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Bankruptcy

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Top Reasons Why You Should Consider Bankruptcy

Whether you’re upside down in debt because of being unemployed, too much spending, medical bills, college tuition or anything else, you should know that you’re not alone!

Last year, almost 773,000 individuals found themselves in the same situation.

You at one point or another might have considered filing for bankruptcy.  Bankruptcy can help those in financial distress get a fresh start and start over again.

Does Bankruptcy Really Work and is it the Right Fit for You?  Here is what you need to know

When is a Good Time to Consider Bankruptcy?

Anytime your income is insufficient to pay your debt while also maintaining your household expenses, bankruptcy is an option worth looking into. Matthew C. Cherney, a bankruptcy attorney, says that a good rule of thumb is to take a good look at the total amount of debt that you owe.  If the monthly expenses associated with servicing the debt comes close to, or exceeds your monthly income, then you may be an ideal candidate for filing for bankruptcy.

Some debts such as child support, income taxes and student loans cannot be discharged in bankruptcy, so one should really consider monthly figure as an expense, rather than a debt.

In Georgia and other states, the bankruptcy laws require many different forms and schedules to be filed with a bankruptcy .  These forms also depend on the chapter of bankruptcy.  Some of these forms are Chapter 7 and Chapter 13.  Let’s explore these in detail.

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Chapter 7 is commonly referred to as a “liquidation” bankruptcy.  Chapter 7 is oftentimes associated with what people think of when they think of bankruptcy.  A business bankruptcy would be a Chapter 11.

After your bankruptcy attorney files your paperwork, the judge will appoint a “trustee.”  The trustee’s job  is to investigate your financial affairs search for any assets, and, if appropriate, sell, or liquidate these assets, and pay any monies to your creditors.

You are allowed certain exemptions to protect your property, and this situation only becomes relevant when the value of your assets exceed your exemptions.  If that is the case, you may want to consider a chapter 13 bankruptcy in order to protect your assets.

Did you know?

Abraham Lincoln filed for bankruptcy in 1838.  Prior to the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln had considerable debt associated with the purchase of several general stores.

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

If you do not qualify for chapter 7, or are attempting to protect your assets and have regular income, chapter 13 may be a better solution for you.  In chapter 13 one can propose a plan to pay back their debt (or a portion thereof) over three to five years.

Another benefit is that Chapter 13 can treat certain debts that are not dischargeable in chapter 7.

What is the Immediate Benefit of Bankruptcy?

The one thing that ALL forms of bankruptcy have in common is the wonderful feature known as the “Automatic Stay.”

Immediately upon filing bankruptcy,  the automatic stay prevents most creditors from collecting any outstanding debts.

This means:

  • No more lawsuits;
  • No more harassing phone calls;
  • No more “Final Demand” letters sent to your home;

Instantly all of these things that keep you up at night, as well as any outstanding debt- are all washed away, or “discharged,” in legal terms.

Read more about Automatic Stay

What is the Negative Impact of Filing for Bankruptcy?

After filing, your credit score will be impacted.  However, if your credit score is already rather low, the impact will be nominal.  Bankruptcy will remain on your credit report for a period of years (depending on the chapter); however, this time frame may pale in comparison to the length of time necessary to pay back your debt.  You will also be surprised at the amount of credit card offers you’ll receive after your bankruptcy is discharged.  When used responsibly, a credit card is an excellent way of building your credit back up.

So is Filing For Bankruptcy a Good Thing?

The thought of bankruptcy may be unpleasant, but you will not believe the relief you feel after filing.  Filing with a trusting attorney should make it a pleasant experience.  Nobody ever wants to end up filing bankruptcy, but it can be a better alternative to harassing phone calls, intrusive letters, lawsuits and garnishments.

If you or someone you know is going through hardships due to outstanding debt, give our office a call today and speak with attorney Matthew Cherney of Cherney Law Firm, LLC.

Vehicle Repossession and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

One reason for the overwhelming increase in vehicle repossessions is the rise of sub-prime vehicle loans. Sub-prime borrowers account for nearly 1/3 of the new car loans. Sub-prime borrowers are sure to be saddled with the highest interest rates (15% – 20%), and the longest loan terms (60 months – 72 months). Inability to maintain payments may result in repossession. A chapter 13 bankruptcy will stop a repossession, and allow the borrower an opportunity to pay the loan back over a period of 3-5 years, oftentimes at a significantly reduced interest rate.

Is Fear Holding You Back from Filing for Bankruptcy?

People often hold out for a hopeful solution, even while their debt is mounting fast. They cling to other solutions besides bankruptcy- getting a raise, selling their house, and so forth. Why is bankruptcy the “worst case scenario” and something that causes individuals to drag their feet in trepidation? Continue Reading

Keeping Your Home in Bankruptcy

Depending on your income and debts, bankruptcy can actually help you stay in your home. While saving your house is possible with Chapter 7 bankruptcy, Chapter 13 (also known as reorganization bankruptcy) is normally a more advisable option when faced with foreclosure. How can you know which is right for you? Continue Reading

Do I Qualify for Bankruptcy? Which Chapter?

The first question for many people considering bankruptcy is “do I qualify?” In order to determine whether you qualify for bankruptcy, you should consult with a Marietta bankruptcy attorney. As a general rule, almost everyone qualifies for bankruptcy. Find out more about qualifying for bankruptcy here. The real question is, “What Bankruptcy is Right for Me?” Continue Reading

Is Filing for Bankruptcy Going to Hurt My Credit?

Usually, those who are filing for bankruptcy already have a bad credit score because they have been unable to pay their debts. Filing for bankruptcy can help those who need to get their debts discharged and get a fresh start on life. Most find that their credit scores begin to improve after they have filed because they are able to pay off their newly decreased debt, rather than watching it continue to accrue. Continue Reading

Roswell Bankruptcy: Discharging Debt in Chapter 7

The federal bankruptcy laws allow certain debts to be discharged. If you receive a discharge, you will no longer be legally obligated to pay back that debt. Certain debts cannot be discharged. These include child support, spousal support and most income taxes. Generally speaking, debts that can be discharged are unsecured debts, such as medical bills, credit card bills and personal loans. Continue Reading

Bankruptcy Discharge: What You Should Know

What is a bankruptcy discharge? A bankruptcy discharge is a court order that legally extinguishes your responsibility to pay back your debt. While the discharge may eliminate your responsibility to pay back most debts, not all debts can be discharged in a bankruptcy proceeding. Continue Reading

Cherney Law Firm: Who We Are

Bankruptcy is often a taboo subject and a scary endeavor. If you are in a tough financial situation, you may think that bankruptcy is your only option. Whether you are still making money and simply need to organize your debt into a payment plan in order to satisfy creditors, or need to liquidate all of your assets to satisfy debt, an attorney from the Cherney Law Firm LLC can help. The caring and compassionate attorney at this Marietta Bankruptcy Firm understands that you are going through a difficult ordeal at present. Maybe you are devastated by the possibility of declaring bankruptcy. When you are in an emotional state, you need a reliable lawyer there to help. The Cherney Law Firm can provide you with a solid and committed attorney who can give you advice, organize your paperwork, deal with the legal implications of bankruptcy, and make sure that they entire process runs smoothly. Continue Reading

Discharging Debt Through Bankruptcy

Filing bankruptcy has specific advantages. Discharging debt is one of the main benefits. In simple terms, a discharge eliminates a person’s responsibility to pay back their debt. A person can receive a discharge in both a Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 bankruptcy. It is important to know that not all debts can be discharged in bankruptcy. Continue Reading

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