What Is The Automatic Stay?

Helping You Understand Your Debt Relief Options

Managing significant debt can be incredibly stressful, whether the source of that debt is credit card bills, medical bills, student loans or more. For many, adding to this stress is constant harassment from creditors and collection agencies.

At Grainger Hawley & Shinbaum Legal Services, we help individuals and families throughout Prattville and Alabama understand their options to relieve their debt. When bankruptcy is the best option, we discuss what the automatic stay is and how this can provide immediate protection and benefits.

What Does The Automatic Stay Do?

As soon as you file bankruptcy, whether Chapter 7 or Chapter 13, the automatic stay goes into effect. The benefits of the automatic stay are vast and include:

  • Stopping harassing phone calls from creditors, collection agencies and more
  • Preventing court actions against you, whether already in progress or not
  • Blocking wage garnishments
  • Remaining in effect for the entire bankruptcy legal process
  • Allowing you to take legal action against creditors that violate this provision

Simply put, the automatic stay gives you the freedom to navigate the bankruptcy process and develop a plan that works for you without immediate fear of creditors taking action against you.

How An Attorney Can Provide Value

Prior to filing bankruptcy, you may have serious concerns and goals for your future financial stability. You may fear the foreclosure of your home, the repossession of your car or valuable possessions, the shutting off of your electricity or other utilities and more. Upon meeting with us, our attorneys will get to know you and your goals. We then will identify a strategy to pursue these goals when feasible.

In many cases, the automatic stay provides a short-term solution to accomplish some of your most pressing goals, like keeping your home or car. We will tell you how the automatic stay may benefit your unique situation, while also proactively considering other long-term options.

Discuss Your Situation With Us

Learn how the automatic stay could benefit you by speaking with our experienced lawyer, Bradley Hawley. Schedule a consultation at our Prattville office by calling 334-361-7750 or by sending us an email.

We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code.

Attorney Brad Hawley

Attorney Brad HawleyAttorney Brad Hawley possesses years of practical experience focused on bankruptcy, civil and criminal defense. He has prosecuted and defended clients in state court, and is a former enlisted member of the United States Army. Brad is driven by his desire to help people that have been hurt by the legal system, and is dedicated to fixing injustices he sees around him. [ Attorney Bio ]

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