Entries by Jeff Mapes


I know, it’s a pain in the butt to take time out of your day and go see an attorney. Especially a bankruptcy attorney. Nobody ever wants to come see me, if I had feelings, they would be hurt, but I’m a lawyer, so my feelings were removed in law school. So I tell ya […]

Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is.

We’re good. That’s not bragging, just a statement of fact. My office has filed thousands of bankruptcies for people all over Michigan and delivered results. I am so confident that we can win you a bankruptcy discharge that I’m now offering a money back guarantee. If you hire us and we file your Chapter 7 […]

Retired and Bankrupt

Recently the New York Times reported on the surge of bankruptcy filings among retirees. You can find the article here. Retirees now face the perfect storm of vanishing pensions, longer waits for social security benefits, and surging healthcare costs. Over the past decade of representing consumers in bankruptcy, I can say one of the most heartbreaking […]

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 […]