Eastman & Smith's Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights Practice Group offers all the services needed to pursue and protect our clients' interests in bankruptcy and creditors' rights matters.

Our attorneys regularly represent financial institutions, businesses and individuals throughout Ohio and Michigan in creditors' rights matters beginning as early as an initial demand for payment and continuing through execution on a judgment. We also prosecute foreclosure and replevin actions to recover collateral and actions for the appointment of receivers. Of course, we also defend our clients against debtor counterclaims where they arise.

Our attorneys also represent clients routinely in bankruptcy court to protect their interests through proofs of claim, reaffirmation agreements, motions for relief from stay, and plan reviews and objections. We also represent creditors in adversary proceedings, including both prosecution of claims for non-dischargeability of a debt and defense of preferential transfer claims brought by bankruptcy trustees against our clients.

To augment our strength in these areas and expand our geographic scope, we participate in a strategic alliance with Kilpatrick & Associates, P.C., a highly-regarded Michigan law firm with national experience in the areas of bankruptcy and creditors' rights. Our alliance helps both firms, on a case-by-case basis and subject to advance client approval, provide a broader array of services by utilizing the depth and experience of both firms as and when needed. Kilpatrick & Associates, a minority-owned firm, serves its clients from offices in Auburn Hills and Detroit, Michigan, and its attorneys are admitted in Michigan state and federal courts. Its founder, Richardo I. Kilpatrick, is a nationally-recognized bankruptcy attorney, a former chair of the American Bankruptcy Institute and a member of the Judicial Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules.

The bottom line is to provide our clients with the full spectrum of creditors' rights and bankruptcy skills necessary to protect their interests. Contact one of our attorneys to discuss how we can help you.

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