Will I Lose Everything If I File for Bankruptcy?

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Many people hold misconceptions about filing for bankruptcy. Perhaps the most common misconception is the notion that filing for bankruptcy means that you lose all of your wealth and possessions. What Will I Lose When Filing for Bankruptcy? Other Indiana Bankruptcy Exemptions.

The Dangers of Hiding Assets in a No Asset Bankruptcy

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There are two primary types of bankruptcies that a person might file when struggling to pay their debts: Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy , the debtor agrees to a payment plan instead of having their property taken to pay creditors.

What Is a Reaffirmation Agreement in Bankruptcy?

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Bankruptcy can be an overwhelming and challenging process. Understandably, this can make dealing with a bankruptcy seem impossible. However, as overwhelming as it all may seem, bankruptcy is often the best choice for many people, especially those who are struggling with crushing debt.

What Is a Personal Guarantee in Bankruptcy?

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A common question we receive from those considering bankruptcy is how it impacts personal guarantees. If you’re considering filing for bankruptcy, you need to consult with a bankruptcy attorney before signing a personal guarantee. Does a Personal Guarantee Survive Bankruptcy?

Filing Taxes After Filing for Bankruptcy

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Filing your taxes and filing for bankruptcy are two things that can be confusing and challenging on their own. Bankruptcy lawyers are important to work with when you file for bankruptcy, but they can be helpful and offer guidance even after you’ve filed. Tax Debt and Bankruptcy.

Building Credit During Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

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Filing for chapter 13 bankruptcy can seem like a daunting task, but it’s often the right move for those who are facing foreclosure, repossession, or have exorbitant debts. Your Credit During Chapter 13 Bankruptcy. How Long Does Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Stay on My Credit Report?

What is an Emergency Bankruptcy Filing?

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An emergency bankruptcy is a bankruptcy filing method that expedites the filing process to stop creditors and bill collectors from seeking debts from borrowers. Individuals can file an emergency bankruptcy, also known as a skeleton bankruptcy, under Chapter 7 and Chapter 13.

How Much Debt is Needed to File for Bankruptcy?

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When facing bankruptcy, many wonder how much debt is needed to file bankruptcy. There is no minimum amount of debt you need in order to file for bankruptcy, but there are other critical factors you need to take into consideration before filing under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13.

What Happens to Investment Real Estate in Bankruptcy?

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Filing for bankruptcy is an important step for many individuals looking to overcome debts. Your investment real estate’s outcome depends entirely on whether you file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Investment Real Estate in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.

What You Need to Know if You Are Retired and Filing for Bankruptcy

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Since 1991, the number of retirees filing for bankruptcy has tripled , with 12.2% of all bankruptcies being filed by people 65 and older. However, though bankruptcy can be a good option, it is not always the best option, especially if you are retired.

What Property Can I Keep After Filing for Bankruptcy?

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The bankruptcy process involves looking at your assets. In a Chapter 7, or liquidation bankruptcy, some of your property may not be protected, and you could lose it. Understanding Indiana Bankruptcy Exemptions. Every state handles bankruptcy exemptions differently.

Can I Pay Off My Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Plan Early

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Most people enter into bankruptcy because they are experiencing financial hardship. Unfortunately, paying off your Chapter 13 bankruptcy early can have consequences and might not even be possible. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy and Disposable Income.

Bankruptcy and Tax Refund Strategies

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For someone who’s pursuing Chapter 7 bankruptcy , this is especially important. Chapter 7 bankruptcies are liquidation bankruptcies, meaning non-exempt assets can be liquidated to pay your creditors back something. The Timing Matters for Your Bankruptcy Tax Strategy.

COVID-19 Bankruptcies

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American consumers will be filing personal bankruptcies in record numbers by the end of 2020. That is the projection from bankruptcy attorneys, bankers and other experts who project that the COVID-19 era will lead to a historic financial tsunami. Bankruptcy COVID-19

Bankruptcy and Your Job

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One issue that you may worry about when filing for bankruptcy is whether or not it will affect your employment. Bankruptcy Code (11 U.S. Code § 525 – Protection against discriminatory treatment) it is illegal to fire someone simply because they have filed for bankruptcy.

Utility Bills and Bankruptcy

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However, it’s important to keep in mind that paying one creditor and not another can be seen as preferential treatment should you decide to file for bankruptcy. This gives you time to get your bankruptcy case started to avoid this from happening.

Utility Bills and Bankruptcy

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However, it’s important to keep in mind that paying one creditor and not another can be seen as preferential treatment should you decide to file for bankruptcy. This gives you time to get your bankruptcy case started to avoid this from happening.

Can I Discharge a Private Student Loan in Bankruptcy?

