A Preference Example

Wasson and ThornhillPre-Bankruptcy Planning

Here’s an example of a preference—paying a favored debt before filing bankruptcy.  If you know what it is, it’s usually not hard to avoid.   Last week we explained why paying a creditor before filing bankruptcy could cause problems during bankruptcy. That’s especially true if the creditor you pay is one that you have personal reasons to favor. We explained the circumstances in which such a … Read More

Paying a Special Debt Before Bankruptcy Could Be a Preference

Wasson and ThornhillPre-Bankruptcy Planning

You may feel like paying a special debt, and during this time of the year you may even get some extra money to do it. Maybe you shouldn’t.   Last week we explained how giving a significant gift before bankruptcy could cause problems during bankruptcy. This also applies to selling something for much less than it is worth. Such a gift or sale might … Read More

When Gift-Giving Is a Fraudulent Transfer, and When It Isn’t

Wasson and ThornhillBankruptcy Law

Gift-giving, including selling something for much less than it’s worth, can be a problem in a latter bankruptcy. But usually it’s not.   Most people filing bankruptcy have neither a need nor the desire to hide anything from their creditors. There’s no need because most people’s assets are already protected through state and federal laws. There’s no desire because most … Read More

Showing How the Means Test Can Work for You

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Here’s an example showing how the means test can work for you, especially if you file your Chapter 7 case before the end of 2018.   The month of December is the month that people receive more income than any other month of the year. According to the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis (part of the U.S. Department of Commerce), for at … Read More

Unexpected Benefit: Keep Vehicle Lease in Chapter 13

Wasson and ThornhillVehicles & Bankruptcy

Chapter 13’s main advantage over Chapter 7 with a vehicle lease is that you get much more time to catch up if you’re behind on your payments.   Vehicle Lease Assumption under Chapter 7 Our last blog post showed how to keep a leased vehicle by “assuming” the lease in a Chapter 7 case. This means you keep making the … Read More

Unexpected Benefit: Keep Vehicle Lease in Chapter 7

Wasson and ThornhillVehicles & Bankruptcy

If you want to keep your vehicle lease and are current you likely can under Chapter 7. You “assume” your lease contract and all of its terms.     Our last three blog posts have been about rejecting a vehicle lease and giving the vehicle back to the lessor. You can do this either through Chapter 7 or 13. The result is the … Read More

Unexpected Benefit: Reject a Vehicle Lease in Chapter 13

Wasson and ThornhillVehicles & Bankruptcy

Chapter 7 is the cleanest way to reject a vehicle lease and owe nothing. But if you have other reasons to be in Chapter 13, that works too.   Ending a Vehicle Lease in Chapter 7 Our last blog post was about how a Chapter 7 “straight bankruptcy” can get you out of a vehicle lease. You can “reject” a … Read More

Unexpected Benefit: Vehicle Loan Cramdown, Illustrated

Wasson and ThornhillVehicles & Bankruptcy

Chapter 13 can often give you the ability to reduce both your monthly payment and the total you pay on your vehicle loan. Here’s how it works.   Cramdown in Chapter 13 Last week we introduced cramdown as an extremely helpful tool for reducing the cost of your vehicle loan. Cramdown can often: Reduce your monthly payments—sometimes significantly. Reduce the … Read More

Unexpected Benefit: Better Ways to Save Your Vehicle with Chapter 13

Wasson and ThornhillVehicle Loans

Chapter 7 can’t directly help much your vehicle loan. But Chapter 13 can: it can buy you much more time and likely lower your payments.   Problems to Solve Last week we addressed the kind of help Chapter 7 “straight bankruptcy” provides on your vehicle loan. Mostly it clears the deck of your other debts so that you can afford … Read More

Unexpected Benefit: Dealing with Your Vehicle Loan in Bankruptcy

Wasson and ThornhillVehicle Loans

Bankruptcy gains you lots of leverage with your vehicle loan. Chapter 7 helps simply by getting rid of most or all of your other debts.   Here’s the Problem You’re paying on a car or truck. You absolutely need this vehicle for getting to work, and to keep your life going. You can’t do without it. But you’re having trouble … Read More

Unexpected Benefit: Write Off a Divorce Debt

Wasson and ThornhillBankruptcy and Divorce

Chapter 7 does not write off any divorce debts. But Chapter 13 can write off a divorce debt if it is not for child or spousal support.   “Discharging” a Debt or Legal Obligation When you successfully complete a consumer bankruptcy, you get a discharge of some or all of your debts. When a debt is discharged the creditor is … Read More