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Filing Bankruptcy Can Help with “Emergencies”

A financial emergency may occur due to a sudden job loss or overwhelming medical bills.  When you are struggling to pay your bills and considering filing bankruptcy, it is important to understand which type of filing is best for you.

In this blog, we’ll take a look at Chapter 7, Chapter 13 and breakdown how the automatic stay works in an bankruptcy.

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, or liquidation bankruptcy can wipe out your general unsecured debt.

Comprehensive debt relief. Most, if not all, of your unsecured debts will be discharged or eliminated in a Chapter 7. The most common unsecured debts are credit card bills and medical debt.

Protection from creditors. As soon as you file your bankruptcy, the automatic stay is effective. The stay prohibits most collection activity from continuing against you while your bankruptcy is pending.

Timely debt relief. A typical Chapter 7 filing lasts four to six months, which is a relatively short period of time when compared to the three to five years a Chapter 13 case lasts.

Assets protected by exemptions. While a Chapter 7 filing is often called a “liquidation bankruptcy,” the reality is that most debtors do not lose their assets. Under the law, there are numerous exemptions that protect certain assets from being included in your bankruptcy estate.

Examples include protections for your home, vehicle, qualified retirement account and other types of valuable assets. In fact, it is common for a Chapter 7 debtor to discharge all of his or her debt while maintaining possession of all of his or her assets.

Affordable. A Chapter 7 case is generally less expensive than filing a Chapter 13 case. A Chapter 7 doesn’t last as long, so your lawyer’s fees and costs are usually lower.

 

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Filing a Chapter 13 provides you more flexibility in restructuring your debt and the following benefits:

Automatic stay. As soon as you file a bankruptcy case, the automatic stay is effective. It prohibits creditors from taking any collection actions against you while your bankruptcy is active. The stay halts all collection calls, lawsuits and garnishments.

Debt consolidation. Your Chapter 13 plan allows you to reorganize your debt and consolidate it into one monthly payment that you make to the trustee, who then disburses the funds to your creditors as set forth in the terms of your plan.

Elimination of debt. Your unsecured debt, such as credit cards and medical bills, is paid a percentage of what is owed under your repayment plan. The percentage depends on your income and debt, but most debtors pay pennies on the dollar owed, if anything at all.

Cure delinquencies. If you have fallen behind on your mortgage loan payments or your vehicle loan payments, you can include small payments in your Chapter 13 plan to be applied to curing your delinquencies. A Chapter 13 case lasts three to five years, which typically gives you plenty of time to cure your payment defaults and get your secured loan back on track.

Lien stripping of inferior mortgages. If you have a second or third mortgage on your home, you may be able to “strip” the lien and treat it as an unsecured debt. To qualify, the value of your home must be less than what is owed on the first mortgage. To learn more about lien stripping, please read out blog titled Stripping Off Junior Mortgages in Bankruptcy.”

 

The Automatic Stay

One of the benefits of filing a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 case is the automatic stay.

The stay is immediately effective upon your bankruptcy filing and it prevents creditors from taking any further collection activities against you. This can be very helpful when you are facing a financial emergency:

  • Foreclosure of your home. Whether your mortgage lender is threatening to foreclose or you already have a foreclosure lawsuit filed against you, a bankruptcy filing can halt (at least temporarily) your lender’s actions. At a minimum, your filing will allow you to have more time in your house.
  • Eviction from rental property. Depending on where you are in the eviction process, a bankruptcy filing may allow you to delay it.
  • Account or wage garnishment. If a creditor has a judgment against you, it is likely that a garnishment of your paycheck or your bank account has been filed against you. As soon as you file your bankruptcy petition, the automatic stay stops all garnishments. Additionally, it is possible the debt linked to the garnishment can be discharged or eliminated in your filing. In fact, it is possible that the creditor will be ordered to refund a portion of the funds previously garnished.
  • Disconnection of utilities. Even if your electricity has been turned off, a bankruptcy filing may allow you to get it reinstated. This can be a real advantage if you are in the middle of summer or a terrible winter and you do not want your utilities to be turned off.

 

If your financial struggles have put you in one of the above situations or a similar circumstance, it is time to consider your debt relief options. We can help you understand how filing a bankruptcy case will benefit you. We can also explain your other debt relief options. Call us to schedule a free consultation today.

Speak with an experienced Bankruptcy Attorney at Faro & Crowder, PA 321-784-8158


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Financial Emergencies Solved by Filing Bankruptcy

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An important benefit of filing for bankruptcy protection is that the automatic stay goes into effect immediately upon the filing of your petition. The stay prevents creditors from continuing any collection efforts against you while your case is pending. Thus, all harassing telephone calls, demand letters and collection lawsuits against you must stop. For a Palm Bay or Melbourne resident who has been harassed by collectors for a long time, this can provide significant relief.

