BANKRUPTCY. Information Provided by Financial Credit Network October, 2011

Size: px
Start display at page:

Download "BANKRUPTCY. Information Provided by Financial Credit Network October, 2011"

Transcription

1 BANKRUPTCY Information Provided by Financial Credit Network October, 2011 Disclaimer: The information provided by Financial Credit Network is not to be construed as legal advice. Although we go to great lengths to make sure our information is accurate and useful, we recommend you consult your attorney if you want professional assurance that our information, and your interpretation of it, is suitable to your particular situation.

2 Information Purposes Only This material is provided for informational purposes only and not as legal advice by Financial Credit Network. With respect to any specific information, citations, or statements in these materials, any person or agency with specific legal questions must consult with legal counsel of their choice.

3 What Exactly is Bankruptcy? Bankruptcy is a federal court process designed to help consumers and businesses eliminate their debts or repay them under the protection of the bankruptcy court. The primary purpose of the law of bankruptcy is to give an honest consumer a fresh start in life by relieving the consumer of most debts and to repay creditors in an orderly manner to the extent the consumer has assets available.

4 Notice of Stay Regardless of which Chapter the consumer files, they are protected from further collection efforts by the Notice of Stay. All letters, calls, and collection efforts in regard to debts listed by the consumer in the bankruptcy must stop unless relief is granted by the court.

5 Bankruptcy Terms A no-asset case is a Chapter 7 case where there are no assets available to satisfy any portion of the creditors' unsecured claims. A preference or preferential debt payment is a payment made to a creditor in the 90-day period before a consumer files bankruptcy that gives the creditor more than the creditor would receive in the consumer's Chapter 7 case. A 341 Meeting is the meeting of creditors required by Section 341 of the Bankruptcy Code at which the consumer is questioned under oath by creditors, a trustee, examiner, or the U.S. trustee about his/her financial affairs. Also called Creditors' meeting.

6 Public Record Bankruptcy is a matter of public record and reflects on the consumer s credit report for 10 years. If a civil judgment has been secured prior to the bankruptcy filing date, it continues to credit report as an unsatisfied judgment.

7 In ,536,799 consumers filed Chapter 7 Chapter 7 In exchange for the discharge of debts, the consumer s nonexempt property is sold allowing the consumer or business to liquidate their assets and debts. 85% of consumers filing bankruptcy in 2010 chose to liquidate. Statistics at: BankruptcyStatistics/BankruptcyFilings/2010

8 What are the benefits of filing Chapter 7? Cost is much less than a Chapter 13 ($500 versus $2,500 for example). Debts may be discharged much faster (6 months instead of 5 years). Most debts are dischargeable. Most states have a reasonable list of exemptions. Bankruptcy is not designed to put consumers out on the street.

9 Examples of what you can keep when you file Chapter 7: Home If current on payments The bankruptcy code allows for equity, state laws vary Transportation Motor vehicles, if payments are current Tools, Clothes, Household Goods, Wages

10 Items you must typically give up when you file Chapter 7: Second Home Second car or truck Family Heirlooms Expensive musical instruments Stamp, coin and other collections Cash, bank accounts, stocks, bonds and other investments

11 Certain debts are not dischargeable through Chapter 7 Credit purchases for luxury goods or services made within 60 days of filing. Debts from willful or malicious injury to another person or another person s property. Debts owed under a divorce decree. Student loans or tax debts. Debts for personal injury or death caused by intoxicated driving. Fines and penalties imposed for violating the law, such as traffic tickets and criminal restitution.

12 In ,913 consumers filed for Chapter 13 Chapter 13 This type of reorganization bankruptcy allows consumers to make payments through a court appointed trustee.

13 Why would a consumer choose to file Chapter 13? Consumers may feel a moral obligation to repay their debts. If they have valuable nonexempt property. If they have received a discharge within the previous 6 years, they may not be able to file Chapter 7. If co-borrowers would be pursued for payment.

14 Secured debts Secured debt usually includes the right of the creditor to seize real property (house, car or furniture, e.g.) if there is a default, in addition to the promise or ability of the consumer to pay. A secured claim under the Bankruptcy Code is an allowed claim, secured by a lien on property of the consumer.

15 Unsecured debts A debt that is not tied to any property (medical or utility services or cash advance, for example). Creditors who have a lien need to decide whether to object to a consumer s plan within 45 days after the filing of the bankruptcy case. You cannot rely upon the Chapter 13 trustee to object to a plan that does not fairly treat a creditor s secured claim.

16 What s involved in reorganizing debt? Consumers or businesses filing Chapter 11, 12 or 13 will: File a plan with the bankruptcy court proposing how creditors will be repaid which must be approved by a judge.

17 Other Chapters: Chapter 9 allows municipalities to reorganize their debts. Chapter 11 allows businesses to reorganize their debts, but it is a complex and expensive process. Chapter 12 allows family farmers to reorganize their debts.

18 Where can I get forms and information? This site will allow you to access the 9 th Circuit which includes Northern, Southern, Eastern and Central Bankruptcy Districts of California Pacer search engine for case information Adobe Acrobat to access forms Consumer s attorney or the trustee

19 Filing deadlines In a Chapter 13 case, unsecured creditors who have claims against the consumer must file their claims with the court within 90 days after the first date set for the meeting of creditors. A proof of claim needs to be filed to receive payments and to make sure the correct amount and classification is provided to the trustee.

20 What is a discharge in bankruptcy? A discharge is a release of the consumer from personal liability for certain specified types of debts. It operates as a permanent order directed to the creditors of the consumer that they refrain from taking any form of collection action on the discharged debt.

