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The Bankruptcy Process

Navigating You Through The Bankruptcy Process to a Successful Future

Lawyers for those who want to move past their debt in Indiana

If you have questions about the bankruptcy process, it is worth your while to speak to experienced Merrillville bankruptcy attorneys in a free initial consultation. A lawyer can explain the full process and advise you about how to proceed.

At  the Law Office of Weiss, Schmidgall and Hires, P.C.,, in Merrillville, Indiana, we advise and assist clients in Lake and Porter counties of Indiana, as well as far away as South Bend and Lafayette. If filing bankruptcy is not the right course of action for you, we can counsel you about other debt relief and foreclosure defense options.

The basic bankruptcy process

In most cases, you won’t need to appear before a judge, and you never have to do it on your own. One of our attorneys will help you each step of the way. Our office will assist with preparing the necessary paperwork, obtaining credit reports, attending any hearings and handling the entire process.

In general, most bankruptcy cases consist of:

  1. Your free initial consultation, in which we will discuss your options and give you a checklist of documents to gather.
  2. An online credit counseling course, which you are required by law to complete.
  3. Filing the petition for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy.
  4. The meeting of creditors, where you and your attorney will meet with the bankruptcy trustee.
  5. A second online credit counseling course.
  6. Under Chapter 7, debts are usually discharged within three to four months of filing.
  7. Under Chapter 13, the repayment plan is usually put into place and the case closed within 36-60 months.

Learn more by contacting our Northwest Indiana credit counseling attorneys

The Law Office of Weiss, Schmidgall and Hires, P.C., can be called today at 219-293-8988 to discuss your debt problems in a free initial consultation. We offer flexible payment plans and can begin working on your bankruptcy case for as little as $100 down. Day, evening and Saturday appointments are available. Contact our firm today to schedule your consultation.

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Christopher R. Schmidgall
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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
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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
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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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