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Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Exemptions

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Exemptions Don’t think that just because you are fling for bankruptcy you have to give up all of your assets. Under the Bankruptcy Code, you can file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy to prevent creditors from going after specific assets. The property that a ...

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      Making the decision to file for bankruptcy is a huge step, but often a necessary one when you reach a point where your debts become unsustainable and ...

      View More
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      11 USC 541(a) dictates that upon the filing of a bankruptcy case, an estate is created. This estate includes all legal and equitable interests of the ...

      View More
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      View More
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      View More
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      The basis of every Chapter 7 case is a liquidation. The analysis involved looks at the assets listed by the debtor on the bankruptcy petition, along ...

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      There's a big difference between preparing for bankruptcy and fraudulent activity prior to filing bankruptcy. Preparing for bankruptcy may entail ...

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      Unlike Chapter 13 bankruptcy , which is available to everyone, you must be eligible to file under Chapter 7 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Since this ...

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      With the advent of the income median level and the means test, debtors who previously might have been able to file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy have been ...

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      11 USC 541(a) dictates that upon the filing of a bankruptcy case, an estate is created. This estate includes all legal and equitable interests of the ...

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      According to a story published in the Chicago Tribune on November 13, 2013, Chicago-area foreclosure filings rose nearly 30% in October 2013. This ...

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    • Missing Mortgage or Association Payments During Bankruptcy

      The filing of a Chapter 13 has an interesting effect. It consolidates and reorganizes all of your personal debt into one payment to the trustee each ...

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      One of the most important protections bankruptcy affords - and one could make the argument that it is the most important - is the protection afforded ...

      View More
    • Avoiding Judicial Liens

      When you are preparing to file bankruptcy, it is best to discuss with your bankruptcy attorney whether you have any judicial liens against your ...

      View More
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      In some Chapter 7 bankruptcies, particularly those where assets are found and thus available for distribution to unsecured creditors, and all Chapter ...

      View More
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      11 USC 541(a) dictates that upon the filing of a bankruptcy case, an estate is created. This estate includes all legal and equitable interests of the ...

      View More
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      View More
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      View More
    • Missing Mortgage or Association Payments During Bankruptcy

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      View More
    • Cramming Down a Vehicle in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

      A Chapter 13 bankruptcy affords a debtor the opportunity to cram down certain secured debts to their actual value, not merely the principal balance ...

      View More
    • Avoiding Judicial Liens

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      View More
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      In some Chapter 7 bankruptcies, particularly those where assets are found and thus available for distribution to unsecured creditors, and all Chapter ...

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