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Below are a few of the types of emergencies that the automatic stay can help a debtor handle:

Mortgage Foreclosure

If you have fallen behind on your mortgage payments and your lender is threatening a foreclosure action, filing a personal bankruptcy can immediately (but temporarily) halt the proceedings. At a minimum, it will buy you additional time to remain in your home. It will also allow you extra time to try to negotiate a settlement or a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure with your mortgage lender. Finally, it permits us to help you avoid negative tax consequences.

Utilities

If you have missed payments on your electric, gas, telephone service, or other utilities, the automatic stay can prohibit your services from being disconnected for at least twenty (20) days. This may not seem very important, but when it is extremely hot or freezing cold outside, having electricity to run your air conditioner or heater is significant. While delinquent utility bills are not a sufficient reason to file for bankruptcy protection, they typically are a sign that you have other financial problems as well.

Garnishments

If a debt collector has obtained a judgment against you, it is likely that you have garnishments pending against your bank account and/or wages. The automatic stay stops all garnishments. Additionally, you may be able to eliminate or discharge the underlying debt linked to the garnishment action.

Evictions

If you rent your home and you have fallen behind on payments to your landlord, filing for bankruptcy can provide you some relief from an eviction action. However, if your landlord has already been awarded a judgment against you, the automatic stay will not halt the eviction process. However, if your landlord has not obtained a judgment, the bankruptcy filing will provide us time to negotiate with your landlord.

The above are only a few examples of the financial emergencies that a bankruptcy filing can assist you with. We can review your individual situation and help determine if filing a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 is the best debt relief strategy for you.

Bankruptcy Attorney serving Melbourne, Palm Bay and Brevard County

If you live in the Palm Bay or the Melbourne area and are interested in learning more about how a bankruptcy filing will impact your debt, contact Faro Crowder, PA to schedule an appointment.  Our office is conveniently located on Sarno Road in Melbourne.  We offer free initial consultations for bankruptcy and foreclosure defense.

Speak with an experienced Bankruptcy Attorney at Faro & Crowder, PA 321-784-8158


Services Areas

We provide services throughout Central Florida including: Melbourne, Titusville, Palm Bay, Merritt Island, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Satellite Beach, West Melbourne, Cape Canaveral, Viera and Eau Gallie.

Get In Touch with Faro & Crowder, PA

Faro & Crowder, PA
Phone: 321-784-8158
Address:
1801 N. Sarno Road, Suite 01
Melbourne, FL 32935
Email

The information on this blog or any blog is not intended as, and should not be taken as, legal advice.

What Collection Activity Does a Bankruptcy Stop?

The automatic stay is a powerful benefit of filing a bankruptcy case. As soon as the stay is effective, your creditors are prohibited from taking further collection actions against you.

Collection Activity

As a result, a bankruptcy filing can be helpful when you are facing financial emergencies, including:

  • Foreclosure. The foreclosure process is a collection activity halted by your bankruptcy filing. At a minimum, your filing can buy you some time to negotiate with your mortgage lender or at least remain in your home for a few additional months.
  • Collection lawsuits. If a creditor, such as your credit card company, has filed a lawsuit against you, your bankruptcy filing will halt the litigation. In many cases, the debt underlying the collection lawsuit can be discharged in your filing.
  • Garnishment. Garnishments against your wages or your bank account will immediately halt when your Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 case is filed. You may also be able to discharge or eliminate the debt linked to the garnishment action, which means you are no longer liable to pay it.
  • Eviction. Depending on whether your landlord has obtained a judgment for possession against you, the eviction process may be halted by your bankruptcy filing.

Contact a Brevard County Bankruptcy Attorney at Faro & Crowder, PA

If you are interested in learning more about how a bankruptcy filing will impact your debt, contact Faro Crowder, PA to schedule an appointment. We are located in Melbourne, Florida on Sarno Road and serve residents and businesses of the Space Coast and Brevard County.

Services Areas

We provide services throughout Central Florida including: Melbourne, Titusville, Palm Bay, Merritt Island, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Satellite Beach, West Melbourne, Cape Canaveral, Viera and Eau Gallie.

Speak with an experienced Bankruptcy Attorney at Faro & Crowder, PA 321-784-8158

We offer a free initial consult for bankruptcy, debt relief, credit card debt and foreclosure defense.  Contact our office to schedule your consultation and discuss your debt relief options.


Faro & Crowder, PA
Phone: 321-784-8158
Address:
1801 N. Sarno Road, Suite 01
Melbourne, FL 32935
Email: info@farolaw.com

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