Although the cost to hire a Chapter 13 bankruptcy attorney can vary by district and state, the good news is bankruptcy courts have guidelines which allow them to review and approve fees. Chapter 13 bankruptcy lawyers also must disclose the fees they charge, and the court has the authority to decide whether or not the fees are unreasonable. In some cases, if the court determines the fees paid have been too high, they will also make the lawyer return all or a portion of the bankruptcy fees.
The Chapter 7 bankruptcy process allows debtors to discharge certain unsecured debts, including medical bills and credit card debt. Other secured debts, such as student loans, certain IRS tax debts, and spousal and child support debts are not discharged (exceptions exist for student loan debt). If you are in a financial crisis filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy may be an option, but there are certain long-term considerations which should be understood before making this decision. Recently on our bankruptcy forum a user asked, “If I decide to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy what is the Chapter 7 bankruptcy process?”
If you are considering bankruptcy it’s likely you are living paycheck to paycheck, struggling to pay your bills, and accumulating substantial debt each month. So what can bankruptcy do for you? Recently on our bankruptcy forum a user asked, “If I file bankruptcy will it help me get more money?”
Although filing bankruptcy has become more socially acceptable, filing bankruptcy does have serious ramifications which can impact a debtor for up to ten years. Recently on our bankruptcy forum a user asked, “If I have only one credit card with a balance on it is bankruptcy right for me?”
Bankruptcy laws can be a bit complicated and sometimes it’s not clear to bankruptcy filers what can and cannot be discharged if they decide to file Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Recently on our legal forum a user asked, “If I decide to file bankruptcy will my car payments be discharged?”
Recently on our bankruptcy forum a user asked, “Will bankruptcy give me a fresh financial start?” Although this would seem like an easy question to answer, the answer is it depends. Bankruptcy has been created as a legal means to help some individuals discharge certain debts and allow them to get a fresh financial start, but whether or not this will work for you will depend on your debts.
Whether you choose to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy and have qualifying unsecured debts discharged or if you are forced to repay your debts by filing Chapter 13 bankruptcy, there will be certain debts which are considered nondischargeable debts. Filing any type of bankruptcy will not discharge or clear all of your debts.
A wage garnishment allows your employer to automatically withhold a portion of your wages and send the payment directly to your creditors. Recently on our legal forum a user asked, “If I cannot pay my medical bills will the creditors have a right to have my wages garnished?”
Millions of Americans file for bankruptcy protection each year, suggesting there is much less of a social stigma for filing bankruptcy than in the past, but the real question is whether or not filing bankruptcy could jeopardize your employment. The answer is…it depends.
If you have suffered a severe medical crisis it’s easy to rack up hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical debt, especially if you do not have good healthcare coverage. Recently on our bankruptcy forum a user asked, “Can I discharge my hospital bills if I file bankruptcy?”