Avoid These Common Mistakes When Taking the Chapter 7 Means Test

Let an Experienced Bankruptcy Attorney Guide You Through the Process Under American bankruptcy law, individuals must submit to a "means test" to determine eligibility for the permanent discharge of debt under Chapter 7. The means test establishes whether you have the resources to repay your creditors over a three-to-five-year period. If you do, … [Read more...]

The Means Test in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Filings

How the Court Determines Whether You Qualify for Permanent Discharge Under American bankruptcy law, you can seek to permanently discharge personal debt under Chapter 7 or else file for Chapter 13 "debtor's reorganization," in which you work with creditors to negotiate arrangements to pay your financial obligations over a three-to-five-year period. … [Read more...]

What to Expect (and Not to Expect) from a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Filing

What Chapter 7 Can and Cannot Do for You If you're struggling to meet your financial obligations, chances are good that you've considered filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. It's important to understand, though, that bankruptcy won't solve all your problems and that there will be consequences. Before you decide to file, you want to know … [Read more...]

Talking to Friends and Family After You’ve Filed for Bankruptcy Protection

Overcoming the Stigma Associated with Bankruptcy For many people who opt for protection under American bankruptcy law, the decision whether to file is less about whether it will help them financially and more about how they will be perceived by friends and family. Though U.S. bankruptcy laws exist to give debtors an opportunity for a fresh start, … [Read more...]

Legal Actions Not Affected by a Bankruptcy Filing

The Impact of a Bankruptcy Filing on Other Legal Proceedings When you file a petition under Chapter 7, Chapter 13 or any other part of American bankruptcy law, an automatic stay immediately goes into effect, preventing creditors from filing or proceeding with any legal action to collect the debt except through the bankruptcy process. The automatic … [Read more...]

Avoiding the Means Test in a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Filing

The Limited Circumstances Where You Don't Have to Submit to the Means Test When American bankruptcy law was amended in 2005, the framers of the revised Bankruptcy Code, with the intent of reducing the number of Chapter 7 petitions, added a requirement that debtors qualify for Chapter 7 by submitting to a means test. That test is designed to … [Read more...]

Discharging Tax Debts in Bankruptcy

The Limited Circumstances Where You Can Wipe Out Tax Arrearages in Bankruptcy In Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings, you can permanently eliminate certain debts in exchange for transferring property to the bankruptcy trustee, who sells those assets to satisfy creditors. Among debts generally considered not to be dischargeable in Chapter 7 are tax … [Read more...]

The Documents You’ll Need for a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Filing

A Checklist to Help You Streamline the Process American bankruptcy laws were enacted to give debtors a second chance. With a Chapter 7 petition, you can permanently discharge some of your debts in exchange for transferring some property to the bankruptcy trustee, who will sell it to pay creditors. However, one requirement of the bankruptcy process … [Read more...]

Knowing If You Qualify to File for Chapter 7

Choosing the Appropriate Time Makes a Big Difference If you've never sought protection under U.S. bankruptcy laws, the first thing you need to understand is that there are two ways to get a fresh start: with a liquidation proceeding under Chapter 7 or a reorganization under Chapter 13. As a rule, you don't get much choice—you can always opt to … [Read more...]

Knowing When to File for Bankruptcy Protection

Choosing the Appropriate Time Makes a Big Difference The bankruptcy laws were enacted to give people an opportunity for a fresh start. It can happen to anyone—medical bills pile up, you lose your job or go through a divorce. A Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 petition can help get you on the right track. Unfortunately, we typically see that people wait too … [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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