Client Resource Center
Welcome to our Client Resource Center. We are glad that you entrusted our firm to assist you with your case and we look forward to working with you.
We created this section of our website to give you an additional tool to help guide you through the process. There are a lot of commonly asked questions or concerns, so we have addressed some of them below. We want to empower you to help us manage your case. We have found that there is a strong correlation between an educated, informed, and involved client and a successful case. You will find links to go online and check the status of your (Chapter 13 only) case. You will find links to sites to pull a free credit report each year so that you may monitor your credit. You can request an appointment or e-mail a question and/or document to our office.
We welcome your feedback. We have included a “Testimonials” submission area. If you have helpful feedback on how to improve this customer area, please let us know. If you would like to share your experience with other potential clients of the firm, please write a brief narrative of how working with us and deciding to file a case has improved your circumstances (names are changed for privacy). We really appreciate positive feedback and knowing that we contributed to improving our clients’ financial futures.
Chapter 13 Case Information
Chapter 7 Case Information
Chapter 13 Case Information
- Creditor and/or Trustee Objections
- What is an objection and what does it mean?It is very common for the Trustee or one of your creditors to object to the confirmation of your plan. This DOES NOT mean your case will automatically be dismissed or denied, this simply means that there are additional questions or issues that need to be addressed with your case. In fact, despite the language used in the objection, dismissal or denial of the case is seldom the objecting party’s objective. This is the official way for these parties to communicate with us regarding their issues or requests. As your counsel, we will respond and work to resolve these objections. If we need additional documentation or clarification from you, we will contact you. If you read the objection and it is apparent that the objecting party is requesting certain information or documentation, feel free to be proactive and provide the requested information to our office. There is no need to call our office to only confirm if we received the same paperwork you did, as we receive all of your case information electronically from the court the same day that it is filed.
- Do I need to respond? No, not directly. We will respond and work through all objections to ensure that your case moves smoothly through the process. If we need additional documentation to do that, we will contact you via phone or in a letter with a detailed request. If you don’t hear anything, it is safe to assume that we have it handled without needing to communicate further with you.
- Will an objection affect the status of my case? A creditor or Trustee objection does not mean that your case is dismissed or will necessarily be dismissed. We may, however, need to make adjustments to your case or plan in order to satisfy an objection or provide additional documentation to clarify a question raised in an objection. In the event that a hearing is required our office will notify you.
- Proof of Claims
- What is a Proof of Claim? This is a required document that your creditors need to file with the court once they have gotten notice of your filing. This form establishes the creditor, their address and contact information, the nature of the debt (secured, unsecured, priority, etc.) and the amount. Most creditors have 6 months from the date of case filing to file their claim; however government agencies have up to one (1) year. The claims are generated by your creditors and filed with the court, notice provided to you, the Trustee and us as your Attorney.
- Do I need to respond? You do not need to respond. We routinely review all claims to make sure they are valid, have been considered in your plan and are in the correct amounts. See below regarding potentially invalid claims.
- Will they affect the status of my case? A Proof of claim establishes the debt you owe. If you have failed to provide information on a specific debt, depending on the amount and type (secured vs. unsecured), it could have an adverse impact on your case. If it is debt that we have already disclosed in your schedules, then it should not have a negative impact on your case.In some cases, not all creditors file a proof of claim. In this event, once the deadline has passed, that creditor will not get paid as a part of the plan and the debt will be discharged upon successful completion of your case. In the event the case is not successfully completed, i.e., is dismissed rather than discharged, the debt will remain collectible. In some cases, this could allow you to complete the case early or lower your payment. More often than not, this means that your other creditors get a higher dividend of the money you pay into your case over the life of the plan. We routinely conduct annual reviews with our clients. At that time we can review the claims status and discuss the impact, if any. Once your case has been confirmed, if you would like to schedule an annual review or routine case review, please click here.
- I don’t believe that I owe money to a creditor that filed a claim – what do I do? If you do not recognize the creditor listed, please e-mail our office. We will further examine the claim and can draft and formal Objection to be filed with the court to have the claim investigated and removed if it is not accurate. Keep in mind that many times you will not recognize the names of creditors filing claims as the original creditor will have transferred the rights to collect the debt either before or after your case was filed.
- I don’t believe that the amount listed is correct – what do I do? If the amount is significantly different than what you believe you owe, please e-mail our office. We will further examine the claim and can draft a formal Objection with the court to have the claim investigated and reduced if appropriate.
