Laura J. Genovich
Foster Swift Municipal Law News
May 27, 2015
In the last several years, consumer bankruptcy filings have been on the rise, especially in Michigan. City, township, village, and county treasurers often receive notices that a taxpayer or property owner has filed bankruptcy. When that happens, Foster Swift’s attorneys can quickly advise municipalities about their rights and obligations, such as how the bankruptcy filing affects the collection of delinquent property taxes and special assessments; whether and when a municipality can shut off water service for past-due bills; and what steps must be taken before tax foreclosure can occur. Collecting a debt or seizing property in violation of the Bankruptcy Code can lead to serious penalties, so it is important for municipalities to consult with legal counsel when interacting with a bankruptcy debtor – and our attorneys have the knowledge and experience necessary to help.