Archives for January 2014

How Filing For Bankruptcy In Chicago Intersects With Foreclosure

Filing for bankruptcy in Chicago does not mean that you lose your home. You can often maintain your home by making current payments under either chapter 7 bankruptcy or chapter 13 bankruptcy. If you do wish to surrender your home and you have filed chapter 7 bankruptcy, you still have time in your home. Under Illinois law, the foreclosure process can be very lengthy. The average time that a person can stay in their home once a foreclosure case has begun is approximately 11 months. If you have an attorney defending your foreclosure case, then you may be able to maintain possession of your home for more than 1 1/2 years. Please keep in mind that when you file for chapter 7 bankruptcy, the + Read More

When Not To File Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

There are times when filing chapter 7 bankruptcy would be a mistake. The most common type of mistake made in filing a chapter 7 bankruptcy is the fact that assets are going to be taken by the chapter 7 trustee. In the state of Illinois, you are allowed to protect a certain amount of property free and clear from the long arm of the trustee. These amounts, known as exemptions apply to real estate, vehicles, retirement benefits, and many other types of property. In Illinois, you can protect up to $15,000 worth of equity in your real estate. If you are filing jointly, then you can protect up to $30,000 worth of equity. In reality, the amount of equity that you will be able to protect will + Read More

What Type Of Benefits Can Be Achieved Through Filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy can eliminate most unsecured debt. Unsecured debt is debt that is not secured by any kind of property. This means that if you don't make a payment, there is no property that can be taken back by the creditor. Unsecured debt is typically credit card debt, medical bills, utility bills, and debts for just about any other type of service or procedure. There are some debts that are unsecured debt and are not eliminated by filing a chapter 7 bankruptcy. These debts include recent taxes, student loans, child support, debts incurred by fraud, and debts owed to a municipal entity for a fine or other fee. Most people are struggling today due to credit cards and medical + Read More

How Hard Is It To File Bankruptcy In Chicago?

Filing bankruptcy in Chicago  is not too difficult provided that you have proper representation and a good foundation going forward. You are going to want to find an experienced bankruptcy attorney to assist you in the filing of your chapter 7 bankruptcy case. Do not choose a bankruptcy attorney simply based on the lowest price. You want to make sure that you find an attorney that you can trust, which you have faith in and can follow the advice of. One of the things that you're going to want to get together is information concerning your bankruptcy filing. You should collect all of the information regarding your debts. This includes creditors from all sources. If you have a mortgage, you + Read More

Concerns From A Person Filing For Bankruptcy

CREDIT One of the biggest concerns that I hear from clients who are interested in filing for bankruptcy is whether or not they're going to be able to get credit again in the near future. It's amazing that someone who is struggling financially will worry about future credit before they have even gotten out of debt in the first place. The concern is real and it's understandable. We live in a world consisting of runaway credit. This includes credit cards, auto loans, home mortgages, installment payment plans, payday loans and all kinds of other types of credit institutions. One simply cannot imagine being able to survive without having access to credit cards in their wallet. People worry + Read More

How To Rebuild After Filing For Bankruptcy?

Rebuilding after bankruptcy is a process. It starts with not incurring any negative credit after such time you file for bankruptcy. For example, after your bankruptcy case is over, you want to make sure that you do not incur any negative credit items on your credit Bureau. This would include not falling behind on any installment obligations, not incurring any medical debt that goes unpaid, and not incurring any utility bills that do not get paid timely. If you can start paying everything on time, then you will begin to see your credit score increase. Another important thing that you can do once you're bankruptcy case is over, is to obtain a secured credit card. A secured credit card is + Read More

Why I Love Being A Bankruptcy Attorney In Chicago

Being a bankruptcy attorney is a unique situation.  It is one of the few areas of law where the attorney can actually assist the client and at the end of the service, the client is 100% pleased with how everything went. In most areas of law, whether it be contract law, divorce law, criminal law, the client is not 100% happy with the results.  This is due to the fact that legal services often involve a negotiation or a give and take where one party gets something in exchange for the other.  Thus there is never a clear winner and usually both sides are not feeling like they got the greatest deal.  With bankruptcy, the results are typically known ahead of time by the lawyer.  The lawyer’s going + Read More

Helpful Tips To Select A Bankruptcy Attorney

If you are someone who is considering filing for bankruptcy, then the most important decision that you're going to make in that process is deciding which attorney you are going to hire. In some cities, there are literally hundreds of bankruptcy attorneys that are advertising their services in directories, on the Internet, and newspapers. But how do you decide which attorney is going to be right for you? Are you going to base your decision solely on price? Are you going to ask that particular attorney if he or she can provide references of people that they have helped? Are you simply going to go out on a limb and hire whichever name sounds good? Choosing a bankruptcy attorney is much like + Read More

Chicago Bankruptcy Attorney Has Helped Thousands, Since 1991

Since 1991, David Siegel has been helping people get out of debt in Chicago and in the suburbs. Over 75% of prior bankruptcy clients filed a chapter 7 bankruptcy. Chapter 7 bankruptcy is also known as fresh start bankruptcy. It allows someone who has unsecured debts to gain a fresh start within a matter of months. Unsecured debts such as credit cards, medical bills, past-due utilities, auto repossession deficiencies, foreclosure deficiencies and most other debt can be eliminated in a chapter 7 bankruptcy filing. There are some debts that are not limited in a chapter 7 bankruptcy filing. Those debts include student loans, recent taxes, parking tickets, child support and maintenance payments + Read More

Will Filing For Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Save My Life?

The answer depends on what is the situation in your life right now. You may be struggling with credit cards, medical bills, personal loans or any other type of debt. Sometimes you have creditors calling you on the phone, harassing you at work or just sending you letters making your life miserable. At other times, the creditor can actually be taking money out of your pocket in a way of garnishment, bank seizure, or straight payment plan. If the amount being taken out of your pay depletes your resources to the point where you cannot support yourself or your family, then bankruptcy is probably your best option. If you are someone who is struggling financially and need a fresh start, a chapter 7 + Read More