Many people, at one time in their life or another, face obstacles in their life that leave them unable to meet their financial commitments. While these times are very stressful and scary for most people, options are available to help resolve these problems, and allow people to move on with their lives.
Common events include, though are certainly not limited to:
Job loss | Divorce | Medical illness
Taking care of an aging parent
The first step to a resolution is to understand your problem. If you are unable to pay your bills, what type of bills do you have? Are you unable to pay your credit card bills, your taxes, your car loans, or even your mortgage? If you can’t pay, what options are available for each creditor to take money or property from you to satisfy the debt.
Common events include, though are certainly not limited to:
Wage garnishment | Bank account attachment
Car repossession | Foreclosure
The next step is to develop a plan to prevent or stop these collection actions, so you can meet your most basic financial needs and move on with your life. There are several options to consider when creditors become aggressive. Can you negotiate an affordable payment plan or debt settlement? Do you want to take on additional debt to service current debt? Is it wise to use your retirement funds to pay your debt? Is bankruptcy an appropriate solution to my debt problems?
Bankruptcy is a process in which consumers and businesses can eliminate or repay some or all of their debts under the protection of the federal bankruptcy court. For the most part, bankruptcies can be divided into two types -- liquidation and reorganization.
A bankruptcy case filed under chapter 7 of the bankruptcy code, which is also known as the liquidation bankruptcy, contemplates an orderly, court-supervised procedure by which a trustee takes over the assets of the debtor’s estate, converts them to cash, and makes distributions to creditors, subject to the debtor’s right to retain certain exempt property and the rights of secured creditors. READ MORE
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy in Connecticut Chapter 13, entitled Adjustment of Debts of an Individual With Regular Income, is designed for an individual debtor who has a regular source of income. Chapter 13 is occasionally preferable to chapter 7 because it enables the debtor to keep a valuable asset, such as a house, and because it allows the debtor to propose a “plan” to repay creditors over time – usually three to five years. READ MORE
We offer a no obligation, free consultation to review your debt situation and your various options for handling your debt so that you can move forward with you financial life. If bankruptcy relief is your best option, we can help guide you through that process. If bankruptcy is not your best option and our law firm cannot help you directly, we will do our best to assist you in finding the appropriate resources necessary to help you to reach your financial goals.
At the Law Office of George H. Weber, LLC you’ll find the compassionate legal assistance you need to make a fresh start. We have helped hundreds of clients eliminate debt and restart their financial lives. We take the time to listen to you so that we accurately understand your goals. We value our clients. It is a privilege to earn your trust and help you resolve your debt problems.
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Bankruptcy is a legal process which allows an individual or a business to eliminate or restructure many, if not all, of their debts. All bankruptcy cases are handled in a federal court. Filing bankruptcy can put an immediate stop to creditors seeking to collect a debt. When a bankruptcy court orders that your debts be discharged, your legal obligation to pay most, if not all, of your debts is extinguished.
No. Very few people lose any of their property due to filing for bankruptcy. If you file your bankruptcy case under chapter 7 of the bankruptcy code, your bankruptcy attorney should be able to tell you if you are likely to lose any property. Although chapter 7 is sometimes called the “liquidation bankruptcy,” you may find that much of your property is protected from liquidation in a chapter 7 bankruptcy case.
In a chapter 7 case, when a debtor initiates a bankruptcy case, a chapter 7 bankruptcy estate is created. The estate is managed by a court-appointed bankruptcy trustee, who attempts to recover property from the debtor, sell the property, and then distribute the proceeds to creditors. Fortunately for the debtor, the Bankruptcy Code allows the debtor to protect a certain amount of property from liquidation. These protections are called "exemptions" and vary from from state to state. In Connecticut, you will have to decide which exemptions to claim to adequately protect you property. Your attorney can advise you on how to claim the exemptions in your particular bankruptcy case.
If you file your case under chapter 13 of the bankruptcy code, you can keep all your property. There is no liquidation of assets in a chapter 13 bankruptcy case. Instead, you must make either 36 or 60 monthly payments to the Connecticut chapter 13 trustee. It will be your responsibility to propose a chapter 13 plan to the court, and this can be very complicated. One of the requirements for chapter 13 plans is that creditors receive at least as much in the chapter 7 as they would have received if you filed for bankruptcy under chapter 7. An experienced bankruptcy attorney can help you through this process.