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Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

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Ohio Consumer Bankruptcy Lawyer With Offices in Columbus, Newark, Mt. Vernon, and Canton



Ohio Bankruptcy Lawyer - Helping Clients Get A Fresh Start!


Since the federal bankruptcy laws changed in 2005, many people are uncertain as to the rights afforded them under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and laws of the State of Ohio.  Although the laws make it more challenging to obtain Chapter 7 “fresh start” and Chapter 13 “repayment plan” relief, the  Ohio bankruptcy attorneys at Sheppard Law Offices, with bankruptcy office locations in Columbus (Westerville), Newark, Mt. Vernon,  and Canton Ohio can assist you in deciding which type of bankruptcy protection and relief is proper for you.


During initial consultations, I routinely inform people that there are three ways to handle their debts:

  1. Deal with the Creditors directly
  2. Consolidate unsecured debts through a debt consolidation company like Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Ohio, or
  3. File for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 Bankruptcy


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Filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy  in Columbus Ohio



Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Attorney in Ohio


Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is commonly referred to as a "Fresh Start Bankruptcy" or “liquidation” as it is the type of bankruptcy that provides debtors protection from creditors upon filing of the chapter 7 bankruptcy paperwork with the bankruptcy courts in Ohio, then ultimately discharges the debts. Chapter 7 bankruptcies typically take approximately 4-5 months to complete.  Attorney fees plus filing costs are generally $1,200 - $1,500.  Although the federal law changes in late 2005 made it more challenging to obtain Chapter 7 Bankruptcy relief, we possess the experience and knowledge to guide you through the bankruptcy process and inform you of what to expect. Many debtors find that they still do qualify to file chapter 7 bankruptcy in Ohio.


We have conveniently located attorney offices for filing chapter 7 bankruptcy in Columbus, Newark, Mt. Vernon, and Canton, Ohio. We help people to remove the stress caused by overwhelming financial and  debt troubles caused by credit card debt, student loan debt, hospital bills, student loan debt, lawsuits and judgments, tax debt, and other issues which cause a financial strain.


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Filing Chapter 13 in Central Ohio



Columbus, Ohio Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Debt Re-organization


Chapter 13 Bankruptcy is frequently referred to as “reorganization” or "debt repayment plan" and provides immediate protection from debtors upon the chapter 13 bankruptcy being filed by your attorney in the Ohio courts. Chapter 13 protection is a structured repayment plan, which over a 3-5 year period allows for your remaining unsecured debts to be discharged.  Those who do not qualify for Chapter 7 relief, normally seek Chapter 13 relief instead.


Additionally there are several other situations in which filing for a chapter 13 bankruptcy plan in Ohio would be advantageous. For instance, if you wish to keep your home, but are behind on mortgage payments and unable to catch up prior to filing bankruptcy, chapter 13 bankruptcy may be your best alternative since your mortgage can be built into your debt repayment plan. At the end of the plan, in 3-5 years, your mortgage payments will be caught up and you will continue to pay your mortgage.


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IRS, State, and Local Tax Help & Relief



As a tax attorney and taxation relief firm we represent individual and business tax clients in Ohio and throughout the nation, who are facing IRS tax liabilities, penalties, interest, audits, levies, liens, and garnishments, as well as defense of criminal tax charges. Many of the clients we represent are facing tax assessments ranging from as little as $10,000 to $500,000 or more. We have also helped clients resolve tax liability issues in excess of $1,000,000. Regardless of how small or large your tax liability may be, Sheppard Law Offices, Co., L.P.A. is ready to assist you in facing the IRS, State, or local tax authorities. In addition, to tax issues impacting divorce and family law issues, the Tax Law Firm of Sheppard Law Offices can help you with income tax preparation, IRS negotiations, and how tax liabilities are affected in bankruptcy as well.

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Tax Problems
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Sheppard Law Offices is lead by Attorney Kenneth L. Sheppard, Jr. Ken is an experienced and hardworking Ohio bankruptcy attorney and Federal tax lawyer who is surrounded by individuals committed to doing what is necessary for you, the client. The Ohio bankruptcy attorneys and taxation lawyer within Sheppard Law Offices listen and communicate with their clients on a regular basis, in order to keep them fully informed of any and all changes with their legal situation. We offer high-quality legal representation, in order to help our clients to achieve fair and satisfactory outcomes. We have bankruptcy filing offices in Columbus, Canton, Newark, and Mt. Vernon, Ohio.


