What Is Bankruptcy? Bankruptcy is a legal process that allows individuals or businesses to obtain relief from their debts when they are unable to pay them. In the United States, bankruptcy is governed by federal law, specifically the Bankruptcy Code. There are several different types of bankruptcy that individuals and businesses can file, each with […]
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You have been paying your bills late. Deciding strategically each month which bills get paid. Then it all catches up with you. Maybe you had to miss extra days of work unexpectedly or lost your job. Whatever the reason, you are no longer able to make the monthly minimums. Then the calls start. First, it is one or two calls a week. Then it is every day, multiple calls each day. You waiver between just putting your phone on silence, afraid to answer the next call, to being scared you will miss an important call regarding a job application, your loved ones, or kids’ school. You wish you could just pay off all your bills and stop the calls. However, unless you win the lottery or get the huge promotion, you know that will not happen soon. Should you change your phone number? Block every call you do not recognize? What can you do to stop the creditors from harassing you? Keep reading for the 5 best ways to get creditors to stop calling you.
If you are about to lose your home to foreclosure, it is a good reason to start thinking about bankruptcy as a fresh start. Make sure to consult with a qualified bankruptcy attorney immediately. If you wait too long, it may be too late to save your home. Starting the bankruptcy process can halt the foreclosure process, which may give you the necessary time to save your home.
When filing a Chapter 7 and 13 you must:
1. Reside, be domiciled, or have property or a place of business in the United States (U.S.). A person does not have to be a U.S. citizen to file, nor live in the U.S., if they have assets in the U.S.
2. You can file if you do not have a prior Chapter 7 discharge or it has been more than 8 years, or 6 years since a Chapter 13 discharge.
In previous blogs, I have written introductory information about the basic process in chapter 13 bankruptcy. In this next series of articles, I will discuss some of the issues surrounding chapter 13. In order to file chapter 13, you must be an individual with regular income. There are limits to the amount of debt you can have and still be eligible to file chapter 13. As of April 1, 2013 the limits are now $1,149,525.00 for secured debt and $383,175.00 for unsecured debt. These numbers are adjusted every three years. If you are close to these numbers, be sure and contact our office to get the current applicable limitations.
In our previous post we discussed the bankruptcy petition, the Schedule A listing of real estate/property and the Schedule B listing of personal property. In this post we will discuss property exemptions (Schedule C). Under federal and state bankruptcy laws, there are categories and amounts of property that are exempt from the bankruptcy process. […]
Part of our commitment as bankruptcy attorneys is to inform and educate clients about the bankruptcy process. As a part of the client-attorney team, it is important for you to understand the forms you sign as part of your bankruptcy case. You are required to sign many of the forms we will file and […]
Bankruptcy laws provide for you to exempt property from the bankruptcy process that is necessary for you to get a fresh start. In handling your bankruptcy case, we will need to take into consideration how long you have lived in Arizona to effectively plan your property exemptions. Some states will allow you to […]
When you have decided to file bankruptcy there are certain issues that need to be determined prior to your filing. As your Arizona bankruptcy attorneys, we will discuss the strategies involved in filing that will be of the most benefit to you and your spouse or family, if applicable. Should Both Spouses File Bankruptcy? […]
An important part of making your decision to file bankruptcy is deciding which type of bankruptcy is right for you. For the most part you will be making the decision to file chapter 7 or chapter 13. Although it is possible to “convert” or switch from chapter 7 to chapter 13 or vice versa, it […]