21 Dismissal of Bankruptcy When a consumer fails to follow the rules and procedures of the bankruptcy court, the case may be dismissed. Unless the court dismisses for cause, the consumer may file again, but, until that time, the dismissal vacates any order, judgment or transfer ordered. Reinstates any proceeding suspended or lien voided. Credit counseling is generally required within 180 days before filing a case and a statement of compliance and a certificate of credit counseling must be furnished by the provider. Failure to do so may result in dismissal of the case.

22 Reaffirming A consumer may choose to reaffirm a debt by putting in writing their decision to make payment on an account. The consumer may find a benefit in making payment, such as avoiding a large deposit, keeping an established line of credit or continuing an existing business relationship.

23 Post Petition Debt When a consumer files a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the Notice of Stay applies to accounts incurred prior to the filing date. Consumers filing a Chapter 13 bankruptcy may amend their plan or add creditors at additional cost. Post-Petition claims are for debts incurred after the filing date and may be paid at the end of the repayment plan if approved by the trustee.

24 The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 was intended to decrease repeat filings. Consumers who had their debts discharged through Chapter 7 are not supposed to be granted another discharge within 4 years of the filing date. Consumers who had their debts discharged in a Chapter 13 case are not supposed to be granted another discharge within 2 years of the pending case.

25 Judges consider debt collectors notified when the original creditor receives notice of the bankruptcy filing. Financial Credit Network requests clients promptly report each new bankruptcy filing for accounts assigned to our office. U.S. consumer bankruptcies increased 9 percent in 2010 from the previous year, according to the American Bankruptcy Institute. The data showed the overall consumer filing total for the 2010 calendar year (Jan. 1 Dec. 31, 2010) reached 1,530,078, compared to the 1,407,788 total consumer filings recorded during 2009.

Understanding Bankruptcy

Understanding Bankruptcy Understanding Bankruptcy What is Bankruptcy? Bankruptcy is a legal process where an individual or organizational debtor is able to seek some financial relief. A fundamental goal of the federal bankruptcy

More information

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT CHAPTER 13 BANKRUPTCIES 1

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT CHAPTER 13 BANKRUPTCIES 1 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCIES What is a Chapter 7 bankruptcy and how does it work? A Chapter 7 bankruptcy case is a proceeding under federal law in which the Debtor seeks relief under

More information

BANKRUPTCY F.A.Q. S WHAT IS CHAPTER 7?

BANKRUPTCY F.A.Q. S WHAT IS CHAPTER 7? BANKRUPTCY F.A.Q. S While the information presented below is accurate as of the date of publication, it should not be cited or relied upon as legal authority. It should not be used as a substitute for

More information

Frequently Asked Questions. for. Chapter 7 Debtors

Frequently Asked Questions. for. Chapter 7 Debtors Frequently Asked Questions for Chapter 7 Debtors The information contained in this document is provided as a service to our clients, and does not constitute legal advice. We try to provide quality information,

More information

BANKRUPTCY INFORMATION SHEET

BANKRUPTCY INFORMATION SHEET BANKRUPTCY INFORMATION SHEET BANKRUPTCY LAW IS A FEDERAL LAW. THIS SHEET GIVES YOU SOME GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS IN A BANKRUPTCY CASE. THE INFORMATIONHERE IS NOT COMPLETE. YOU MAY NEED LEGAL

More information

Covering Iowa Law and Courts: A Guide for Journalists

Covering Iowa Law and Courts: A Guide for Journalists CHAPTER 11: The focus of this book is on Iowa laws and courts; thus, as noted earlier, the federal court system is generally beyond the scope of these materials. However, many who used early editions of

More information

A GUIDE TO FILING FOR BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION UNDER CHAPTER 7 OF THE BANKRUPTCY CODE

A GUIDE TO FILING FOR BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION UNDER CHAPTER 7 OF THE BANKRUPTCY CODE A GUIDE TO FILING FOR BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION UNDER CHAPTER 7 OF THE BANKRUPTCY CODE Michael R. Totaro Totaro & Shanahan P.O. Box 789 Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 310 573 0276 (v) 310 496 1260 (f) Mtotaro@aol.com

More information

Chapter 13: Repayment of All or Part of the Debts of an Individual with Regular Income ($235 filing fee, $39 administrative fee: Total fee $274)

Chapter 13: Repayment of All or Part of the Debts of an Individual with Regular Income ($235 filing fee, $39 administrative fee: Total fee $274) B 201A (Form 201A) (12/09) WARNING: Effective December 1, 2009, the 15-day deadline to file schedules and certain other documents under Bankruptcy Rule 1007(c) is shortened to 14 days. For further information,

More information

DISCHARGE. The Discharge in Bankruptcy. From an individual. debtor s standpoint, one. of the primary goals of. filing a bankruptcy case

DISCHARGE. The Discharge in Bankruptcy. From an individual. debtor s standpoint, one. of the primary goals of. filing a bankruptcy case The Discharge in Bankruptcy DISCHARGE The bankruptcy discharge varies depending on the type of case a debtor files: chapter 7, 11, 12, or 13. This Public Information Series pamphlet attempts to answer

More information

LAUREN ROSS Attorney at Law 2550 N. Hollywood Way Suite 404 Burbank, CA 91505-5046 Tel.(818) 847-0211 Facsimile (818) 847-0214

LAUREN ROSS Attorney at Law 2550 N. Hollywood Way Suite 404 Burbank, CA 91505-5046 Tel.(818) 847-0211 Facsimile (818) 847-0214 LAUREN ROSS Attorney at Law 2550 N. Hollywood Way Suite 404 Burbank, CA 91505-5046 Tel.(818) 847-0211 Facsimile (818) 847-0214 INITIAL CONSULTATION AGREEMENT AND REQUIRED NOTICES Please Note: These documents

