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Running, Wise & Ford has an active and extensive practice in creditors' rights, bankruptcy, and collections. As a business advocate for our clients, our attorneys successfully secure the greatest advantage in work-out transactions and bankruptcy proceedings. We regularly represent secured creditors, debtors, creditors' committees and trustees in Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 proceedings, loan work-outs, defense of preference claims, fraudulent transfer avoidance actions, reclamation claims, collection suits, foreclosure actions and related matters. We proactively work with businesses to structure transactions designed to anticipate bankruptcy problems.

Our attorneys have great expertise in commercial and real estate lending, both secured and unsecured. We successfully represent clients in complex federal and state court litigation and appeals relating to loan enforcement, commercial law, lender liability claims, fraudulent business schemes and fraudulent transfers. Our attorneys are well versed in foreclosure law, both judicial and non-judicial. Our strategies include working out-of-court with various creditor and customer constituents, preparing and filing for Chapter 11 relief and addressing issues across multiple legal disciplines. We believe it is critical to develop a well thought out and realistic plan as early in the process as possible. This approach creates realistic expectations of the various constituents to a work-out or bankruptcy and maximizes the opportunity to be successful and minimize costs.

Our firm represents many individual and corporate clients in personal and commercial disputes involving debt collection and contractual money disputes. We have extensive experience in assisting our clients collect debts and manage accounts receivable. The attorneys at Running, Wise, & Ford are extremely knowledgeable about commercial debt collection law and are skilled in pre-suit negotiation and collection litigation. We are creative in devising ways to assist our clients when their customers cannot timely pay, or choose not to pay. If necessary, our attorneys will file lawsuits against debtors and follow through with judgment collection.

For more information on the firm's Creditors' Rights and Collections practice contact us at 231-946-2700 or 1-800-968-8577.


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  • Court Considers Chapter 7 Trustee's Ability to Sell LLC Property in Sole Members Bankruptcy

    Michael I. Conlon

    A bankruptcy trustee has the right to liquidate any property of a Chapter 7 Debtor subject to claimed exemptions and liens. Does this right extend to a membership interest in an LLC where the sole member files bankruptcy? The Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan addressed this issue recently in In re Hopkins, Bankr. W.D. Mich. (Feb. 2, 2012).



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Traverse City, Michigan 49684
Phone: 231-946-2700
Toll free: 800-968-8577


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Charlevoix, MI 49720
Phone: 231-547-8990

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Frankfort, Michigan 49635
Phone: 231-352-9526
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Gaylord, MI 49735
Phone: 989-732-1152

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