Bankruptcy Blog

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
Signage is displayed outside a JC Penney Co. store in Chicago, Illinois.Christopher Dilts | Bloomberg | Getty Images Through mid-October, there had been 46 retail bankruptcies in 2020, according to a tracking by S&P Global.More retailers are expected to file for bankruptcy after the holiday season.Bankruptcy doesn’t always mean the end.Retailers including J.Crew and Neiman Marcus have already emerged from bankruptcy court, having filed for Chapter 11 in 2020. For the dozens of American retailers
2021 is just around the corner and it is time to start thinking about how you want it to be different. Resolutions are nice, but they rarely succeed. Goals are better. Ones that are reachable with a plan and steps to get you there. If one of your goals for the new year is to get out of debt, it is time to start planning. Getting your plan in place before the end of the