More information

IN THE UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS HOUSTON DIVISION

IN THE UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS HOUSTON DIVISION IN THE UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS HOUSTON DIVISION DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF A DEBTOR UNDER CHAPTER 7 AND ATTENDANCE AT THE 341 MEETING OF CREDITORS In either

More information

BANKRUPTCY TERMINOLOGY

BANKRUPTCY TERMINOLOGY ADVERSARY PROCEEDING BANKRUPTCY TERMINOLOGY A lawsuit arising in or related to a bankruptcy case that is commenced by filing a complaint with the bankruptcy court. ASSUME An agreement to continue performing

More information

LIQUIDATION UNDER CHAPTER 7

LIQUIDATION UNDER CHAPTER 7 LIQUIDATION UNDER CHAPTER 7 1. WHAT IS CHAPTER 7 AND HOW DOES IT WORK? Chapter 7 is that part (or chapter) of the Bankruptcy Code that deals with liquidation. The Bankruptcy Code is that part of the federal

More information

Notice Required by 11 U.S.C. 342(b) and 527(a)

Notice Required by 11 U.S.C. 342(b) and 527(a) 1 P a g e Notice Required by 11 U.S.C. 342(b) and 527(a) In accordance with section 342(b) of the Bankruptcy Code, this notice: (1) Describes briefly the services available from credit counseling services;

More information

LIQUIDATION UNDER CHAPTER 7 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCIES 1

LIQUIDATION UNDER CHAPTER 7 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCIES 1 LIQUIDATION UNDER CHAPTER 7 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCIES What is a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case and how does it work? A Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a proceeding under federal law in which

More information

DEBT RELIEF AGENCY CONTRACT

DEBT RELIEF AGENCY CONTRACT DEBT RELIEF AGENCY CONTRACT Federal law requires that we enter into this Debt Relief Agency Contract within three business days after the first date on which we provide any bankruptcy assistance services.

More information

BANKRUPTCY THE BASICS

BANKRUPTCY THE BASICS Law Offices of Nakita R. Blocton A Limited Liability Company 950 22 nd Street North, Suite 715, Birmingham, Alabama 35203 - Post Office Box 2783, Birmingham, Alabama 35202 Telephone: (205) 251-8747 Fax:

More information

UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA SOUTHERN DIVISION

UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA SOUTHERN DIVISION UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA SOUTHERN DIVISION NOTICE TO INDIVIDUAL CONSUMER DEBTOR UNDER 342(b) OF THE BANKRUPTCY CODE In accordance with 342(b) of the Bankruptcy Code,

More information

SAMPLE BANKRUPTCY DISCHARGE FORM Page 1 of 2

SAMPLE BANKRUPTCY DISCHARGE FORM Page 1 of 2 One Division Avenue Room 200 Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3132 Phone : (616) 456-2693 http://www.miwb.uscourts.gov/ WHAT IS CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCY? Chapter 7 bankruptcy, sometimes call a straight bankruptcy is

More information

NOTICE NO. 1 Notice Mandated by Section 342(b)(1) and 527(a)(1) Of The Bankruptcy Code:

NOTICE NO. 1 Notice Mandated by Section 342(b)(1) and 527(a)(1) Of The Bankruptcy Code: Mandatory Bankruptcy Disclosures The following mandatory disclosures are required under Section 527 and 342 of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA) of 2005. NOTICE NO. 1

More information

Chapter 7 Liquidation Under the Bankruptcy Code

Chapter 7 Liquidation Under the Bankruptcy Code From Administrative Office of the United States Courts, Bankruptcy Basics, Public Information Series. Chapter 7 Liquidation Under the Bankruptcy Code The chapter of the Bankruptcy Code providing for "liquidation,"

More information

INITIAL CONSULTATION AGREEMENT AND ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF RECEIPT OF DISCLOSURES

INITIAL CONSULTATION AGREEMENT AND ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF RECEIPT OF DISCLOSURES 303 Williams Avenue, Park Plaza Suite 921 Huntsville, Alabama 35801 Phone:256.535.0817 Fax: 256.535.0818 Web: www.heardlaw.com INITIAL CONSULTATION AGREEMENT AND ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF RECEIPT OF DISCLOSURES

More information

Individual Bankruptcy A Client's Guide to the Language and Procedure

Individual Bankruptcy A Client's Guide to the Language and Procedure Individual Bankruptcy A Client's Guide to the Language and Procedure BAKKE NORMAN L A W O F F I C E S Welcome Thank you for considering Bakke Norman, S.C. to represent your interests. This booklet will

More information

Chapter 12 is a reorganization for family farmers and fishing families, which is similar to Chapter 13.

Chapter 12 is a reorganization for family farmers and fishing families, which is similar to Chapter 13. GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE BANKRUPTCY SYSTEM INCLUDING THE RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF CHAPTER 13 DEBTORS (and other information necessary to assist a debtor in completion of the chapter 13 plan) WHAT IS BANKRUPTCY?

More information

CONSUMER BANKRUPTCY. Q: What is bankruptcy? Q: How does someone know whether to file a Chapter 7 or 13? Q: How is an action filed in bankruptcy court?

