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Philadelphia Bankruptcy Attorney Dan Mueller of Harborstone Law Group.

If you are struggling to pay your bills, call me for a free consultation. If creditors are harassing you, I can help you put a stop to it. Even if your home is in foreclosure, it may not be too late to save it. I will listen to you and help you find the answer that best fits your situation.

Harborstone Law Group represents consumers in bankruptcy and debt negotiation matters throughout Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Delaware County, Chester County, and Bucks County in Pennsylvania.

Coronavirus Update – Bankruptcy and Debt Services Still Available Via Phone & Video

Harborstone Law Corona Virus Update

To better assist our clients and potential clients, all of our bankruptcy, debt negotiation, and other services are available by telephone and video conference. (See below and our telephone and video meeting page for more details.) We have temporarily closed our physical locations in Philadelphia because of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Rest assured that Harborstone Law is taking all possible precautions to keep our clients safe. Our physical locations will be closed until authorities have deemed it safe to resume in-person meetings.

Video or Phone Consultations and Meetings. We have long offered bankruptcy and debt consultations and other client meetings via phone or video (Skype©FaceTime©, Zoom, etc.). We can also handle document review and signings via video services. For more information, see our telephone and video meeting page

The Courts During the Coronavirus Emergency. For the time being, the bankruptcy court and trustees in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania are conducting most hearings, such as the meeting of creditors, via telephone and video. To date, the courts are still doing business but with safeguards in place to protect the public and court personnel. If you are a client of Harborstone Law, we will keep you informed of any changes to the court schedule.

Our Office and Meeting Areas. Our physical offices are closed until the authorities clear businesses to open. However, when we reopen our Chestnut Hill and Center City locations, rest assured that we will continue to take precautions to keep you safe. We disinfect contact surfaces in our conference rooms and offices before each meeting with a client or potential client. Moreover, the facilities managers for our buildings regularly sanitize possible areas of contact. Anyone feeling ill or exhibiting symptoms is instructed to remain at home.

IMPORTANT UPDATES

March 24, 2020. Governor Wolf has issued a stay-at-home order for Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Chester, Bucks, and other Pennsylvania counties. This order will not affect our telephone and video services. However, it is likely to impact the courts, particularly in the area of scheduling.

March 20, 2020: The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has suspended the requirement under Local Bankruptcy Rule 5005-7(b) that attorneys secure the debtor’s signature on the petition and schedules before filing the case electronically. Attorneys may obtain the client’s signature electronically (1) through authenticated commercially available digital signature software, either directly or with the debtor’s written permission (email permission is acceptable); or (2) through a copy of the signed documents sent to the attorney electronically (email, fax, etc.).

The Bankruptcy Court has also issued some general and specific guidelines to deal with the disruptions likely to be caused by the Coronavirus.

March 18, 2020. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has extended some deadlines (primarily related to creditor objections), until May 18, 2020.

March 19, 2020. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has issued an order suspending evictions for failure to pay rent, loans, etc., until April 3, 2020. We will see if the court decides to extend this policy.

March 16, 2020. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has ordered that all hearings be held telephonically when possible until further notice. The courts will continue to conduct business to the extent possible.

The Standing Chapter 13 bankruptcy trustee for this district is in the process of implementing all telephonic meetings of creditors (341 hearings). The trustee’s office had previously permitted debtors and their attorneys to appear by video (Skype, FaceTime, etc.) at the meeting of creditors for the duration of the crisis. Also, the trustee has continued some meetings to later dates.

March 16, 2020. The United States Trustee has ordered all 341 hearings (meetings of creditors) in this region scheduled through April 10, 2020, continued until further notice, unless held telephonically or via video.

Your safety is our primary concern. We will update this notice as more information becomes available. 

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