Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
What is a Chapter 7 bankruptcy?
A Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a liquidation of your unsecured debts. This means debts such as credit cards, medical bills, registration loans, evictions, and repossessions will be discharged. Some debts, such as back taxes, title loans, student loans, and domestic obligations, aren’t dischargeable. You also have the opportunity to surrender any vehicles you have financed if you can’t keep up with the payments or you owe far more than the vehicle’s value.
Is it hard to qualify for a Chapter 7? What are the qualifications?
There are two ways to qualify for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The first is by making less than the median income level for your family size. Your family size will include your spouse and minor children. In Arizona, the median income level for a family of one is $51,388 and goes up from there.
If your income is higher than your state’s median income level, you can still qualify for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy through the means test. The means test will take paycheck deductions and reasonable expenses out of your income to determine if you have disposable income left at the end of the month to pay your debts. Keep in mind that expenses deemed “reasonable” by the bankruptcy court may be far lower than how much you actually spend.
If I am current on my mortgage, can I keep my home in a Chapter 7?
This depends on how much equity you have in your home. In Arizona, the homestead exemption is $150,000. As long as you don’t have more than that much equity in your home, you can continue making your mortgage payments and keep your home.
If you are behind on your mortgage, you may want to consider a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. This will allow you to spread the past-due amount, along with other debts, over a 3-5 year repayment plan.
What happens to my credit in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy?
If you have good credit to begin with, you will likely see a slight initial drop in your credit score after you file. If your credit was poor, it will either stay the same or you may see a slight increase. You will receive a credit report with a projected credit score one year from filing when we draft your petition.
There are steps you can take post-bankruptcy to rebuild your credit. If you finance a vehicle after you file, the positive payments will be reported. If you keep the same vehicle through your bankruptcy, the lender won’t be required to report positive payments. You can also open a secured credit card through your bank, or a traditional credit card if you get approved. Our office offers $0 down post-filing payment plans that credit report as well.
Do I file Chapter 7 or Chapter 13? How do I know?
If you make above the median income level for your family size and are unable to pass a means test as described above, you may still be able to file a Chapter 13. A Chapter 13 is also ideal for those wanting to retain vehicles, houses, or other assets that they are behind on. You can also file Chapter 13 if you have filed bankruptcy too recently to file a Chapter 7, or if your assets are above the exemption limits for your state.
I filed Chapter 7 but I am in debt again, can I file again?
Once you file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, it is eight years before you can file again. If it hasn’t been eight years yet, you may still be able to file a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Since a Chapter 13 lasts 3-5 years, your eight year period may finish during your Chapter 13. If so, it may be converted back into a 7 if the eight year period ends during your 13.
How much does filing bankruptcy cost?
The court filing fees for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy are $335. For a Chapter 13, the filing fee is $310. For both chapters, you will be required to take online credit counseling courses that will cost around $30. Attorney’s fees will depend on the chapter you file, the complexity of your case, and the type of payment arrangement you set up with your attorney.
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