Alabama has a bankruptcy homestead exemption of only $16,450.00 which is adjusted for inflation every 3 years. If your property is owned free and clear, you can lose the property if you file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case. It is of the utmost importance that you contact a bankruptcy attorney...Read more »
It's surprising that a bankruptcy lawyer would enable you to sign without first reading the documents. One of the questions normally asked by any bankruptcy trustee at the 341 meeting is whether the signature on the Petition is...Read more »
Yes. Receiving income via cash, private income, Bitcoin, or any other means can be disclosed to the Court to comply with 11 USC 521 / 11 USC 707 via an Affidavit prepared by your Attorney. The value of the compensation has to be disclosed to the Court. It must be included on the Means Test...Read more »
Do I have to give the trustee my tax refund in chapter 13 bankruptcy? I called my attorney and spoke to a Lady in the office and she said that the trustee doesn’t take tax refunds anymore. Wasn’t able to speak with my attorney personally.
I do not practice in Alabama, so that question would be dependent on the local bankruptcy rules that govern your case. In the Eastern District of Missouri, where I practice, the local rules require that debtors turn over their tax refunds (over a specific allowable amount) to the Chapter 13...Read more »
I’m in a chapter 13 bankruptcy, and just want to know if I need to report new car insurance? I’m a year into my payment plan. Our insurance is outrageous and want to find a new company. Also I know most companies do a soft credit pull, will that affect anything? I’m in middle district... Read more »
Find a more reasonable insurance carrier. I have changed twice in the past two years for just that reason (I don't live that far from you) and they are competitive. Be sure you have adequate liability limits and equivalent uninsured motorist coverage. It's always the other guy who has...Read more »
We recently were advised not to get a car through bankruptcy by our attorney and just to pay cash, but we can’t find anything worth the money. Are we aloud to have someone finance a car for us and we make the payments? We’re in the Middle District in Alabama.
Once your Ch. 13 plan is confirmed, so long as you make the plan payments to the trustee, and direct payments to your mortgage lender and perhaps your car loan, the remainder of your income is yours to do as you like. So yes, if someone is willing to risk financing a car purchase on your promise to...Read more »
My car is on its last leg, and we don’t quite have enough yet to pay for something decent with cash. Can we go to a buy here pay here that offers no credit checks? All they ask for is ID, proof of income and insure and down payment. Would we get in trouble and get kicked out of bankruptcy? Or are... Read more »
The answer to this question could vary depending on what bankruptcy district your case is pending in. I practice in the Southern District of Alabama, which has a very reasonable and workable approach to getting Debtors in a position to replace or purchase a vehicle while in Chapter 13. The...Read more »
The bankruptcy court and Ch. 7 Trustee assigned to your case probably won't be interested in your new house, unless there is substantial equity value in it (you don't say how much your father will kick in, but routinely, Mortgage lenders want buyers to pony up twenty per cent of the...Read more »
In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, while all of your assets, including any expected tax refund, must be disclosed in the Bankruptcy Schedules that must be filed in the case, a debtor retains all his property, unless he chooses to surrender it to a secured creditor, or sell it, as part of the proposed...Read more »
I borrowed 48,000 16 yrs ago the 1st 6 yrs was 11.25% after modification it was still 8.9 alabama max is 8. I still owe 41,000 and I've already pd approx 83,000 and they still want to forclose what are my options?
If you schedule your sole income and your sole expenses on Schedules I and J, your daughter's income from her employment should not be factored in. The corollary to that assumption is that your daughter earns just enough to pay for things like her vehicle, insurance, food ( at school or her...Read more »
I owe taxes on 2 years prior to filing chapter 7, and I filed taxes based on income I received prior to filing. No one has lifted the automatic stay, and my case is not yet discharged, but the IRS took my refund, anyway. When i called, they said their system wasnt updated with my BK, but now it... Read more »
I filed for Chapter 7 in 2016 and dismissed in August of that same year. I am currently in Chapter 13 with 100 percent repayment. I have started nursing school and my work hours will be greatly reduced. Can I convert to a Chapter 7 or get my payments reduced?
You must first determine if you received a Discharge Order in the prior Chapter 7 case. If you did not receive a Discharge Order in that case and it was dismissed without a Discharge Order, then you may be able to convert your Ch 13 to Chapter 7. You will need to sit down with your attorney and...Read more »
In 2014 I co-signed a student loan application for my stepson. His mother and I got divorced later that year. All during the plan this “Sallie Mae Bank Inc” loan showed as being in a “Closed” status on my 3 credit reports. Now that I have completed the plan and received a discharge the... Read more »
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