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Helping You Get a Fresh Financial Start in Merrillville

Solutions for those facing money crises in Lake County and Porter County

Most people who file bankruptcy in Indiana do so because an event such as job loss, divorce or illness has put them into a financial hole. At the Law Office of Weiss, Schmidgall and Hires, P.C.,, in Merrillville, Indiana, our job is to give you a fresh financial start by wiping out as much of your debt as possible. For over a decade, our clients have trusted us to give diligent, intelligent and experienced legal advice when financial disasters hit.

What is the purpose of bankruptcy law?

If you’re struggling with crushing debt issues, one option is to file a bankruptcy petition under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. For tough times like those you currently face, the bankruptcy laws allow consumers a legal way to rescue themselves — Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy, the two forms of bankruptcy generally permitted to individuals and families.

Chapter 7 bankruptcies discharge — or forgive — the debts that you’ve incurred over time, although there are income and other requirements that a Law Office of Weiss, Schmidgall and Hires, P.C., attorney can guide you through. Chapter 13 bankruptcies, on the other hand, are typically used to extend the time to pay debts, such as mortgage payments  and car payments.

Business owners, both large and small, also have an option of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13.

Our law firm provides a full range of bankruptcy and debt counseling services

Since a bankruptcy can immediately stop harassment from creditors and debt collectors, pause student loans, stay holdovers and repair credit.

  • The bankruptcy process: Read about what to expect when you file.
  • Chapter 7 bankruptcy: Chapter 7 bankruptcy is designed to wipe out unsecured debts such as credit card bills, payday loans and medical bills.
  • Chapter 13 bankruptcy: Chapter 13 bankruptcy is similar to a debt consolidation, except creditors can’t say no.
  • Business owner bankruptcy: We help Indiana business owners deal with personal debt.
  • Bankruptcy and divorce: If you find yourself in the midst of both these problems, we can help.
  • Bankruptcy and relief from medical bills: One of the most common types of debt faced by consumers is medical debt.
  • Car repossession defense: If your car has been repossessed by your lender, you are still responsible for the loan. See our lawyers for help.
  • Debt collections defense: When a debt is sold to a collection agency, documentation errors may actually make it essentially uncollectible.
  • Debt consolidation: Debt consolidation, along with loan modification, could be an alternative to filing bankruptcy.
  • Stopping creditor harassment: Once you file for bankruptcy, an automatic stay immediately puts a stop to phone calls and threatening letters from creditors.
  • Stopping wage garnishments: Filing bankruptcy will put an immediate stop to a wage garnishment.

Experience life without debt — contact us today

If you’re struggling with bills and don’t know where to turn, reaching out to the bankruptcy attorneys at the Law Office of Weiss, Schmidgall and Hires, P.C.,, based in Merrillville, Indiana can be a first step to life without fear. Our initial consultation is free as we want you to feel comfortable as we find the best way forward. Located just a few blocks north of the Merrillville courthouse, we serve clients throughout Indiana and in Lake County, Porter County, Laporte County Starke County and Jasper County.

Contact us online today or call our office at 219-293-8988. Don’t delay — get the new start you deserve.

We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code.

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Christopher R. Schmidgall

For more than ten years, Christopher Schmidgall has protected the lives of people who find themselves caught in the tangled machinery of criminal prosecution. With the skill and determination he’s demonstrated throughout his life, Chris offers them the help they need to get their lives back in order. Not long after graduating from Valparaiso...

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Amanda C. Hires

Following a remarkably accomplished academic career, Amanda Hires applied her record of success to servicing good people facing difficult situations. She served as a volunteer at the New Orleans Public Defender’s Office and worked intensively with prosecutors and defense attorneys while under the guidance of Judge Sheila Moss at the Lake County Superior Court...

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Jessica McPheeters

Jessica McPheeters is an associate attorney with her primary focus being in Estate Planning, Probate, Business Formation and Planning, and other general practice matters. Jessica received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics from Ball State University in 2014. Jessica then received her Juris Doctor from Valparaiso University School of Law...

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