Bankruptcy

April 1, 2014 Median Income Levels for Kansas and Missouri Bankruptcy Filers

The Means Test looks at your Median Income to determine for which Chapter of Bankruptcy you qualify: Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 As of April 1, 2014 the Median Income Levels will change once again. Median income levels are up across the board in both Kansas and Missouri – no foolin’! Due to these changes, [...]

Is my Social Security Income protected from my Creditors?

Your social security income may be protected from creditors – meaning they cannot garnish your social security check or the bank account that it sits in – if you protect it correctly. The relevant law is a section regarding Old Age, Survivor, and Disability benefits, which contains this language: 42 USC §407 (a) In general: [...]

Use Your 2013 Tax Refund to Eliminate Your Debt

Tax season will be upon us in a few short months.  Many households anxiously await their 2013 federal and state tax refunds.  Some filers hope to purchase necessities or make a luxury purchase they could not afford without receiving the refund.  Others will decide their refunds will be best spent by catching up on their [...]

Stop Collection Calls

YES! It is possible -- When you are unable to make your monthly payments, Creditor calls are going to happen. First you will get a letter from your Creditor saying something airy like “Whoops you missed a payment!” Make your payment, plus late fees and all is well. But another month passes without payment and [...]

What is a Proof of Claim in a Bankruptcy case?

A proof of claim is a document normally filled out and filed by a creditor in either a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy.  The proof of claim is a form document that is sent to every creditor listed in your case.  The document is also available online at United States Courts website.  The form [...]

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. [...]

Bankruptcy Median Income Update for Kansas and Missouri

The Means Test looks at your Median Income to determine for which Chapter of Bankruptcy you qualify: Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 As of tomorrow, May 1, 2013, the Median Income Levels are changing once again. They are back up in Kansas. This comes after the Median Income decrease we saw on November 1, 2012. [...]

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