that pertain to non-exempt property and determine which of your assets you will be allowed to keep.

You Cannot Have Credit After Bankruptcy

It may take time, but you will eventually be able to improve your credit score and regain your credit standing. You can start rebuilding your credit as soon as your bankruptcy case has been concluded.

Taxes Can Never Be Discharged in Bankruptcy

Under certain circumstances, taxes more than 3 years old can be discharged in both a Chapter 7 and Chapter 13.

You Must Have a Minimum Amount of Debt to File

There is no legal criterion for the amount of debt you must have in order to file for bankruptcy.

Reach Out for Experienced Bankruptcy Protection

When I founded my firm, I wanted to provide my clients with the attention their situation deserved and superior customer service. Large firms will often have clients meet with different attorneys knowledgeable in a particular area of bankruptcy law. Your case may even be delegated to a paralegal.

I service all of my clients directly and counsel them following their bankruptcy to make sure they are getting all of the benefits bankruptcy has to offer.

I also offer a free initial consultation, affordable rates, and payment plans, so do not hesitate to contact the firm today.

Client Testimonials

  • Utmost dedication and professionalism.

    “I chose to work with Tom Hensel after meeting with several big name firms in the area. Tom handled my unique situation with the utmost dedication and professionalism. The personal service I received from him made all the difference in my case. My only regret is that I didn't call him first.”

    Craig

  • We have and will continue to recommend you to others in need of a fresh start.

    “Dear Tom, my husband and I wanted to express our deepest thanks for the help you gave us during our embarrassing and stressful time. I was very impressed that you returned every phone call in a timely manner. You were able to explain exactly what was going to happen in words that "we" could understand. You answered every question we threw at you. The whole bankruptcy process from start to finish was complete in the time you told us it would take. Your professionalism yet friendliness made the whole experience for us almost enjoyable... almost! We have and will continue to recommend you to others in need of a fresh start.”

    Melissa

  • You made a difficult experience so much easier.

    “Back a few years ago, you helped me through a bankruptcy. I still tell people how you made a difficult experience so much easier, with your clarity, support, and friendly approach to the law. I'm still very appreciative for all your help – it really helped to pull me out of a difficult place and put my life back on track.”

    Eric

  • Tom was the most professional.

    “I researched 3 attorneys before signing with the Hensel Law Office for my bankruptcy proceedings. Tom was the most professional and he explained all of my questions without trying to make a quick buck on me. I would recommend Hensel Law Office to my friends or family going through a similar difficult situation.”

    Jerry

  • Thank you very much for getting us through this very hard time in our lives.

    “I just wanted to thank you very much, for getting us through this very hard time in our lives. You did an excellent job. If anyone I know is in need of a lawyer, we will surely give them your name. Again thanks.”

    John and Linda