The answer is yes. Of course whether or not you are in a community property state or not also effects how much a trustee can do. Basically the trustee owns the excess equity in any Chapter 7 case. Filing the case gives that equity to the trustee at the moment of filing and it cannot be undone...Read more »
Almost every lawyer gives a free initial consultation. However you get what you pay for. You can get a pro bono attorney but we can not work for free. We have to pay for the office and our student loans. If the attorney is learning how to file a bankruptcy by doing your case it probably wont...Read more »
Generally no. Child support and some debts can reach into even social security retirement and disability. Normally judgment creditors cannot attach your disability. Once the check is cashed and placed into a checking account and co mingled with other funds it is completely attachable. So be...Read more »
This generally happens if there is a cross collateral clause in the contract where all the loans are secured by any other loan. These are most often found in credit union contracts. In bankruptcy you can redeem the vehicle and take it from the credit union by paying the fair market value of the...Read more »
Yes with court approval for most transfers. Whether she can transfer depends on how much equity she has in the property. If the property would not have given creditors any meaningful distribution in a Chapter 7 the judge may allow it.
However. if there is substantial equity for the...Read more »
Almost every lawyer gives a free initial consultation. However you get what you pay for. You can get a pro-bono attorney if you have little or no income. But be realistic we can not work for free. We have to pay for the office and our student loans. If the attorney is learning how to file a...Read more »
No! In the bankruptcy petition the Debtor should have announced his option to pay the lease and accept it or reject it. If this is a lease and the bankruptcy was filed during an eviction proceeding the debtor may deposit any overdue funds with the court and accept the lease but immediately cure...Read more »
The CARES act seems to be very clear that the Stimulus money cannot be used as "income" when FILING bankruptcy or when CONFIRMING the chapter 13 plan. The language isn't quite as clear for people currently in a confirmed Chapter 13 plan. Will I be able to keep the stimulus money or... Read more »
Yes, we file bankruptcy for just one spouse all the time. The means test does use the income for both spouses to determine whether a Chapter 13 or 7 should be filed but most of the time just one spouse can file.
No this does not mean garnishment. However it is one step towards garnishment. Normally a creditor will attempt to attach any home you have, any bank account you have and your wages within days or weeks after they get the judgment. You have a very short time after the judgment is issued to...Read more »
A Business bankruptcy never discharges. It open for 2 years I believe but parties can be hauled back in years later. Yes you can be summonsed to testify. You can also be hauled in and be subject to turning over assets if you took company property or opportunities. This isn't like a...Read more »
You may not have been served with the complaint. Often when a creditor cannot find you they will ask for a warning order attorney. This attorney will attempt to find you and send the complaint to you. But if he cant find you the judge may and probably will eventually issue a default judgment....Read more »
In the Western District of Kentucky, it doesn't matter. The refund is paid to the Trustee if you don't have a 100% plan. You get to keep the fees for preparing the return and the earned income credit. You lose the child credit. You should increase your deductions during the year so...Read more »
Trailers are the very worst way to purchase a home. It is almost always better to let the trailer go back and to purchase a home which increases in value over time. A Trailer always depreciates in value. If it is all you can afford I understand it. But the payment is rent and eventually it falls...Read more »
Yes you do have to go to at least one hearing. About 99% of my clients only have to go to one hearing the 341 hearing. The questions are very simple and you will be asked questions about the accuracy of your petition for about 5 minutes. The Trustee is looking for hidden assets, your ability to...Read more »
A non Judicial foreclosure is when the court is not involved in the lender recovering the property. In some states a deed of trust is held by a 3rd party and when the property is not paid for the lawyer who holds the title will convey the property to the bank upon default. Kentucky is s judicial...Read more »
Child support and alimony are non dischargeable debts. You can repay child support through a Chapter 13 and you can repay child support as a priority debt which paid in full before any unsecured debt is paid. Bankruptcy can be a took to repay child support but it does not discharge child support...Read more »
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