Finishing a Chapter 7 Case Successfully

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Most likely your Chapter 7 case will be completed successfully. But be aware of these essential steps to make sure it does happen.   You’ve filed a Chapter 7 “straight bankruptcy” case, which stopped all creditor collections actions against you. About a month later you’ve gone through the Meeting of Creditors with the Chapter 7 trustee. Now within two more … Read More

The Chapter 13 Confirmation Hearing

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At the Confirmation Hearing (which you almost never need to attend) the bankruptcy judge “confirms” (approves) your Chapter 13 payment plan.   The Chapter 13 Plan As we said last week about the Meeting of Creditors, a Chapter 13 case is all about “the plan.” The plan is your financial road map during the 3 to 5 years that you … Read More

The Chapter 13 Meeting of Creditors

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At the Chapter 13 Meeting of Creditors you, your lawyer, & the trustee discuss your payment plan and any creditor & trustee questions.   The Chapter 13 Payment Plan The core of your Chapter 13 “adjustment of debts” case is the payment plan. The plan is a detailed outline of who you will pay, how much, and when. A Chapter … Read More

The Chapter 7 Trustee Opposing Your Discharge of Debts

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In most Chapter 7 cases nobody opposes your discharge of debts. They get written off. But the trustee is one who might raise issues.   Last week we discussed the role of the Chapter 7 trustee in reviewing your assets at the “meeting of creditors.” Today we get into the other main job of the trustee, to, “if advisable, oppose … Read More

Don’t Lose the Automatic Stay Because of a Recent Bankruptcy Filing

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If you filed a recent bankruptcy case that was dismissed, either wait one year to file your new case or you must justify the prior dismissal.   The last few blog posts have been about situations in which the automatic stay is temporary, but still very effective. These situations have involved individual debts or sets of debts—such as income taxes … Read More