- When is my first payment due? We recommend that you mail your first payment as soon as possible but no later than three (3) weeks after your case has been filed. This will allow for sufficient mailing and processing time for your payment to post on time. This payment is due to be posted on the Trustee’s records within 30 days of filing. If you are on a wage deduction or checking account withdrawal, you need to see the deduction coming out of your check or checking account before you stop mailing in the payments directly.
- What is my payment amount? We provided this amount to you when you signed your final paperwork. We gave you a two (2) page sheet outlining your specific responsibilities in the case. The payment information is included on page one of that sheet. If you don’t have that sheet, please e-mail our office
- What payment format is acceptable? The Trustee’s prefer certified funds, either money orders or cashier’s checks. A personal check is acceptable, but takes longer to clear and disburse to creditors. Please ensure that you always write your name and case number on the memo line so that your payment gets credited to your account in a timely manner. Please keep records of all funds sent to the Trustee in the event there is ever a discrepancy between the Trustee’s records and yours.
- How do I track what payments have been received and posted by the Trustee’s office? You have access to online information regarding the payments and claims on your case. To access this information, log onto www.13datacenter.com. You will need to drop down to “Michigan”, under your Trustee’s name and click on that name. Once you get to that website, click on “log in”. The User ID is your case number and the Password is your social security number. Enter your case number and social security number without any hyphens. You can check when payments have posted and how much and when creditors were paid for the life of your case. Click the “Financials” tab to view this information.
- Where do I mail my payment? The addresses are provided below. Please always remember to include your name and case number in the memo line so that your payment can be posted to the correct account without delay.
- Payments directly to Creditors
- Who do I pay directly? In certain limited circumstances, a Chapter 13 may provide for direct payment to certain secured creditors, i.e., a mortgage or vehicle creditor. The Court favors all creditors being paid by the Trustee as part of your plan. However, if a secured creditor is 100% contractually current (including late charges and less than 30 day delinquencies) and including the creditor in your Plan is not otherwise advantageous, the creditor may be paid directly by you. Payment to these creditors cannot interfere with your ability to fund your Chapter 13 plan. You should have a clear understanding your obligation to pay a creditor directly, if any. The “Client Responsibility Form” provided when you sign your final paperwork details any creditors you are obligated to pay directly.
- I was not current at the time of filing, now what? You will be asked at the time your final paperwork is signed whether you were current on all creditors for which you are proposing to pay directly. All creditors file claims. Creditors are required to indicate the account status at the time your case was filed. In the event the creditor’s claim reflects a pre-filing delinquency, you will be required to pay the creditor through the Trustee and your plan. This includes mortgages, car purchases, and car leases. In this event, make an appointment to discuss the matter and modify your bankruptcy plan.
- The creditor has stopped sending invoices/billing correspondences, what do I do? Make the payment! Creditors will oftentimes cease billing correspondences in an effort to avoid violating certain bankruptcy protections. You are still obligated to remit the payment directly to the creditor.
- The creditor stopped they automatic deduction for the payment, what do I do? Make the payment! Creditors will oftentimes cease automatic deductions in an effort to avoid violating certain bankruptcy protections. You are still obligated to remit the payment directly to the creditor.
DAVID WM. RUSKIN (TRUSTEE FOR JUDGE MCIVOR and SHEFFERLY – case end digit 5-9)
1593 Reliable Parkway
Chicago, IL 60686-0015
KRISPEN S. CARROLL (TRUSTEE FOR JUDGE RHODES and SHEFFERLY – case end digit 0-4)
Chapter 13 Trustee
P.O. Box 2018
Memphis, TN 38101-2018
TAMMY L. TERRY (TRUSTEE FOR JUDGE TUCKER AND JUDGE SHAPERO)
Chapter 13 Trustee
P.O. Box 2039
Memphis, TN 38101-2039
CARL L. BEKOFSKE (TRUSTEE FOR JUDGE OPPERMAN)
Chapter 13 Trustee-Flint
P.O. Box 2175
Memphis, TN 38101-2175
- 341 and Confirmation Hearings
- Where are the hearings held?
