Advantages to a Michigan Chapter 7 filing:
- You receive a complete fresh start. After the bankruptcy is discharged the only debts you owe will be for secured assets on which you choose to sign a “Reaffirmation Agreement.”
- You have immediate protection against creditor’s collection efforts and wage garnishment on the date of filing.
- Wages you earn and property you acquire (except for inheritances) after the bankruptcy filing date are yours, not the creditors or bankruptcy court.
- There is no minimum amount of debt required.
- Your case is often over and completely discharged in about 3-6 months.
Disadvantages to a Michigan Chapter 7 filing:
- You lose your non-exempt property which is sold by the trustee. If you want to keep a secured asset, such as a car or home, and it is not completely covered by your Michigan bankruptcy exemptions then Chapter 7 is not an option.
- If facing foreclosure on your home, the automatic stay created by your Chapter 7 filing only serves as a temporary defense against foreclosure.
- Co-signors of a loan can be stuck with your debt unless they also file for bankruptcy protection.
- If you filed a prior case and received a discharge of your debts, you can only file a second Chapter 7 bankruptcy case eight years after you filed the first case.
Get a fresh financial start with Firebaugh & Andrews P.L.L.C Bankruptcy Law Firm
Advice and representation for individuals and businesses through the intricacies of the Bankruptcy process
Filing for bankruptcy can be a very time-consuming and complicated process. As a debtor you must comply with numerous federal laws and regulations and a mistake at any point in this process can be very costly resulting in the court refusing to discharge your liabilities. The consequences of this can have a long-term financial effect and put a high strain on you and your family. With so much at stake it is essential that you make the right choices and trust a professional bankruptcy lawyer right from the start. Whether you are considering filing under Chapter 7, 11 or 13, Firebaugh and Andrews will be able to guide you through the labyrinth of procedures and requirements, to ensure a fresh financial start with less to worry about and more to enjoy from your future life.
What is Bankruptcy?
If you are a business or an individual who cannot meet your financial obligations in relation to repaying some or all of your debt, bankruptcy could be the way for you to go. Federal law governs the rules and procedures related to bankruptcy in the U.S. so individual states cannot legislate in this area. We will determine whether bankruptcy is the right way for you to seek relief and whether you should do it under Chapter 7, Chapter 13 or Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.
Our head attorneys, Samuel G. Firebaugh and Roberta W. Andrews have over 40 years of experience between them in practicing bankruptcy law as well as additional knowledge in the practice of other areas of law, finance and business. You can rely on their competence, in-depth knowledge and case experience, as well as their high professionalism and rest assured that your circumstances will be treated with the utmost attention and you will receive a friendly, compassionate and personalized service. Our lawyers always put the interests of our clients at heart and make sure that you are given the best advice about the choices you have. Samuel and Roberta will be with you every step of the way, making sure that your case that you get the best possible outcome depending on your individual circumstances.
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There’s no better time to get in touch with Firebaugh & Andrews than today. Call us on 734-722-2999 and re-start your finances for as little as $310.00 down.
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38545 Ford Rd Ste 104
Westland, MI 48185