CONSUMER BANKRUPTCY. Q: What is bankruptcy? Q: How does someone know whether to file a Chapter 7 or 13? Q: How is an action filed in bankruptcy court? CONSUMER BANKRUPTCY R. Michael Drose * Thomas M. Fryar * Ann U. Bell * Certified Bankruptcy Specialist Q: What is bankruptcy? A: Bankruptcy laws are federal laws and are the same in every state, although

More information

NOTICE TO CONSUMER DEBTOR(S) UNDER 342(b) OF THE BANKRUPTCY CODE

NOTICE TO CONSUMER DEBTOR(S) UNDER 342(b) OF THE BANKRUPTCY CODE NOTICE TO CONSUMER DEBTOR(S) UNDER 342(b) OF THE BANKRUPTCY CODE In accordance with 342(b) of the Bankruptcy Code, this notice to individuals with primarily consumer debts: (1) Describes briefly the services

More information

According to the United States Bankruptcy Code there are 6 types of bankruptcies, called chapters :

According to the United States Bankruptcy Code there are 6 types of bankruptcies, called chapters : FAQ Bankruptcy What does bankruptcy mean? Bankruptcy is a legal procedure that allows people to legally avoid their debts or reorganize their financial obligations through a payment plan. How many bankruptcy

More information

Bankruptcy 101 A Guide to Personal Bankruptcy. Brought to you by Jon Martin, Esq. Http://www.TheSinCityLawyer.com

Bankruptcy 101 A Guide to Personal Bankruptcy. Brought to you by Jon Martin, Esq. Http://www.TheSinCityLawyer.com Bankruptcy 101 A Guide to Personal Bankruptcy Brought to you by Jon Martin, Esq. Http://www.TheSinCityLawyer.com Bankruptcy laws help people who can no longer pay their creditors get a fresh start by liquidating

More information

UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN. NOTICE TO CONSUMER DEBTOR(S) UNDER 342(b) OF THE BANKRUPTCY CODE

UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN. NOTICE TO CONSUMER DEBTOR(S) UNDER 342(b) OF THE BANKRUPTCY CODE B 201A (Form 201A) (11/11) UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN NOTICE TO CONSUMER DEBTOR(S) UNDER 342(b) OF THE BANKRUPTCY CODE In accordance with 342(b) of the Bankruptcy Code,

More information

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT BANKRUPTCY ASSISTANCE SERVICES FROM AN ATTORNEY OR BANKRUPTCY PETITION PREPARER.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT BANKRUPTCY ASSISTANCE SERVICES FROM AN ATTORNEY OR BANKRUPTCY PETITION PREPARER. IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT BANKRUPTCY ASSISTANCE SERVICES FROM AN ATTORNEY OR BANKRUPTCY PETITION PREPARER. If you decide to seek bankruptcy relief, you can represent yourself, you can hire an attorney

More information

UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA

UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA In re: ) FILED September 11, 2012 ) CHAPTER 7 RIGHTS AND ) BANKRUPTCY GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES and ) ORDER NO. 180 AMENDMENTS TO LOCAL ) BANKRUPTCY

More information

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT BANKRUPTCY ASSISTANCE SERVICES FROM AN ATTORNEY 1

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT BANKRUPTCY ASSISTANCE SERVICES FROM AN ATTORNEY 1 IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT BANKRUPTCY ASSISTANCE SERVICES FROM AN ATTORNEY 1 If you decide to seek bankruptcy relief, you can represent yourself, you can hire an attorney to represent you, or you can

More information

2. The Four Chapters of the Bankruptcy Code Available to Individual Consumer Debtors

2. The Four Chapters of the Bankruptcy Code Available to Individual Consumer Debtors UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN NOTICE TO CONSUMER DEBTOR(S) UNDER 342(b) OF THE BANKRUPTCY CODE In accordance with 342(b) of the Bankruptcy Code, this notice to individuals

More information

INITIAL REQUIRED NOTICES FOR BANKRUPTCY CLIENTS

INITIAL REQUIRED NOTICES FOR BANKRUPTCY CLIENTS INITIAL REQUIRED NOTICES FOR BANKRUPTCY CLIENTS You are hereby requesting the opportunity to consult with and obtain information and advice from Michael Jones and the Law Office of James P. Cronn ( Law

More information

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Q: What is bankruptcy? A: Bankruptcy allows individuals or businesses (debtors) who owe others (creditors) more money than they're able to pay to either work out a plan to repay

More information

Bankruptcy - An Overview

Bankruptcy - An Overview Bankruptcy - An Overview Goals of the Bankruptcy System A fundamental goal of the federal bankruptcy laws enacted by Congress is to give debtors a financial " fresh start" from burdensome debts. The Supreme

More information

NOTICE NO. 1. Notice Mandated By Section 342(b)(1) and 527(a)(1) of the Bankruptcy Code PURPOSES, BENEFITS AND COSTS OF BANKRUPTCY

NOTICE NO. 1. Notice Mandated By Section 342(b)(1) and 527(a)(1) of the Bankruptcy Code PURPOSES, BENEFITS AND COSTS OF BANKRUPTCY NOTICE NO. 1 Notice Mandated By Section 342(b)(1) and 527(a)(1) of the Bankruptcy Code PURPOSES, BENEFITS AND COSTS OF BANKRUPTCY The United States Constitution provides a method whereby individuals, burdened

More information

A decision to file for bankruptcy should be made only after determining that bankruptcy is the best way to deal with your financial problems.

A decision to file for bankruptcy should be made only after determining that bankruptcy is the best way to deal with your financial problems. 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 booklet cannot explain every aspect of the bankruptcy

More information

Initial Consultation Agreement and Acknowledgment of Receipt of Disclosures

Initial Consultation Agreement and Acknowledgment of Receipt of Disclosures Initial Consultation Agreement and Acknowledgment of Receipt of Disclosures This agreement is entered into by and between the undersigned and David Gaffney, Attorney At Law, doing business as Gaffney Law

More information

Bankruptcy Questions. FAQ > Bankruptcy Questions WHAT IS CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCY?

