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What is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Chapter 7 bankruptcy can help to eliminate most if not all of your debts and get you on the road towards recovery. When filing, you are creating a clean slate that can put an end to the stress, harassing creditor phone calls, and additional debts. Once the debt is gone, it is cleared away for good, allowing you the peace of mind that you deserve.

Pursuing the idea of bankruptcy can sound like a scary proposition, but it can be an extremely beneficial action that changes your financial future for the best. Do not believe the misconception that by filing bankruptcy you are admitting defeat.

Is filing for chapter 7 bankruptcy right for you? Contact our chapter 7 attorneys at (888) 822-6730 for a free case evaluation.

Who is Eligible for Chapter 7?

Before filing as an individual, corporation or partnership for chapter 7 bankruptcy, you must take ameans test. By comparing your wages against your debts, the means test reveals if there is enough disposable income to make payments towards the debts you owe.

If you do have the means to repay, you will not be eligible for chapter 7. In this case, Chapter 13 bankruptcy can be an alternative. However, should you not have available funds to pay off your debts, you may file for chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Additionally, if you have had a petition for bankruptcy dismissed within the past 180 days, you must wait until those 180 days are over before you can attempt to file again. Credit counseling must be done through an approved agency prior to filing chapter 7 bankruptcy and it must have been completed within the past 180 days.

Will I Lose Everything When I File?

A common concern for those considering filing for bankruptcy is whether or not they can keep their property. There are various bankruptcy exemptions for chapter 7 allowing to keep certain possessions.

The following are possessions debtors can keep under chapter 7:

  • Home - Many individuals are most worried about losing their home during bankruptcy, but can rest easier knowing that there are homestead exemptions. In the State of Michigan, the amount than an individual can count as exempt is any interest up to $35,300 in their home or other property. For those 65 and older, the amount allowed comes to $52,925. Couples who are married that are filing for bankruptcy together are not able to both claim homestead exemptions according to state laws.
  • Vehicle - Another major concern for many people is protecting their vehicle from being taken in order to pay off debts. According to Michigan motor vehicle exemptions, any individual can protect up to $3,250 in car equity. For those filing jointly as a married couple, they may both claim exemptions around $3,000 on their individual cars or put both of their $3,250 exemptions together towards one car.
  • Personal Items - Personal belongings such as clothing and jewelry, up to a certain particular value, are allowed to be kept as well as appliances, household goods, tools that are used for work, child support money, alimony, life insurance, retirement plans, and a few other benefits.

A qualified attorney can work closely with you to minimize the amount of property lost during a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Over 45 Years of Combined Experience

Attentive and compassionate, the chapter 7 bankruptcy lawyers at the Law Offices of Marshall D. Schultz are willing to stand with you during this difficult time. We understand where you are coming from and the urgency of finding viable debt relief solutions so that you can be rid of the financial stress once and for all.

With experience assisting creditors, debtors and chapter 7 trustees, attorney Schultz is dedicated to his clients. Currently only serving consumer debtors, he seeks to provide timely and affordable results for each of his clients.

Having handled over 10,000 consumer bankruptcy cases and achieved a positive ranking from Avvo®, a premier legal ranking website, it is evident why so many people have entrusted their financial future with our firm.

Call us at (888) 822-6730 for a free case evaluation to take the initial steps towards debt relief. We offer legal assistance at our offices in Detroit and Southfield.

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