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What Our Clients Say

I want to start by saying THANK YOU! John was patient, prompt, informative and easy to work with. In our time of need, he helped my parents file for bankruptcy successfully and at a great price. If you are ever in the need of any services concerning your debt and potential bankruptcy litigation, I give my word and experience that John is the BEST in the Chicagoland area.

- Eric McDowell

John was outstanding in the process of my chapter 7. Not only did he keep me abreast of every step and matter that involved my BK but he was reasonable with the price and the time I had to pay him. He sent me places that accepted my Bk when it came to getting a new car as well and his communication was an A+. There was never a time I couldn’t reach him and if he missed my call he would proceed to call back before the day over or early the next day. I recommend him to any and everyone!

- Lamar Johnson

John is a great lawyer to work with. It’s easy to be honest and share things with him. It felt good to communicate with him. When I reach out to him, he is very good at answering the phone or responding when he can. I recommend his work as well. He’s very organized and gets things done. Thank you John.

- JP W

This guy made my experience so smooth I would recommend him to anyone who is thinking about filing for bankruptcy. He is very patient with his clients and Is very informative. Every question I had he answered even if I asked it twice. Highly recommend!!!!!!

- Nikita Nichols

John is very patient, he’s worked with me from start to finish. Always answer my questions and never made me feel like I’m a bother. Never made me feel like I’m a number in his book. He’s very helpful and caring which is why I’d recommend him over any bankruptcy lawyer. Thanks John for all you do.

- Corey Ross

Thank you team DebtPros! The choice to file was not easy, but it was the best decision for my family. John, I appreciate your kindness, thoroughness, and professionalism. I feel like you’ve guided me through this process in a very personable way. Thank you for always being available to chat, and making the experience so efficient and understanding. I can see the silver lining toward a fresh start! Thank you again & Have a wonderful summer. Sincerely, SB.

- Shelly Boyki

I am honored to provide such a financial relief feedback for this amazing blessing whose name is Atty. Wonais. There is so much I could share endlessly about his superb knowledge and service that he offered me as his client. However, I will share what I found to be essential in my financial issues that Atty. Wonais selflessly provided to me as his client; his expertise, his ability of trustworthiness was "everything" oh my goodness he is truly trusting thru the entire process.

- Val B.

I was referred to them, and this has been the best decision I have ever made. I never been this confident in a person like I am with John. He heard my needs and wants, he made it possible to give me that. Excellent customer service. He put all my options on table to fit my needs. He never sugarcoat he gives it to you like it is meaning he’s not rude or unprofessional. He’s that person that tells you what you need and bot what you want. I have referred all my friends and family to his service.

- Nicole Murray

So one night I went online looking for advice on google and John came up and I called him on the weekend late evening and he happened to answered which was awesome. John helped me out with my situation he gave me amazing advice and options on how to take on my problems the right way. John is super easy to talk to Very informative and he answered all my questions.

- Freddy

This office and staff was amazing. I was referred to John from my best friend and as soon as I reached out he was very prompt on getting back to me and helping. From start to finish the process was amazing stress free and straight forward. He stayed in communication no matter what time of the day. If I had a question he had the answer. His tips and tricks and knowledge helped me a lot and made me more comfortable and excited about starting over.

- Kierra Smith

John took me on as a client with no problem. He was very understanding, passionate, helpful and available every step of the way. Trust me I am a very happy client, I definitely recommend John.

- Jessica Burton

John did a wonderful and seamless job with my case-he handled everything properly and was very timely in all of his communication. He is professional and reliable. I would highly recommend him to anyone who may have to deal with a bankruptcy. Five stars!

- Ashley I.

I had a great experience with Wonais Law, LLC. John is very patient and replies right away to any questions or concerns that you have. I would recommend his services to anyone.

- Erika Sing

If I can leave more stars I will. Wonaia Law is highly recommended. John is great with making sure I understand everything that was going on, I really appreciate how he’s always there to answer any questions I have ... My chapter 7 is just about over and I have 2nd chance with living life debt free.

- Tiffany Austin

John Wonais is responsive, professional, and cares for his clients. He is extremely experienced in civil litigation and has answered all of my questions in a way that I can understand as someone with zero experience in law. He has gone above and beyond and has always made sure to follow up with me when I’ve needed it. I truly feel that he has my best interest at heart.

- Ariana Khosravani

I really wanna give a big thanks to John he helped me out a lot. He walked me through everything to make sure I understand, good quality. I don’t think I could of did it without him ?