Bankruptcy Questions. FAQ > Bankruptcy Questions WHAT IS CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCY? FAQ > Bankruptcy Questions Bankruptcy Questions WHAT IS CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCY? Chapter 7 bankruptcy is sometimes called a straight bankruptcy or a liquidation proceeding. The number one goal in an individual

More information

Bankruptcy Guide for Beginners

Bankruptcy Guide for Beginners Bankruptcy Guide for Beginners Answers to 20 common bankruptcy questions We hope you find this guide useful and informative. We look forward to helping you eliminate debt and get a fresh financial start.

More information

TAKE-1 BANKRUPTCY XVIII AIRBORNE CORPS LEGAL ASSISTANCE OFFICE

TAKE-1 BANKRUPTCY XVIII AIRBORNE CORPS LEGAL ASSISTANCE OFFICE TAKE-1 BANKRUPTCY XVIII AIRBORNE CORPS LEGAL ASSISTANCE OFFICE BANKRUPTCY 1. Q. WHAT IS THE MAIN PURPOSE OF FEDERAL BANKRUPTCY LAW? A. Bankruptcy has a wide variety of purposes, one of which is to relieve

More information

The Process of Collection and Creditor s Rights in Bankruptcy. Jon D. Madison, Attorney at Law

The Process of Collection and Creditor s Rights in Bankruptcy. Jon D. Madison, Attorney at Law The Process of Collection and Creditor s Rights in Bankruptcy Jon D. Madison, Attorney at Law First Steps in Collection Process Demand Letter Some debtors may respond if it comes from a law firm, some

More information

Bankruptcy. Individuals and businesses use bankruptcy as a way to obtain relief from debts owed to creditors.

Bankruptcy. Individuals and businesses use bankruptcy as a way to obtain relief from debts owed to creditors. Bankruptcy Document last updated 2/2/2012. Individuals and businesses use bankruptcy as a way to obtain relief from debts owed to creditors. The United States Constitution authorizes Congress to pass uniform

More information

CHARLES (CHUCK) JOHNSON ATTORNEY AT LAW

CHARLES (CHUCK) JOHNSON ATTORNEY AT LAW CHARLES (CHUCK) JOHNSON ATTORNEY AT LAW CHERI KNIGHT SHELLY MUSTAIN 985 KK DRIVE, SUITE 104 PO BOX 1030, OSAGE BEACH, MO 65065 PHONE: 573-348-0503 TOLL FREE: 866-342-6063 FAX: 573-348-0537 E-MAIL: office@charlesjohnsonlaw.com

More information

Why File Bankruptcy?

Why File Bankruptcy? Why File Bankruptcy? You are trying to keep debts current, but are borrowing from one card to pay the other. You are trying to keep debts current by using your savings. You are trying to keep debts current

More information

CONSULTATION AGREEEMENT and ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RECEIPT OF DICLOSURES AND INSTRUCTIONS

CONSULTATION AGREEEMENT and ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RECEIPT OF DICLOSURES AND INSTRUCTIONS CONSULTATION AGREEEMENT and ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RECEIPT OF DICLOSURES AND INSTRUCTIONS This agreement is entered on this day between the undersigned (hereinafter referred to as "Client") and ADRIAN M. LAPAS,

More information

BANKRUPTCY CHAPTER 13 (aka ABill Consolidation@ or AReorganization@)

BANKRUPTCY CHAPTER 13 (aka ABill Consolidation@ or AReorganization@) BANKRUPTCY CHAPTER 13 (aka ABill Consolidation@ or AReorganization@) ANSWERS TO THE MOST COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS Compliments of: Sam C. Gregory, PLLC 2742 82 nd Street Lubbock, Texas 79423 (806) 687-4357

More information

Bankruptcy Law Firm Ursula Jones, Attorney

Bankruptcy Law Firm Ursula Jones, Attorney ATTORNEY-CLIENT BANKRUPTCY RETAINER AGREEMENT The Client(s) hereby enter into this Attorney-Client Retainer Agreement with Ursula Jones ( Attorney ). 1. TOTAL FEES AND COSTS (a) Fixed Fee: A fixed fee

More information

INITIAL CONSULTATION AGREEMENT AND REQUIRED NOTICES

INITIAL CONSULTATION AGREEMENT AND REQUIRED NOTICES Law Offices James Palmisano 417 Barre Street Telephone: (800) 585-3169 Montpelier, VT 05602 Facsimile: (802) 229-2733 e-mail: info@vermontbankruptcy.net INITIAL CONSULTATION AGREEMENT AND REQUIRED NOTICES

More information

adversary proceeding - A lawsuit arising in or related to a bankruptcy case that is commenced by filing a complaint with the court.

adversary proceeding - A lawsuit arising in or related to a bankruptcy case that is commenced by filing a complaint with the court. Terminology adversary proceeding - A lawsuit arising in or related to a bankruptcy case that is commenced by filing a complaint with the court. assume - An agreement to continue performing duties under

More information

Williams Bankruptcy A Debt Relief Agency helping people eliminate debt and obtain relief under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code

Williams Bankruptcy A Debt Relief Agency helping people eliminate debt and obtain relief under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code A Publication of the Law Office of Richard L. Williams Williams Bankruptcy A Debt Relief Agency helping people eliminate debt and obtain relief under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code Tips for Questionnaire

More information

Instructions Bankruptcy Forms for Individuals

Instructions Bankruptcy Forms for Individuals Instructions Bankruptcy Forms for Individuals U.S. Bankruptcy Court December 2015 (Rev. April 2016) About this Booklet of Instructions... 1 About the bankruptcy forms and filing bankruptcy... 2 Understand

More information

BANKRUPTCY SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

BANKRUPTCY SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS BANKRUPTCY SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 1 You should file for bankruptcy only after carefully deciding that bankruptcy is the best way to deal with your financial problems. This pamphlet

More information

Bankruptcy Q&A. When filing a bankruptcy there are several different chapters under which you can file:

Bankruptcy Q&A. When filing a bankruptcy there are several different chapters under which you can file: Bankruptcy Q&A Chapter 7: What types of bankruptcy are available? When filing a bankruptcy there are several different chapters under which you can file: This is the most basic bankruptcy and is available

More information

There are two options under the bankruptcy laws: a liquidation or a repayment plan.

