Overland Park Bankruptcy Lawyer

Help Filing for Bankruptcy in Kansas

The bankruptcy court process is something no one wants to deal with, but at the same time, filing for bankruptcy should never be stigmatized. Bankruptcy proceedings provide a way for people to get a fresh start, while still allowing creditors to be made whole. Kansas bankruptcy attorney Sarah Sypher offers several ways of working with the Bankruptcy Court to help you start over.  If you need help from a bankruptcy attorney in Kansas, you can call Sarah Sypher Attorney at Law.

How We Can Help

At [Site:BusinessName], we offer a free consultation to discuss your situation and explore your options. With over 17 years of experience, we are dedicated to providing personalized and effective legal representation. Contact us at (913) 372-3556 to schedule your consultation and learn how we can assist you in resolving your debt-related concerns.

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy—A lot of people are one really bad break away from a financial crisis. It could be medical, it could be a layoff, or it could be divorce. Whatever the cause, people find their world spinning out of control as debt piles up. Don’t despair! Bankruptcy laws offer realistic solutions for shedding yourself of unsecured debt. While Chapter 7 won’t eliminate every debt, it will give you a realistic path to beginning again. 

Chapter 13 BankruptcyThe financial crisis that life has handed you is serious, but you are still able to make some payments. You just need a break from the creditors who can’t stop calling or sending letters demanding money you don’t have. Chapter 13 bankruptcy allows you to consolidate debt under the direction of a single, court-approved trustee. You make one payment—to the trustee. The trustee decides how it gets distributed. The creditors have to get off your back. 

Collection Lawsuits—Your creditor has escalated from calling or sending letters to suing you for their money. You may still owe them the money, but you also have legal rights. The time to exercise those rights is now, before a court authorizes a creditor to take more serious action to satisfy the debt.  

Garnishment—One of the steps a court might authorize is for a creditor to have your wages garnished. Wage garnishment is “limited” to 25 percent of your paycheck. But how many people can afford to lose a quarter of their income? This is especially true if you have children, other creditors and are juggling several expenses that must be met. You have legal options to stop garnishment, but there is no time to lose in acting. 

Stop Vehicle Repossession—A car payment is a lag on the monthly budget of many people and it’s not hard to fall behind. When that happens, the lender can secure the right to repossess the car, sell it and then still keep pursuing you for any remaining balance on the loan. How are you going to make a living and pay the debt if you don’t have a car? It’s time to consider the legal mechanisms you have that can stop repo. 

Prevent Foreclosure—If losing your car is serious business, how much more serious is being faced with the loss of your home? We know that if you could make your mortgage current, you would. Our job is to help you exercise your legal rights to create a manageable financial landscape, and to work towards keeping you in your home. 

No one should ever face bankruptcy alone. Call Overland Park bankruptcy attorney Sarah Sypher today at (913) 372-3556 or send her a note online.

Our Services

  • Chapter 13
    Chapter 13
  • Chapter 7
    Chapter 7
  • Collection Lawsuits
    Collection Lawsuits
  • Foreclosure Prevention
    Foreclosure Prevention
  • Student Debt Management
    Student Debt Management
  • Tax Debt & Liens
    Tax Debt & Liens
  • Vehicle Repossession
    Vehicle Repossession
  • Wage Garnishment
    Wage Garnishment

Tax Debts & Liens— When a government agency—be it the Internal Revenue Service, the Kansas Department of Revenue, or your local municipality—want their money, they express it through a lien on one or more of your assets. Liens are not easy to deal with, and cannot be made to disappear, but a responsible handling of the bankruptcy process can at least make them manageable. 

Student Debt Management—Most people needed some type of financial help to pay for their college education. The economic opportunities available have often failed to provide the income necessary to pay off student debt. No bankruptcy lawyer in Overland Park can promise to make these loans disappear, but a good one can lead the way in creating a way out. 

Sarah founded her practice in 2005. Over the 17+ ensuing years, she has devoted herself exclusively to helping consumers facing bankruptcy. That deep experience helps her to see solutions and opportunities that others might miss. As a skilled bankruptcy attorney in Overland Park, KS, Sarah brings a combination of legal savvy and personal compassion to each and every client. 

Can I File Bankruptcy If Someone Sues Me?

If someone sues you in Kansas, you may still have the option to file for bankruptcy, depending on your specific circumstances. Whether bankruptcy can stop a lawsuit altogether depends on the situation. If the lawsuit involves money or property, bankruptcy may stop the lawsuit. However, if the lawsuit involves civil matters, filing for bankruptcy may temporary pause or suspend it through the automatic stay.

Below are other ways that bankruptcy can protect you if you have been sued:

  • Debt discharge: Depending on the type of bankruptcy you file, you may be eligible for a debt discharge. In Chapter 7 bankruptcy, eligible unsecured debts can be discharged, meaning you are no longer legally obligated to repay them. In Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you can create a repayment plan to repay a portion of your debts over time.
  • Potential resolution of the lawsuit: Filing for bankruptcy can potentially lead to the resolution of the lawsuit filed against you. If the debt related to the lawsuit is dischargeable, it can be eliminated through the bankruptcy process. This can provide a fresh start and relieve the financial burden associated with the lawsuit.

If you have been sued or a lawsuit has been filed against you regarding your debt, It's important to consult with an experienced bankruptcy attorney in Kansas to evaluate your specific situation and determine the best course of action. At Law Office of Sarah Sypher LLC, we can assess whether bankruptcy is a viable option for you and guide you through the process, including dealing with the lawsuit and protecting your rights.

Don’t face bankruptcy alone. Call our bankruptcy attorney in Overland Park today at (913) 372-3556 or send a note online. Sarah offers free consultations and, if schedules permit, will meet you the same day you reach out.

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  • 17+ Years of Experience
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • It depends. You don’t have to pay those debts that will be discharged during the bankruptcy process such as credit card debts and other unsecured debts. You should keep paying your mortgage or car payments, if you want to keep your house and car, but if you are behind on those payments, we can advise you how to keep them without having to get caught up. We can advise you about which bills you should pay and which ones you don't have to pay.
  • Most people are expecting a tax refund to help pay bills, make extra payments on credit cards or other debt, or get caught up on late payments. The good news is this – you can file for bankruptcy, eliminate your debt and KEEP your tax refund! Since everyone’s situation is different, there is no simple way to walk you through this process without a consultation. In your free consultation with Sarah Sypher, you will learn how to plan ahead so you can keep your tax refund and still eliminate or reduce your debt. A successful bankruptcy case requires guidance and planning from an experienced bankruptcy attorney.
  • You will have to appear at one hearing about 30 days after we file your case.  It is not in a Courtroom and there is no Judge. You meet with the Bankruptcy Trustee. These hearings are currently handled over the phone and might change to Zoom in the future.

    These hearings are business-like, but relaxed and low pressure. We will represent you in this hearing and handle all other necessary tasks in your bankruptcy. We will prepare you ahead of time so you know what to expect.

  • In most cases, no. Sypher Law has helped many people avoid foreclosure and repossession. In your case, we will work to help you retain your house, vehicles and personal property while obtaining debt relief.

  • It depends if your paper publishes that kind of information. Bankruptcy filings are public information, so there is nothing stopping a newspaper from publishing the notice. There is no legal requirement that it be published.