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BANKRUPTCY

We are bankruptcy attorneys located in Eastgate, Ohio.  Our main focus of practice has been bankruptcy for over 27 years.

Are you struggling with debt?  Of course if you are considering bankruptcy it probably means that you are looking at debts with you are unable to pay.  Bankruptcy in most cases may help you get rid of your debts and give you a fresh financial start.

Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 are the most common consumer chapters.  Each chapter has its own rules so you must know which chapter best fits your circumstances.  At our office you will be able to sit down with a knowledgeable attorney and he will be able to advise which chapter is best for you.

CHAPTER 7

Most thinking of bankruptcy would prefer to be able to file Chapter 7.  This is the most common filing for most consumers.  Under Chapter 7 you will be able to discharge all of your unsecured debts under the bankruptcy code.  A discharge is a federal court document releasing you from your debts.  This document automatically releases you from most of your unsecured image7sdebts.  Debts which cannot be discharged include such things as student loans, newly incurred tax debt, spousal or child support and court costs for criminal charges.  As to your secure debts such as your home, vehicle or jewelry you will have to make a decision if you will want to resign on these debts through a reaffirmation agreement or surrender them.  A reaffirmation agreement is a document basically re-entering the terms of the original debt, once you sign the reaffirmation agreement this debt will be excluded from your bankruptcy and will report going forward on your credit.  If you decide to surrender your collateral this debt will be discharged through your case.

Chapter 7 is sometimes referred to as a liquidation bankruptcy because the trustee may take some of your assets, but most bankruptcy attorneys refer to Chapter 7 as a simple or straight bankruptcy, because most assets are covered under state regulated exemptions and are protected.

CHAPTER 13

Chapter 13 bankruptcy is designed for those who are over the income limit for Chapter 7 or are behind on their home or vehicle and would like to retain these going further, or some who just do not like the idea of not paying their debts, but just cannot make the minimum monthly payments and would like to stop all interest and charged going forward.  Chapter 13 is a re-payment plan, you will pay back between 1% to 100% of your debts depending on your individual circumstances.  An unsecured creditor cannot charge you interest during a Chapter 13.  Once you complete your case you will be receive you discharge and all debts will be discharged.

AFTER DISCHARGE

Once you receive your discharge creditors are not allowed to collect on these debts in any way images5or form.  They cannot send you a bill, they cannot call you, they cannot take you to court, they cannot garnish your wages.  You are free and clear from these debts and you have gotten your fresh financial start!  Congrats!  Now how to stay that way and re-build your credit going forward.  The most important thing is to make any payments for debts that you reaffirmed on on time and try not to let debts get into collection.  Your credit will improve in no time.

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Bankruptcy is serious decision, call today for your free consultation to see if it is the right one for you 513-752-3900.

Check out of website at www.keegancolpa.com.

Contact your Eastgate, Ohio bankruptcy attorney today!

 

BANKRUPTCY & THE ELDERLY

We are bankruptcy attorneys located in Eastgate, Ohio.  Our firms main focus of practice has been bankruptcy for over 28 years.

Bankruptcy is generally designed to help people who are underwater with debt gain a fresh start.  While that is sound in principle, there is one group in our society who don’t really need a fresh start, they just need a clean end, and that’s our elderly.  We have a rapidly growing senior citizen population and while many have been able to plan for the future with quality pension and health insurance plans, there are just as many who rely on social security.  Problems really develop when this same group are suddenly hit with demands from creditors on debts they have co-signed on, often for their children and grandchildren.

In most cases, if a senior citizen is collecting social security, then they will most likely travel through the bankruptcy process with no problem, they won’t lose a thing.  Even if they own their home outright the exemption for Ohio is high enough that it will most likely protect their home.  They may even qualify to have their filing fee waived by the court.

Social security and pension plan payments are exempt from bankruptcy.  When it comes to assets, many of our seniors have little to show for their life’s work and what they do have is often well aged and with little resale value.  These assets are worthless to a bankruptcy trustee since the cost of selling them may well exceed the value earned.

What does concern many welfare workers in this area is the pressure our seniors place on 14734987-businessman-in-crisis-on-the-rocksthemselves to pay debts when they are really struggling to pay for food and medication.  Many seniors today were raised that bankruptcy is not an option and do not see bankruptcy as a way for a fresh start and view it as a failure.  Many elderly need to realize it’s an option that may allow them to retire with a more comfortable lifestyle.

Contact our office today to see if bankruptcy will be able to help you or your aging parents get a fresh financial start.

Check out our website at www.keegancolpa.com.

