Bankruptcy Blog

Find out what information and documents you’ll need to complete your bankruptcy petition and forms. By Lisa Guerin, J.D. Once you have decided that filing for bankruptcy is your best option, it’s time to get started on your paperwork. Whether you file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you will have to complete a fairly large packet of forms with the bankruptcy court. (Here’s a full list of the forms you’ll need and links to download them
Source: Bankruptcy is a legal process overseen by federal bankruptcy courts. It’s designed to help individuals and businesses eliminate all or part of their debt or to help them repay a portion of what they owe. Bankruptcy may help you get relief from your debt, but it’s important to understand that declaring bankruptcy has a serious, long-term effect on your credit. Bankruptcy will remain on your credit report for 7-10 years, affecting your ability
By Cara O’Neill, Attorney All Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy filers must attend a 341 hearing and meet with the trustee appointed to oversee the case. At the creditors’ meeting, the trustee checks the debtor’s identification and asks a series of questions about the bankruptcy paperwork. Creditors who attend can ask about financial matters, although it’s rare for creditors to appear. It’s common for debtors to worry about the meeting, but most are quick and
With the COVID crisis, many individuals are finding themselves in a situation where bankruptcy is the only viable option to obtain a fresh start and climb out of debt. Many consumers have found themselves laid off or their hours cut back, and their financial obligations are piling up. New legislation was introduced in Congress in December of 2020 titled the “Consumer Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2020.” This proposed legislation would completely overhaul the current bankruptcy
Chapter 7 bankruptcy, also known as a straight or liquidation bankruptcy, is a type of bankruptcy that can clear away many types of unsecured debts. When you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the court places an automatic temporary stay on your current debts. This stops creditors from collecting payments, garnishing your wages, foreclosing on your home, repossessing property, evicting you or turning off your utilities. The court will take legal possession of your property and appoint a bankruptcy