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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

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    “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

  • 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

  • He is respectful and down to earth with his approach to very complicated legal matters.

    “Hensel Law Office has helped me during a very difficult time in my life. Tom has done a wonderful job with my Chapter 13 case. He always kept in touch with me and explained everything in terms I could understand. I would highly recommend Mr. Hensel to anyone who is facing any bankruptcy filing. He is respectful and down to earth with his approach to very complicated legal matters.”

    Sandra

  • 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

  • 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