- Twona Gibson

He gave an expert and advise and a great service. He went all out to be sure I got a solution to the issue I had.

- Betty Salami

I want to thank John for helping me win my case he was very helpful throughout the process and very professional, thanks again.

- Diana M.

I was very impressed on how quickly I was responded to, and how my lawyer John made everything so easy for me to understand. I have never had to hire a lawyer before, and I'm really glad that I met such a professional, and honest person. I would highly recommended.

- Angela Mata

DebtPros is a law firm that specializes in consumer bankruptcy. John has years of valuable experience and is dedicated to helping clients file for bankruptcy. John is responsive and provides a free consultation to prospective clients. I recommend this firm to anyone who is considering filing for bankruptcy.

- Taylor Kosla

John Wonais provided me with timely and beneficial legal counsel. I would trust his firm to represent me in any creditor-related case. John's professionalism and expertise are second-to-none; highly recommend his services.

- Richard Young

Very helpful, professional and they’re reasonably priced.

- Anthony Brown

Great Professional Service- I have been working with Wonais Law the past couple weeks and I have been blown away from their attention to detail and professionalism. They get work done quickly and are extremely responsive. I would recommend this firm to everyone needing legal services.

- Andres Jara

About our service

Chicago Bankruptcy Lawyer

At DebtPros, our bankruptcy attorneys are dedicated to helping you get the debt relief you deserve. Struggling with large amounts of debt can be overwhelming. However, filing for bankruptcy can offer you a fresh start. If you’re being harassed by creditors or facing foreclosure, repossession actions, or wage garnishments, contact a Chicago bankruptcy lawyer at DebtPros to regain control of your financial situation.

We have years of experience handling bankruptcy cases. We can assess your case and determine which chapter of bankruptcy is best suited for you: Chapter 7, Chapter 13, or any other applicable chapter.

Unlike other law firms, we provide personalized legal advice tailored to your needs. An attorney who initially evaluates your case will work closely with you throughout the entire case. Trust us to protect your finances and guide you through the complex bankruptcy process.

Explore Bankruptcy with DebtPros

Bankruptcy law helps regain financial stability, but filing a petition under it can be complex and confusing.

For example, you may find relief in Chapter 7 if you have unsecured debts, like credit card debt or medical bills. Others may benefit from Chapter 13, which reorganizes your debt into a more manageable repayment plan.

Our Chicago bankruptcy attorneys can guide you through the complexities of the process and help you make informed decisions about your financial future.

What is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is also known as liquidation bankruptcy. It helps individuals and businesses wipe out their unsecured debt. It includes credit card balances, medical bills, personal loans, or any other debt not secured by collateral.

If you’re grappling with a mountain of debt, you are not alone. The average taxpayer in Chicago, IL, carries a debt burden of $41,900, ranking second highest in the U.S.

Under Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you may be able to eliminate these overwhelming unsecured debts and get a fresh start.

However, you must pass the means test to be eligible for it. This test compares your income with the median income for a household of your size in Illinois. If your income is below the median, you may qualify for it. If it’s above, Chapter 13 bankruptcy might be a better option for you.

Filing for Chapter 7 offers several benefits:

  • The process is relatively short compared to other types of bankruptcy, typically taking only 4 to 6 months to complete.
  • It discharges most of your unsecured debts, and the law does not compel you to pay them.

What Is Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

Chapter 13 bankruptcy is often called a wage earner’s plan. If you have a stable income but are overwhelmed by debt and concerned about losing your assets, like your car or home, Chapter 13 bankruptcy might be a better choice.

It’s designed for people with a stable income who can repay their debts gradually over time. It allows you to create a payment plan to repay your debts (or a portion of them) over three to five years. To be eligible for it, you must have enough income left after expenses to meet repayment plan obligations.

Chapter 13 offers several benefits:

  • It allows you to keep valuable assets that are at risk, like your car and property.
  • It creates a repayment plan based on your income and expenses, making it more manageable for you to repay your debts over time.
  • It protects you against the foreclosure or repossession of your assets as long as you make your scheduled payments.

By the end of the repayment plan, you’ll be in a stronger financial position as most of your debt will have been eliminated.


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Our Process

Our experienced bankruptcy attorneys at DebtPros follow a systematic approach to ensure you receive the best possible outcome for your financial future. While every case is unique, here is a step-by-step guide on how the process typically goes:


Free Consultation

When you schedule a free consultation with our law firm, you can expect a confidential conversation where we learn about your financial situation and discuss your options for debt relief. We gather information about your income, expenses, debts, and assets.

