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bankruptcy, divorce, family law. I can help. compassion. reasonable fees bankruptcy, divorce, family law. I can help. compassion. reasonable fees bankruptcy, divorce, family law. I can help. compassion. reasonable fees
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About me

Will Green Bio

 

  • Born in 1964 in LaCrosse Wisconsin, I knew I wanted to be a lawyer at age 8.  In 1990 I received my law degree from The University of Minnesota. And from there started my own practice in Milwaukee, WI.
  • I have knowledge more than specialty. While I focus on Bankruptcy and Family law, I try to stay up to date on other areas including Personal Injury. I pride myself on making good referrals when it’s not the right case for me. I practice with the attitude of “an old country lawyer”. The first consult is always free up to an hour. I do that on principle, many advisors recommend against. But accessibility to the law for the majority of  Americans is my mantra in my practice.
  • I am active in my community both politically and in not-for-profit agencies, because I believe the privilege of being a lawyer creates a higher standard for community involvement.
  • Experience:
    29 years of law practice.
    Board of Directors Scenic Wisconsin
    Board of Directors Citizen Action of Wisconsin.
    Founding Partner in every firm he’s been at.
    Education:
    UW-Madison 1987
    University of Minnesota Law School 1990
  • Organizations:
    Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Family Law Section State Bar of Wisconsin.
  • National Association or Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.
  • Bankruptcy, Insolvency, and Creditors Rights Section State Bar of Wisconsin.
  • State Bar of Wisconsin.
  • Milwaukee Bar Association.
  • When it comes to the practice of law I view compassion, empathy, and listening as a priority in building a client relationship. I also believe that fighting and negotiation are two sides of the same coin. Strategy means applying the law and the use of game theory to figure out best and likely outcomes.
  • I believe that clients doing their homework, listening, and preparing with us face to face is the best way to get a good outcome. That is why many of my qoutes are flat fee, and when hourly I am still reasonable and I provide easy credit at 0% interest. I want clients to feel free to communicate. And I hate withdrawing from any case because of money.

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Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

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Filing a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Milwaukee

In Wisconsin, a Chapter 7 bankruptcy can be declared by an individual or a business when they cannot pay back debts to debtors or creditors effectively or quickly enough. This bankruptcy is often filed when no other financial options are available. If a Chapter 7 bankruptcy application is accepted, then the individual or business is given a court order. This court order disallows creditors from contacting you further until a court evaluates your debts.

Our Chapter 7 bankruptcy lawyer, William Green, can represent you and determine whether or not you’re eligible for this type of bankruptcy. He can also represent you every step of the way if you do qualify for bankruptcy.

What Are the Steps of Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

After meeting with a Chapter 7 bankruptcy lawyer and determining that you’re eligible, they will need to file all the necessary paperwork for you. After receiving a court order, your non-exempt assets will be liquidated. However, with Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you can keep your assets. This includes your home, car, and other basic living necessities. Proceeds that are taken from non-exempt assets are used to pay off some of your debts. Because this is a liquidated state of bankruptcy, it is also called liquidation bankruptcy.

CHAPTER 13 BANKRUPTCY

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File WI Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Chapter 13 bankruptcy is sometimes referred to as “debt reorganization.” It allows a person to:

  • Repay secured debts, which are typically large ticket items
  • Repay through an interest free plan that reduces total debt
  • Repay over a three to five year period
  • Discharge remaining debts
  • Enjoy a fresh financial start.

For some people, including those who make too much money to file a Ch. 7 bankruptcy, Chapter 13 can prove to be a helpful option for debt relief.

Timeline of a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

  • Chapter 13 bankruptcy begins when Chad and Mike file your petition for relief with the bankruptcy court. The court will enter an Automatic Stay order prohibiting most of your creditors from taking or continuing any collection or legal action against you. The harassing letters and phone calls must stop once your case is filed.
  • The court will mail notice of the bankruptcy to all of your creditors, assign a bankruptcy trustee to your case and set a date for your hearing. At the hearing, the trustee will ask you a series of yes or no questions about the papers that were filed with the court.
  • You must make your first Chapter 13 plan payment within 30 days of filing the case. Chad and Mike will explain how you do this and give you the mailing address.
  • Thirty to forty five days after your case is filed, you will attend the meeting of creditors. The court-appointed trustee will preside over this meeting. You will be asked to testify under oath as to the accuracy of the statements in your petition. However, most of your creditors will not appear at the meeting, and you will not be before a judge. The meeting is very informal, and in most cases will last no more than five or ten minutes. Your attorney will attend this meeting with you.
  • The court will then confirm your Chapter 13 plan. The plan is an agreement between you and your creditors that you will make payments for a period of three to five years and in exchange, your unsecured creditors agree to forgive a portion of the debt.
  • You will then receive your bankruptcy discharge. However, you must complete a financial management course before the court will give you the discharge. Mike and Chad can refer to an approved financial management class.


Qualify for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

In order for a person to qualify for Chapter 13,  that person must have a regular source of income and have enough money to pay for basic living expenses while meeting the requirements of the Ch. 13 repayment plan. If you meet these requirements, you may begin the bankruptcy process, which will enter an automatic stay order that prevents creditors from continuing any collections against you, including letters, phone calls and legal actions.

Interest Free Repayment Plan

Your Chapter 13 interest-free repayment plan is an agreement between you and your creditors. In exchange for making these payments over a three to five year period, a portion of your debt will actually be forgiven by your creditors. This means that you will often end up paying less back to your creditors than what you had originally owed them. Our bankruptcy law firm helps you every step of the way to create this plan.  We notify all of your creditors, refer you to an approved financial management class and guide you through all other aspects of the process in an efficient and effective manner.


