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Bankruptcy knowledge also means: Knowing What Not to Do

Bankruptcy can offer debtors a fresh start.  It can allow budgets to work again and for debtors to regain a sense of calm in their lives.  We want our clients’ cases and experience with the bankruptcy court to go as smoothly as possible. Here are some examples of what people who are considering filing for [...]

Chapter 7, Chapter 13, Chapter 20 — Bankruptcy Options Are Available

As a consumer, what Chapter of Bankruptcy is right for you? A Chapter 7? A Chapter 13? A Chapter 20? A Chapter 7 Bankruptcy involves the collection and liquidation of non-exempt assets. The proceeds of the non-exempt assets are distributed to your unsecured creditors. A Trustee will be appointed to your Bankruptcy case to administer [...]

Filing Bankruptcy after Christmas

Christmas is the season of joy and giving.  Your credit cards might have saw a fair amount of action on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Credit cards are a necessity to make safe purchases on those cyber bargains and are easier to carry around town when making your last minute purchases.  Some consumers require credit [...]

Pre-petition vs. Post-petition Debt

What does Pre-petition vs. Post-petition debt mean in a Bankruptcy? Pre-petition debt is all debt that you have incurred prior to your bankruptcy case being filed. You must list all of your Creditors and debt when you file bankruptcy. Pre-petition debt is the debt that we are expecting to be discharged as part of your [...]

Can you file Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 Bankruptcy with perfect credit?

Yes. Your credit history does not influence your ability to qualify for Bankruptcy. There are no rules or requirements related to your credit you must meet when filing for bankruptcy. You do not need to be behind on your bills or ever missed a single payment. I think this is a common myth in Bankruptcy [...]

Where is a Kansas Bankruptcy Case Filed?

Bankruptcy cases are filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, which is a division of the Federal District Courts.  Divorce, collection, probate and similar cases are filed in one of the 31 Kansas District Courts located sporadically throughout Kansas.  The three Kansas Federal Courthouses, which contain the bankruptcy courts, are located in Kansas City, Topeka, and Wichita. [...]

How Many Times Can You File Bankruptcy?

There are two chapters of bankruptcy most often used by consumers, chapter 7 and chapter 13.  When you can file another bankruptcy case and receive a discharge of your debts depends on what chapter you last filed and when you filed. If you received a discharge in a chapter 7 case filed: Within the last [...]

Will a Bankruptcy Affect My Credit Report?

A bankruptcy case will be reported under the public record section of your credit report. This same section of your credit report is where court cases involving creditor judgments are also listed. A bankruptcy case will be reported in the public records section for 7-10 years depending on the bankruptcy case filed. Chapter 13 bankruptcy [...]

What are the different Chapters of Bankruptcy?

There are several different Chapters of Bankruptcy. Part of the Bankruptcy Information Sheet provided by U.S. Trustee Program explains each as follows: Chapter 7 – A trustee is appointed to take over your property. Any property of value will be sold or turned into money to pay your creditors. You may be able to keep [...]

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