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A decision to file for bankruptcy should be made only after determining that bankruptcy is the best way to deal with your financial problems.  This blog can not explain every aspect of the bankruptcy process.  If you still have questions after reading it, contact Consumer Legal Services, LLC for a FREE consultation today! What Is...
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Are you maxed out on your credit cards? Have you recently been laid off? Do you have unexpected medical bills? Is your phone ringing off the hook with aggressive bill collectors? Has your mortgage ballooned out of control? In a nutshell, are your bills more than you can pay? Fortunately, there’s a bailout available to...
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What is Bankruptcy? Bankruptcy is a legal proceeding afforded to people (or businesses) who are unable to handle a financial crisis. Bankruptcy is made available by federal law so that you can have a fresh start. How Does Bankruptcy Work? After an individual qualifies and files a bankruptcy, legal protections are then instilled by the...
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If you’re an individual and feel that there is no way out of your debt troubles — filing bankruptcy may be your best option. Individuals file personal bankruptcy because they need financial relief and seek a second start: A Chapter 7 bankruptcy or a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy can help you overcome problems if: • You...
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What is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy? Chapter 7 Bankruptcy was enacted to allow persons who are hopelessly burdened by debt to have an opportunity for a new beginning by wiping out unsecured debts (debts that aren’t tied to any specific item of property, most commonly credit cards). Chapter 7 is designed for persons who cannot afford...
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Background Chapter 12 is designed for “family farmers” or “family fishermen” with “regular annual income.” It enables financially distressed family farmers and fishermen to propose and carry out a plan to repay all or part of their debts. Under chapter 12, debtors propose a repayment plan to make installments to creditors over three to five...
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Background A case filed under chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code is frequently referred to as a “reorganization” bankruptcy. An individual cannot file under chapter 11 or any other chapter if, during the preceding 180 days, a prior bankruptcy petition was dismissed due to the debtor’s willful failure to appear before the court...
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Background A chapter 13 bankruptcy is also call or texted a wage earner’s plan. It enables individuals with regular income to develop a plan to repay all or part of their debts. Under this chapter, debtors propose a repayment plan to make installments to creditors over three to five years. If the debtor’s current monthly...
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The first municipal bankruptcy legislation was enacted in 1934 during the Great Depression. Pub. L. No. 251, 48 Stat. 798 (1934). Although Congress took care to draft the legislation so as not to interfere with the sovereign powers of the states guaranteed by the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution, the Supreme Court held the 1934...
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Alternatives to Chapter 7 Debtors should be aware that there are several alternatives to chapter 7 relief. For example, debtors who are engaged in business, including corporations, partnerships, and sole proprietorships, may prefer to remain in business and avoid liquidation. Such debtors should consider filing a petition under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. Under...
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