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Category Archives: Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

What Kind of Unusual Assets Are Exempt in a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

A Chapter 7 bankruptcy essentially eliminates debt for the filer but requires liquidation of assets. In other words, federal law dictates that most of what the filer owns must be sold off to pay creditors some fraction of what is owed. Even though the net value of these assets may not meet all debts, the… Read More »

How Do Homestead Exemptions in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Work?

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is advised when debts so overwhelm the individual’s ability to repay that assets have to be liquidated. This means that items of value – car, home, furniture, art, jewelry and sometimes even clothing – will be sold by the trustee in the bankruptcy. The proceeds from the sale of those items are… Read More »

Why a Shopping Spree Just Before Bankruptcy Won’t Work

The thinking goes, “what have I got to lose?” Or so one imagines the words people say to themselves who max out their still-working credit cards right before filing for bankruptcy. That approach is wrong on several levels. If you’ve got an itch to spend the remaining balances of your credit cards before you file,… Read More »

Taking Advantage: Bankruptcy Fraud

Bankruptcy is a welcome but serious tool for consumers and businesses in need of structured debt-relief. When debt-relief tools such as consolidation or debt settlement are not enough to address debt or improve pay-down ability, filing Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy can be good options. Relief from debt through bankruptcy is based on identification… Read More »

The Myth of Irresponsibility: Why Most Individuals File for Bankruptcy

The good news on bankruptcy is that the number of filings in the United States went down in 2012. About 1.25 million people are expected to file this year for one of the versions of bankruptcy (Chapters 7, 11 or 13). This is down from 1.38 million in 2011. The Great Recession that began in… Read More »

What Was Old Could Be New

Bankruptcy is an opportunity for a fresh financial start. We talk frequently about the consequences and benefits of debt-relief through filing for bankruptcy. Although individuals and businesses file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy every day, it is not often a household name is included among those aiming to wind down their debt — and their business…. Read More »

The Impact of Social Media on Bankruptcy

You may enjoy posting holiday pictures online or sending out the good word about a new job. But friends may not be the only one reading your news. Facebook, Twitter and other social media networks provide fruitful hunting grounds for disgruntled spouses and divorce attorneys. But increasingly, social media is also sifted by creditors, collectors… Read More »

What Kind of Assets Can You Keep after Liquidation?

Filing for bankruptcy is a big decision and people frequently have concerns about how it will affect their assets and credit, especially in the case of Chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcy. Many people believe that when they file for Chapter 7, they must give up everything they own in order to receive a discharge. But that… Read More »

How Long Does Bankruptcy Take?

How long the bankruptcy process takes can vary greatly from case to case and chapter to chapter. In some Chapter 7 cases, the petitioner can receive a discharge in as little as two months. Depending on what assets are present, the case may continue after the court issues a discharge as property is sold to… Read More »

What Form of Bankruptcy is the Right Choice for Me?

The correct form of bankruptcy for you depends on the details of your situation. What sort of debt do you have? Bankruptcy law divides debts into two broad categories: secured and unsecured. Secured debts are debts backed by collateral to reduce the risk of lending. For example, a mortgage is a secured debt because your… Read More »