There are two options under the bankruptcy laws: a liquidation or a repayment plan. When You Can't Pay Your Debts INTRODUCTION Financial difficulties can arise for many reasons, such as loss of a job, death of a breadwinner or too many credit card purchases. Money problems can be emotionally

More information

Bankruptcy Basics. Answers to Common Questions about Bankruptcy. from the law office of William Waldner

Bankruptcy Basics. Answers to Common Questions about Bankruptcy. from the law office of William Waldner Bankruptcy Basics Answers to Common Questions about Bankruptcy from the law office of William Waldner Contents 4 Introduction 5 What is Bankruptcy? 7 Should I File for Bankruptcy? 9 What Are the Types

More information

Your Guide to Bankruptcy for Individuals

Your Guide to Bankruptcy for Individuals Consumer Legal Guide Your Guide to Bankruptcy for Individuals ILLINOIS STATE BAR ASSOCIATION ASK A LAWYER WHAT IS BANKRUPTCY? Bankruptcy is a court proceeding that is governed by the federal law known

More information

UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT DISTRICT OF MINNESOTA. NOTICE TO CONSUMER DEBTOR(S) UNDER 342(b) OF THE BANKRUPTCY CODE

UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT DISTRICT OF MINNESOTA. NOTICE TO CONSUMER DEBTOR(S) UNDER 342(b) OF THE BANKRUPTCY CODE B 201 (12/08) UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT DISTRICT OF MINNESOTA NOTICE TO CONSUMER DEBTOR(S) UNDER 342(b) OF THE BANKRUPTCY CODE In accordance with 342(b) of the Bankruptcy Code, this notice to individuals

More information

BANKRUPTCY BASICS AGENDA

BANKRUPTCY BASICS AGENDA BANKRUPTCY BASICS Shana Khader, Esq. General Legal Services Unit New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) June 2, 2014 1:00 2:30 p.m. CLE: 1.5 Professional Practice (Transitional and Nontransitional) AGENDA

More information

Notice to Individual Consumer Debtor Under Section 342(b) and 527(a) of the Bankruptcy Code

Notice to Individual Consumer Debtor Under Section 342(b) and 527(a) of the Bankruptcy Code Notice to Individual Consumer Debtor Under Section 342(b) and 527(a) of the Bankruptcy Code In accordance with section 342(b) of the Bankruptcy Code, this notice: (1) Describes briefly the services available

More information

ADJUSTMENT OF DEBTS UNDER CHAPTER 13 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT CHAPTER 13 CASES

ADJUSTMENT OF DEBTS UNDER CHAPTER 13 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT CHAPTER 13 CASES ADJUSTMENT OF DEBTS UNDER CHAPTER 13 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT CHAPTER 13 CASES 1. What is a chapter 13 bankruptcy case and how does it work? A chapter 13 bankruptcy case is a proceeding under federal

More information

SPECIAL ANNOTATED VERSION UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA

SPECIAL ANNOTATED VERSION UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA SPECIAL ANNOTATED VERSION UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES STATEMENT BETWEEN CHAPTER 13 DEBTORS AND THEIR ATTORNEYS Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code

More information

MANDATORY BANKRUPTCY DISCLOSURE

MANDATORY BANKRUPTCY DISCLOSURE 2418 Main St. Vancouver, WA 98660 www.mcaleerlaw.net Telephone: (360) 334-6277 Facsimile: (360) 356-1920 MANDATORY BANKRUPTCY DISCLOSURE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT BANKRUPTCY ASSISTANCE SERVICES FROM

More information

OLSEN, OLSEN & DAINES Chapter 7 Signing Form

OLSEN, OLSEN & DAINES Chapter 7 Signing Form Dear Client: OLSEN, OLSEN & DAINES Chapter 7 Signing Form After you have reviewed the bankruptcy petition we need you to CAREFULLY read the following, initial each paragraph and sign at the end. Be sure

More information

CLIENT RESPONSIBILITY

CLIENT RESPONSIBILITY RETAINER AGREEMENT FOR Filing a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy BETWEEN FIRM NAME: Paul E. Kauffmann, Attorney at Law ADDRESS: 233 12 th Street, Suite 725 CITY/STATE Columbus, GA 31901 TEL. NO.: 706 566 3434 AND

More information

Filing Bankruptcy: General Information. Debts

Filing Bankruptcy: General Information. Debts Filing Bankruptcy: General Information The Big Picture The Big Picture when it comes to Bankruptcy is this: the person or entity that owes money and needs relief from creditors (the debtor ) is making

More information

Disclosure Pursuant to 11 u.s.c. 527(a)(2)

Disclosure Pursuant to 11 u.s.c. 527(a)(2) Disclosure Pursuant to 11 u.s.c. 527(a)(2) You are notified: 1. All information that you are required to provide with a petition and thereafter during a case under the Bankruptcy Code is required to be

More information

MOUNTAIN POST LEGAL BRIEF. A Preventive Law Service of The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate. Headquarters, Fort Carson

MOUNTAIN POST LEGAL BRIEF. A Preventive Law Service of The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate. Headquarters, Fort Carson REVISED APRIL 2010 MOUNTAIN POST LEGAL BRIEF A Preventive Law Service of The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate Headquarters, Fort Carson Keeping You Informed On Personal Legal Affairs BANKRUPTCY MATTERS

More information

Bankruptcy: Is It the Right Choice for You?

