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Firm Overview

At Sheldon Law Office, bankruptcy is just part of a process to restore you to financial health. We will explore all your options upfront.

You are more than just a file to be rammed through a judicial process. You will receive close attention working one on one with a bankruptcy specialist.

We understand bad things happen to good people. Expect to be treated with compassion, dignity and respect.

There are many laws available to protect your rights. These include the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Truth In Lending Act and Real Estate Settlement and Procedures Act. We will use these powerful tools to get justice for you! That justice may come in the form of a cash award and an award of attorney's fees.

Following the discharge of debt, we will follow up with the credit bureaus to make sure they are accurately reporting your credit history. We will also advise you how to increase your credit scores. We care!

We have minimal overhead so we can keep our fees low without compromising a superior level of service. We use cutting edge technologies to respond quickly and work efficiently. My wife assists me at my home office. With this setup, you can be assured of an added level of privacy and confidentiality.

We are dedicated to achieving the best outcome for you. It's time to stop worrying and give us a call!

Example cases

I have helped many people manage the nightmare of overwhelming debt to end years of struggling.

Main Office

Main
1378 Gold Court
Traverse City  MI  49686

Phone
  • (231) 932-9388
Fax
  • (231) 933-1273

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes, for reasonable amount of time.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

I have a fixed fee for the standard Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Other legal services are available on an hourly basis.

Hourly Rates

Varies.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Office Manager

Sally

Emergency After Hours

Yes

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I find bankruptcy to be an extremely interesting and challenging area of law. Bankruptcy is very powerful and levels the playing field between your average person and huge multi-national corporations. I like helping people and bankruptcy provides an amazing tangible benefit. People in bankruptcy will always come out ahead of the game, unlike the situations that present themselves in areas of the law such as family and criminal law. Making things better for the "little guy" is very satisfying.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

It is helpful to have clients educate themselves on legal issues. However, there is no substitute for the advice of a seasoned bankruptcy practitioner. After spending thousands of dollars on late fees and interest for years, most people find my fee very reasonable in comparison, considering the work involved.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am delighted to review documents prepared by clients.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I am glad to coach clients want to represent themselves.

Dean Sheldon

Dean E. Sheldon III

I received my Juris Doctor degree from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1986, graduating with honors in federal jurisdiction. I was admitted to the Ohio Bar and served as a law clerk for Hon. Judge Don J. Young, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division.

In 1987, I joined the law firm of Nathan & Roberts in Toledo, Ohio as an associate attorney, specializing in bankruptcy and commercial litigation. During this time, I also worked as an attorney for Chapter 7 Trustee, H. Buswell Roberts, Jr. In 1990, I joined the firm of Donald D. Simmons, former Wood County Common Pleas Judge. Dean started his solo practice in 1991. In addition to bankruptcy, my practice included real estate, probate, juvenile, domestic relations, criminal, creditor's rights, landlord/tenant, personal injury, worker's compensation, social security, and business law.

Drawn to the natural beauty of northern Michigan and wanting a healthy environment for our two year old daughter, Sally Sheldon and I moved to Traverse City in 1997. I worked for a year as closing agent at Mid-American Title Company. I was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1998. I started Good Harbor Mortgage Company in 2000. I was also admitted to practice in the U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts of Michigan, Western Division. I am a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and Grand Traverse, Leelanau and Antrim Bar Association.

I ran my own mortgage company for ten years which gave me knowledge of underwriting standards, credit repair, and the impact of bankruptcy.

I am compassionate and smart. I have a pretty easygoing personality and get along well with others.

Personal interests:

Justice, politics, gardening, jogging, biking and dogs.

License
  • Bar Number: P58967
    Michigan , 1998
Education
  • University of Dayton School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1986
    Dayton, OH
  • Miami University
    Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in English , 1983
    Oxford, OH
    Editor-in-Chief of "Dimensions," Miami University's Magazine of the Arts. (Professional Writing Program, business and technical writing) and Political Science.

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