Dearborn Heights Bankruptcy Attorney

Dearborn Heights Bankruptcy Attorney – The Hilla Law Firm, PLLC: A Michigan Bankruptcy Law Firm

Dearborn Heights Bankruptcy Attorney: It is the mission of The Hilla Law Firm, PLLC to provide quality of legal and customer service  as a Michigan Bankruptcy Law Firm to all Dearborn Heights residents.


Dearborn Heights, Michigan is a corporate centerpiece of the Detroit Metro area, as well as an area embracing a high level of cultural diversity with a strong working-class background. It is a part of the Detroit Metro area that is, one on hand, central to the region geographically while, on the other hand, setting itself apart from the rest of metro Detroit with its diversity.

Why would Dearborn Heights residents consider filing for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy?

Why Consider Filing for Bankruptcy with the Dearborn Heights Bankruptcy Attorneys of The Hilla Law Firm?

Different Types of Bankruptcies

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

A Chapter 7 bankruptcy is the form of personal bankruptcy sometimes called a “straight” or “liquidation” bankruptcy. This is because a Chapter 7 accomplishes one very straightforward outcome: the liquidation of 100% of your dischargeable debt and the cessation of all collection activities, including garnishment, lawsuits, foreclosure, repossession or seizure of vehicles, and more.

Although there are some forms of debt that can’t be discharged by a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, Chapter 7 will otherwise allow you to walk away from unmanageable debt without the need to repay any of it and without the need to fear ongoing collections attempts by your creditors or even taxable liability a result of the discharge of the debt.

Read More about Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and how an Dearborn Heights Bankruptcy Attorney like John M. Hilla can help you.

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Chapter 13 bankruptcy is a “payment plan” or “reorganization” bankruptcy in which you repay some of what you owe to your creditors accordingly to your ability to pay (rather than being required to pay what creditors tell you must be paid outside of bankruptcy). It is not a complete liquidation of debt as in a Chapter 7, although, in many cases, nearly 100% of dischargeable debt may still be discharged, depending upon your income and expenses.

A Chapter 13 is, basically, a payment plan enforced by the Federal Bankruptcy Court upon all of your creditors, whether the debt is a “dischargeable” debt like a credit card or “non-dischargeable” debt like a child support arrearage or recent income taxes owed. It is a myth that you must repay 100% of what you owe through a Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

Read More about Chapter 13 Bankruptcy and how an Dearborn Heights Bankruptcy Attorney like John M. Hilla can help you.

Michigan Bankruptcy Rates

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Rates for Dearborn Heights, Michigan

The Hilla Law Firm charges a “flat-fee” for Chapter 7 bankruptcies tailored to your individual circumstances. Our lowest Chapter 7 flat-fee is market consistent for the Detroit area, but the fee may be higher in an individual case if it offers a higher level of complexity, involving issues of corporation ownership, tax debt to be discharged, an ongoing divorce, significant non-exemptible assets, multiple real estate properties, and other issues.

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Rates for Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Our rates for Chapter 13 bankruptcies are not billed as “flat-fees” the way that Chapter 7 bankruptcies are. For Chapter 13 bankruptcies, The Hilla Law Firm bills hourly according to the number of hours required for the cases at Attorney John M. Hilla’s current hourly rate, which is favorably affordable in comparison with many other bankruptcy attorneys in the Detroit Metro area.

For Chapter 13 bankruptcies, although we may require a small retainer, it is usually less than you would pay us before filing for a Chapter 7—and then the balance of the fees are paid to us by the Bankruptcy Court, out of the payments you make in your Chapter 13 plan.

Free Initial Consultations

We offer free initial consultations with Dearborn Heights Bankruptcy Attorney John M. Hilla for appointments in our conveniently located Southfield office.

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