Bankruptcy Attorney Sean L. Campbell, Lawyer in Okemos Michigan, working with clients in Lansing, Jackson, Grand Rapids, Brighton, Holt, Okemos, East Lansing, and other Mid Michigan towns.Offices of Lawyer Sean L. Campbell, Bankruptcy Lawyer for Mid Michigan


Law Offices of
Sean L. Campbell

We are a Debt Relief Agency helping people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code
Lansing
4125 Okemos #21
Okemos, MI 48864
Phone: 517-719-6209
Fax: 517-853-9761
Brighton
822 E. Grand River
Brighton, MI 48116
Phone: 810-588-9498
Fax: 517-853-9761
Jackson
209 E. Washington #301-F
Jackson, MI 49201
Phone: 517-719-6209
Fax: 517-853-9761
Grand Rapids
601 3 Mile Rd.
Grand Rapids, MI 49544
Phone: 616-453-3114
Fax: 517-853-9761
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What should I do when I cannot repay my debts?
First, consult an attorney to discuss your options. If you need to file bankruptcy you should stop using your credit cards. You can keep certain assets in a bankruptcy. Many individuals find that they can keep all of their property and discharge their unsecured debt. Do not transfer your assets to family or friends. The transfer may be considered a fraudulent transfer, and you could lose both the property and your right to a bankruptcy discharge.
What is bankruptcy?
Bankruptcy is a federal law which allows the discharge of unsecured debts, and stops collection procedures. It is designed to provide a fresh start.
Does my spouse have to file?
No. If debts are in one spouses name only then there is no need for the other spouse to file. However, if you have joint debts, the creditor can collect against the non filing spouse.
Can you help me via phone?
Under the new bankruptcy law an attorney is not able to provide bankruptcy advice on the phone. Please take advantage of our FREE 1/2 hour initial consultation. Call 517-719-6209 for an appointment, or use our on-line Contact Form
Can I keep any credit cards?
In some cases you may be able to keep some credit cards if the creditor agrees. Some creditors allow you to retain the card and some credit if you reaffirm, or agree to repay the balance at the time of filing.
Will my landlord and employer find out about the bankruptcy?
Although bankruptcy petitions are public records, under normal circumstances your employer and landlord will not know you filed. If the landlord or employer are creditors you will have to list them in the schedules and they will receive notice of the filing.
How is a bankruptcy started?
You will meet with the attorney and fill out forms. You will provide your attorney with information he or she will use to prepare the bankruptcy forms.
Will I have to go to court?
Approximately one month after filing you will need to attend a hearing conducted by the bankruptcy trustee. The meeting is called the First Meeting of Creditors. Many creditors do not appear at this meeting, but some may. The trustee and your creditors have an opportunity to ask you questions about your assets, income, expenses, and other matters.
What are the advantages?
Your creditors cannot continue to collect on the debt. This means they cannot telephone you about past due payments, begin or continue a lawsuit or begin or continue garnishments.
What are the disadvantages?
The fact you filed bankruptcy will stay on your credit report for a period of ten years. Many people are able to obtain credit, even mortgages within that ten year period.

There are limits on the amount and type of property you can keep.
What should I bring to our meeting?
A form, Financial Questions You Will Be Asked, is available to assist you in preparing your information for your initial meeting. Pay stubs and your income tax returns from the past two years

All bills you owe including those you wish to pay, including student loans:
  • Include mailing address
  • Account number
  • The amount you owe
Your residential addresses for the past two years

A list of any bank accounts you closed in the last year.

A list of any property you sold in the past year including the date of the sale, to whom it was sold, and the amount received from the sale.

The payoff on your home and any automobiles you are financing.

Copy of the title to all vehicles and mobile homes

A copy of any lawsuits or judgments either pending or closed within the past year.

A recorded copy of the mortgage to your home.

The declaration page of insurance on your house and car.
What if I received a Notice of Foreclosure?
Many times we are able to prepare a Chapter 13 plan which will allow you time to bring the payments current, and stop the foreclosure. However, the bankruptcy must be filed prior to the foreclosure sale.
What is the difference between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13?
A Chapter 7 allows a person to discharge their unsecured debt. A Chapter 7 is commenced by filing a "petition" with the bankruptcy court in the district where you live or have a business for the past 180 days or the greater part thereof. The debtor discloses all of his or her assets and debts and to turn over non exempt property to the trustee who liquidates it and pays the creditors. The debtor receives a discharge of all dischargeable debts.

A Chapter 13 is a wage earners plan. In a chapter 13, you must reside, have a domicile, a place of business, or property in the United States or a municipality, have a regular source of income, and on the date the petition is filed owe less than $250,000 in unsecured debt and less than $750,000 in secured debts.
Are all debts discharged?
Some debts are not discharged or "forgiven". Some of these debts are:
  • Debts you forget to list in your bankruptcy papers
  • Child support and alimony
  • Debts for personal injury or death caused by driving while intoxicated
  • Most student loans
  • Fines and penalties incurred for breaking the law, such as traffic tickets and criminal fines and restitution
  • Most tax debts: although some tax debts can be cancelled and some can be paid under a Chapter 13 plan
  • Debts incurred by fraud or misrepresentation
What if my question is not answered here?
You can call the Law Office of Sean L. Campbell at 517-719-6209 or use our online Contact Form today either schedule a free initial consultation or ask additional questions.
DISCLAIMER:
The information contained on this page is not to be construed as legal advise, and does not create a attorney-client relationship. Bankruptcy law is very complicated, and you should always consult an attorney before taking any action.
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Lansing
4125 Okemos #21
Okemos, MI 48864
Phone: 517-719-6209
Fax: 517-853-9761
Brighton
822 E. Grand River
Brighton, MI 48116
Phone: 810-588-9498
Fax: 517-853-9761
Jackson
209 E. Washington #301-F
Jackson, MI 49201
Phone: 517-719-6209
Fax: 517-853-9761
Grand Rapids
601 3 Mile Rd.
Grand Rapids, MI 49544
Phone: 616-453-3114
Fax: 517-853-9761
We are a Debt Relief Agency helping people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code


Serving the Mid Michigan towns of Okemos, Lansing, Haslett, Mason, Holt, East Lansing, Grand Ledge, Bath, St. Johns, DeWitt, Perry, Owosso, Corunna and the Michigan counties of Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Ingham, Ionia, Jackson, Kent, Lenawee, Livingston, Mason, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oakland, Ottawa, Shiawassee and Washtenaw.

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