DETROITU.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT
211 West Fort Street
Detroit, MI 48226
FLINT U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT
226 W. Second Street
Flint, MI 48502
341 Hearings are held in room 315.
The following are the Judge’s courtrooms for confirmation hearings:
- Judge Rhodes, Room 1825 (18th floor)
- Judge Shefferly, Room 1975 (19th floor)
- Judge McIvor, Room 1875 (18th floor
- Judge Tucker, Room 1925 (19th floor)
- Judge Shapero: Confirmation Hearings are held at:231 West Lafayette, Courtroom 1042
Detroit, Michigan 48226
- What should I wear? Although there is no formal dress code, understand that it is a formal legal proceeding and a neat appearance is appropriate. Hats and shorts are not favored.
- What should I bring? Driver’s license, original social security card or original W2 form, proof of payments and any other information that has been requested of you from our office.
- Will I need to talk or be prepared to answer questions?
- 341: There are two (2) main purposes of the 341 hearing:1.) Confirm your identity through driver’s license and original social security card or original W2 form 2.) Allow your creditors and/or the trustee to ask clarification questions regarding paperwork that was filed with the court. The questions are case-specific, but generally not adversarial. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the hearing so that the Attorney can discuss potential questions that may arise during the hearing. This hearing is held in a conference room and is conducted by the Trustee’s office. A judge is not present. The testimony you give will be under oath and the proceedings will be tape recorded.
- Confirmation: The purpose of this hearing is to provide an opportunity for all parties to come to a final resolution on any outstanding matters. It is also the court’s opportunity to approve the proposed plan. Generally, you are not required to answer specific questions at the confirmation hearing, but instead should be available for the attorney representing you to consult with you. Your case may or may not proceed in front of a judge for a final determination. Many times, the parties are able to resolve their issues without your having to appear in front of a Judge. One of the most significant aspects of the confirmation hearing is the Trustee’s review of your payment history in your case. Typically, you will have been responsible for making several payments prior to confirmation. Establishing that you have made all payments due prior to confirmation is critical to your case being confirmed by the Court. Oftentimes, providing documentation of payments made can be the difference between your case being confirmed or potentially dismissed. Please bring proof of all payments made whether it be paystubs reflecting deductions, money order stubs, or cashier’s check stubs. Many times employers deduct payments and do not remit them to the Trustee timely. You will be given credit for all payments deducted from your paystubs which we can document.
- Do I need to submit my tax returns and/or any refund to the court?You need to submit a copy of your federal income tax returns and W2s or 1099s to the Trustee’s office regardless of whether you are required to submit a subsequent refund. Further, if you are married, you are required to provide the tax returns for your spouse, whether they filed the case or not. Below are the mailing addresses to mail your returns. Please mail, e-mail or drop off a copy to our office as well for our records.
- Changes in my circumstances
- When is my case done? Plans run anywhere from 36 – 60 months. It is possible to complete earlier than 36 months if creditors are paid in full. We conduct the annual reviews on your case to ensure that your plan is running on time. Circumstances that could cause your plan to run long are: missed payments, change in mortgage escrow, certain claims coming in greater than originally scheduled, etc. Your plan could run potentially shorter if you: made additional payments, certain creditors fail to file Proof of Claims and therefore were excluded in your plan, certain claims came in lower than originally scheduled, etc. Please keep in mind that sending additional payments will not necessary result in your case completing early. This depends on the nature of your specific case.We can address these circumstances through a plan modification if need be. If you would like to schedule an annual or periodic review to check on the status of your case, please set up an appointment to meet with your attorney.You may also check the status of your case and payments online at www.13datacenter.com. You will need to drop down to “Michigan”, under your Trustee’s name and click on that name. Once you get to that website, click on “log in”. The User ID is your case number and the Password is your social security number. Enter your case number and social security number without any hyphens. You can see when your plan is set to discharge. Please understand that the information and data on the Trustee’s website can be confusing, technical, and even misleading to the novice reader. Generally, the most helpful aspect of the Trustee’s website is your ability to review your payment history and disbursement history. Please don’t draw conclusions or take action based upon your review of the Trustee’s website. Instead, you are encouraged to make an appointment to discuss your questions and concerns related to the Trustee’s website.
- My case was dismissed, what are my available options?If your case was dismissed, please make an appointmentwith our office immediately to discuss your options. Generally, here are some options that we will discuss with you:
- Case Reinstatement: We can file a Motion with the Court to Reinstate your case in limited circumstances where cause exists.
