Schafer and Weiner Acts as Pro Bono Bankruptcy Counsel, Helps Preserve Debtor’s Right to Receive Social Security Benefits

September, 2018

Leon Mayer was appointed by Eastern District of Michigan Chief Bankruptcy Judge Philip J. Shefferly to represent a debtor in an adversary proceeding to except from discharge over $50,000 of alleged overpayments of social security disability payments.  The debtor was close to retiring, and was in jeopardy of losing her only source of retirement income – her social security benefits.  After substantial investigation and discovery, Leon developed and employed a litigation strategy.  Leon helped the debtor negotiate a very favorable settlement, which safeguarded the debtor’s future by preserving her right to receive almost all her social security benefits.