Call your Eastgate, Ohio bankruptcy attorney today.  We offer a free consultation, fair fees and monthly payment plans.

Chapter 13 Basics

We are bankruptcy attorneys located in Eastgate, Ohio, Ohio.  Our main focus of practice has been Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy for over 27 years.

In this blog, however, we will be focusing on Chapter 13.

WHAT IS CHAPTER 13 BANKRUPTCY

Chapter 13 is designed for people who are behind on their mortgage payments who would like to save their home or their income is too high to qualify for Chapter 7.  Chapter 13 involves fuelpaying your disposable income to creditors over a three to five year period.  During this time you will be able to make up any missed mortgage or vehicle payments.  Your unsecured creditors will be paid a percentage of what you owe them, once you complete your case and receive your discharge the remaining balance will be deemed discharged through the case.  This means that creditors will not be able to collect on these debts in any way or form.  They will not be allowed to contact you by phone, mail or any other means.

WHAT IS DISPOSABLE INCOME?

To determine your disposable income we will need to know your income for the last six months.  If you have had a pay cut or loss of overtime hours we can reduce your current income for these situations, same if you are making more money at the time we would have to increase your current income.  We would then need to subtract your expenses from your income.  This includes all of your expenses required to take care of your family such as food, rent or dollarsmortgage,vehicle payments, utilities and other such needs.  Then we consider things that you know you will be spending such as car repairs, home maintenance or medical expenses.  Then we need to look at things you may not be spending money on but it would be in your best interest to do so such as health insurance, life insurance or maybe a retirement savings account.  If you have expenses not mentioned that doesn’t mean we can’t count it as long as it is reasonable and necessary.  Once all of these expenses are counted they get deducted from your income and the remainder is an idea of your disposable income.

WE WILL BE THERE FOR YOU

It is not a good idea to try to file a Chapter 13 on your own at your court hearing the trustee will evaluate the reasonableness of your expenses and will try to cut them down so that there is extra money to pay your creditors.  Our job as your attorney is to protect the money that is necessary for you to take care of yourself and your family.  This is why we sit down with you and go over your unique situation and expenses with you thoroughly before the case is filed.

HOW MUCH WILL MY CHAPTER 13 PAYMENT BE?

Your Chapter 13 payments must be enough to cover certain required payments.  Your plan payment must be enough to pay for your mortgage arrears over the next five years, your current mortgage payment (as the 13 office would make your regular mortgage payment through the case), if you have a vehicle payment this will be included and a small amount for your unsecured creditors.

FREE CONSULTATION

Every situation is unique.  We offer a free consultation where you will be able to sit down with one of our attorney and discuss your situation.  The attorney will be able to give you an approximate amount of what your Chapter 13 payment would be at this free consultation.  They would also quote you a fee.  If you decided to move forward a small retainer would get things started and then we would take payments, once paid your case will be filed.

For more information see our website at www.keegancolpa.com.

Contact your Eastgate, Ohio bankruptcy attorney today for your free consultation.

Bankruptcy

We are bankruptcy attorneys located in Eastgate, Ohio.  Our main focus of practice for over 26 years has been in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy filings.

Bankruptcy is generally designed to help people who are underwater with debt gain a fresh start.  While that is sounds in principle, there is one group in our society who don’t really need a fresh start, they just need a clean end, and that’s our elderly.  We have a rapidly growing senior citizen population and while many have been able to plan for the future with quality pension and health insurance plans, there are just as many who rely on social security.  Problems really develop when this same group are suddenly hit with demands from creditors on debts they have co-signed on, often for their children and grandchildren.

In most cases, if a senior citizen is collecting social security, then they will most likely travel through the bankruptcy process with no problem, they won’t lose a thing.  Even if they own their home outright the exemption for Ohio is high enough that it will most likely protect their home.

Social security and pension plan payments are exempt from bankruptcy.  When it comes to assets, many of our seniors have little to show for their life’s work and what they do have is often well aged and with little resale value.  These assets are worthless to a bankruptcy trustee since the cost of selling them may well exceed the value earned.

What does concern many welfare workers in this area is the pressure our seniors place on hot_dog_boutique_picture_167077themselves to pay debts when they are really struggling to pay for food and medication.  Many seniors today were raised that bankruptcy is not an option and do not see bankruptcy as a way for a fresh start and view it as a failure.  Many elderly need to realize it’s an option that may allow them to retire with a more comfortable lifestyle.

Contact our office today to see if bankruptcy will be able to help you or your aging parents get a fresh financial start.

Check out our website at www.keeganandrade.com.

