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How much debt do you have to have to file bankruptcy?

There is no minimum amount of debt you must have in order to file for bankruptcy relief. While the amount of your debt is an important factor to consi...

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Will Filing Bankruptcy Stop Lawsuits and Judgments for Credit Card Debt?

A Texas attorney explains common issues around credit card debt lawsuits and some options, including bankruptcy.

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Options for Dealing With Liens in Bankruptcy

If you have liens on your property and file for bankruptcy, you may be able to get rid of them through the bankruptcy. In order to do so, however, you...

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Exceptions to Bankruptcy's Credit Counseling and Debtor Education Requirements

When you file a consumer bankruptcy under Chapter 7 or 13 of the Bankruptcy Code, you are required to complete a credit counseling course before y...

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Schedule A of the Bankruptcy Forms

When you file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you will have to fill out a document called Schedule A.

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The Bankruptcy Petition

When filing for bankruptcy, you will be required to complete a set of documents, collectively referred to as the Bankruptcy Petition.

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Emergency Bankruptcy Filing

If you want to file a bankruptcy petition there are a number of forms that you are required to file with the bankruptcy court.  Assembling all of the...

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How to Value Your Car in Bankruptcy

Valuing your car, van, truck, motorcycle or other vehicle is an important part of a bankruptcy case; when you file for bankruptcy, you must includ...

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How to Value Your Home in Bankruptcy

Properly valuing your home in both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy is important. In some situations, your home's value will determine whether ...

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4 Common Bankruptcy Filing Myths

There is a lot of information about bankruptcy floating around, and much of it is misleading, incomplete or just plain wrong. Here are four common thi...

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Senior Citizens and Bankruptcy: Are Retirement Funds Exempt?

Question: If a senior citizen files bankruptcy are retirement funds exempt?

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Cosigners and Bankruptcy Obligations

A cosigner is someone who agrees to pay a debt if the borrower is unable to do so. Cosigners are often required if the person who wants to borrow mon...

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The Differences Between Personal and Corporate Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy is a common tool used by both individuals and businesses in order for them to get rid of debt that will likely continue to go unpaid, and t...

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Filing for Bankruptcy Multiple Times

For most people, one bankruptcy case is enough: They are able to discharge all or most of their debts, get out from under their mounting pile of bills...

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How the Automatic Stay Protects Bankruptcy Filers

The moment a debtor files for bankruptcy, the automatic stay goes into effect. This important protection puts an immediate stop to most debt collectio...

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Attorney Fees in a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Case

Typical fees charged by attorneys to represent you in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy vary depending on where you live and how complicated your case will like...

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Bankruptcy Avoidance Action

The Bankruptcy Code provides that all unsecured creditors are to receive fair and equal treatment. With the debtor goes into bankruptcy, creditors...

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Allowable Deductions on Bankruptcy Schedule I

When you file for bankruptcy, you must complete a packet of forms providing detailed information about your income, expenses, assets, debts, and finan...

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Listing Joint Property on Bankruptcy Schedule A

When you file a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you are required to complete several forms on which you must disclose all of your income, assets, ...

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Determining Dependents For Bankruptcy Schedule J

When you file for bankruptcy under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13, you must complete a set of schedules that list information about your assets, debts, expen...

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Determining Current Income For Bankruptcy Schedule I

When you file for bankruptcy under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13, you must complete a packet of forms and submit it to the bankruptcy court.

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What to Do If Real Property Status Changes Over the Course of Filing For Bankruptcy

When you file for bankruptcy under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13, any real property you own must be listed on Schedule A, one of the many forms you must fil...

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Determining Reasonably Anticipated Income Changes After Filing For Bankruptcy

When you file for bankruptcy under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13, you have to complete a packet of forms that describe your property, debts, expenses, incom...

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Adversarial Proceedings in Bankruptcy

Sometimes after you file for bankruptcy, a dispute arises concerning a debt you included in the bankruptcy. If this happens, you, the creditor, the tr...

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When Can a Creditor Get Relief From the Automatic Stay?

Once a debtor files for bankruptcy, an automatic stay goes into effect immediately, which stops creditors from attempting to collect their debts.

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Bankruptcy for Married Couples: Filing Options

If you are married and considering bankruptcy, you'll have to decide whether to file separately (that is, only one spouse files for bankruptcy and the...