After assessing your financial situation, our experienced bankruptcy attorney gives personalized advice on whether Chapter 7 bankruptcy or Chapter 13 is the best option for you.


Bankruptcy Counseling

Before filing for bankruptcy, you must take a credit counseling course. This course teaches crucial things about money management and the bankruptcy process. It's a legal requirement, and you must complete it with an agency approved by the U.S. Trustee in Illinois. We can take care of everything for you, including enrolling you in the classes, so all you have to do is attend the online classes.


Filing the Petition

Our skilled bankruptcy lawyers can handle all the paperwork, draft a petition, and submit it to the local bankruptcy court on your behalf. We will present your case effectively, so you can start a new chapter of your life, free from debt. We can also prepare this petition virtually, so you don't need to come to the office in person.


Automatic Stay

The moment our Chicago bankruptcy attorney files your bankruptcy case, an automatic stay comes into effect. It is like a shield that stops creditors from directly contacting you or staking a claim on your property. If creditors are harassing you or you're facing foreclosure, the automatic stay can provide immediate relief.


Meeting of Creditors

The meeting of creditors is also known as the 341 meeting. About a month after filing, you will attend a virtual meeting of creditors. In this meeting, you will meet the trustee and any creditors. You'll answer questions about your finances and the bankruptcy filing. To support you, your DebtPros attorney will also join this meeting and accompany you every step of the way.


Completion of a Financial Management Course

You must complete a financial management course to discharge your debt. It helps you navigate your finances moving forward and is a prerequisite for getting rid of your debt. These courses are available online, and DebtPros will make all the arrangements.


Debt Discharge or Reorganization Plan Approval

The final step depends on the type of bankruptcy you file for.

If you file for Chapter 7 and all goes well, the court will issue a discharge order. As a result, it will eliminate most of your unsecured debt. However, in some rare cases, there might be pending litigation objecting to discharge, which might impact the order.

If you file for Chapter 13, the court will approve your repayment plan if it meets the necessary criteria. As a result, you will get a chance to clear your debt over three to five years, allowing you to retain your assets while paying off your debts at a pace you can manage.


Frequently Asked Questions About Bankruptcy

These are some of the most frequently asked questions our legal team hears from our personal injury clients. Contact our law office for a free consultation for a specific answer about your case.

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If you have any other questions about the bankruptcy process in Chicago, feel free to get in touch with us.

What is secured versus unsecured debt?

Secured debt is debt that is tied to your property with the creditor possessing a “lien” on such property. Conversely, unsecured debt is not tied to any property. The most common examples of secured debt include mortgages and car loans, whereas the most common examples of unsecured debt include credit cards, medical bills, and personal loans.

Our house is paid off, but our other debts are too much. My wages are being taken, and now we are being sued. Can I go bankrupt and still keep my house?

Yes, you can. Filing for bankruptcy can stop people who have won in court from taking your home, wages, or other things you own. It gives you the chance to sort out your money issues and keep your house.

Can bankruptcy stop the IRS or the Illinois department of revenue from collecting?

Yes. Bankruptcy stops all debt collection, including by the IRS and the Illinois Department of Revenue. Sometimes, Chicago bankruptcy lawyers can help eliminate interest, penalties, and old tax debt with IRS debt negotiation services.

Will I be able to buy a car or house if I file bankruptcy?

After your meeting of creditors occurs (about a month after the case is filed), you can start looking for a new car if a lender is willing to lend to you. There are many car finance companies that lend to people right out of bankruptcy or after the meeting of creditors and will sometimes need court approval. The same goes for purchasing a house and finding a lender willing to give you a mortgage.

I pledged my personal items to get a loan. Can I keep my stuff if I file for personal bankruptcy?

Yes, you can file bankruptcy on the loan, obtain debt relief, and still keep exempt property. However, this is only the case if you did not use the loan to buy the items you pledged.

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Call DebtPros today at (312) 883-5422 or contact us online to request a free consultation and start wiping your debt slate clean.

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We are a bankruptcy law firm led by John Wonais, a lifelong Chicago resident who knows and understands the city and its unique financial challenges.

We don't shy away from a fight. John Wonais, our lead attorney, proved this by taking a case against the City of Chicago to the United States Supreme Court.

With this level of dedication, we have helped many clients escape different types of debts.

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Meet John Wonais

Attorney John Peter Wonais is the founder of Wonais Law, LLC, D/B/A DebtPros. Born and raised in the Chicagoland area, John understands the unique challenges people face in Chicago and has a deep-rooted passion for protecting the...

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