- Refile: We can begin a new Chapter 13 proceeding and introduce a new payment plan.
- Chapter 7: If you qualify and depending on your circumstance, a Chapter 7 may be an option to satisfy your debts.
- Negotiate directly with your creditors.
Chapter 7 Case Information
Once your case is filed with the court, you are automatically under the protection of the United States Bankruptcy Court. This means that no creditor should garnish your account(s) and/or wage(s), your vehicles cannot be repossessed. In addition, the creditor cannot communicate with you until after the protection has been lifted.
Here are some of the commonly asked questions or issues that arise.
Frequently Asked Questions: Chapter 7
I received notice of an Administrative Closing, what is this?
If there were any judgments against you then you will receive a letter from the state court stating that there has been an administrative closing. This letter states that whatever case they had against you was closed because of your bankruptcy process. They can not come back for the money you owe them once your Chapter 7 Case has been discharged. Whatever amount you owed to them will be included in your discharge.
My Chapter 7 case has been discharged, but I am still being contacted by creditors and/or my credit report still shows these debts as active, what should I do? You simply need to fax or mail a photocopy of your court discharge. You should have received your discharge within 2-4 months after your 341 hearing.
Send a copy of the discharge to the creditor that is negatively reporting and also send a copy of the discharge to the credit reporting agency. Here is the contact information for the three (3) credit reporting agencies.
Save all correspondences that you send to the creditor and/or credit reporting agency. If the issue is not properly resolved within 2 months, set up an appointment with our office. We will need you to bring in all documentation that has been sent to the creditor and/or agency so that we determine a course of action.
I lost my discharge paperwork, what do I do?
We can provide an additional copy to you at a charge of $10.00. Or you can go to the court house and request a copy directly. The court address is:
U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT
211 West Fort Street
Detroit, MI 48226
What are my credit counseling requirements? Also, I have been receiving solicitations from many different agencies, which one do I choose?
You are required to complete the initial credit counseling at least one calendar day before the case it filed. We cannot file the case without this. If two people are filing, both must complete the counseling.
The second portion of credit counseling, also know as the “Debtor Education,” must be completed within 35 days of your 341 hearing. Upon completion, you must forward us a copy of the certificate and we must file this document along with a Form 23/Certificate Concerning Financial Management (we generate this form) with the court in order for you to receive a discharge of your debts. If the certificate is not filed in time, the Trustee can dismiss your Chapter 7 case. All fees are due before the certificate is filed with the court.
In the event that your Chapter 7 case is dismissed, we must file a motion with the court in order to have it re-opened. The cost to do so is $410.00 ($260 for court filing fee + $150 Attorney Fees to draft the motion).
This “Debtor Education” consists of a study book and multiple choice-style quiz. If you are completing the counseling by phone, a book must be ordered in advance. This can take up to two (2) weeks. If you are completing the counseling online, it can be downloaded off of the website immediately. You can use and reference the study book while you are completing the quiz. The process typically takes 2 – 4 hours.
You will receive many correspondences from agencies regarding the pre-discharge or Debtor Education credit counseling. You can do your counseling with one of those agencies, but keep in mind that we can not guarantee the court will accept their certificate for your Chapter 7 Bankruptcy process. All agencies must be certified by the court in order to have their certificates accepted as valid.
We suggest that you use GreenPath or In Charge. Both are certified agencies and the counseling can be done on-line or over the phone. You will need your case number in order to complete the counseling. Below is the contact information for each agency:
GreenPath: www.greenpathbk.com or 866-648-8120. The cost is $60.00 for two (2) people or $50 for one (1) person. Unless you have paid our office directly and have received a billing code, you must pay them directly to receive counseling.
In Charge: www.personalfinanceeducation.com or 866-729-0049. You must pay this agency directly. The cost is $25.00 for one (1) person or for two (2).
What occurs at the 341 Hearing?
- Is there a dress code? Although there is no formal dress code, understand that it is a formal legal proceeding and a neat appearance is appropriate. Hats, shorts or t-shirts are not favored.
- What should I bring? Driver’s license, original social security card or original W2 form and any documents that have been requested of you but that you have not submitted to our office already (i.e. tax returns, real estate documents such as recorded deeds or mortgages, etc.) If you do not bring outstanding documentation to the hearing or if we did not receive it in adequate time to turn over to the Trustee’s office for review, your hearing may be adjourned. If another hearing is necessary, our office charges and additional $150.00 for representation at that hearing.
