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Michigan Bankruptcy Attorney Walter Metzen, Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law Michigan

Board Certified Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist Attorney in Michigan Walter Metzen

Walter Metzen is a Board Certified Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist Attorney in Michigan


The practice Consumer Bankruptcy in Michigan is a complicated and demanding area of law. Usually, when bankruptcy case is filed, it is the culmination of some unforeseen event or a series of external circumstances beyond an individual’s or married couple’s control.
Filing bankruptcy is a difficult decision and can involve some very complicated areas of law and therefore should never be handled by an inexperienced attorney. Federal bankruptcy law as provided in the US Constitution governs the practice of bankruptcy in the United States. State of Michigan law intersects the bankruptcy code in many areas. You need an attorney who is well versed in both. Because bankruptcy law is primarily federal, the American Board of Certification was created to develop an examination and a set of industry standards that can be used nationally to measure a lawyer’s competence in bankruptcy law. Many states have laws that prevent an attorney from advertising legal specialties and Michigan is one of them. Only Board Certified Bankruptcy Specialists may advertise themselves as professionals or specialists in a particular area of law.

You expect your doctor to be a specialist- expect it from your lawyer too.

Board Certification in consumer bankruptcy means that the certified attorney has met meticulous, rigorous, objective standards and has demonstrated a specialized knowledge in bankruptcy. As a person contemplating filing a bankruptcy petition, you want to make sure your lawyer is highly experienced.
The American Board of Certification’s (ABC) programs are designed to identify and recognize those attorneys in consumer or business bankruptcy who have met or exceeded rigorous certification standards relating to experience, continuing legal education, integrity, and peer review; in addition to demonstrating a sophisticated understanding of the law in their specialty area.
Certification: “A voluntary process instituted by a nongovernmental organization by which individuals are recognized for [specific], sometimes advanced, knowledge and skills.”
– National Organization for Competency Assurance, Washington, D.C.

What is The ABC?

The American Board of Certification is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the public and improving the quality of the bankruptcy bar. It is the only national bankruptcy certification program, offering certification in business and consumer bankruptcy law and creditor’s rights law. The ABC’s Business and Consumer Bankruptcy Certification Programs are accredited by the American Bar Association. The ABC is sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the Commercial Law League of America. The ABC Board of Directors consists of many of the nation’s finest bankruptcy and creditors’ rights lawyers, former judges, and law professors. ABC certification encourages bankruptcy attorneys to strive toward excellence and recognizes those attorneys who have met the ABC’s rigorous standards.

How High Are The Bankruptcy Certification Standards?

To become certified as a bankruptcy specialist by the ABC, an applicant must successfully complete a comprehensive day-long written examination covering (1) general bankruptcy law, (2) legal ethics, and (3) business or consumer bankruptcy. In addition, each applicant must show significant experience in consumer bankruptcy law matters and a substantial dedication of their practice to such matters, as well as providing professional references and participating in at least 60 hours of continuing legal education over a three-year period.

Re-certification in Bankruptcy

Initial certification is for a period of up to five years, after which certified bankruptcy attorneys must show that they continue to have active bankruptcy practice, have participated in continuing legal education, have good standing in the legal profession, and can provide peer references.

Considering hiring a Michigan bankruptcy attorney– You have a choice. 

Michigan Bankruptcy Attorney Walter Metzen

Michigan Bankruptcy Attorney Walter Metzen is a board certified consumer bankruptcy attorney practicing in the Detroit bankruptcy court.

When you are considering hiring a bankruptcy attorney in Michigan, you have a right to know which attorneys have met the ABC’s stringent standards. Why settle for anything less?
My office will provide, free of charge as part of your absolutely free initial Bankruptcy Analysis, a means test calculation to determine if you are eligible for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.  Nearly 90% of the people who walk through my door are eligible to file a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Michigan and get a permanent discharge of their debt. With Chapter 13 Bankruptcy in Michigan, we can develop an affordable repayment plan to fit every budget.
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