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Buckrop & VanDeVelde, P.C. will happily accept monthly payments toward your bankruptcy filing. Upon payment of the initial retainer you may begin referring creditors to our office. We ask that you maintain communication with us or make a payment on a monthly basis. Once your fees have been paid in full we will prepare your case to be filed.


Buckrop & VanDeVelde

You found us because you, your business, or someone you care about is having financial problems. The financial difficulties may have resulted from an unforeseen medical expense, job loss, divorce, or a change in business.

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Why Experience Matters

Your attorney is your agent acting on your behalf, but you are responsible for everything submitted to the court. Mistakes made on your behalf can lead to additional costs, loss of assets, or worse-the loss of your discharge. Our attorneys will warn you of any pitfalls, help devise a plan to protect your assets, and get you the fresh start you need.


Where do I begin

The thought of bankruptcy for anyone is difficult. The hardest part is making the first call. Our staff will do everything in their power to help you along the way, and it all starts with a free consultation. You will sit down with one of our experienced attorneys who will go over your situation to see if we can help.

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Rock Island Bankruptcy Lawyers

Free Initial Consultation. Fair and Flexible Fees. Friendly and Professional Staff.

At Buckrop & VanDeVelde, our Rock Island bankruptcy attorneys help people exercise their legal rights under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code to get the fresh start they deserve. We are a small, family-owned debt relief law firm practicing primarily in the areas of Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy law in Western Illinois and Eastern Iowa.

Our attorneys and staff are dedicated professionals focused on helping you, your family, and your business eliminate the burdensome debt that is keeping you from getting back on your feet. From wherever you are in Western Illinois or Eastern Iowa, contact us to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our bankruptcy attorneys. To learn more about bankruptcy and what to expect, please feel free to browse through our site.

Determining Whether Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 Is Right for You

Chapter 7: Allows you to eliminate most secured and unsecured debt, including credit card debt and medical bills. You can stop the creditor calls and harassment. Most are able to keep their home and vehicles, while discharging other debts.

Chapter 13:  Allows you to consolidate all of your personal debt (secured and unsecured) into a court-supervised repayment plan over three to five years. A Chapter 13 allows you to significantly reduce the amount of your monthly payments into a single
payment you can afford. You can stop foreclosures and repossessions in their tracks.

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Our Attorneys

Our attorneys will listen to you and inform you of your options.

John M. VanDeVelde

Buckrop and VanDeVelde is a small debt relief and consumer protection law firm who knows the importance of family because we are a family! Our attorneys…

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Bruce A. Buckrop

Buckrop and VanDeVelde is a small debt relief and consumer protection law firm who knows the importance of family because we are a family! Our attorneys

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what our Clients say

  • I just wanted to thank you for being so kind to my husband and I during this very stressful time. Your genuine concern is very evident, and so is the fact that you not only enjoy what you do, but you are also very good at it!

    Thank you for making us feel comfortable and confident in the decisions we have made in filing bankruptcy. We were very anxious walking in to your office yesterday, but by the time we left, we were relaxed and felt much more at ease.

    That is due to the fact that you treated us like “family”. Thank you so much for all of your hard work. It is very much appreciated. I hope you have a wonderful friday, and a fantastic weekend to enjoy your giggling little guy! We will be in touch soon.

  • This law firm is the absolute best!!! They were always there whenever we needed help and in getting questions answered. You were never pushed aside Grade a service. Even 2 years after our discharge they were there to answer questions that came up. Mary Kay is awesome to work with. I would highly recommend this law firm!!

  • John VanDeVelde is incredibly knowledgeable, experienced, professional and courteous. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him. Thank you John, for helping us through our very difficult situation, and showing us that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

  • I filed bankruptcy in 2011 with John. He was so great. He helped me through everything. He really saved me. I visit him a lot. The whole firm is full of great people. I would recommend them to anybody, and I have! Great help for such a great price too.

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