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Charles J. Schneider, P.C.

Bankruptcy Lawyer | Serving Livonia, MI

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39319 Plymouth Rd, Suite 1
Livonia, MI 48150

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We Help Clients Obtain a Fresh Financial State

The economy continues to exhibit weakness and more and more people and small business are facing financial hardship because of a debt burden caused through no fault of their own. Are you in this situation? Perhaps you experienced an illness, job loss or your business experienced a down turn. When you realize that your ability to pay off you debt is likely hopeless call of Charles J. Schneider, P.C. The firm's bankruptcy attorneys have helped clients climb out from under overwhelming debt for decades.

Our bankruptcy lawyers pride themselves with their success on helping consumers and small businesses declare bankruptcy. Our firm has the knowledge and skill to help prevent foreclosure on your home and repossession of your car. We can end creditor harassment, stop wage garnishments, and provide the immediate debt relief you need to get back on your feet.

In Michigan, we have pioneered the process of “stripping away” under-secured second mortgages. We're not just a "cookie cutter" bankruptcy mill. Our personal bankruptcy lawyers are committed to getting the maximum benefit for each client. We use imaginative solutions to maximize what assets and property you get to keep, including future income, while minimizing what your creditors get. We provide comprehensive bankruptcy advice to our clients, as the impact of bankruptcy continues long after the initial filing of the bankruptcy.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any bankruptcy matter such as:

  • Consumer Bankruptcy
  • Small Business Bankruptcy
  • Chapter 13
  • Chapter 7
  • Foreclosures
  • Wage Garnishments
  • Bank Account Garnishments
  • Seizures
  • Repossessions
  • IRS Levies
  • Attachments
  • Debt Negotiation
  • IRS debt

Our office serves: Livonia, Plymouth, Westland, Redford, Garden City, Belleville, Taylor, Ypsilanti, Wayne County, Novi, Northville, South Lyon, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Fowlerville, Oakland County, Monroe County, Brighton, Howell, Livingston County, Ann Arbor, Genesee Counties

If you or a loved one needs the help of an experienced Livonia, Michigan bankruptcy lawyer, call Charles J. Schneider, P.C. today at 734-418-1623 to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attorney Profile

Attorney Charles J. Schneider


  • State Bar of Michigan
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan


  • Wayne State University, Bachelor of Arts with Distinction - 1974
  • Wayne State University Law School, Juris Doctor - 1977

Admitted To The Bar:

  • October 18, 1977

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • State Bar of Michigan Debtor-Creditor section
  • Livonia Bar Association; Oakland County Bar Association
  • National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees
  • Detroit Consumer Bankruptcy Association (Member Board of Directors)
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Martindale-Hubbell rated "AV" "Preeminent" 2012 by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Avvo rated “10” "Superb" 2012 by AVVO.com
  • Michigan “Superlawyer” 2011 by Thomson Reuters
  • Pro Bono service recognition awards, U.S. District Ct., Eastern District of Michigan – 2000, 2007, 2009, 2011


  • Contributing author to Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education publication: Handling Consumer and Small Business Bankruptcies in Michigan 2012; Representing Consumers in Bankruptcies Under Chapter 7 Liquidation
  • Contributing author to ICLE's Bankruptcy Certificate Series re:  Withdrawal and Abstention in Bankruptcy
  • Contributing author to Consumer Bankruptcy Institute Sponsored by the Consumer Bankruptcy Assoc. & Institute of Continuing Legal Education re: Proof of Claims in Bankruptcy: To Allow or Not To Allow - THAT is the Question
  • Contributing author to ABI's Detroit 7th Annual Consumer Bankruptcy Conference, Detroit, MI, November 11, 2011 Appeals: The Nuts & Bolts
  • Contributing author to Best Practices For Chapter 13: The Cases, Clients and Challenges Of Filing A Chapter 13: A Forward Looking Approach, Inside The Minds Series, Thomson Reuters/Asporatore 2012

Speaking Engagements:

