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Davenport Bankruptcy Attorneys | Debt Resolution Lawyers, Davenport

Facing financial difficulties? An Iowa bankruptcy attorney can guide you through the process, providing relief and a fresh start. Let them help you navigate this challenging journey with compassion and understanding.
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"Kevin was extremely professional, responsive and knowledgeable when I came to him for help. I would definitely recommend O'Flaherty Law!"

How can our Davenport Bankruptcy Attorneys help you?

We believe your attorney should not speak in legalese

Finding an attorney who is a “real person” can be difficult. Many attorneys surround themselves almost exclusively with other attorneys and are accustomed to speaking in ivory tower legalese.  You should be able to connect with your attorney on a personal level, and he or she should speak to you in plain language that you can understand.  You will be working very closely with this person on issues that are very important to you. It is important that he or she be down-to-earth and someone that you connect with.

We believe your attorney should be accessible

The most common complaint that clients have of their attorneys is that the attorney is unreachable, does not communicate with them regularly, or does not promptly return your calls.  Your attorney should reach out to you about your case regularly and respond within 24 hours to calls and e-mails.  An open line of communication between you and your attorney is essential to building trust.

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We believe your attorney should be realistic with you about costs and outcomes

Your attorney’s goal should not be to win at all costs.  Rather, it should be to achieve a favorable outcome for you as efficiently as possible.  It is important that your attorney set realistic expectations at the outset as to the costs you should expect, the concerns that the attorney has about the outcome of your case, and the length of time that you should expect your case to take.

Regardless of the nature of your case, we have an experienced attorney who will focus on your individual needs. Our team of attorneys works closely together, bringing each of their different fields of experience to bear in order to optimize our client care.

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Christi M.

Kevin's firm handled setting up my will and trust recently. They took something that seemed intimidating and made it easy to understand. I've also referred a couple clients to Kevin - he's trustworthy, approachable and very fairly priced.


"I've used Kevin and his firm's services since 2011. He gave undivided attention to my cases, advised me on different options and..."

Rachel B.

"Kevin was extremely professional, responsive and knowledgeable when I came to him for help. I would definitely recommend O'Flaherty Law!"

About Davenport Bankruptcy Attorneys:

Understanding Chapter 7 with a Davenport Iowa Bankruptcy Attorney

When you're considering bankruptcy, a Chapter 7 filing with the help of a Davenport Iowa bankruptcy attorney can be a viable option. This route helps eliminate most unsecured debts. However, it's crucial to understand that certain debts like student loans, taxes, and child support are not dischargeable. If you're overwhelmed with debt and seeking a clean slate, Chapter 7 could offer the relief you need, allowing you to manage or even discharge your secured debts.

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: A Structured Approach

Unlike Chapter 7, Chapter 13 bankruptcy, guided by a bankruptcy attorney in Davenport Iowa, involves a repayment plan. This option suits you if you have a steady income and wish to protect assets like your home from foreclosure. Over 3 to 5 years, you'll make structured payments to catch up on arrears, potentially saving your home and reorganizing your finances. This path also offers the possibility of discharging certain debts not eligible under Chapter 7.

Life After Bankruptcy: A Fresh Start

Filing for bankruptcy, with the assistance of bankruptcy attorneys, puts an immediate stop to collection efforts, foreclosures, and evictions. Most importantly, it offers a chance to wipe the slate clean. While some debts like alimony and certain taxes remain, the majority of your debts could be discharged, giving you the breathing space you need. Post-bankruptcy, it's possible to rebuild your credit, opening up opportunities for a brighter financial future. Your attorney will guide you through every step, ensuring you make informed decisions for your financial well-being.

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What to Expect From a Legal Consultation

The purpose of a consultation is to determine whether our firm is a good fit for your legal needs. Although we often discuss expected results and costs, our attorneys do not give legal advice unless and until you choose to retain us.

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Davenport, IA 52801

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I am personally committed to ensuring that each one of our clients receives the highest level of client service from our team.  Our mission is to provide excellent legal work in a cost-effective manner while maintaining open lines of communication between our clients and their attorneys.  Many of our clients are going through difficult times in their lives when they reach out to us.  They should feel comfortable leaning on the experience and knowledge of our attorneys as their counselors and advocates.  We are here to help!

- Attorney Kevin O'Flaherty, Owner

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What Can You Keep After a Bankruptcy in Davenport?

Keeping your home or vehicle often depends on how much equity you have in each piece asset.  For example, the equity in a property is determined by the most current resale value minus the principle balance of any loans secured by the property. 

If you do file for the bankruptcy, the trustee will seek collection of your assets to fulfill your debts.  The Bankruptcy Code and laws in Davenport states that a portion of equity in particular types of property can be exempt from collection.  These exceptions on the property you decide to keep in order to avoid the trustee collecting them on your behalf.  For example:

  • You are allowed to keep $2,400.00 of equity in your vehicles ($4,800.00 for a married couple filing jointly)
  • You are allowed to keep $15,000.00 of equity in your primary residence ($30,000.00 for a married couple filing jointly); 
  • There is a $4,000.00 wildcard exemption that you can apply to any property of your choice ($8,000.00 for a married couple). 

Read an article from our Davenport bankruptcy attorneys about keeping your property during Davenport bankruptcy proceedings.

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Davenport Chapter 7 Bankruptcies: What Happens at the First Meeting of Creditors?

Once our Davenport bankruptcy attorneys file your bankruptcy petition, we accompany you to the “First Meeting of Creditors.”  While this seems intimidating, it's misleading considering creditors rarely attend these meetings.  This meeting is between you, your attorney and the bankruptcy trustee assigned to your case. The trustee asks you preliminary questions and may do the following:

  • Confirm your identity through a photo ID and social security card.
  • Swear you in and put you under oath. 
  • Ask if you've reviewed your schedules before they were filed and ask you to confirm that they are true and correct.  
  • Ask if you have reviewed required notices provided by your attorney regarding bankruptcy and your alternatives. 

Once these questions are put on record and established, the trustee asks you questions regarding your schedules and finances. You can read a transcript of the bankruptcy trustee's usual questions here. ​Once the trustee enters a finding stating that you have no non-exempt assets for collection on your behalf they will recommend  your debts be released.  Once this happens, the case will close for a brief period.  During this time creditors have the right to object to the discharge, which seems intimidating but rarely happens.Read more about the First Meeting of Creditors.

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