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What are Voidable Transfers in Bankruptcy?

When you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, everything you own becomes part of the bankruptcy estate. Some of this property is exempt under state or feder...

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How to Fill Out Schedule D of the Bankruptcy Petition

When you file for bankruptcy, you must complete a packet of forms listing your assets, debts, income, expenses, and financial transactions. One of the...

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Bankruptcy for Military Personnel: Any Differences?

For the most part, the bankruptcy rules and process is the same for military personnel, veterans, and non-military members of society. However, be...

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Can You Reduce Your Car Loan in Bankruptcy?

In certain situations, you can reduce the principal amount owed on your car loan in Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. The method for doing so differ...

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Bankruptcy Creditors' Meeting: How the Trustee Thinks

Most people contemplating bankruptcy are fearful of their creditors' meeting (also called the "341 meeting," after its place in the bankruptcy code, o...

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What Is the "Appointment of a Successor Trustee?"

In a bankruptcy case, the trustee is an official, appointed by the bankruptcy court, who reviews the filer's forms, conducts the meeting of creditors,...

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How Will Filing Bankruptcy Affect My Children?

Learn how bankruptcy may affect your children, including whether they'll lose property, be able to get college loans, continue receiving child support...

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Will Filing For Bankruptcy Get Back a Repossessed Vehicle?

Repossession of a vehicle is a stressful situation for anyone to have to face. If you’ve had your vehicle repossessed because you haven’t kept up ...

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What is the Downside of Filing for Bankruptcy?

The intent of bankruptcy is to provide people with a fresh financial start. For many people, bankruptcy does just that. But filing for bankruptcy is n...

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How To Amend Your Bankruptcy Forms

If you make a mistake in your bankruptcy petition, schedules, or other paperwork, you can correct it easily by filing an amended version of the form.

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Single Asset Real Estate Bankruptcy

What is a Single Asset Real Estate Bankruptcy? It is a category within Chapter 11 bankruptcy and has to do with the designation of the type of real p...

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Unsecured Debt: Priority vs. Non-Priority

Whether you file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, it's important to determine which of your unsecured debts will be classified as priority debt...

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The Statement of Intention in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

When you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you will have to file a Statement of Intention form. On this form, you tell the court, trustee, and creditors ...

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The Clawback Provision and Preferential Transfers

In Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the trustee has the right to take back property or money that the debtor improperly gave away before filing. "Clawback" is t...

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Where Is The Cheapest Place To File For Bankruptcy?

OK, it was a trick question: Although many people are looking for the cheapest place to file for bankruptcy, the filing fees are the same no matter wh...

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What Happens During Pre-Bankruptcy Credit Counseling?

Before you can file for bankruptcy, you must go through credit counseling with a nonprofit agency. Once you've completed your mandatory credit counse...

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Debts That Cannot Be Discharged in Bankruptcy

The whole point of filing for bankruptcy is to give yourself a clean slate by getting out from under your debts. Whether you file for Chapter 7 or Cha...

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Free Bankruptcy Forms

The official bankruptcy forms that you need to file for both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy are now available online through the website of the U...

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Bankruptcy Discharge: Which Debts are Wiped Out?

The main reason people file for bankruptcy is to get our from under burdensome debt. This is accomplished through the bankruptcy discharge: a court or...

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The Bankruptcy Process: Chapter 7

A typical Chapter 7 bankruptcy case is relatively straightforward. You will spend most of your time completing the bankruptcy petition, schedules, and...

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Saving Your Home From Foreclosure With Bankruptcy

Some people file for bankruptcy in an effort to save their home from foreclosure. But does this strategy work? In some cases it will, but in others ...

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Paperwork You Will Need to File for Bankruptcy

Once you have decided that filing for bankruptcy is your best option, it's time to get started on your paperwork. Whether you file for Chapter 7 or Ch...

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Getting a Car Loan After Bankruptcy

Buying a car after bankruptcy will probably not be as easy as it was before bankruptcy, but it can still be done.

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Filing Bankruptcy in South Dakota

Bankruptcy is a system of federal law, so the process to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy or to file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy is nearly identical in ...

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Filing for Bankruptcy in Maine

Bankruptcy is governed by federal law, so the process to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy or to file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy is nearly identical in e...

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