Divorce

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Walk In Feeling Nervous. Walk Out Feeling Confident.

Many lawyers seem to think marriage is just a legal relationship between two people. To dissolve the marriage requires a court process, just as it would if parties try to legally dissolve any contractual agreement. And like any legal matter involving two people, complex issues must be negotiated and settled to protect both parties' rights and interests.

Ar Will Green Law Office, LLC I know that divorce involves the heart as much as the head. Anyone going through a divorce knows that dissolving a marriage means ending a long-term relationship with a person you once promised to spend the rest of your life with. It often involves children. It almost always involves fear of an unknown financial future. It's not just a legal contract you are bringing to an end; it's the start of a new future. How you move into that future often depends on the lawyers you have at your side.

Confidence In The Future Begins With Hiring A Lawyer You Can Trust

Some people are afraid that hiring an attorney will only create conflict. When you have Will Green as your lawyer, this could not be further from the truth. I am a lawyer devoted to one thing: resolving the complex issues that need to be settled between you and your spouse as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. The truth is, your divorce isn't really final until you are satisfied that all the legal details were taken care of and you have put the emotions and the financial costs behind you.

I work with you on issues of:


Is there really such a thing as an amicable divorce?
I know that most people want a short and easy divorce so they can get on with their lives as quickly as possible. If you and your spouse have decided how you want to settle most issues, I can help move it through the legal process as quickly as possible. Be aware, though, that even when divorcing couples have drafted a proposed agreement, there are often final details that have been overlooked. It is still important to have an experienced attorney review the agreement.

Child Custody and Placement

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Child Custody Attorney in Milwaukee

Hiring a Wisconsin Child Custody Lawyer

When it comes to divorce, child custody is an important part of the legal process. I am well versed in all issues and laws pertaining to child custody in the state of Wisconsin and understands that children are often affected by the emotions and/or issues pertaining to their parents. As such, I works hard to help two parents come to agreeable terms that are in the best interest of the children.


Do I Need a Child Custody Lawyer for Family Court Matters?

Technically, no. However, having an experienced child custody lawyer is beneficial for everyone. I have years of experience representing families in family court and fully understands the components involved. I am a source of information and can allow you to have a more stress-free experience. Without legal counsel, you will have to navigate the legal waters on your own, which can be discouraging and stressful.

Maintenance Spousal Support

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Alimony & Spousal Support Attorney in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Understanding Alimony and Spousal Support in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Spouses have the legal duty to take care of each other and that continues after a divorce, when one partner needs help. A family law attorney that focuses on alimony and spousal support in Wisconsin can help ensure that your divorce is dissolved seamlessly. I can answer your important questions regarding the upcoming legal process and can represent you until this family law matter is resolved the way you need it to be.

How Does Alimony Work in Wisconsin?

In Wisconsin, there is no formula to determine the frequency and/or amount of alimony payments. This means that payments can last indefinitely or just for a period of time. To get a fair award, the court considers factors such as the length of the marriage, the age and health of the spouses, their ability to earn, and the property they own. The courts also evaluate any tax consequences that will result from alimony and whether the requesting spouse can achieve a standard of living close to what they had during the marriage. Please note that the court can look at any factors that may affect this payment.

Frequently Asked Questions Bankuptcy

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HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO FILE FOR BANKRUPTCY?

Most Milwaukee bankruptcy lawyers charge a flat fee between $1,000 and $3,000 to file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Our professional bankruptcy lawyer can advise you of the costs during a free debt evaluation. 

 

CAN I FILE A BANKRUPTCY IN WISCONSIN WITHOUT A LAWYER?

While you can, it is advisable that you use the help of our bankruptcy attorney Will Green. He understands all bankruptcy laws in Wisconsin and can uphold them in all legal proceedings for you as his client. 

 

CAN I FILE A BANKRUPTCY BY MYSELF WITHOUT MY SPOUSE?

The law does allow a married person to file bankruptcy separately from their spouse. However, one spouse filing bankruptcy can be risky. This is because of Wisconsin marital property laws. If the spouse who files for bankruptcy doesn’t have enough exemptions, the couple may end up losing their joint assets. 

 

SHOULD WE FILE A JOINT BANKRUPTCY BEFORE WE DIVORCE?

A joint bankruptcy does help simplify a divorce in Wisconsin. Filing together also saves you money. However, if your spouse ran up debt, then you may not need to file at all if you can claim it’s their debt and not joint debt. Our bankruptcy attorney can provide more detailed information to you regarding family law matters. 

 

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHAPTER 7 AND CHAPTER 13 BANKRUPTCY?

Chapter 7, known as straight of liquidation bankruptcy, requires that a debtor give up property which exceeds certain limits, known as exemptions. With this bankruptcy type, you are filing a petition to have debts discharged. In most cases, all property is exempt. Meanwhile, Chapter 13 bankruptcy works well for those who own a home and are in danger of losing it because of temporary financial problems, or for those that are behind on debt payments but can pay up if they had more time. With Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you also need to have enough income to pay for your necessities. 

 

WHAT DEBTS CAN AND CANNOT BE DISCHARGED IN BANKRUPTCY?

The most common types of debt that are not dischargeable are student loan debts, alimony, debts associated with fraud, debts for wrongful death suits, and tax liens, to name a few. Debts such as credit card debt and car payments are easily eliminated with a discharge. 


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Will Green Law Office, llc

4701 North Port Washington Road, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212, United States

(414) 460-3335

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