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Are You Prepared for Your Court Date?

First Meeting of Creditors or 341 Hearing – Chapter 7 & 13

In both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceedings, the first scheduled court date that you will have is called your First Meeting of Creditors or 341 Hearing. In Chapter 7 cases, this will be your only scheduled court date. The most important things to remember to bring to this hearing are your driver's license(s) and your Social Security card(s). If you do not have these two specific forms of identification, it is possible that your hearing will be temporarily cancelled. This means that you will have to make another trip to court, possibly incurring additional attorney fees.

It is important that you arrive at least fifteen minutes early to your hearing. For all Chapter 7 cases, you will need to have read and reviewed the Bankruptcy Information Sheet. Also, some Chapter 7 Trustees have an additional questionnaire form for you to fill out before your hearing. For Chapter 13 cases, there is a Supplemental Statement that will need to be completed just prior to your hearing. It is imperative that you are adequately prepared, which is why it is so important for you to discuss your case with a Michigan bankruptcy lawyer before your court date approaches.

Confirmation Hearing – Chapter 13 Only

In a Chapter 13 case, the notice that you will receive from the court will have a second court date; this is the date of your Confirmation Hearing. This is the time where your Chapter 13 plan is accepted or confirmed by the court if all objections have been resolved and all payments that are due have been made to your Chapter 13 Trustee. If there are minor issues that still need to be resolved, it is possible that your Confirmation Hearing may be adjourned to a later date.

However, if payments have not been made, it is possible that your case may be dismissed. It is very important to bring proof of all payments made to the Chapter 13 Trustee to your Confirmation Hearing. This may mean the difference between your case being confirmed or dismissed. To ensure that all of your paperwork is in order before attending the Confirmation Hearing, it is highly recommended that you move forward under the experienced advisement of our firm.

Prepare for Your Day in Court with Hensel Law Office, PLLC

Unless you have previously filed for bankruptcy, it is normal to feel confused. Appearing in court for the first time can seem like a daunting experience, which is why the legal team at the Hensel Law Office, PLLC encourages you to let us take the reins. Our firm has helped countless individuals to successfully navigate their way through the bankruptcy process, so you should not hesitate to let us do the same for you.

All you have to do is give us a call today at (888) 258-0651 to get started.

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.