Entries by Jeff Mapes

1st Annual Scholarship Winner

We would like to congratulate Julia Krueger for winning the Mapes Law Offices Scholarship, a $1,000 award. Julia is attending Loyola University Chicago and is pursuing a major in chemistry and a minor in German. In her essay “All Aloan: My Childhood Struggle With Debt”, Julia poignantly described her own childhood conflicts with debt, growing […]

What Are The Negative Consequences To Filing For Bankruptcy?

Before you decide if you need to file for bankruptcy, it’s best to know what to expect when you do. Everything from the process to the negative consequences, will help you decide if this step is right for you. Many times, it’s easy for people to choose to file for bankruptcy because their financial situation […]

What Are the Steps for Filing for Bankruptcy?

If you’re thinking of filing for bankruptcy, the process can seem really overwhelming. You may not know what to expect, how long the process will take or how it will affect your life moving forward. Knowing the answers to these questions will help you make your decision and will relieve some stress in the days […]

What Is It Like To Declare Bankruptcy?

Filing for bankruptcy can be a scary thing, but when the debt keeps mounting and you can’t see a way out, it may be your best option. Taking fear out of the equation makes the process much easier. Most fear comes from the unknown. What will bankruptcy mean for your life, your reputation and your […]

Divorce & Bankruptcy

They say that some of the hardest things to go through in life include divorce and bankruptcy. And if you’re facing both, it can feel extremely overwhelming. Many questions and concerns arise when discussing bankruptcy and divorce, especially because you have another party to think about, one that you might not be getting along with. […]

Mapes Added to State Bar of Michigan Task Force

I am honored and proud to announce to everyone that I have been asked to be a member of the State Bar of Michigan’s 21st Century Law Practice Task Force. This group will be focusing specifically on the licensing of foreign (non-US) attorneys and specialty non-JD legal service delivery providers, as well as any ethical issues that may […]