Sheppard Law Offices focuses on your needs through handling Family Law, Bankruptcy and Tax cases. Mr. Sheppard is committed to providing you with an honest assessment of all aspects of your case, which will allow you to make well-informed decisions. You can trust our dedication and experience to protect your rights and interests; in court, and out.


If you are ready to discuss your case with a bankruptcy attorney or taxation lawyer, contact us for a FREE initial consultation. We will listen to you, evaluate your claim, and give you an honest assessment of your case. Let us give you the peace of mind you need and deserve.


Sheppard Law Offices practice Ohio Bankruptcy Law, and Tax Law on a National Scale, serving; Columbus, Westerville, Newark, Mount Vernon, and throughout Central Ohio communities including Franklin, Delaware, and Licking counties.


Contact Ohio Bankruptcy Lawyer Kenneth L. Sheppard, Jr. and the Mount Vernon, Newark, Canton, and Columbus, Ohio bankruptcy law offices of Sheppard Law Offices Co. to discuss your particular situation. Call today to schedule your free consultation at (614) 523-3106.



Columbus Ohio Bankruptcy Attorney and Federal Tax Lawyer Kenneth L. Sheppard, Jr."Hello. My name is Kenneth L. Sheppard, Jr. and I am the owner of Sheppard Law Offices, Co., L.P.A.


I would like to welcome you to my  website. My law firm’s primary focus is bankruptcy in Ohio and tax law for clients across the country.


I began my law practice in 2005 in the suburb of Columbus, Westerville, Ohio. Early on I realized that I had a unique talent and interest for taxation.  I quickly found that many of my tax clients were also experiencing other debt problems and financial difficulties as well. The natural progression of my law practice became concentrated in helping individuals, families, and small businesses with both bankruptcy and tax issues.


Since beginning my practice I have established four offices throughout Ohio  where I help my clients resolve issues involving Bankruptcy and Tax.


I believe that one important thing that sets me apart from every other bankruptcy attorney or tax lawyer is my kindness and respect for my clients’ particular situations. I personally know what it is like to struggle with finances and have experienced certain defined moments in my life that provide me with the humbling perspective to understand and care for my client’s particular circumstances.


At Sheppard Law Offices, our goal to provide you with a positive experience resulting in the accomplishment of your financial objectives. My promise and commitment to you is that we will listen to your situation, and provide you with viable options for your situation, and if retained, my firm will represent you to the best of our abilities."


Kenneth L. Sheppard, Jr.
Attorney at Law


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Sheppard Law Offices - Columbus

Sheppard Law Offices

The Columbus, Ohio bankruptcy debt relief and taxation law office of Sheppard Law Offices, LPA is conveniently located just inside I-270 off of Cleveland Ave. Our offices provide a short drive from throughout Central Ohio including counties of Franklin, Delaware, Knox, Marion, Licking, & Fairfield. We regularly serve  Debt  & Tax needs of clients from  Columbus, Westerville, Bexley, Dublin, Sunbury, Delaware, Fredericktown, Johnstown, Centerberg, New Albany, Gahanna, Pickerington, Grandview, Upper Arlington, Clintonville, Groveport, Pickerington, Pataskala, Reynoldsburg, Groveport, Lewis Center, Worthington, Granville, the Short North, Hilliard, Plain City, Grove City, Newark, Mt. Vernon, Canal Winchester, and Lancaster.

Columbus Ohio Office

2600 Tiller Lane, Suite A

Columbus, Ohio 43231

Telephone: (614) 523-3106

Newark, Ohio Office

843 N. 21st Street, Suite 108

Newark, Ohio 43055

Telephone: (740) 345-7138

Akron-Canton Office

Belden Village Tower, 200

Canton, Ohio 44718

Telephone: (330) 409-2876

Mt. Vernon, Ohio Office

11 West Gambier Street

Mt. Vernon, Ohio 43050

Telephone: (740) 392-0404

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