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Doug Allen Bernacchi

Doug Allen Bernacchi

Doug Allen Bernacchi and Associates
  • Bankruptcy
  • Illinois, Indiana, Michigan
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Summary

My practice is about you.

Practice Area
  • Bankruptcy
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    telephone consults.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    all forms of payment accepted including paypal
  • Contingent Fees
    No fee unless recovery in personal injury and car accident cases.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    $175 for non-bankruptcy legal work.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Illinois
Indiana
Michigan
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Polish: Spoken
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Founder
Doug Allen Bernacchi and Associates
- Current
Education
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
J.D.
Activities: Student Editor of ABA Business Lawyer
University of Notre Dame
MBA
Georgetown University
B.S. / Foreign Service
Awards
Community Service Award
WRHC
Professional Associations
Illinois State Bar
Member
Current
American Board of Certificaton
Bankruptcy Specialist Certificaton
- Current
Indiana State Bar
Member
- Current
Publications
Articles & Publications
722 Redemption financing of real property could fix it.
Utah Business Journal
Speaking Engagements
None scheduled
Certifications
Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist 10 years
American Board of Certificaton
Websites & Blogs
Website
DougBernacchi.com
Website
Bankruptcy link
Legal Answers
7 Questions Answered

Q. Can I stop paying on 2 court judgments (repos) three months before I file chapter 7?
A: This is not a fair question. Can you? May you? Should you? Or are you asking if you will or could be garnished in the next 3 months? I must assume you are not eligible to file now? Can anyone predict the future? Sorry, not something anyone can really answer. So, just file sooner rather than later if you want to stop paying and are eligible to file.
Q. How long do I have to get out of my home after I file bankruptcy and give the state my home.
A: Until you get evicted...that is the simple answer.
Q. As a creditor, can I file a reaffirmation if we (the creditor) have a lien hold or default judgement from the court?
A: Yes, they are voluntary contact the debtor's counsel at once. You know the best time to call is in the am, but you can check pacer reports to see if the lawyer has court hearings. Hint call them when they aren't in court. Email address of debtor's counsel is a great way and also ask them if they will communicate with you by text. Most will today with the hope to save time.
Q. One of my neighbors passed away and did not leave a will. She claimed chapter 13, and the house is part of it.
A: This often works. I think she did the right thing if she has regular income and afford the plan payments. If not she could only be using the file to obtain cheap rent and delay the inevitable, which could have real economic value in the short run, but not address her long term need for affordable housing. I really don't like these case for widows, but find them easier for heirs who often are younger and make money or have rising incomes to keep a home they otherwise could not get financing to purchase.
Q. My brother has ALS. Combined disability and Medicaid will cover the cost of his nursing home with nothing left over.
A: He does not like need to file bankruptcy but a debtor's attorney may be able to help learn how by call me 219-879-2889. Persons in this position will not need to pay very much to get a lot of help!
Q. My husband and I bought a house with my mother. On all the paper work her name is first but it states we are equal owner
A: I agree with the answer above or below, but I had this phone call recently and "the home" was 1978 park model with lot rent. The value of the home is all that matters and whether it is financed or has liens. Always use a lawyer with years of experience when you have something to lose. Google Bankruptcy Lawyer Michiana best choice or go www.dougbernacchi.com
Q. My wife & I filed # 7. If I have Power of Attorney for her, does she have to appear at Debters meeting ?
A: You if pro se or your lawyer should ask your trustee. The Northern District of Indiana South Bend Division will allow it if the POA document provides for bankruptcy and/or fiduciary powers. It needs to be specific. If a spouse cannot appear and the POA is not adequate, sometimes Interrogatories in lieu of personal appearance will suffice. Most lawyers will charge $250.00 to prepare interrogatories, and some Trustee require a medical or job out-of-state before allowing this option. Indiana, Call 800-334-2889 to hire a lawyer if pro se or thinking of filing a new case.
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La Porte County Office:
215 W. 8th Street
P.O. Box 289
Michigan City, IN 46361-0289
USA
Telephone: (574) 210-4688
Fax: (219) 879-9554 Ext. St. Joe Co. Office
Friday and Monday Office
261 East 4th Street, PO Box 289
Michigan City, IN 46361-0289
USA
Toll-Free: (800) 334-2889
Telephone: (219) 879-2889
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