Are you struggling to pay business debts? Are you feeling the weight and stress of what feels like an endless amount of debt crushing you? Is your business failing to produce enough income to cover expenses? Could your business really benefit from being reorganized? If you are a business owner, filing bankruptcy probably is one of the last things you want to consider. Yet, according to the Small Business Administration (SBA) more than 50% of businesses fail within the first ten years. Unfortunately, filing business bankruptcy is something many business owners need to consider. Filing bankruptcy does not mean the death of your business. Actually, filing either Chapter 11 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy allows you to save your business by reorganizing your debt. Filing bankruptcy can bring much needed relief from financial stress and provide a way for you to give your business a fresh, financial start.
Stephen Trezza Tucson Bankruptcy Attorney
Planning Your Bankruptcy Strategy
If you have decided that bankruptcy is the right choice for you, there are a number of decisions that need to be made before you file. As your Arizona bankruptcy attorneys, we will discuss with you the strategies that will be of the most benefit to you and your family.
Because there is additional proof needed to show undue burden, the majority of those individuals who file bankruptcy do not file the additional adversary proceeding necessary to receive a discharge. This accounts for very low number of student loan discharges given to debtors by bankruptcy courts each year.
Filing for bankruptcy is complicated and stressful. You may be confused about what you are asked, or the state of your finances. This may lead you to be inaccurate or not thorough. And rumors and misconceptions about bankruptcy lead people to hide assets and not be upfront with their attorneys. All of this can lead to huge problems down the road. Below are the five biggest mistakes bankruptcy filers make when they file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy.
A common question that comes up when clients are considering chapter 7 bankruptcy is what impact bankruptcy will have on IRAs and other retirement accounts. When we file your chapter 7 bankruptcy, we have the opportunity to use what are termed “exemptions” under the U.S. and Arizona bankruptcy laws.
The answer to this is no…and yes. In Arizona, wedding rings are exempt up to $2,000. This means that for both you and your spouse, you can exempt a total of $2,000 of the value of your wedding rings. For most people, this is more than enough to keep their rings safe. But what if, during better economic times, you purchased more expensive jewelry? Technically, the Trustee can have you turn over your jewelry. Does this happen often? No. Could it? It could.
In this next post we will be discussing the issue surrounding dismissal or conversion of bankruptcy and the role and mechanism of the means test and presumption of abuse
Before the court confirms your chapter 13 plan, you will have to pass what is commonly referred to in bankruptcy law as the “feasibility” test. This isn’t really a test, but the court will look at whether or not the information we provide in the bankruptcy forms and schedules show enough income so that you can make the proposed payments. Whether it is the monthly payments you are proposing or a lump sum payment to be paid at the end of the plan, we should be able to show that the plan can be reasonably completed with the resources we report in the schedules.
What Happens to Utility Bills in Bankruptcy? When debts pile up, it can become overwhelming to pay any bills. And during the summer especially, Arizona utility bills can be astronomical. And because utilities are very important, you may wonder what will happen to your service if you file a bankruptcy petition. Will you still have […]
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.