Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Questions & Answers

Q: If I file bankruptcy, can they take my car. I paid my car off in 2005

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Pennsylvania on Apr 21, 2015

Answered on May 21, 2015

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Kevin W. Chern Esq.'s answer
In bankruptcy, certain property is exempt (protected from creditors). The Pennsylvania exemptions don't provide specific protection for motor vehicles. Generally, a motor vehicle is treated like any other asset, which may be subject to sale by the trustee for the benefit of creditors.

However, a person filing for bankruptcy in Pennsylvania has the option of electing to use the federal exemptions rather than the Pennsylvania exemptions. The federal exemptions do protect a certain amount...

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Q: Do I need a lawyer for bankrupcty

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Pennsylvania on May 17, 2015

Answered on May 19, 2015

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Robert Gambrell's answer
Through the years, I have seen many people that filed bankruptcy for them selves and ended up losing assets that they could have kept had the had representation and that have agreed to reaffirm and pay back debt to keep items on which they could have avoided the lien instead and paid nothing to keep the items. The answer is yes, you can file bankruptcy pro se. The real question is it a good idea, the answer is no.

If your truly cannot afford an attorney, then you should qualify for...

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Q: How can I search to find if an individual has filed bankruptcy?

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Pennsylvania on Oct 23, 2014

Answered on Feb 10, 2015

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Donald M. Hahn's answer
There is a website called PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) where you can search for parties in bankruptcy cases for 10 cents. However, you need to set up an account. The website is as follows:

https://pcl.uscourts.gov/search

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Q: Is it a must to have my mortgage paid before it goes into grace period when trying to file for chap 7

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Pennsylvania on Nov 18, 2014

Answered on Feb 9, 2015

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Donald M. Hahn's answer
Paying during the grace period is still paying late. If a bankruptcy petition were filed after the date the mortgage payment was due but before the date the mortgage payment was actually made, the debtors go into the bankruptcy case behind on their mortgage. The post-petition payment should technically be credited to the next month's payment, rather than the prior month's payment, because the prior month's payment became due before the case was filed. In a Chapter 13 case, this creates a...

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Q: If I file for bankruptcy can I keep a credit card ?

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Pennsylvania on Nov 24, 2014

Answered on Feb 9, 2015

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Donald M. Hahn's answer
You should be able to keep credit cards with zero balances at the time you file. However, that depends upon the creditor.

If you owe the creditor less than $600 and really want to keep the credit card, you may wish to consider paying it off before you file.

If you owe the creditor more than $600, please be advised that paying a single creditor more than $600 within 90 days before a bankruptcy may be avoidable as a preferential transfer. In such cases, I would question whether...

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Q: I have just recvd paperwork from an attorney showing debtors petition for chapter 7 Do I have to return property

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Pennsylvania on Nov 19, 2014

Answered on Nov 20, 2014

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Robert Keyes' answer
Need more information. Are you a creditor? Whose car are you talking about? Why was car towed? If you are the creditor, you need to contact a bankruptcy attorney in your area. Return of a repossessed vehicle is somewhat a local issue.

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Q: I have filed bankruptcy before and I would like to know how long do I have to wait before I can file again?

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Pennsylvania on Mar 6, 2014

Answered on Oct 17, 2014

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Tudor Neagu's answer
The rules vary depending on what chapter you filed, and when you received your discharge. It can range from 5 to 7 years.

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Q: How do I find a bankruptcy record.

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Pennsylvania on Jul 29, 2014

Answered on Oct 17, 2014

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Tudor Neagu's answer
https://www.pacer.gov/

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Q: is there a way to find a copy of a bankruptcy docket or judgement online that was filed 4 1/2 years ago

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Pennsylvania on Aug 19, 2014

Answered on Oct 17, 2014

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Tudor Neagu's answer
Yes, bankruptcy filings and docket entries can be retrieved electronically at https://www.pacer.gov. You will need an account, and pages cost a few cents each, but it contains filings going back even longer than 4 1/2 years. An attorney who has a Pacer account can easily retrieve that filing for you.

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Q: I've been informed by an email that I was named as a creditor in a bankruptcy case over a month ago but still have not g

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Pennsylvania on May 14, 2014

Answered on May 16, 2014

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Rachel Lea Hunter's answer
Why would you receive any legal documents? What kind of bankruptcy was filed? It makes a difference.