Call your Eastgate, Ohio bankruptcy attorney today.  We offer a free consultation, fair fees and monthly payment plans.

Can I file bankruptcy separate from my spouse?

We are bankruptcy attorneys located in Eastgate, Ohio.  We specialize in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy filings.

If you are considering bankruptcy you should contact our office for your free consultation.  At this consultation you will be able to sit down with one of our attorneys and discuss your individual situation.

Your spouse does not have to file bankruptcy.  You can always file bankruptcy without your spouse, but whether they should file depends on the circumstances. Here are some of the most common situations that may make you question whether or not to file with your spouse.

All (or Most) Debts are in One Spouse’s Name

This happens often either in a relatively new marriage, or one in which one of the spouses had operated a failing business. The person with little or no debt doesn’t want to participate in filing bankruptcy if it’s not necessary to do so. And often the person with the debt, out of guilt or sometimes more noble motives, wants to avoid harming the other person any further by dragging him or her into a bankruptcy case.

In a newer marriage, the couple may come to realize that the debts of one of them are now hurting their joint financial lives. Possibly the financial stress is jeopardizing the marriage itself. That is especially true if the person with the debts either was not candid about the amount of debts he or she was bringing into the marriage, or has continued to use credit within the marriage without the full knowledge of the other spouse.

Whatever the context, determining whether to file bankruptcy for just one spouse requires a thorough analysis to find out who is liable on each of the debts.  If there is joint liability, the creditor can go after the non-filing spouse for the full amount.  And even if the non-filing spouse does not think he or she is legally liable on some debts, you have to double check before they opt out of being included in the bankruptcy filing.

It is often more difficult than you’d think to know for sure whether one spouse is or is not liable on a debt.  Being an authorized user sometimes creates liability, and sometimes doesn’t. You can discuss this at your free consultation.

Preserving the Other Spouse’s Credit Record

A common reason given for one spouse not wanting to file is to protect his or her credit record. images8That’s a sensible enough goal. And not only for the non-filing spouse. If it works the couple itself could benefit through the non-filing spouse’s subsequent access to credit on behalf of their household. That non-filing spouse may even be able to help the filing spouse re-establish his or her good credit through co-signing of new debts and such.  Many times when one spouse has a small amount of debt, we suggest leaving them out of the bankruptcy.

But be careful with assumptions about being able to keep the other’s bankruptcy filing completely out of the non-filer’s credit record. This is especially if you have a joint debt or two, including ones that you intend to continue to pay and keep “outside the bankruptcy” case, such as a home mortgage or vehicle loan. Although credit reporting agencies are not supposed to refer to a co-debtor’s bankruptcy filing in the non-filer’s credit reports, don’t simply assume that will happen appropriately.

So it’s all the more important for the non-filing spouse to review his or her credit report before the other spouse’s bankruptcy is filed and then very regularly thereafter to make sure there’s no reference, directly or indirectly, to the bankruptcy case.

THINKING OF DIVORCE

Bankruptcy can be good financial planning when anticipating divorce.  If it’s clear, both that you 14734987-businessman-in-crisis-on-the-rockswill be getting divorced, and that you need the financial relief of a bankruptcy, which should come first—and if the bankruptcy is first, should you file with your spouse or by yourself?  Most of the time it is a good idea to file together if you can stomach it.  You save on filing and attorney fees, and you have less to argue about (so you spend less on legal fees) in the divorce.  But, this isn’t always true.

The overly simplified answer for the purpose of this already long blog post is as follows:

  • Do not file a joint Chapter 7 “straight bankruptcy” case with your spouse in anticipation of a divorce without BOTH of you getting independent legal advice from separate attorneys about whether doing so would truly be in each of your self-interests.
  • Be prepared for the possibility that it would not be in one or the other of your self-interests to file jointly, or to file ahead of the divorce, with the result that you would not be filing a joint Chapter 7 case.
  • In virtually NO circumstances would it make sense to file a joint Chapter 13 case in contemplation of a divorce—they take three to five years to complete, and at the time of your divorce would have to turn that case into two separate Chapter 13 cases, or into two Chapter 7 ones, or one of each, usually causing enough of an administrative headache and cost to make filing a joint Chapter 13 case a bad idea.*But even there the other spouse may become liable in various ways. As for debts incurred during the marriage, under many state’s laws the spouse who did not sign the debt papers or did not otherwise participate in the purchase or transaction can still be liable for the debt. And beyond that, in community property states joint liability is even more easily created.

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For more information check out our website at www.keeganandrade.com.

Contact your Eastgate, Ohio bankruptcy attorney today for your free consultation 513-752-3900.