We are currently in a Chapter 7 in the state of AL we have lived her 1.5 years, and moved from CA, and other than providing the required information, our attorney barely communicates with us. I have sent her several emails with questions, and no response. We are in a very small town, and our law... Read more »
In my PA district, around Philadelphia, the trustees send out a "no-asset" notice shortly after the 241/first meeting of creditors is completed. IOW, that's about a month or two after the case is filed.
Non-responsiveness of counsel, at least in the bankruptcy field, is not...Read more »
Would be auctioned. I never received a letter stating when and where my car was to be auctioned at. The next letter I received stated that my car had been sold and that I owe 6,911. Per their contract, I wasn't properly notified. What can I do about this?
I’m not sure what AfterPay is, but anytime you need to incur debt while you’re in an active Chapter 13 case, such as for a replacement vehicle or an emergency for an air conditioner, you’ll need to contact your Attorney and have him file a Motion to Incur Debt, which need to be approved by...Read more »
Section 364 of the Bankruptcy Code provides for obtaining credit while in bankruptcy. While the statute speaks of a "trustee", that term includes a debtor in possession, which is what a Ch. 13 debtor is.
Section 364 authorizes obtaining unsecured credit "in the ordinary...Read more »
The bankruptcy code requires a disclosure in the Statement of Financial Affairs of any assets transferred to a Trust within 10 years of the filing date for the case. I am not sure why the lawyer advised you to do this, because they can still be considered an asset of the bankruptcy estate ( a...Read more »
An Alabama attorney could probably advise best, but your post remains open for four weeks. This is posted under Admiralty/Maritime, but it does not appear to be something that most maritime attorneys would be familiar with. In terms of reaching out to attorneys, it isn't fully clear what kind...Read more »
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 »
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