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Bankruptcy Process in Michigan

Understanding the Steps in Bankruptcy

There are very specific steps in the bankruptcy process that must be followed before the court will approve your petition. You will be legally required to take the means test, which will determine if you qualify for Chapter 7, the liquidation of non-exempt assets to pay creditors. If the test shows that you have sufficient disposable income to pay back creditors, you will be required to file for bankruptcy under Chapter 13, the restructuring of creditor payment plans.

Other steps in the process include:

When you file for Chapter 7, a bankruptcy trustee will be assigned to your case. After your non-exempt assets have been sold, the trustee will distribute the proceeds to your creditors. In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you will meet with your creditors in bankruptcy court, where your repayment plan will be reviewed. Retaining the services of a Michigan bankruptcy attorney to assist you with the bankruptcy process is strongly recommended. Bankruptcy laws can be extremely complex and any mistakes or errors in your petition can delay your bankruptcy or even result in a petition denial. A bankruptcy lawyer will ensure you have completed the required steps of the process, and your paperwork is in compliance with state and federal laws.

Retain the Services of a Bankruptcy Lawyer

The more you know about the bankruptcy process and timeline, the easier it will be to decide if you want to take advantage of this legal remedy. My firm, Hensel Law Office, PLLC, has represented individuals from all walks of life seeking bankruptcy protection and can help you decide if bankruptcy the rights solution for your debt problems. This includes individuals in Warren and Sterling Heights, as well as the areas of Madison Heights, Royal Oak, and Clinton Township.

I am a sole practitioner that works closely with each of my clients, and will personally manage every aspect of your bankruptcy case. You will never be passed off to another attorney, paralegal or secretary. As a Michigan bankruptcy lawyer, I strive to provide my clients with outstanding service, and will always be attentive to your needs.

Contact my firm today to learn more about how I can help.

Client Testimonials

  • Professional, competent, empathetic attorney.

    “My husband and I were forced into a position to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. We were devastated and mortified that we had to choose that route, but Tom eased our stress about the filing and court hearing process, as he thoroughly explained what Chapter 7 entails, as well as exactly what to expect during and after the filing process; he was accurate on each point that he advised us on. Tom also kept in frequent contact with us and responded quickly to any questions or concerns that we had while we worked with him. Tom's expertise and tact was invaluable for us, and we will absolutely recommend him to any of our friends and relatives that may find themselves in similar positions to ours. Thank you, Tom, for your dedicated help during this process.”

    EJO

  • I greatly appreciate your time and effort.

    “It was a great pleasure and relief working with you through that tough time. I greatly appreciate your time and effort on our case. I will gladly and confidently recommend you to anyone I know facing a tough financial time requiring your expertise.”

    Jay

  • Tom Hensel is definitely the right attorney to call!

    “I was referred to Tom Hensel by a friend. My first impression was not only was Tom professional but he's so kind and caring too. He helped my husband and I through an embarrassing, scary situation and definitely made it more positive one. He guided us through our options and helped us make the right decision for us which ended up being a chapter 7 bankruptcy. Tom was so knowledgeable and helped us throughout the whole process. He never once made us feel uncomfortable or dumb when we had questions. He was also very easy to get a hold of when questions would come up and would always return our calls and emails promptly. I strongly recommend Tom to anyone going through this kind of financial nightmare. Do yourselves a favor and call him right away. He will help you get on the right path again. Our only mistake was waiting so long to call him!! When we in court waiting our turn all the other attorneys referred to their clients as "The debtors" Tom on the other hand acknowledged us by our names. Little things mean a lot and that left a lasting impression with us. Tom Thank You again for all your help!!”

    Stacy S.

  • He always responded quickly and intelligently.

    “Mr. Hensel made a difficult and uncomfortable situation as easy as possible for me. He always responded quickly and intelligently to my questions and never made me feel as if I were bothering him. He explained the unknown aspects of bankruptcy, the court system, and my options in clearly understandable terms. I felt confident that he was handling my case in the best possible manner and in my best possible interests. I feel lucky to have found the Hensel Law Office and I never hesitate to refer others who could use assistance - because I know they will get superior service and help.”

    Kelly

  • Sincerest thanks for all of your help in affording me what I consider a real "fresh start."

    “I wanted to give you my sincerest thanks for all of your help in affording me what I consider a real "fresh start". My divorce was unfortunate but definitely a needed change for the better. However, the financial side of things still seemed to keep that past linked, which makes this an enormous weight lifted. I just can't believe the impact it's made on my outlook with...everything.I will be sure to keep your business cards handy to distribute along with highly favorable words of recommendation should the needs arise.Thank you again for your time and professional guidance.”

    Michelle