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: Use Chapter 7 to Permanently Stop Student Loan Collections

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Chapter 7 bankruptcy can temporarily stop student loan collections. Here are several ways it can stop these collections permanently.   Bankruptcy gives you tools to deal with special debts—including those you can’t easily write off. Last week we got into income taxes. Today we discuss student loans, focusing on this special kind of debt in Chapter 7 “straight bankruptcy.” Next … Read More

A Debt You Personally or Morally Want to Pay

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If you feel personally or morally obligated to pay a debt, Chapter 7 allows you to do that, while Chapter 13 puts up roadblocks.   Our last blog post was about debts that you still pay after a Chapter 7 “straight bankruptcy” case. These included debts you might WANT to pay as well as those that you are legally REQUIRED … Read More

How Chapter 7 Deals with General Unsecured Debts

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In a Chapter 7 case your unsecured debts are either priority or general unsecured. Chapter 7 legally writes off all or most of the latter.   Last time we said there are two kinds of unsecured debts, “priority” and “general unsecured”: “Priority” debts are those that the law treats as special for various reasons. Past-due child support and unpaid recent … Read More