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Overview of the Bankruptcy Process [Video]

[David Stevens, Esq. walks you through the bankruptcy filing process to help put you at ease]

Hi. So we've probably already spoken once. Perhaps you called my office and set up an appointment, or you emailed me, or you went online and set an appointment, that's all great.

What should I expect when I file bankruptcy?

Provide your Financial Information

When you come in, I'm going to give you an intake form to help me fill out some information, or perhaps you're going online and doing it now. Don't worry about not being able to provide all the information to me, that's fine. I used to do this face- to-face, and it would take at least an hour just to fill out this worksheet. So, the more you give me now, the better off we'll be, and we'll have more time to spend talking about things that really concern you.

What Happens to Your Vehicle When You File Bankruptcy In New Jersey?

Are you contemplating filing for bankruptcy, but are concerned about the impact it will have on your vehicle? Here are answers to some common questions that people have about their vehicles when they are going to file bankruptcy:

When is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Better Than Chapter 13?

There are several types of bankruptcy available to an individual. Your unique financial and personal situation will dictate whether one kind will work better than another. Most individuals will end up using either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13. Businesses, on the other hand, can use Chapter 7 bankruptcy and Chapter 11. Some small businesses (sole proprietorships) can also use Chapter 13 bankruptcy as well.

Implications of a Pending & Potential Lawsuit on a Bankruptcy Case

Are you wondering what effect a bankruptcy proceeding will have on your pending or potential lawsuit? This blog will explore how a bankruptcy proceeding will affect your claim against another individual or entity.

What Happens When Only One Spouse Files for Bankruptcy in New Jersey?

If you are married and considering filing for an individual bankruptcy, you may be wondering what effect the bankruptcy will have on your wife. This blog will explore those issues.

Understanding your FICO and CreditWise Credit Scores

All consumers should be aware of their credit score by checking their credit report.  Amongst other benefits, periodically checking your score ensures that fraudulent activity is timely recognized and can also help in planning for indebtedness from a car loan, mortgage, or student loan.  Most online credit cards or banks allow the account owner to obtain their credit score for free.  Some credit card companies and banking institutions use different credit score calculating models such as FICO or Creditwise.  If your credit card company or bank does not offer this free service, a free credit report can be obtained at AnnualCreditReport.com.  No matter which direction a consumer goes in, they should always stay on top of their credit status.  

How Common is Debt in America?

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York reports that as of the second quarter of 2017, the American household debt load has reached nearly $13 trillion. Approximately 80% of Americans are in debt today.

Unfortunately, many Americans also have very low savings balances as well. The combination of high debt and little savings can spell disaster for many Americans. However, the type of debt that you have may determine whether bankruptcy or some other financial workout with your creditors is the right option for you if your debts become unbearable.

The Effect of Serial Filing on the Automatic Stay

When an individual files a bankruptcy petition, the automatic stay prevents creditors from trying to collect debt. Generally, this means that a creditor cannot contact the individual, repossess assets, garnish wages, foreclose on property, or sue the debtor. To view which actions are prohibited by the automatic stay, click here.

However, there are limitations to the protections afforded by the automatic stay if an individual previously filed for bankruptcy. Bankruptcy Code Sections 362(c)(3) and (4) were enacted by Congress in 2005 to limit the duration of the automatic stay afforded to serial filers.

Things to Consider Before Filing Chapter 13 Bankruptcy in New Jersey

If you are struggling financially and cannot find an easy way to pay off the debts you owe, filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in New Jersey may be the best option for regaining control of your finances. However, before you begin the bankruptcy filing process, it is important that you consider all of the pros and cons. Filing for Chapter 13 doesn’t have to be a frightening affair but it isn’t something that should be taken lightly either. The bankruptcy process can affect your future credit, your self-image and your reputation but it can also improve your short-term quality of life. Are you considering Chapter 13 to put a stop to harassing phone calls and letters from your creditors? Be sure to weigh out the benefits and drawbacks with our experienced bankruptcy attorneys before you file.

Are All Debts Dischargeable in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Chapter 7 bankruptcy can be an extremely helpful way to get back on your feet financially after you have been struggling. It allows you to “start fresh” and try again. In that process, most of your debts can be forgiven entirely, which means that those harassing phone calls and intimidating letters will stop coming. It results in significant freedom for many individuals and companies that are stressed financially.

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