Articles Posted in Chapter 7

How to Talk to Your Spouse About Bankruptcy
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It is not unusual that the spouse of a financially distressed person is unaware of the financial difficulty of the other spouse. Reasons may include one spouse controls the finances, one spouse runs a small business, or the couple keep their financial affairs separate. So, the question often arises how to talk to your spouse…

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How Much Time Must Lapse From a Previously Filed Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?
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Can you file a new bankruptcy if you filed a prior bankruptcy? The better question is, if you previously filed bankruptcy, how long do you have to wait to file a new bankruptcy in order to obtain a discharge of new debt? Usually, it is pointless to file bankruptcy if you are not going to…

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How to Keep Your Car and Truck in Bankruptcy
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The ability to keep your car or truck in bankruptcy is often a major consideration when filing a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. A dependable vehicle is often essential to keeping a job or getting the kids to school. Fortunately, in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you can almost always keep your car or truck…

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How to Answer a Bankruptcy Trustee Information Sheet
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In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy you will need to know how to answer a Trustee Information Sheet. After the bankruptcy case is filed, a meeting of creditors takes place in about thirty days. Before or at the meeting of creditors, various documents will be required to be submitted to the Trustee. One such document is…

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Chapter 12 Bankruptcy for Family Farmers- Part II
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Farmers may have an alternative to a Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation, Chapter 13 adjustment of debts, or a Chapter 11 reorganization of debts. The alternative is Chapter 12, an adjustment of debt for a family farmer. Qualifications of a Chapter 12 Family Farmer (Non-Individual) Chapter 12 of the Bankruptcy Code includes both family farmers and…

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Are Divorce Debts Discharged in Bankruptcy?
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The question often arises to what extent are divorce debts discharged in bankruptcy?A divorce often generates several different types of debts to a divorced person considering filing for bankruptcy. Chief among them are: Domestic Support Obligations The Bankruptcy Code exceptions to discharge of divorce debts are divided into two categories. One category is domestic support…

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The New Garnishment Law in Colorado
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There is a new garnishment law in Colorado. For many years wages have been exempt to some extent in Colorado. An exemption means it cannot be taken by the judgment creditor or the bankruptcy trustee. Wage exemptions are crucial for bankruptcy purposes because the Colorado state exemptions are the only bankruptcy exemptions a Colorado resident…

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How Long After Bankruptcy to Qualify for a Home Mortgage
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How long after bankruptcy to qualify for a home mortgage? People are often concerned whether they will be able to purchase a home or qualify for a home loan after bankruptcy.The answer is not as long as you might think. It usually depends if the bankruptcy was a Chapter 7 liquidation or Chapter 13 payment…

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Get Rid of Student Loans in Bankruptcy
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Background Until now it has been extremely difficult to get rid of student loans in bankruptcy for most debtors. In most cases the debtor in bankruptcy must prove “undue hardship” on the debtor or the debtor’s dependents in the event the debt is not discharged. Most courts rely on the Brunner test to interpret undue…

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