In this Game of Life, Filing for Bankruptcy is a Serious Move

It is one thing to overextend your credit on family game night, but to do it in the real world can lead to serious implications. If you’re facing overwhelming debt and the only foreseeable solution is filing for bankruptcy, turn to our firm for trusted guidance.

At Atkinson Law, our attorneys have extensive experience navigating Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases. We know the ins and outs of the laws governing bankruptcy in the state of Maryland, we are prepared to advise you or your small business on the best course of action for how to move forward. From our office in Baltimore, we serve clients in Towson, Bel Air, White Marsh, and Parkville.

Start By Taking a Financial Inventory

If you’re feeling like you can’t get ahead of your bills, the first thing you should do is take a financial inventory. Make a list of all of your debts and the amounts owed. Then, take a look at the assets you have and your monthly income. If your debt outweighs your assets, you should speak with a bankruptcy lawyer to discuss your options.

Then, Determine if Bankruptcy is Right for You

Speaking with a legal professional about your debt is the best way to determine if filing for bankruptcy is the right choice for you. At our firm, we take your case personally. Our priority is getting to know the details of your circumstances so we can lead you down the path that best fits your needs.



Which Chapter Should You File?

If you find that bankruptcy is the best solution for you, the next step is to discover which chapter you should file.

  • Chapter 7: This form of bankruptcy involves liquidating your assets and using the money to pay your creditors. As long as you remain current with the payments on the assets you want to keep, like your home or car, you may be able to maintain ownership of them.

  • Chapter 13: This process is more of a reorganization of debt. When you file for Chapter 13, you’ll pay off your debts over a period of up to five years, and still maintain ownership of your property and possessions. However, the court must approve your repayment plan and your monthly budget.

Get the Personalized Advice You Deserve

If you are considering filing for bankruptcy, turn to a firm where you’ll be treated like family. Turn to us. At Atkinson Law, we deliver professional guidance with a personal touch. Our attorneys dedicate the time and attention necessary to gain a full picture of all the assets you own, including material possessions. Yes—that house in Aruba does, in fact, qualify as an asset, even though it’s out of the country. That full-length mink coat and designer handbag both qualify as assets.

Once we have a comprehensive understanding of your property and possessions, we can provide a recommendation for how you should proceed. Our ultimate goal is to help you secure a ruling that will get you out of debt efficiently and effectively. We may recommend a payment plan to keep you out of court, or we may determine that your best option is a straight bankruptcy. Once we’ve uncovered every aspect of your financial situation, we’ll be able to present a plan backed by meticulous detail.

Schedule a Free Consultation in Baltimore Today

You don’t need to be embarrassed or nervous about your debt. We understand that you may be facing enormous medical bills, you may have lost your job, or you simply might have fallen behind on payments. We’re all human. That’s why we offer a non-judgmental environment and an empathetic ear.

Schedule a free initial consultation with us in Baltimore, Maryland, today to discuss your case. We serve individuals and small businesses throughout Baltimore County, including Towson, Bel Air, White Marsh, and Parkville.


Don’t face the possibility of filing for bankruptcy alone. Put our legal team at Atkinson Law on your side in Baltimore, Maryland. We’re a family firm that treats our clients like family, so you can trust that you’ll be met with compassion, empathy, and genuine care at every step of the process.