First, does the debtor owe you money? Have you sued and recovered a judgment against the debtor prior to filing bankruptcy? Or did you have security interest in anything, like a lien on a car? Who is the debtor? A business or a person? What kind of bankruptcy did the debtor file - a chapter 7 or chapter 13 (if a person)? Or chapter 7 or chapter 11 is a business?

Does...

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Q: If I am married, can I file bankruptcy without my husband?

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Pennsylvania on Dec 27, 2012

Answered on Apr 27, 2014

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Mark Medvesky's answer
The quick answer is yes. The challenge is how to divide the bills and assets. But you can do it and should if you need it. The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

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Q: My sister is in chater 13, my mother passed,how can I sell her house,as we are both co owners

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Pennsylvania on Jan 6, 2014

Answered on Apr 27, 2014

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Mark Medvesky's answer
Call your sister's attorney. The attorney can work with the trustee to get approval to sell the asset. The next issue will be how the proceeds going to your sister are used. The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

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Q: New Chapter & Laws from this Januart

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Pennsylvania on Feb 27, 2014

Answered on Apr 27, 2014

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Mark Medvesky's answer
You should go back to the attorney who filed the bankruptcy. I do not believe an actual reaffirmation agree is required. I have had this with car loans and people just pay their payments. Talk to his attorney. The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

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Q: Filed bankruptcy around 2002, all papers packed away, need bankruptcy number and year, hwere do I get this info?

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Pennsylvania on May 6, 2012

Answered on Jan 24, 2014

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Andrew Bresalier's answer
Sign up for PACER, it is a free governmental service, as long as you use less than $15 a calendar quarter. Then sign on at the District Court's Bky Site for the specific district and perform a search. From the Docket you can print copies of the documents filed.

www.dont-sweat-the-debt.com

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Q: Will corporate bankruptcy of Gmac band affect my mortgage> Does that put my mortgage in jeapordy?

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Pennsylvania on May 30, 2012

Answered on Jan 24, 2014

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Andrew Bresalier's answer
Your mortgage will not be affected by the Bky of your lender. At the most it will be transferred to a new lended.

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Q: Where should i file paperwork for a civil matter regaurding a finacial loan in another state.

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Pennsylvania on Nov 30, 2012

Answered on Jan 24, 2014

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Andrew Bresalier's answer
This is not a Bky Questions. However, you should file the matter in the county where the collateral is located.

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Q: My separated husband filed bankruptcy on our house without my signature, is this legal?

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Pennsylvania on Jun 21, 2013

Answered on Jan 24, 2014

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Andrew Bresalier's answer
Yes it is legal. That should not affect your ownership rights as long as payments are made.

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Q: How do I get a copy of the bankruptcy paperwork filed in 2008?

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Pennsylvania on Nov 25, 2013

Answered on Jan 24, 2014

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Andrew Bresalier's answer
Sign up for PACER, it is a free governmental service, as long as you use less than $15 a calendar quarter. Then sign on at the District Court's Bky Site for the specific district and perform a search. From the Docket you can print copies of the documents filed.

www.dont-sweat-the-debt.com

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Q: I am unemployed, behind in my mortgage and credit card debts. I want to keep my house. Is chapter 7 to way to go?

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Pennsylvania on Oct 15, 2013

Answered on Nov 1, 2013

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Rachel Lea Hunter's answer
Can you get current in 30 days n your mortgage?

Further, do you make less than the means test amount? I assume you do because you are unemployed but a chapter 7 will not let you keep your house. If you have no means to get current the mortgage lender will either seek to lift the automatic stay or wait till your bankruptcy is done and foreclose.

Chapter 7 will help with the medical and credit card debts. Chapter 13 will allow you to get current on the mortgage but you will have...

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Q: Is there precedence for splitting a recently filed Ch. 13 Bankruptcy into a Ch. 20 - Separate 7 & 13 Cases?.

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Pennsylvania on Oct 16, 2013

Answered on Nov 1, 2013

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Rachel Lea Hunter's answer
Chapter 20s were eliminated supposedly by the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention & Consumer Protection Act. What this means is that a debtor can no longer file a chapter 7 bankruptcy and get discharge and then file a chapter 13 and get a discharge.

Debtors can still do the chapter "20" (a chapter 7 followed by a chapter 13) but they cannot get a discharge under the 13.

I have never heard of a debtor "splitting" a case. The chapter 20 is where debtors qualify and can file the 7 first...

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