- Where is the hearing? Hearings take place at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court211 West Fort Street3rd Floor Room 315Detroit, MI 48226
- Will I need to talk or be prepared to answer questions?
- 341: There are two (2) main purposes of the 341 hearing:1.) Confirm your identity through driver’s license and original social security card or original W2 form2.) Allow your creditors and/or the trustee to ask clarification questions regarding paperwork that was filed with the court. The questions are case-specific, but generally not adversarial. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the hearing so that the Attorney can discuss potential questions that may arise during the hearing. This hearing is held in a conference room and is conducted by the Trustee’s office. A judge is not present.
- How long will the hearing take? The hearing typically takes 5 minutes or less. We ask to you be at hearing 30 minutes in advance to discuss any open issues with the attorney.
- Who will be involved? The Trustee and the Trustee’s assistant, us and potentially a creditor’s attorney. You will likely be asked to fill out a “Trustee’s Questionnaire” form before the hearing. This is a straightforward questionnaire and should cover the questions that we discussed with you during your case preparation (i.e. do you have a 401K, whole life insurance policy, do you have any ownership interest in the past 5 years, etc.)
- Will I need to speak at the hearing? Yes, you will be asked questions by the Trustee. First, you will be put under oath. Then, the Trustee will be asking questions based on the materials that you prepared with your attorney and that were filed with the court and also any information contained in the “Trustee’s questionnaire.”
What is an Intent Letter?
If you have purchased personal property such as jewelry, furniture, etc., the loan may be considered a secured debt. This means that you cannot keep the property and eliminate the debt. You must give it back or make voluntary payment arrangements. Common creditors of these types of debts are: Gardner White, Best Buy, Art Van, Circuit City, Kay Jewelers, etc.
You will receive a correspondence from our office asking what your intention pertaining to the items that you purchased from their company. You will have the choice to reaffirm, redeem or surrender the item(s). Because these are considered to be “secured” debt obligations, the debt is discharged but the creditor has the right to take back the collateral.
If you reaffirm a debt you are agreeing to make continued payments. They will then send a reaffirmation agreement to our office stating the terms of the agreement. If you need our assistance to execute the re-affirmation agreement, we charge $100 fee per agreement. If you don’t wish our assistance, you may re-affirm on your own, but you may be required to attend an additional hearing to approve the agreement.
If you decide to redeem the property, then you will give an offer as to of how much you want to pay for the merchandise. The creditor can accept or deny your offer. In some case they will give you a counter-offer. If your offer is accepted then you will have to decide if you want to pay the amount at one installment or over a course of payments. They will need to know this information in advance in order to do draft the reaffirmation agreement properly. There is also a $100 fee per agreement. If a motion is required the fee for such motion is $600.00.
If you decided to surrender the property then you can just write your contact information on the form that the creditor provides. We can also indicate this on the schedules that are filed with the court. Once your case has been discharged the creditor will contact you to arrange a time for pickup.
What is a Reaffirmation Agreement?
A reaffirmation is a promise to pay on an item that you wish to keep. Once the agreement is signed, we will send the agreement to the creditor that mailed it to us. They will file the reaffirmation with the court. Once the signed agreement is filed the item(s) that you reaffirmed on are no longer part of your bankruptcy. This means if you default on your payments you are responsible for anything that is owed and debt is non-dischargeable. We charge $100.00 to execute a reaffirmation agreement. At that time, we will meet with you to discuss your budget and the pros and cons of signing the agreement.
Can I rescind a Reaffirmation Agreement?
Yes. You have the right to rescind a reaffirmation agreement by providing written notice to the creditor within 60 days of reaffirming the debt or discharge of your case, whichever comes later. If you are considering rescinding a reaffirmation agreement, please contact our office.
What is a Lease Assumption Agreement?
If you are leasing a vehicle and wish to keep the vehicle, then you will need to sign a lease assumption agreement. This is just stating that you wish to keep the vehicle and that you will make your regularly scheduled payments. By signing this statement you are taking the vehicle out of the bankruptcy which means that if you default on the payments and the car is repossessed then you will be responsible for any amount that is owed to that creditor and the debt is non-dischargeable. If you are facing substantial damage or over mileage charges you are strongly encouraged not to sign this agreement. If you do not sign the agreement, the creditor has the right to take back the vehicle. This is at the discretion of the lender and they may or may not do so.
