Archives for February 2013

Why should I file for bankruptcy if I’m using a debt consolidation service right now?

Differences Between Bankruptcy And Debt Consolidation There are huge differences between bankruptcy and debt consolidation services.  If you’re filing a chapter 7, you are going to get a fresh start.  If you are using a debt consolidation service, you are going to wind up paying back to creditors.  It’s quite possible that you really don’t have any legal obligation to repay creditors if you file for a chapter 7 bankruptcy.  If you don’t file for chapter 7 and you want to repay your debts, then debt consolidation may work for you.  However, in my experience, I have seen too many cases where somebody has been in debt consolidation only to wind up filing for chapter 13 or chapter 7 bankruptcy + Read More

When can I buy a house after filing for bankruptcy?

How Soon Can I Buy? You can typically buy a house two years after the filing of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.  Lenders want to see that you have rehabilitated yourself after a bankruptcy filing.  They want to see that you have not incurred any negative credit since the time of filing.  They want to see that you have the ability to pay on a mortgage and that you have the ability to make a down payment on a house. Old Debts Will Be Forgotten If you qualify for a mortgage and you are able to buy that house, then the debts that were discharged in your bankruptcy are no longer going to bother you.  The trustee has no right to come back to years later and seek to take your property.  You have gotten + Read More

Can I Make Payments To File A Bankruptcy?

Payment Plans Are Available You most certainly can get on a payment plan to file a bankruptcy.  In fact, most people do not have the ability to pay the lump sum which is the court costs and the attorneys’ fees, all at one sitting.  What I like to do is offer a client a reasonable payment plan whereby they can hire the firm for as little as $100 down and then go on a payment plan of $100 every two weeks.  The typical payment plan that I work in my office is called an electronic fund transfer.  The electronic fund transfer is an automatic deduction every other Friday out of a checking account, typically in the amount of $100.  This gives clients the ease of being able to make payments without + Read More

Can I keep one of my credit cards and not put it on my bankruptcy?

All Creditors Must Be Listed If you are filing bankruptcy, then all of your creditors must be listed.  This includes credit cards, personal loans, auto payments, mortgage payments and any other debt, including debts owed to family members.  I understand that many people have lived off credit cards, they love the convenience of credit cards and they want to keep one credit card free and clear and they don’t want to lose it in the bankruptcy.  Now, this is true even if they have a zero balance on that card and even if it’s the card that they’ve had since they turned 18 and they’ve had it forever and they don’t want to lose it. The problem is the Bankruptcy Code mandates that all debts be + Read More

Bankruptcy Can Eliminate IRS Debt In Certain Cases

Case Overview This is the case of Gary Kaplan from St. Charles, Illinois.  Mr. Kaplan filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy back in 2001 so he is eligible to file another Chapter 7 should the facts dictate that he file.  He has a townhouse that has a market value of $188,000 and he owes approximately $46,000 on a first mortgage and $181,000 on a second mortgage; so he is significantly underwater on the house.  He has a 2009 Chevy Impala which is paid for.  It’s got 100,000 miles on it and it’s in very poor condition.  He also has a 2011 Honda CRV, although he claims that it’s in his wife’s name only. Personal Property In terms of personal property, he has got a checking and savings account at + Read More

During A Bankruptcy Case, Creditors Should Not Be Calling

Creditors Should Not Call Creditors should not be calling you after your bankruptcy case is filed.  In some cases, creditors just have not received the required notice under the Bankruptcy Code.  In some cases, notice has gone to the proper address, however, there is a collection firm involved now who did not have knowledge of the bankruptcy case and is calling you.  Stopping Creditors There is a real simple way to stop creditors from calling.  Firstly, and this is before your case is even filed, give your creditors your attorney’s name and number.  Let them know that you are filing bankruptcy, you’ve hired an attorney, give the attorney’s name, give the attorneys number and advise them + Read More

Bankruptcy Attorney Recommends Chapter 7 For Illinois Man

This is the case of Michael Greer who comes from Park Ridge, Illinois seeking advice concerning debt.  Mr. Greer has never filed for bankruptcy before.  He is not a homeowner and he is currently renting from an individual on a month-to-month basis.  He has a 2004 Lincoln Navigator that’s worth approximately $12,000 and he owes $26,000 to Allied Financial who is the lien holder.  Assets He has a checking account at Chase Bank with $200 in it and no savings account, minor household goods worth $500, minor clothing worth $500.  He does have some minor stock worth about $100 and he has a dog.  He is currently married, he has two dependent children; two daughters, 12 years old and one six + Read More

Choosing The Right Bankruptcy Attorney In Illinois

When you are struggling with your bills and in need of a bankruptcy attorney, where do you turn first?  For most people, they will search the internet to gather information.  There is a wealth of information available regarding the different Chapters under the bankruptcy code as well as a plethora of attorneys ready, willing and able to take your case.  The problem lies in just which attorney is suited for you and your particular case.  Is your case extremely complicated that would require a seasoned, well-experienced attorney?  Is your case a typical, simple Chapter 7 that should go off without a hitch?  How do you make a decision on which attorney to hire? My advice to anyone seeking an + Read More

Bankruptcy – Chapter 7 Recommended – Case Study

This is the case of Randolph Booker who lives in Warrenville, Illinois, DuPage County Illinois.  Mr. Booker has never filed a bankruptcy before.  He is not a homeowner and he lives with family so technical no landlord/tenant situation.  He has a 2011 Nissan Pathfinder that is financed by Nissan Motor Acceptance.  He is current on the vehicle.  He owes approximately $35,000 on it.  It’s worth about the same.  And his monthly payment is very high at $752 per month. He has a checking account at Bank of America, no savings account; minor household goods worth approximately $1000 and minor clothing worth about $400.  He does have three shotguns and some golf clubs with a garage sale value of + Read More

What Is The Cost To File Bankruptcy In Illinois?

There are several factors that can affect the cost to file for bankruptcy in Illinois.  The first factor is which Chapter of the bankruptcy code are you filing under?  If you are considering filing a Chapter 7, then you are going to have a fixed cost known as the filing fee.  At the time of this writing, the filing fee for Chapter 7 bankruptcy is $306.00.  This fee gets paid directly to the Clerk of the United States Bankruptcy Court and is mandated unless a waiver is granted.  If you are considering filing under Chapter 13 of the bankruptcy code, then the mandatory filing fee with the court at the time of this writing is $281.00.  Again, there are waivers in particular cases based upon the + Read More

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