There are tens of thousands of licensed attorneys in Michigan, but only a handful are Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law. Many of these board certified attorneys do not represent the people filing bankruptcy (the debtors), but rather limit their practice to the representation of creditors or trustees interests in consumer bankruptcy cases. A board certified attorney is recognized as an expert and a specialist in bankruptcy law and not a general practitioner. Achieving board certification in consumer bankruptcy is not easy. To become certified, a lawyer must prove that they have significant experience in consumer bankruptcy and that they devote the majority of their practice to consumer cases. The candidate must pass rigorous written exams both on bankruptcy and ethics, and is also required to stay up to date on relevant bankruptcy law by attending continuing legal education seminars. Additionally, the attorney must demonstrate that he has litigated various complex matters and earn positive references from other fellow attorneys from both the debtor and creditor side.
More than likely, you will only file bankruptcy once in your life, if at all. There are many attorneys who dabble in bankruptcy law, but few are masters of it. Consumer bankruptcy is all I do. I have handled over 10,000 bankruptcy cases in the past 20 years and have seen just about every type of case. We never begin working on your case until after an in depth, personal, face to face consultation and then devote the time and resources needed to your individual case to insure that we navigate it through the bankruptcy courts with ease. Bankruptcy law is quite complex and is always changing and evolving, which is why I attend at least 20 hours of continuing legal education each year, even though the State Bar of Michigan requires no CLE to maintain your license. I enjoy the nuances of bankruptcy and continue to learn something new on an ongoing basis. I approach my cases not only as the role of attorney, but counselor as well. As much as I like my clients, I don’t want to see them back in bankruptcy court ever again. I want them to learn from the bankruptcy process as well, which is why I use the best credit counseling and debtor education services available and assist my clients each step of the way through the process and afterwards to really get the most of their fresh start, free from the burden of overwhelming debt.
Attorney Walter Metzen is a board certified specialist in consumer bankruptcy law and focuses his practice on handling individual bankruptcy and consumer debt matters with attention to detail and individualized service. If you are considering filing a personal bankruptcy case in the metro Detroit area, be assured that my office will thoroughly evaluate your particular case and advise you accordingly to achieve the maximum benefit the federal bankruptcy laws can provide. Call 313-962-4656 or 800-398-DEBT or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to meet with a bankruptcy lawyer and get answers to your questions specifically tailored to your specific financial concerns.