Clint W. Smith, P. C.

Clint Smith has developed positive working relationships since 1986 with the courts, attorneys and trustees in the Phoenix Bankruptcy Court. This experience and these relationships benefit our clients who file bankruptcy petitions, and creditor clients alike.

Clint W. Smith
480-807-9300

History of Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy relief is a natural outgrowth of a free market economy. The American system allows people to buy and sell at agreed upon prices, to begin business ventures, which leads to the possibility that some may not succeed. It also leads to the wide fluctuations in the economy, such as we have experienced recently.

As a natural result of this economic situation, many are having difficulties meeting their financial obligations. Income may be lost due to layoffs, divorce, illness or injury, or a number of other causes. Years ago, our founding fathers decided to give people in financial distress an option to go on with their lives. Our country did away with Debtor's prison, which in Old England, put people in jail for failure to pay their debts. In the United States of America, we were given the right to file for bankruptcy protection to obtain relief, provided we meet the criteria allowed under the law. If those criteria are satisfied, bankruptcy relief is granted, and federal courts have been set up under the United States Federal Court system to grant that relief. These are Bankruptcy Courts, operating under the District Courts. In Arizona, there is one federal district in which they hold court hearings, both in Phoenix and Tucson. A federally appointed bankruptcy judge ultimately reaches a determination to grant the discharge to those who comply with the laws.  Our bankruptcy lawyer in Chandler provides more information on the basics of bankruptcy.

To speak to a bankruptcy lawyer in the areas of Chandler, Tucson, and the surrounding areas, contact Clint W. Smith online or call (480) 807-9300.