Petti Murphy Associates - Geneva Personal Injury Attorneys


To protect your health, and the health of our employees, we are not taking in person appointments at this time. We are however, still accepting new cases and providing consultations by telephone.
If you would like to schedule a telephone conference to discuss your current legal needs with an attorney, or need to reach our paralegal, Erin O’Connell, please call her at # 630-362-5039 or email If you are a current client, you may reach attorney Edgar Petti at or # 630-404-9303.
We want to ensure you that your legal matters are moving forward and we continue to work hard on your cases. We know how much each one of your cases that you’ve entrusted to us means. We are available by telephone and email to answer any questions that you may have, and discuss your legal options.
Please stay safe and healthy, and know that this unprecedented time will pass.

More Information About Bankruptcy Adversary Hearings

U.S. District Court, Dirksen Building | Chicago,Illinois

Sometimes it is necessary for a party to protect and litigate his or her rights within the Bankruptcy Court. This is done through what is called an adversary proceeding. This takes place as bankruptcy proceedings are being completed or are pending.

Petti Murphy & Associates are experienced trial lawyers who represent clients in specialized litigation that takes place in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. We will help you understand the process for protecting your rights as a bankruptcy matter is pending or proceeding. Our attorneys will explain all options and alternatives so that you are equipped to make the best possible decision.

Call our law firm in Geneva at 630-457-1691 today for a consultation. We offer representation throughout the greater Chicago and Tri-Cities areas.

Adversary Proceedings To Protect Your Rights During Bankruptcy

If disputes arise between parties where one of the parties or his or her property is already under the legal supervision of a Bankruptcy Court because that party has filed a petition seeking bankruptcy relief, then the disputes will be presented to and resolved by the Bankruptcy Court (and not a federal district trial court or a state circuit trial court). An example may be helpful.

Let’s say Gary Good guy sells all of his landscaping trucks, trailers, backhoes, and all of his tools and inventory, to Freddy Flybinight under an installment contract. Good guy does all of the necessary lien recordings to preserve his rights to repossess this property if Flybinight defaults. Lo and behold, Flybinight defaults on the purchase contract with Good guy. Flybinight goes belly-up and files a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy petition. In the bankruptcy proceeding Flybinight claims that all of the property is his and belongs to the “estate.” The Trustee sides with the debtor, and proposes to sell the property for a substantial sum, deposit the proceeds in the bankruptcy estate, and spreads the proceeds to all unsecured creditors (after deducting the Trustee’s commission, his attorney’s fees and expenses of administration). Here’s where we file an Adversary Proceeding Complaint, assert our client’s ownership rights, and ask the Bankruptcy Court to return 100 percent of the property to our client. If the Trustee disputes our Complaint, then the “Adversary Proceeding” is set down for an evidentiary hearing; and the “pleading,” “motion,” “discovery” and “trial” rules of regular federal civil court litigation become applicable. Adversary Proceedings are frequently initiated to:

  1. recover money or property;
  2. determine the validity, priority, or extent of a lien or other interest in property;
  3. sell property free of a lien or other interest for which the holder can be compelled to take a money satisfaction;
  4. object to or revoke a discharge;
  5. obtain an injunction;
  6. obtain relief from a stay;
  7. determine the dischargeability of a debt;
  8. revoke confirmation of a rehabilitation plan; or
  9. declare a debt dischargeable by a debtor. ( 9 Am. Jur 2d §113)

To be properly represented in an Adversary Proceeding, the contestants should be represented by experienced trial lawyers with the necessary specialized skills, that is, lawyers who have the aptitude and training for trial and pretrial work. Petti Murphy & Associates are familiar with the litigation rules, the formal discovery procedures and the federal motion practice, and are trained trial lawyers who can best represent the interests of an adversary litigant in trials before the Bankruptcy Court.

We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code.