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Stopping Collection Actions

Michigan Bankruptcy Lawyer in Sterling Heights

When financial problems hit, they hit hard, and it's easy to be paralyzed by the fear of facing all your issues. You want to save your home, your car and your assets, but you don't know what to do. There are in fact many ways to protect your property and regain your financial stability.

As a Sterling Heights bankruptcy attorney at my Michigan law firm, Hensel Law Office, PLLC, I offer personalized bankruptcy services that can stop collection actions and eliminate your debts. Bankruptcy is an effective legal remedy that can help protect your assets.

The Automatic Stay

When you file your petition, it will result in a court order called an automatic stay that ends all collection actions, including wage garnishment, repossession and foreclosure. It is unfortunate that so many homeowners lose their home to foreclosure because they were unaware of the benefits of filing for bankruptcy.

If you have been threatened with car repossession, any efforts to recover your vehicle will also cease. When you are living paycheck to paycheck and need your car to drive to and from work, this kind of protection can mean all the difference in the world. Stopping collection actions also means putting a stop to creditor harassment calls, letters and emails.

Stopping Creditor Harassment

Once a debtor has filed for bankruptcy, creditors are prohibited from making contact and pressuring an individual to pay. Sometimes simply finding relief from the constant hounding of bill collectors can make a considerable difference in your life, allowing you to think clearly and make wise decisions for your financial future.

Creditors that violate the automatic stay can be held in contempt of court and face penalties such as:

  • Fines
  • Payment of your legal fees
  • Damages

To find out more information on how you can stop creditor collection actions, contact my office and request a free consultation. I will review your financial situation, and help you in any way that I can, including taking legal action against abusive creditors. You have rights, but if you do not fully understand them, you will not know when they have been violated.

Protect Your Rights by Contacting Hensel Law Office, PLLC

Being forced to deal with creditor harassment is a stress that no one should ever have to encounter. When an individual is unaware of their rights, however, they cannot know for sure when a debt collection agency has violated them. In accordance with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), debt collectors are prohibited from harassing a debtor—meaning that they cannot engage in certain unlawful practices.

Certain regulations that a collection agency must follow include:

  • Cannot use obscene or threatening language
  • Cannot contact you at work if you have asked them not to
  • Cannot call you repeated for the purpose of harassing
  • Cannot call before 8 a.m. or after 9 p.m.
  • Cannot charge additional fees

If you have been subjected to similar behavior by a debt collector, you have the right to take legal action. In order to do so, however, it is advised that you first consult a knowledgeable legal professional. When you enlist the help of the Hensel Law Office, PLLC, you can feel confident in knowing that I will not let such unlawful actions go unaccounted for.

My firm is able to provide assistance to debtors who live in Sterling Heights, Warren and many other parts of the state of Michigan. Contact us today. 

Client Testimonials

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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