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

Advanced Practitioner Advice From Chicago Bankruptcy Lawyer David Siegel

The automatic stay protects debtors from collection activities after a bankruptcy case has been filed. What about a case where there is insurance coverage available on behalf of the debtor? What I am referring to is a case where the debtor was involved in an auto accident, had insurance coverage and then files for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 7. In that case, the debtor is protected by the automatic stay and the creditor cannot pursue the debtor personally. However, since there was automotive insurance coverage in place at the time of the accident, which was before the case was filed, the creditor has a cause of action. Instead of pursing the debtor, the creditor has the legal right + Read More

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Can Help In Many Ways

Chapter 13 bankruptcy can help you in a ton of ways if you are struggling financially.  The first way that Chapter 13 can help you is to save your house.  If you have fallen behind on your mortgage payments because of the loss of job or illness or just unexpected expenses, you can put what you are behind on your mortgage (the arrears) into your bankruptcy reorganization plan; that way you can pay the amount that you fell behind over 3 to 5 year period and resume making the regular mortgage payment.  If you fall behind on your property taxes, you can pay those property taxes through Chapter 13 bankruptcy as well.  Reorganizing Your Financed Vehicle If you fall behind on your financed car, + 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

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