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Filing for Bankruptcy for a Second Time

Can I file for bankruptcy more than once?

Many 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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