  • Speaker/Panelist at N.A.C.T.T. 27th Annual Seminar (Palm Desert, CA) re: Treatment of Student Loans
  • Speaker/Panelist at N.A.C.T.T. 31st Annual Seminar (San Francisco, CA) re:  Ethics, Adequate Protection and Fair Market Value Issues
  • Speaker/Panelist at Chapter 13 Seminar (Troy, MI) re: 21st Century Debtor Practice October 3, 2003
  • Speaker/Panelist at N.A.C.T.T. 35th Annual Seminar (St. Louis, MO) re: Assignment of Claims July 22-24, 2000
  • Speaker/Panelist at N.A.C.T.T. 40th Annual Seminar (Orlando, FL) re: Best Debtor's Attorney Practices under the BAPCPA July 14-16, 2005
  • Speaker at Genesee County Bar Association Seminar (Flint, MI)  re: Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005: An Overview for the Bankruptcy  and Non-Bankruptcy Practitioner
  • Speaker for Consumer Bankruptcy Association regarding Bankruptcy Reform Act (Royal Oak, MI)
  • Speaker/Panelist at BAPCPA One Year Later A Columbus Day Seminar re:  Bankruptcy Ethics (Novi, MI) Oct. 9, 2006
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Association, "Nuts & Bolts" Approach Seminar, re:  Confirmation Issues,   (Sterling Heights, MI) May 7, 2007
  • Speaker/Panelist at ABI's Detroit Consumer Program, re:  Secured Transactions (Troy, MI) November 12, 2007
  • Speaker/Panelist at 15th Annual Central States Bankruptcy Workshop (Traverse City, MI) re: Chapter 13 This Way, That Way, Which Way? June 13-15, 2008
  • Speaker/Panelist at Basic Litigation in Bankruptcy Court:  Part 3 of ICLE's Bankruptcy Certificate Series Seminar (Plymouth, MI) re: Withdrawal and Abstention in Bankruptcy February 9, 2010
  • Speaker/Panelist at 2nd Annual Consumer Bankruptcy Institute; Sponsored by the Consumer Bankruptcy Assoc. & Institute of Continuing Legal Education April 19, 2010 re: Proof of Claims in Bankruptcy: To Allow or Not To Allow - THAT Is the Question
  • Speaker/Panelist at Consumer Bankruptcy 101 - Building a Successful Chapter 13 Practice - Sept 22, 2010  Sponsored by One Path Practice Management Advisors
  • Speaker/Panelist at ABI's Detroit 7th Annual Consumer Bankruptcy Conference, Detroit, MI, November 11, 2011 Appeals: The Nuts & Bolts


The idea of filing for bankruptcy was overwhelming for me, a successful business owner and a financially responsible person. Admitting that bankruptcy was my only way out of the financial corner I was painted in was the first hurdle for me to get beyond, but finding the right lawyer to represent me was my next task. Fortunately, I was referred to Charles Schneider by my financial advisor who knew of his excellent track record through another client. From my first encounter with his office, I was impressed with their detailed processes that helped me gather all the right information for the trustees...this part of the process could have otherwise been an insurmountable task! Then, I was extremely impressed with Charles' understanding of the bankruptcy laws to the extent that I felt certain that my best interests were always at the forefront. I am so grateful that I found an attorney that I could put my trust in...And I'm happy to report that Charles Schneider has surpassed all of my expectations. – Marie, a chapter 7 client

I’ve used Mr. Schneider two times in my life for the purpose of chapter 7 bankruptcy, I'm not proud of it, but due to circumstances that have happened to me, I had no other choice. I think Mr. Schneider is a great man, he really knows the laws of bankruptcy, the 1st time I filed was in 1994 and the 2nd time was in 2006 and both times everything went as smooth as possible, thanks to Mr. Schneider and his staff, they are all a great bunch of people and they really know the laws of Bankruptcy, they are caring, respectful, excellent, and they know the law, I’ve recommended friends and family to him and EVERYONE has been 100% satisfied. Thank You, Mr. Schneider. - Michelle Kenyon, a chapter 7 client

