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Lien Stripping Lawyer in Michigan

Discharging Debt in Michigan

When a homeowner gets in a financial bind, one of their main concerns is whether or not they will be able to prevent the loss of their house. Filing for a Chapter 13 bankruptcy can have considerable advantages in this regard, especially when there is a second mortgage. Not only will the bankruptcy stop any foreclosure proceedings, but it can also result in the second lien being stripped. If you are a homeowner that is considering bankruptcy, speak with a Michigan bankruptcy lawyer regarding your financial situation.

A bankruptcy lawyer can discuss the benefits of Chapter 13 bankruptcy in more detail, including how it:

  • Prevents a foreclosure
  • Enables you to catch up on missed payments over a 3 to 5 year period
  • Can result in the stripping of a second lien

How Lien Stripping Works

When real estate values were increasing, many people with equity in their property took out second and third mortgages. Declining market values resulted in many homeowners owing more than their house was worth. A large percentage of property owners also ended up with higher monthly mortgage payments due to increased interest rates. In a bankruptcy, if you have a second mortgage on your home, the judge can decide to strip the second lien. This is because lenders are only secured up to the value of the property. If your home is worth $150,000 and you have a second lien for $50,000, the second lien is not secured by any collateral and can be discharged as unsecured debt.

My firm, Hensel Law Office, PLLC specializes in bankruptcy cases and has prevented many individuals in dire financial straits from losing their home. There are many strategies that can be employed to avoid foreclosure. I can explain your options and discuss how a second mortgage can be stripped when filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy protection. If you are heavily in debt and live in Madison Heights, Royal Oak, Sterling Heights, Clinton Township, Warren or surrounding areas, I will do everything that can be done to protect your assets.

I will also provide you with dedicated and highly skilled legal support throughout your bankruptcy case. Contact the firm today to learn more!

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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