Buckrop & VanDeVelde, PC

Buckrop & VanDeVelde, PC

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Firm Overview

At Buckrop & VanDeVelde, our Rock Island bankruptcy attorneys help people exercise their legal rights under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code to get the fresh start they deserve. We are a small, family-owned debt relief law firm practicing primarily in the areas of Chapter 7 & 13 bankruptcy law in Western Illinois and Eastern Iowa.

Our attorneys and staff are dedicated professionals, focused on helping you, your family and your business eliminate the burdensome debt that is keeping you from getting back on your feet. From wherever you are in Western Illinois or Eastern Iowa, call us toll free at 800-627-5704 to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our bankruptcy attorneys. To learn more about bankruptcy and what to expect, please feel free to browse through our site.

Main Office

Main Office
The Law Centre, Ltd. 329 18th Street
Suite 500
Rock Island IL 61201


(309) 788-2747


Determining Whether Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 Is Right for You

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy:

Allows you to eliminate most secured and unsecured debt, including credit card debt and medical bills. You can stop the creditor calls and harassment. Most are able to keep their home and vehicles, while discharging other debts.

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy:

Allows you to consolidate all of your personal debt (secured and unsecured) into a court-supervised repayment plan over three to five years. A Chapter 13 allows you to significantly reduce the amount of your monthly payments into a single payment you can afford. You can stop foreclosures and repossessions in their tracks.

John VanDeVelde

Buckrop & VanDeVelde, PC

John VanDeVelde has been a practicing Debtor's attorney since 2009. Mr. VanDeVelde was born and raised in Moline, Illinois and he attended Alleman High School. Mr. VanDeVelde received his Bachelor of Arts from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa and he received his Juris Doctorate from Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, Missouri. Mr. VanDeVelde attends two bankruptcy conferences annually in order to say up on the latest in bankruptcy law. In addition, he is a member of several State and Federal Associations such as Illinois Bar Association, Rock Island County Bar Association, National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, and the American Bar Association.

Mr. VanDeVelde is also happily married and he and his wife have two boys. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball, camping and canoeing with friends and family. He also enjoys running 5k's with his wife.

Areas of Practice:

Bankruptcy Chapter 7 & 13
Family Law (Illinois Only)
Estate Planning (Illinois Only)
Consumer Protection
Litigation Percentage
(3% of Practice Devoted to Litigation)

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Illinois Bar Association
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
American Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Ancillary Businesses
Family Law, Estate Planning Illinois only


Saint Ambrose University
B.A., 2006

Saint Louis University School of Law
J.D., 2009

Bruce A. Buckrop

Buckrop & VanDeVelde, PC

Bruce Buckrop has been a practicing Debtor's attorney for over 35 years in Western Illinois and Eastern Iowa. Mr. Buckrop was born and raised in Rock Island, Illinois where he graduated from Rock Island high school. He received his Bachelor of Arts fro St. Ambrose University. He received his Juris Doctorate Degree from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Mr. Buckrop attends two Bankruptcy Conferences annually ensuring that he stays up to date on the latest in the law. In addition, he is a member of several State and National Associations such as the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the Federal Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Rock Island County Bar Association. When Quad Cities News Organizations need an expert on bankruptcy they often turn to Mr. Buckrop for his input.

In addition to being an experienced attorney, Mr. Buckrop is a happily married father of three and grandfather of three. In his spare time, Mr. Buckrop enjoys playing hockey and basketball as well as horseback riding, canoing and camping with friends and family.

Areas of Practice:
Bankruptcy Law
Chapter 7
Chapter 13

Professional Associations and Memberships:

National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
Federal Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Rock Island County Bar Association


St. Ambrose University
Bachelor of Arts,

Hamline University School of Law
Juris Doctorate,

Mary VanDeVelde

Buckrop & VanDeVelde, PC

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