Category Archives: Michigan

Where Is my 341 Meeting Held if I Live in the Eastern District of Michigan?

The location of your 341 Meeting of Creditors hearing depends both upon your county of residence and whether you are filing a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy in Michigan.

Click here to read more about 341 meeting location in the Eastern District of Michigan on the new Michigan Bankruptcy Blog of Michigan bankruptcy attorneys The Hilla Law Firm, PLLC.

Wherever you are located in Michigan, if you are considering filing for bankruptcy, please feel free to contact me at (866) 674-2317 or john@hillalaw.com to schedule a free, initial consultation.

How Is My Family Pet Treated in Bankruptcy

Pets must be listed and valued along with the rest of your property and assets in a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition—but so can the expense related to the pet ownership, which can be advantageous.

Click here to read more about pets in bankruptcy on the new Michigan Bankruptcy Blog of Michigan Bankruptcy Attorneys The Hilla Law Firm, PLLC.

If you are a southeast Michigan resident interested in filing for bankruptcy, please feel free to contact me at (866) 674-2317 or john@hillalaw.com to schedule a free, initial consultation.

I Signed an Auto Loan Reaffirmation Agreement in my Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, So Now What?

A reaffirmation agreement is, as I’ve written here before, a separate agreement that you may have the option to sign in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy that, essentially, puts you back on the hook for the “reaffirmed” debt as if you had never filed for bankruptcy at all. A Chapter 7 bankruptcy discharges ALL debts owed (except for those deemed to be non-dischargeable by the US Bankruptcy Code, such as child support arrearages or most tax debts, among others), flat-out, unless a debt is “reaffirmed.”

The reaffirmation agreement is a form document with contractual terms of the loans filled in that is provided by a creditor after filing and which requires the your signature, your attorney’s signature IF there is no “undue hardship” (more on this below), and the creditor’s signature. Once signed, it is provided to the creditor, and it is the creditor’s job to file it with the court. If filed and approved, you will be obliged to pay the debt regardless of the bankruptcy.

In most cases, I do not recommend that my bankruptcy clients here in Michigan sign reaffirmation agreements.

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What Happens in a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy if All of My Property Isn’t Exempt?

 The question of what happens in the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy process when a filing debtor’s property is NOT fully protected by the available bankruptcy exemptions is a very basic question—but the answer to that question is not one that will be easily located in any bank of public information on the subject.

Click here to read more about non-exempt property in Chapter 7 bankruptcy on the new Michigan Bankruptcy Blog of The Hilla Law Firm, PLLC.

If you are a southeast Michigan resident considering filing for bankruptcy, please feel free to contact us at (866) 674-2317 or john@hillalaw.com to schedule a free, initial consultation.

In Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Can I Protect Life Insurance Proceeds Already Received?

Life insurance proceeds already received prior to the filing of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition can be protected to the extent that they are reasonably necessary for the support of the bankruptcy filer, or their dependents.

Click here to read more about life insurance funds in Chapter 7 bankruptcy on the new Michigan Bankruptcy Blog of Michigan Bankruptcy Attorneys The Hilla Law Firm, PLLC.

If you are a southeast Michigan resident considering filing for bankruptcy, please contact us at (866) 674-2317 or john@hillalaw.com to schedule a free, initial consultation.

Michigan Bankruptcy Exemptions Found Constitutional by the Sixth Circuit

An important new decisionRichardson v. Schafer, was handed down this week by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals finding that Michigan’s bankruptcy exemptions are, in fact, Constitutional, contrary to the arguments made by Western District of Michigan Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee Thomas Richardson.

The argument centered on Michigan’s state bankruptcy exemption scheme, and, in particular, on the homestead exemption, which allows $30,000 of equity in a person’s primary residence to be exempted (that is, protected from liquidation/sale by the Chapter 7 bankruptcy Trustee), or up to $45,000 if the homeowner filing for bankruptcy is over the age of 65.

Alternatively, the Federal exemptions allow a homestead exemption of just(currently) $21,625.00.

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Can I Discharge Michigan Driver’s Responsibility Fees with Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Michigan’s driver responsibility fees are an egregiously expensive form of “administrative” punishment for those who have committed driving-related offenses that are separate from criminal penalties or fines assessed as part of a criminal sentence for an offense and separate from crime victim compensation or REPARATIONS. These fees, which are assessed after a Michigan driver receives 7 points or more against his or her license, if not paid within 30 days of assessment, can result in the loss of driving privileges. The amounts vary from offense to offense and can increase greatly if the amount owed becomes seriously delinquent.

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