Different lawyers charge different fees. A Chapter 7 should cost more for a small business owner or if there are tax debts. A Chapter 7 should cost somewhat less if there is no small business, if there are no tax debts.
Many attorneys give free consultations and will give you a quote when...Read more »
The exemption that is usually used for money in bankruptcy in California is called the Wild Card Exemption. You can use more of it on a bank account or less depending on what else you are trying to protect.
Exemption planning for cars, for houses, for bank accounts is complicated. For the...Read more »
It is not easy to get a Chapter 7 bankruptcy dismissed after it is filed. Chapter 13 filers have a legal right to change their mind and dismiss their case. Chapter 7 filers do not have this right. There is no form for this. You have to submit a motion to the Court explaining why the case should be...Read more »
That information is available on a government database called PACER. If you have never used it before, you should go to a local bankruptcy court and ask the clerk's office how to use it. Or you can go to a local county law library and ask the law librarian.
You are asking a question about exemptions. In order to keep your car in a Chapter 7, you have to exempt it. If you don't exempt it, it can be taken and sold to pay debts. This is a good question to take to a lawyer in person. The answer depends on both the dollar value and the kinds of things you...Read more »
You can file a proof of claim in the bankruptcy so that you receive a proportional distribution of the funds the court finds available to distribute. You can follow the progress in the case so that if it fails and a discharge is denied you can sue to collect your money. You can read the schedules...Read more »
There are serious risks to filing without a bankruptcy attorney. Some people do it. Results can include losing property, like a car, that an attorney would have known how to protect. It is almost impossible to file a 13 that will be confirmed without an attorney. 7's are more straightforward in...Read more »
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