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Filing for Bankruptcy for a Second Time

Can I file for bankruptcy more than once?

Michigan Bankruptcy AttorneyMany people are surprised to learn that you can file for bankruptcy more than once. You will need to follow certain guidelines in order to qualify for bankruptcy a second time, most having to do with the waiting periods between filings. For example, if you filed for bankruptcy Chapter 7 the first time, you will need to wait 8 years before you can file for Chapter 7 again.

You will only have to wait 4 years if your previous bankruptcy was a Chapter 13, and you plan to file for Chapter 13 a second time. If you initially filed for a Chapter 13 and are now seeking bankruptcy protection under Chapter 7, the waiting period is six years. A Chapter 13 can be filed after two years if your first bankruptcy was a Chapter 7.

The same first time procedures for filing apply to your second time as well, including:

  • Credit counseling class before your petition is filed
  • A bankruptcy hearing
  • Completing a financial management class after your hearing and before your case is officially

If you are experiencing financial problems and were previously granted a bankruptcy, a Michigan bankruptcy lawyer can make sure that you are fully informed of the laws pertaining to a second filing and how they apply to your particular situation.

The Bankruptcy Process in Michigan

The bankruptcy process can be complex, especially if you are filing for a second time. Not only will you need to meet the requirements for a second filing, your creditors may be more difficult to work with. You should also expect the court to conduct a thorough review of your finances before a second bankruptcy is approved. My firm, Hensel Law Office, PLLC has extensive experience representing clients seeking bankruptcy protection, including individuals filing for a second time.

Attentive Service As You File the Second Time Around

As a Michigan bankruptcy attorney, I will work with you one-on-one, and make sure you are in full compliance with filing statutes before your petition is submitted. My firm assists individuals Sterling Heights and Warren, as well as in Madison Heights, Royal Oak and Clinton Township.

I provide my clients with a very high level of service and can discuss how to proceed with a second filing during a free initial consultation.

Client Testimonials

  • Mr. Hensel walked me through every step.

    “I would highly recommend the Hensel Law Office!! Mr. Hensel walked me through every step, got my garnishments stopped very quickly (even got garnished wages returned to me!) and told me what to expect along the way. He answered all of my questions in a very timely manner- no matter what time I sent an email or gave him a phone call. Also, I felt his price was very reasonable compared to some of the other places that I called. Mr. Hensel answered plenty of questions that I had before I even became a client.”

    Carl

  • 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

  • His knowledge and expertise made a very difficult time in our lives much easier.

    “From start to finish our experience with Mr. Hensel was great. He carefully and thoroughly explained the entire process to us and was always available for any questions or concerns we had. His knowledge and expertise made a very difficult time in our lives much easier. We are very thankful for his help in our situation.”

    Christine and John

  • We couldn't have gotten through this difficult process without Tom.

    “We couldn't have gotten through this difficult process without Tom. We evaluated a number of bankruptcy attorneys and found Tom to be the most knowledgeable and compassionate. He takes the time to explain all aspects of the process and answers your questions thoroughly and promptly both in person and via email. He knows the law and ensures that you receive the best treatment possible depending on your particular situation.”

    T & J

  • 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