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Can You Keep a Tax Refund in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

In Chapter 7 bankruptcy, any accrued tax refunds on income you earned prior to filing your case are considered property of your bankruptcy estate whet...

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Business Debts in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Filing for a personal Chapter 7 bankruptcy doesn’t eliminate the debts your business owes as a separate entity. But it can wipe out your liability f...

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Can I pay my dentist bill while my Chapter 7 bankruptcy is pending?

Question I owe my dentist over $1,000 for some work she did on my teeth. This bill was included in my bankruptcy, but I'd like to pay her because...

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Can I Keep My Cash in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

If you have cash on hand when you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you may be able to keep some or all of it. Both federal and state laws provide ex...

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Can I Keep My TV in Chapter 7?

If your television or other media equipment is worth little, then most likely you will be able to keep it in Chapter 7 bankruptcy. However, if you...

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Leases and Contracts in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

If you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, usually you can decide if you want to continue with existing leases or contracts (called assuming the lease ...

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What Happens to My Cosigner in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Chapter 7 bankruptcy discharges most unsecured debts, like credit cards, and allows you to keep secured debts like car loans and home mortgages if...

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Redeeming a Car Loan in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

If you owe more on your car than what it’s worth, Chapter 7 bankruptcy allows you to get rid of your loan by paying the lender an amount equal t...

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What Is Current Monthly Income for the Means Test?

Congress created the “means test” to determine if you qualify to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Whether you qualify for Chapter 7 depends larg...

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Can I File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy If I Am Unemployed

There is no bar to filing for bankruptcy if you are unemployed. Like all Chapter 7 bankruptcy filers, you'll have to pass the means test in order ...

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Reaffirming a Car Loan in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

If you have a car loan and you file Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you must tell the court what you intend to do with the loan.

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Should I Surrender My Car in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

If you owe money on your car and you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you must decide whether you want to  keep your car or surrender it.

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What Happens to a Car Lease in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

What happens to your car lease in Chapter 7 bankruptcy depends on whether you are behind on your payments and on what the bankruptcy trustee decid...

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The Motor Vehicle Exemption in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

If you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you will most likely be able to exempt (protect) some equity in your car, van, truck, motorcycle, or other...

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Exemptions in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Exemptions in Chapter 7 bankruptcy allow you to keep some or all of your property after you file a Chapter 7 case. There are exemptions for all ki...

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What Is a Priority Claim in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

When you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, not all creditors are treated equally. Bankruptcy law sets out the order in which creditors are paid and g...

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Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Eligibility and Requirements

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is not available to everyone; there are certain qualifications you must meet in order to be eligible for Chapter 7 relief. Le...

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When You Don't Have to Take the Means Test in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Most individuals who file bankruptcy under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 must complete a means test, which calculates your ability to repay creditors ...

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When Is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Better Than Chapter 13?

If you are considering bankruptcy, usually the two main options are Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. There are pros and cons to each type, b...

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If I Am Behind on My Mortgage, Can I Save My Home in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

A Chapter 7 bankruptcy, by itself, will not save your home from foreclosure. But there are times when Chapter 7 will be helpful to a homeowner i...

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Property Abandonment in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

If the trustee abandons some of your property in Chapter 7 bankruptcy, that usually means you get to keep the property. Learn what property abando...

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What Happens To Your Car in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: An Overview of Your Options

If you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you'll have to decide what you want to do with your car or other vehicle. If you are current on your payme...

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Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: An Overview

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is sometimes called “liquidation” bankruptcy—it cancels most types of debt, but you have to let the bankruptcy trustee l...

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Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and Foreclosure

If you are filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, whether you can keep your home depends on several factors

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Lifting the Automatic Stay in Chapter 7 Cases

One of the most attractive consequences of filing a bankruptcy petition is the automatic stay.  In a previous article, I discussed the importance...

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How Is Income From Child Support Treated in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

If you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and receive child support, you may be concerned about losing ongoing child support payments, payments you receive...

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Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and Medical Debt

A large percentage of Chapter 7 bankruptcy filers cite medical debts as the primary reason for their need to file for bankruptcy relief. In Chapter 7 ...

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Can I Keep My Car If I File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Can I Keep My Automobile If I File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy? This is also a common question from most of my clients.  A debtor can keep the car ...

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Can I Keep My House If I File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Can I Keep My House If I File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy? This is a common question from most of my clients. Usually the house is an issue that is als...

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Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: Understanding the Required Forms

When you file for bankruptcy, you have to complete a large packet of forms and file them with the court.

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The Bankruptcy Means Test

If you want to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you must pass the means test. The means test looks at your income, and perhaps your expenses and debts, ...

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