Encino Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Lawyer

Helpling Clients Nationwide File for Chapter 7

Freeway sign that says "Bankruptcy: Next Exit"Known widely as "liquidation" or "straight bankruptcy", Chapter 7 bankruptcy provides filers with protection from their creditors and relief from many of the debts that have overwhelmed and burdened them. It will allow you to clear most of your outstanding debts quickly and get a fresh start in your financial life.


Our Chapter 7 bankruptcy attorneys in Encino are ready to help and serve nationwide.
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How to Qualify for Chapter 7

Not all consumers can file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. In order to file, you must be able to meet the requirements listed below.

  • You pass the means test.
  • 180 days before filing, you must complete a credit counseling course approved by the U.S. Trustee Program.
  • Did you file for Chapter 7 in the last 8 years? If a discharge was granted, you will not be able to file.
  • If you filed for Chapter 13 and you were granted a discharge, you must wait 6 years to file for Chapter 7.

If you are unsure if you are able to file, contact an Encino Chapter 7 lawyer at Price Law Group today. During your free initial consultation we can take a look at your financial situation, determine if you qualify, and see if this option works best for your circumstances. Our team is backed by years of experience and we are ready to guide you toward a fresh start!

Qualifying via the Means Test

To qualify for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy you must make less than the median income for people in your area. If your income is above the median income level in your area, you may still be eligible for Chapter 7 protections, but you will have to undergo a means test to determine how much disposable income you have.

To determine this, your monthly expenses for rent, utilities, and payments on items not included in the bankruptcy will be deducted from your monthly income. Your disposable income is then multiplied by 60 to see how much money would be available to pay your unsecured creditors over a five-year period. If this total is $10,000 or more, you will not be eligible for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and will be required to enter into a Chapter 13 bankruptcy repayment plan. If your disposable income totals less than $10,000 in a five year period, there is still more to the means test. If your disposable income is $100 a month or more, and the total over the five-year period is equal to 25 percent of your unsecured debt included in the bankruptcy, you will be required to file a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. If your disposable income is less than $100 a month, you will qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection.

Exempt Assets Under Chapter 7

Under Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you will have the ability to keep all of your exempt assets. Exempt items differ from state to state. Generally, they will include retirement savings in approved pension, 401k and individual retirement accounts (IRA). They often include a homestead, vehicle and personal items. Speak to your bankruptcy attorney in Encino about which assets are protected under the bankruptcy laws in your state.

What Debt is Not Eligible?

Some debts are not eligible for discharge in bankruptcy. Child support payments, student loans, and most tax debt will not be discharged in bankruptcy.

Considering Bankruptcy? Call Our Chapter 7 Attorneys in Encino 866-210-1722.

At Price Law Group, our nationwide bankruptcy lawyers are backed by years of experience. We are prepared to answer any of your questions and guide you through filing for bankruptcy, every step of the way. We are also here to help you explore alternatives to bankruptcy. No matter your situation, we are ready to help you find the solution that works best for you. Contact us today.

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