Mr. Schneider assisted us with filing bankruptcy over the summer. He was quick and got the job done. He is a very knowledgeable lawyer who knows what he’s doing and can smell BS a mile away from creditors. Our car was illegally repossessed during our time of waiting for our meeting with the creditors. Mr. Schneider himself called on our behalf demanding our rights be recognized and our vehicle was returned that same day, I hope we never have to file again for obvious reasons but if we did it would be through him. We more than appreciate his and his firms services and will highly recommend him to anyone. – Brooke, a chapter 7 client

Whether I call or visit, Charles is always available with good advice and answers in a way that I can understand. I really appreciate is attitude and willingness to go the extra mile. I would recommend him to anyone that is seeking a good bankruptcy lawyer. - Tim, a chapter 7 client

Charles Schneider is a very good & considerate lawyer. His staff is very considerate and do not look down on you. The people at the front desk have been wonderful too talk to and understand what a family is going thru, It’s like they ease your fear of what may happen. I found out while in court that Mr. Schneider & legal staff are very respect. - Henry, a chapter 13 client

He educated me on the process. - a chapter 13 client

As soon as I walked into his office, the greeting was friendly and professional. Mr. Schneider and his staff went to work quickly and the process was non-scary right to the end. The amount of information that he provided on his web site answered questions that I didn't even think of. He is definitely thorough. - Bob, a chapter 7 client

Mr. Schneider and his entire office were very professional.  He is very knowledgeable and spent the extra time that I needed to make a very intimidating process seem not only possible but less frightening. - a Chapter 7 client

He knows his profession well, he has knowledge, charisma, great attitude and works very well with clients. I see and hear the way he talks in his office with other potential and current clients. - Edward, a Chapter 7 client

Mr. Schneider helped my wife and I successfully navigate a chapter 13 plan that was complicated by the addition of a judgment against me in a civil suit. We were successful in paying only pennies on the dollar in the civil suit, and we completed the five year chapter 13 plan without further difficulties. It was a relief to have him on our side. – Gerard, a Chapter 13 client

If you are looking for a lawyer that knows his stuff and can help during a hard time - Look no further. Was a great help to me. Couldn't have asked for better. – Albert, a Chapter 11 client

Mr. Schneider is excellent in client case assessment, in my case to avoid bankruptcy and settle my debt, he has powerful negotiating skills. He has a well trained staff team that helps him to be efficient on time. his charges are very reasonable, he exceeded my expectations with the results and the amount of time to settle the case. - a Debt Settlement client

Peer Endorsements

I endorse this lawyer. Charles has demonstrated a keen interest in bankruptcy law and practice. He has taken the time and effort to extensively study the law and become a Certified Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist. He cares about his clients and keeps their best interests at the forefront of his practice. He maintains the highest ethical standards for himself and demands the same of all lawyers. Charles was a contributing author to the publication, "Handling Consumer and Small Business Bankruptcies in Michigan". This book is a must have for any attorney representing clients filing bankruptcy. The Bankruptcy Judges in Michigan hold him in the highest esteem and often seek his input on bankruptcy issues. Nora Wright - Bankruptcy Attorney in Ann Arbor, MI

I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Schneider has been practicing in bankruptcy for well over twenty years. He is acknowledged an expert in the field as witnessed by his selection by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education to present lectures and is the author of parts of bankruptcy manuals for the Institute. He is an AV rated attorney by Martin-Dale Hubbard thus ranking him at the top of his peers. Elizabeth Kocab - Fellow lawyer in community

I endorse this lawyer. He's very thorough and knowledgeable in his area of practice and I have the utmost confidence in his ability to competently and zealously represent his clients. Eric Glick - Civil Rights Attorney in Bingham Farms, MI

I endorse this lawyer. I have been impressed with the way Charles has fought for his clients against the Trustee. Few Bankruptcy attorneys are willing to rock the boat. Frank Kokenakes - Class Action Attorney in Livonia, MI

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