Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

  Going through a bankruptcy —– from decision to discharge— can be a long and stressful ordeal. Eventually, though, you get the breathing room you so desperately need. And after Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 comes the next chapter: putting your life and your credit back together. How can you do that? A bankruptcy stays […]

Many people believe that they will lose everything they own if they file for bankruptcy. Not true. In fact, most people who file for bankruptcy do not lose anything they own at all. How can that be? Well, the secret lies in… Exemptions. Most consumers file for Chapter 7 (or “liquidation”) bankruptcy. In a Chapter […]

Let’s say you’re having a really, really, bad week. You were injured in a car accident, the extension the contractor put on your house fell apart and now you’re suing him for breach of contract, your wife just found out about your (latest) girlfriend and has filed for divorce, and you can’t pay your creditors, […]

One of the immediate benefits of filing bankruptcy is the relief that the Bankruptcy Code’s “automatic stay” gives to a debtor. The automatic stay brings all collection efforts against the debtor to a screeching halt. It prevents creditors from collecting on their debts until discharge, the case is closed, or the stay is lifted. The […]

The decision to file bankruptcy is not an easy one to make. Many people experience enormous distress, shame and embarrassment over their financial difficulties. Without question, declaring Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy is no minor decision. But it just may be the right one for you. Especially if you cannot see any way of […]

The main purposes of the bankruptcy laws are to: Give an honest debtor a “fresh start” by relieving the debtor of most debts, and Repay creditors in an orderly manner to the extent that the debtor has property available to do so. One of the primary ways that the bankruptcy law attains its goal of […]

Bankruptcy is a complex process that begins before the time you file and goes straight through to the debt discharge and the period when you will begin the process of rebuilding your credit. An experienced bankruptcy attorney can help you navigate the maze of decisions, paperwork, procedure, and compliance that goes along with a bankruptcy […]

For people who are ineligible for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, or wish to repay their debts using a repayment plan, filing for a Chapter 13 bankruptcy can be a great option. The following are some pros and cons to declaring a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Pros: While under Chapter 13 the repayment of debts generally take place […]

Following the enactment of the Bankruptcy Abuse and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, debtors must pass a means test to qualify for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Basically, to qualify you must have little to no disposable income. The means test compares your average monthly income for the six-month period preceding your bankruptcy filing against the […]

When deciding whether to pursue a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, it is wise to sit down with a bankruptcy attorney and analyze your income, assets, debts, and your financial goals. For example, your situation might be such that you don’t qualify for Chapter 7, and would be better off repaying your debt over […]