Everything You Need to Know About Divorce and Bankruptcy You have probably heard the commonly-cited statistic that about half of all marriages end in divorce. A sizable number of those whom have experienced divorce will also find themselves in need of bankruptcy protection. Family law and bankruptcy law intertwine in several ways. This post […]
Whether you are only considering bankruptcy, or currently in the middle of one, you are probably already looking ahead to the future. Life after bankruptcy may seem scary, but it is actually pretty great! The feelings of stress and anxiety you felt while drowning in debt will have melted away, and you can begin to focus on planning and preparing for your new life. The primary concern for many people coming out of a bankruptcy is rebuilding and repairing credit. If you are wondering how to begin improving your credit score, this post may provide some insight on establishing a solid credit history post bankruptcy.
Deciding to file bankruptcy is a really personal decision. But there are a few red flags which probably mean it’s a really good option. So if you’re considering going into your retirement account and borrowing money to pay off unsecured debts like credit card debts and medical debts, that’s a pretty good sign that it might be time to file bankruptcy. Look your retirement funds are earmarked for your retirement. They are 100 percent exempt in bankruptcy. So if we file a bankruptcy for you nobody can touch your retirement account. So why would we take the money out of your retirement account and pay off debts that are dischargeable in bankruptcy. It probably doesn’t make sense.
Can I file? For the most part, when people seek out bankruptcy relief they are seeking the type of relief offered through chapter 7. To file, you must:
• 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., as long as they have assets in the U.S.
• You are able to 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.
• Within 180 days before filing the bankruptcy petition, you must receive credit counseling briefing from one of the approved nonprofit agency that focuses on budget and counseling.
• Be subject to a means test to determine how your income compares to Arizona’s median income and whether or not you qualify to file under Chapter 7.
The easily availability of consumer debt in the United States (U.S.) has significantly increased debt amounts by more consumers, especially those with low to moderate income. This makes these families and individuals most vulnerable to financial difficulties when they suffer income interruptions or emergency expenses when it comes to staying a float debt payment
When you purchase something on credit, such as a car or a piece of jewelry, you enter into a Secure Loan because the item you’ve purchased secures the creditor because it automatically becomes collateral. Collateral is something that can be taken away, from the borrower, by the lender, if the debt is not paid.
Anywhere from three weeks to fifty days after you file your Chapter 13 bankruptcy paperwork, a meeting of creditors will be held. Seven days before the meeting you will be required to give the trustee copies of your federal income tax return for the previous tax year. If you were not required to file taxes, you will provide a statement saying so.
In this article I am going to discuss Schedule C of the bankruptcy petition, which is property exemptions. Under federal and state bankruptcy laws, there are categories and amounts of property that are exempt from the bankruptcy process. This means that you are allowed to keep the property as part of your fresh start after bankruptcy.
Chapter 13 bankruptcy: the basics. If you are considering bankruptcy as a solution for your financial troubles, you may be wondering if there is an option which would allow you to be able to keep your assets and still be able to pay back debt and receive a discharge for unpaid debt. If this is […]
In my last article I went over for you the basics of bankruptcy and briefly described the two most common types of bankruptcy used by individuals. Now I am going to spend some time focusing on the number one most common type of bankruptcy; the Chapter 7, which is sometimes referred to as the Straight […]