What is a Motion for Relief of Stay and/or Order Granting Motion?
This is a Motion, typically filed by a mortgage company or car lien holder (the company that you purchased the car from), requesting to have the bankruptcy protection lifted from your home or vehicle. Once this order is granted then you should contact your creditor for next steps. If you own a home and intend on keeping it, you are free to negotiate directly with the lender for a workout option or loan modification once the “stay” has been lifted. If you are planning to surrender the property, the mortgage company will begin a foreclosure proceeding, if they have not already done so, and you will typically have 6 months after the date of foreclosure to continue residency in your home. If the house becomes abandoned, the lien holder may take the property back sooner. We recommend you continue homeowner’s insurance for content only and continue to remain current on utilities.
In the case of a vehicle, if you don’t make direct payment arrangements, the vehicle will be repossessed.
Because a Chapter 7 is primarily designed to discharge unsecured debts, our office will not routinely respond to motions for relief from the stay. If you would like us to respond to a motion for relief from stay and if cause exists to do so, there is a $250.00 fee for doing so.
I want to keep my vehicle after Bankruptcy, what are my options?
You may have the option to re-negotiate the terms of your vehicle loan.
- The first option is through redemption. This program allows you to keep your car by paying the lesser of the amount owed or the fair market value to the creditor in a lump sum. In effect, you are buying the vehicle for its current value, typically using third party financing. Third party financing is available in most circumstances. This is your right under the law. To discuss these options and to determine whether redemption is in your best interest, set up an appointment with our office.
- The second option is a Reaffirmation agreement. If you would like to keep your vehicle after the filing of a Chapter 7, your lender will often require that you sign a reaffirmation agreement. This states that you will continue to make regular payments on the debt. This is a proposal that is drafted by your lender and typically re-states the terms of your original contract or agreement.
I am no longer receiving bills on secured debts that I intend on keeping, why is this and what are my responsibilities?
If you are planning to keep your home or vehicle then you will need to make payments to them during the Chapter 7 process. Your creditors will not send you any bills and any automatic deductions will cease. Therefore, you will have to send in your monthly payment(s) to the address that you have always sent them to, unless you receive a correspondence from our office stating otherwise. It is imperative that you maintain your payments on all debts you are re-paying to avoid the potential of foreclosure, repossession or utility shut-off.
What is an Order of Discharge of Chapter 7 Debtor?
This states that you have completed your Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and are discharged from all applicable debts incurred prior to your case filing. You should keep this discharge for your records. In the event that you are pursued further for collections on a debt discharged through your case, send that creditor or agency a photocopy of your discharge. Maintain copies of any correspondences you have with creditors such as this after your discharge.
What is a Presumption of Abuse?
The Trustee may enter a Presumption of Abuse after you have attended your 341 hearing. This states that the Trustee just wants to take 30 days to look into your case and related documents. After the 30 days, he or she will either 1.) File a motion to dismiss your case 2.) File a motion to convert your case to a Chapter 13. or 3.) File a statement maintaining that they will not be dismissing the case. If the Trustee does decide to file a motion to dismiss or motion to convert, the attorney handling your case will contact you to inform you of the next steps in this process. If the Trustee does not intend to dismiss your case, it will proceed to discharge.
What happens if I incur debt after my filing?
You will be responsible for paying any debts that you incur after the date of your case filing.
What is an Adversary Proceeding and what do I do if one gets filed on my case?
An adversary case occurs if a creditor disputes the dischargability of a debt. This is a separate complaint and court proceeding than your Chapter 7 case. An example of a complaint would be credit card use (typically in excess of $600.00 and/or a major purchase) 90 days prior to case filing. As a safeguard, we go through a list of questions with you before we file your case so as to avoid adversaries.
Pursuant to our fee agreement, we are not retained to handle adversaries and/or contested matters. If you wish to engage our services to handle an adversary, please make an appointment to discuss your options. While the consultation to discuss these options is free, the typical retainer to handle an adversary is $1,500 – $2,000.00.
- If you are a member of a credit union and owe money to that union, you will want to get any money out before your case is filed. Once the credit union receives notice of your bankruptcy, they can and will take money from your account in order to pay on a debt that you owe to them.
- Do not transfer, sell or give any real property or personal property until six months after your bankruptcy has been discharged
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