Your Bankruptcy Options When Closing Down a Business

Should You Seek Protection under Chapter 11 or Chapter 7 If you own or operate your own business, but you're struggling to make a go of it, you need to honestly assess your chances of long term success. The bankruptcy laws can help you wind down a business, allowing you to put most of the losses behind you. What's the best way to use bankruptcy … [Read more...]

Can You Dispose of Assets before You File a Bankruptcy Petition?

Steps to Minimize Potential Legal Problems When you are facing financial challenges, a common strategy is often to sell assets you don't need, so that you can pay off creditors or meet your basis needs. If you subsequently file for bankruptcy protection, though, you may face questions from the bankruptcy court regarding the disposition of those … [Read more...]

What Happens to Jointly Owned Property When You Seek Protection in Bankruptcy?

You have unmanageable debt and have concluded that the only way to move forward is file a personal bankruptcy petition. You may own property jointly with friends or other family members, including parents, children and others. Perhaps a family member co-signed for you or a parent added you to a bank account or deed as an estate planning tool. … [Read more...]

Are Your Retirement Assets Safe When You File for Bankruptcy Protection?

You've worked hard to prepare for a secure retirement, faithfully making contributions to your IRA or to a 401(k). Then you experience health problems, or lose your job, and the bills become unmanageable. A personal bankruptcy filing may be the only way to get back on your feet again. If you file for bankruptcy, though, will you jeopardize your … [Read more...]

How Does a Bankruptcy Filing affect an Inheritance?

Can You Potentially Lose an Inheritance if You Seek Protection in Bankruptcy? You've had difficulty meeting your financial responsibilities, and have successfully discharged debts through a Chapter 7 proceeding. After the termination of the bankruptcy proceeding, you learn that you are the beneficiary of the estate of a loved one. What are the … [Read more...]

Can You Discharge a Car Accident Verdict in Bankruptcy?

It's not common that a private individual will have personal financial responsibility for damages suffered by another person in a motor vehicle accident. That's generally covered by automobile insurance. There are, however, isolated instances where you may be sued directly by another person, or by an insurance company, for losses incurred. Can you … [Read more...]

When Can You Discharge Tax Debts in Chapter 7?

Can You Lose Individual Retirement Account Assets in a Bankruptcy? In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing, you can typically discharge certain debts in exchange of allowing some of your assets to be placed in the bankruptcy estate, where they may be sold to satisfy creditors. Among the debts typically identified as non-dischargeable are family law … [Read more...]

Support Obligations and Bankruptcy—Your Options

Managing Child Support and Spousal Support Debt in Bankruptcy If you're struggling to keep your head above water financially, and a big part of your monthly outlay is for child or spousal support, you may have questions about whether you can use the bankruptcy laws to get some relief. Here's an overview of your options. Chapter 7 May Not Be Used … [Read more...]

Student Loan Arrearages—Chapter 7 or Chapter 13?

Suppose that you're struggling to meet your obligations and the bulk of your debt is tied to student loan repayments. You're not alone. Statistics indicate that more than 44 million debtors owe over $1.5 trillion in student loan debt, and that that average total amount of debt for graduates of the class of 2018 was $29,800, with many former … [Read more...]

Can the Funds in an IRA Be Part of Your Bankruptcy Estate?

Can You Lose Individual Retirement Account Assets in a Bankruptcy? When you file for protection under Chapter 7 of the bankruptcy laws, a "bankruptcy estate" will be created, into which certain assets of yours will be transferred. If those assets are not exempt under state or federal law, the bankruptcy trustee may choose to sell them to pay down … [Read more...]

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Consumer Bankruptcy

Can I keep my car? Will bankruptcy stop a foreclosure? Will I ever be debt-free again? How will I ever pay these medical bills?

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Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

If you want to stop creditor harassment, eliminate repossession debt, stop garnishments and keep your house, and car, a Chapter 7 bankruptcy could help.

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Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Are you in jeopardy of losing your house? Are you making good money but everyone is asking for payment right now? Do you want or need to stop collections?

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