Bankruptcy Attorney - Macomb, Oakland County and Northern Michigan Lawyer

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy- Free Yourself from Overwhelming Debt and Restore Your Life!

Chapter 7 bankruptcy isn't for everyone, but for many it can provide relief from overwhelming debt (such as credit card debt and medical bills) — and stop creditor harassment and threats of foreclosure, repossession or wage garnishment.

Based in both metro Detroit (Fraser) and Northern Michigan (Gaylord), attorney Peter J. Bernadich can help you determine if Chapter 7 bankruptcy is right for your situation and identify potential alternatives.

In today's economy, with escalating debt, plummeting home values, and an uncertain future for employment, anyone can find themselves in a crushing financial situation. Stress, frustration and anxiety often result as ordinary, honest, hardworking individuals get harassed by creditors threatening to foreclose on their home, repossess their car, or garnish their wages.

For many people in these situations, filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy relief can do the following:

  • End harassing phone calls
  • Stop foreclosure proceedings on your home
  • Stop repossession of your car or other property
  • Stop wage garnishments
  • Prevent utilities from being shut off
  • Eliminate unsecured debt such as credit cards, medical bills, civil judgments and more

Chapter 7 bankruptcy — Who is it for?

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is often the best solution for people who've had a dramatic loss in income, such as loss of a job, and have no hope of repaying their debts even under a Chapter 13 reorganization. It can also be a good solution for people overwhelmed by medical bills, credit card debt and other forms of unsecured debt as these types of debt can be completely discharged.

Will I be able to keep my home and/or car under Chapter 7 bankruptcy?

It depends.  Chapter 7 bankruptcy requires you to liquidate most of your possessions, including your home and automobiles, to pay off your creditors. However, many exemptions or "property protections" exist that allow you to retain much of your personal property, including your home and automobile, so you can continue living and working without undue hardship.

Some of the exemptions an individual debtor may qualify for include:

  • Up to $21,625 for your personal Michigan residence
  • Up to $3,450 of value for one automobile
  • Up to $11,525 aggregate value for household goods, furniture, and appliances
  • Up to $2,150 in value for tools of the trade / equipment required for carrying out your profession
  • Up to $1,450 in jewelry
  • Up to $11,525 for a life insurance policy
  • Wild Card of $1,150 of any personal property plus up to 1/2 of any unused amount of the homestead exemption ($10,825)

Other exemptions may also apply. Attorney Peter J. Bernadich can help you determine how much of your property, possessions and income is likely to be exempt from bankruptcy proceedings.

Do I need a Michigan lawyer to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy?

It is highly advisable to have a qualified bankruptcy attorney, like Peter Bernadich, represent you in any bankruptcy proceedings and assist with completing the filing process. An attorney can help you avoid mistakes that could get your case denied and help you establish your need to file bankruptcy. A bankruptcy lawyer can also help protect your rights against creditors before, during and after bankruptcy proceedings.

Receive a Free, no-obligation consultation regarding filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy and/or your overall financial situation.

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Find out how we can help you protect your rights against harassing creditors and get you free from overwhelming debt. Or call our Fraser or Gaylord, Michigan bankruptcy attorney's office toll-free at (855) 650-2529.

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