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The majority of people in Indiana who have thought about declaring bankruptcy likely already know how challenging it is to get student loans erased. As a result, the majority of debtors who file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy do not get their college loans dismissed.

ABI’s Industry Viewpoint Interview: Intellectual Property And Bankruptcy

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recently had the honor of talking with the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Editor-at-Large Bill Rochelle about the intersection of intellectual property and bankruptcy, as part of ABI’s Industry Viewpoints video series. Photo courtesy of the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Bankruptcy and Unemployment

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In this situation, you may be wondering whether bankruptcy could be a good solution. Let’s look at how bankruptcy works when you’re unemployed and whether this could be a path to clearing away all that old debt. Income Requirements for Bankruptcy.

Credit Reporting During and After Bankruptcy

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Have you wondered what will happen to your credit report during and after your bankruptcy? When you’re working with a bankruptcy attorney at Sawin & Shea, one of the services we offer is reviewing your credit report. Your Credit Report as Part of Your Bankruptcy.

Should I Max Out My Credit Cards Before Filing for Bankruptcy?

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Debtors who run their credit card balances up before they file for bankruptcy could suffer consequences. Primarily, it could result in your debt becoming ineligible for discharge, which is often the whole point of filing for bankruptcy. Understanding Credit Card Debt and Bankruptcy.

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy and Student Loans

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It’s no surprise then that thousands of individuals with student loan debt end up turning to bankruptcy for help. Though filing for bankruptcy may seem scary, there are many ways that it can help those drowning in debt get back on track. How Does Student Loans Bankruptcy Work?

Bankruptcy and Your 2021 Stimulus Check

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But for those contemplating bankruptcy, it brought a new worry. Will bankruptcy take away my stimulus check?”. This has become a common question for bankruptcy attorneys across the nation. So let’s clear up your concerns about bankruptcy and your stimulus money.

How Is Household Size Determined in Bankruptcy?

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Determining household size is an important measurement when facing bankruptcy. In fact, correctly determining household size can determine your eligibility for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. If your income is below the median, you are considered eligible for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Getting Approved for a Loan After Bankruptcy

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Many people assume that because they have filed bankruptcy, their credit is ruined, and they will not be able to qualify for any loans. Chapter 7 bankruptcy: In this type of bankruptcy, your non-exempt assets (if any) have been liquidated to pay off a percentage of your debts.

Will Bankruptcy Erase ALL of My Debt?

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Debt elimination is typically one of the primary reasons a debtor will pursue bankruptcy. Bankruptcy can often eliminate most of or make it easier to pay off your debt—it simply depends on the type of debt you have and the type of bankruptcy you file.

Do You Have to Get Debt Counseling Before Bankruptcy?

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Filing for bankruptcy is a process. As part of that process, the bankruptcy law requires that you get a certificate that evidences you did a pre-filing counseling session with an approved agency. It also talks about using repayment plans instead of declaring bankruptcy.

Dispelling myths about bankruptcy and your credit

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There are countless myths when it comes to bankruptcy. Many people believe myths such as only financially irresponsible people file bankruptcy, or that filing means they will lose everything. Myth: Bankruptcy permanently damages your credit.

Consumer Debt vs. Non Consumer Debt

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When filing Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, it’s critical to understand the difference between consumer debt and non-consumer debt. If you’re considering filing Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, consider enlisting the help of skilled bankruptcy attorneys.

Credit Card Debt and Bankruptcy

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Bankruptcy is often a wise choice for those overwhelmed by credit card debt and looking to get back on track and rebuild their finances. Though it can be a scary and stressful process, the benefits of filing for bankruptcy tend to outweigh the detriments.

Credit Card Debt and Bankruptcy

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Bankruptcy is often a wise choice for those overwhelmed by credit card debt and looking to get back on track and rebuild their finances. Though it can be a scary and stressful process, the benefits of filing for bankruptcy tend to outweigh the detriments.

Eviction and Bankruptcy

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Although filing for bankruptcy can solve many of the issues you are dealing with, ease your stress level, and give you a chance to breathe, it cannot remove all of your worries. How does filing for bankruptcy affect a possible eviction?

How common is bankruptcy?

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This isolation can make it seem like debt is not a common issue, or that bankruptcy is not a common solution. Bankruptcy is more common than many people might believe. It is rare for people to publicly discuss their financial hardship, much less their decision to file bankruptcy.

The CARES Act, Consumer Bankruptcy, and Mortgage Servicing

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Though enacting the CARES Act helped, those dealing with hefty mortgage payments and considering bankruptcy, for example, weren’t entirely clear on their options. However, the situation was a bit more complicated for those already in bankruptcy or considering it.