Bankruptcy: Is It the Right Choice for You? Bankruptcy: Is It the Right Choice for You? Find more easy-to-read legal information at www.ptla.org Introduction This is to help you to understand some basics about the bankruptcy laws and rules. This

More information

Representing Creditors in Consumer Bankruptcy Cases

Representing Creditors in Consumer Bankruptcy Cases 4 Representing Creditors in Consumer Bankruptcy Cases Michael P. Hogan Craig B. Rule Marcy J. Ford John P. Kapitan I. Overview 4.1 II. General Considerations A. Filing Proofs of Claim 4.2 B. The Automatic

More information

ADJUSTMENT OF DEBTS UNDER CHAPTER 13 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT CHAPTER 13 BANKRUPTCIES 1

ADJUSTMENT OF DEBTS UNDER CHAPTER 13 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT CHAPTER 13 BANKRUPTCIES 1 ADJUSTMENT OF DEBTS UNDER CHAPTER 13 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT CHAPTER 13 BANKRUPTCIES What is a Chapter 13 bankruptcy case and how does it work? A chapter 13 bankruptcy case is a proceeding under federal

More information

Bankruptcy BASICS (Applicable to Cases Filed BEFORE October 17, 2005)

Bankruptcy BASICS (Applicable to Cases Filed BEFORE October 17, 2005) Bankruptcy BASICS (Applicable to Cases Filed BEFORE October 17, 2005) Leonidas Ralph Mecham, Director Administrative Office of the United States Courts Bankruptcy BASICS Leonidas Ralph Mecham, Director

More information

QUESTIONS CONCERNING BANKRUPTCY

QUESTIONS CONCERNING BANKRUPTCY QUESTIONS CONCERNING BANKRUPTCY The Law Office of Paul D. Post, P.A. is a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code. The assistance provided to clients may

More information

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Individual Debt Adjustment The chapter of the Bankruptcy Code providing for adjustment of debts of an individual with regular income. (Chapter 13 allows a debtor to keep property

More information

WHAT BANKRUPTCY CAN T DO

WHAT BANKRUPTCY CAN T DO A decision to file for bankruptcy should only be made after determining that bankruptcy is the best way to deal with your financial problems. This brochure cannot explain every aspect of the bankruptcy

More information

Chapter 13 - Bankruptcy Basics. Background. Advantages of Chapter 13

Chapter 13 - Bankruptcy Basics. Background. Advantages of Chapter 13 Chapter 13 - Bankruptcy Basics This chapter of the Bankruptcy Code provides for adjustment of debts of an individual with regular income. Chapter 13 allows a debtor to keep property and pay debts over

More information

CASE NO. I (We) hereby certify under penalty of perjury with regard to all secured consumer debts.

CASE NO. I (We) hereby certify under penalty of perjury with regard to all secured consumer debts. IN THE UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA In re: CHAPTER 7 Debtor(s) CASE NO. STATEMENT REGARDING SECURED CONSUMER DEBTS I (We) hereby certify under penalty of perjury with regard

More information

Bankruptcy BASICS. Leonidas Ralph Mecham, Director. Administrative Office of the United States Courts

Bankruptcy BASICS. Leonidas Ralph Mecham, Director. Administrative Office of the United States Courts Bankruptcy BASICS Leonidas Ralph Mecham, Director Administrative Office of the United States Courts Bankruptcy BASICS A Public Information Series of the Bankruptcy Judges Division THE PAMPHLET The Bankruptcy

More information

Dischargeability of Debts in Bankruptcy

Dischargeability of Debts in Bankruptcy Achieve your goals Dischargeability of Debts in Bankruptcy An Introduction for Non-Bankruptcy Attorneys Garrett S. Ledgerwood Disclaimer The information in this presentation has been prepared by Hershner

More information

I. The Most Common Questions Asked About Bankruptcy

I. The Most Common Questions Asked About Bankruptcy I. The Most Common Questions Asked About Bankruptcy Filing Bankruptcy (Who, What, When, Where, Why and How) 1. What exactly is straight bankruptcy? Straight (or ordinary bankruptcy is a proceeding under

More information

Presented by Gina Silvestri, Esq.

Presented by Gina Silvestri, Esq. Why file for a Bankruptcy? Loss of job? Medical bills? Foreclosure? Divorce? Just a run of bad luck? A fundamental goal of the federal bankruptcy laws is to give debtors a financial fresh start from burdensome

More information

Framme Law Firm, PC. Bankruptcy Consultation Agreement

Framme Law Firm, PC. Bankruptcy Consultation Agreement Framme Law Firm, PC Bankruptcy Consultation Agreement 1. Bankruptcy Telephone Consultation Agreement (signature required) 2. Notice Pursuant to 11 USC Section 342(b) (information only) 3. Notice Pursuant

More information

CHAPTER 10 TRUSTEES, EXAMINERS AND CREDITORS COMMITTEES

CHAPTER 10 TRUSTEES, EXAMINERS AND CREDITORS COMMITTEES CHAPTER 10 TRUSTEES, EXAMINERS AND CREDITORS COMMITTEES THE US TRUSTEES PROGRAM A BRIEF HISTORY LESSON: was an experiment in some districts when the Bankruptcy Code first became effective in 1979. is a

More information

NOTICE TO CLIENTS WHO CONTEMPLATE FILING BANKRUPTCY

NOTICE TO CLIENTS WHO CONTEMPLATE FILING BANKRUPTCY NOTICE TO CLIENTS WHO CONTEMPLATE FILING BANKRUPTCY The purpose of this Notice and The Statement Mandated by Section 527(b) of the Bankruptcy Code, which you have been provided as a separate document are

More information

TIDEWATER LAW GROUP. Client Intake. Full Name: Street Address: City: State: Zip: Mailing Address: Home Phone: Work Phone: Cell Phone: Email address:

TIDEWATER LAW GROUP. Client Intake. Full Name: Street Address: City: State: Zip: Mailing Address: Home Phone: Work Phone: Cell Phone: Email address: TIDEWATER LAW GROUP ATTORNEYS AND COUNSELORS AT LAW 468 Investors Place, Suite 202 VIRGINIA BEACH, VA 23452 (757) 490-3808 Telephone (757) 490-3895 Facsimile Seth A. Schoenfeld, Esquire John W. Tripp,

More information

A Summary of Significant Amendments to the Bankruptcy Code Contained in BAPCPA 2005

A Summary of Significant Amendments to the Bankruptcy Code Contained in BAPCPA 2005 A Summary of Significant Amendments to the Bankruptcy Code Contained in BAPCPA 2005 Edward P. Jackson 2005 Summary of Significant Amendments to the Bankruptcy Code Contained in BAPCPA 2005 1. Mandatory

More information

BANKRUPTCY WHAT IS BANKRUPTCY?

BANKRUPTCY WHAT IS BANKRUPTCY? BANKRUPTCY Most military personnel and their families handle their financial affairs in a responsible and timely manner. Those who have problems usually seek timely assistance from financial counselors.

More information

Bankruptcy Issues in Foreclosure Actions. Andrew J. Zeigler

Bankruptcy Issues in Foreclosure Actions. Andrew J. Zeigler Bankruptcy Issues in Foreclosure Actions Andrew J. Zeigler Bankruptcy Automatic Stay 11 U.S.C. 362 Once a bankruptcy petition is filed all collection activities must stop immediately. Applies to all creditors

More information

For more in-depth information about Chapter 7 and how it can help you, please contact our

For more in-depth information about Chapter 7 and how it can help you, please contact our Introduction This Ebook gives you an overview of Chapter 7 bankruptcy and how it can help you eliminate debt. We hope that you find this Ebook useful and informative. For more in-depth information about

More information

Pro Se Creditor s Handbook: Information for Persons Owed Money by an Individual or Entity that has Filed for Bankruptcy.

Pro Se Creditor s Handbook: Information for Persons Owed Money by an Individual or Entity that has Filed for Bankruptcy. Pro Se Creditor s Handbook: Information for Persons Owed Money by an Individual or Entity that has Filed for Bankruptcy Introduction This booklet is provided by the Office of the Clerk, United States Bankruptcy

More information

New bankruptcy law will still allow debtors to obtain a fresh start. The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Prevention Act (BAPCA) that

New bankruptcy law will still allow debtors to obtain a fresh start. The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Prevention Act (BAPCA) that New bankruptcy law will still allow debtors to obtain a fresh start The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Prevention Act (BAPCA) that took effect October 17, 2005, has added a few new twists to

More information

Administrative Office of the United States Courts. Bankruptcy BASICS

Administrative Office of the United States Courts. Bankruptcy BASICS Administrative Office of the United States Courts Bankruptcy BASICS Bankruptcy BASICS Bankruptcy Judges Division Administrative Office of the United States Courts November 2011 Revised Third Edition While

More information

THE BASICS OF CHAPTER 11 BANKRUPTCY

THE BASICS OF CHAPTER 11 BANKRUPTCY THE BASICS OF CHAPTER 11 BANKRUPTCY Bankruptcy is a legal proceeding in which a debtor declares an inability to pay consumer or business debts as they become due. Debtors may seek to be excused from continuing

More information

230 West Monroe Suite 240 Chicago, IL 60606 312-372-4400

230 West Monroe Suite 240 Chicago, IL 60606 312-372-4400 230 West Monroe Suite 240 Chicago, IL 60606 312-372-4400 The Porter Law Network is owned by attorney Karen J. Porter. Ms. Porter is licensed in the State of Illinois. Ms Porter has more than 25 years of

More information

Bankruptcy A Resource Guide for Child Support Professionals

Bankruptcy A Resource Guide for Child Support Professionals Bankruptcy A Resource Guide for Child Support Professionals Tex Ritter, Regional Director Sierra Nevada Regional Department of Child Support Services 530 271 5400 Tex.Ritter@co.nevada.ca.us Bankruptcy

More information

UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT. District of Arizona

UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT. District of Arizona UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT District of Arizona Choosing Your Chapter or What can bankruptcy do for you? What will it do to you? June 2014 IMPORTANT WARNINGS Neither the Bankruptcy Court nor the Clerk

More information

BANKRUPTCY. What is the difference between a Chapter 7 and a Chapter 13 bankruptcy?

BANKRUPTCY. What is the difference between a Chapter 7 and a Chapter 13 bankruptcy? BANKRUPTCY Bankruptcy means you ask the court to excuse you from your duty to repay your creditors. A person or business you owe money to is called a creditor. Bankruptcy allows you to discharge (get rid

More information

CREDIT COUNSELING REQUIREMENT

CREDIT COUNSELING REQUIREMENT CREDIT COUNSELING REQUIREMENT In order to file bankruptcy, an individual must receive from an approved nonprofit budget and credit counseling agency... an individual or group briefing... that outlines

More information

Advanced Bankruptcy for Bankers. Candace C. Carlyon, Esq. www.sheacarlyon.com

Advanced Bankruptcy for Bankers. Candace C. Carlyon, Esq. www.sheacarlyon.com Advanced Bankruptcy for Bankers Candace C. Carlyon, Esq. www.sheacarlyon.com 1 Pre Bankruptcy Review loan files, confirm collateral security, obtain as much information as possible Consider timing of remedies

More information