Chula Vista Chapter 7 Attorney
Providing Liquidation Bankruptcy Counsel
Chapter 7 bankruptcy, also known as liquidation bankruptcy, allows petitioners to liquidate their non-exempt assets to satisfy some of their outstanding debt and discharge most of the rest.
Once a debt is discharged, you no longer have any legal obligation to pay it back. No more monthly payments - the slate is wiped clean. Many debtors are initially worried that they will lose all personal possessions such as homes or cars.
However, this is not always the case. Very few Chapter 7 cases have any liquidation whatsoever, and likewise, very few of our clients ever lose any of their assets. Additionally, unlike other forms of bankruptcy, you will be able to retain your future income.
How Long Does Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Take in California?
Although timelines may vary from case to case, the average length of time that a person can expect filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy to take is between 4 and 6 months. There may be factors that increase the length of time, such as being involved in a separate bankruptcy lawsuit, the sale of property by the bankruptcy trustee, or even the need for you to provide additional information regarding your situation. If you are looking to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, please reach out to Denton Law Group today!
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- Dedicated advocates with a track record of success
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How Do You Qualify For Chapter 7 in California?
Chapter 7 is a bankruptcy for individuals commonly used to discharge debts from credit cards, income taxes, and personal loans.
Filing for Chapter 7 Can Eliminate the Following Types of Outstanding Debt:
- Credit card debt
- Medical bills
- Utility bills
- Past due rent
- Certain taxes
However, under the California Chapter 7 bankruptcy laws, filing cannot eliminate certain types of debts.
Debts That Cannot Be Eliminated by Chapter 7 Include:
- Child support or alimony
- Student loans
- Several types of taxes
- Fines owed to government agencies
- Criminal restitution fines
Additionally, debtors filing for Chapter 7 in Chula Vista must use California's bankruptcy exemptions when it comes to protecting their property. The state of California offers two systems for their exemptions - §704 and §703.140(b).
In a § 704 exemptions, the debtor is able to exempt real or personal property they live during the time they file for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy; this includes a mobile home, apartment, boat, condominium; that is up to $75,000 if they are single. Learn more by consulting with our bankruptcy attorneys in Chula Vista.
If the majority of your debts fall into one or more of these categories, or you have concerns about losing your nonexempt property, a Chapter 7 bankruptcy may not be the right option for you.
Manage Your Secured Debt with Chapter 7
Your liability on your secured debt, such as your home mortgage or car loan is dischargeable in Chapter 7 bankruptcy. However, you don't get to keep your house or car if you don't continue to make your payments.
Your Chapter 7 bankruptcy options to address secured debt include:
- Relinquishing property and walking away free and clear
- Reaffirming the debt and continue to make monthly payments, often at renegotiated terms
- Redeeming the property by paying it off in one lump sum at fair market value
Unfortunately, credit collection agencies are well-known for their devious tactics and false threats. With Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, you don't have to be intimidated!
At Denton Law Group, our insightful bankruptcy attorney in Chula Vista can describe your available options, including Chapter 7, Chapter 11, and Chapter 13 bankruptcy to help resolve your secured debt and guide you in determining which debt relief route would work best for you.
Additional Benefits of Chapter 7 - Automatic Stay
In addition to discharging several common debts, filing for Chapter 7 can also provide you with quality of life benefits.
Primarily, filing for bankruptcy puts an automatic stay on your debts, preventing further collection activity. This includes everything from wage garnishments to contact from creditors.
To learn more about California Bankruptcy Laws regarding Chapter 7, visit our related blog posts:
- What Exemptions Are Allowed in a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?
- Chapter 7 Vs. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: A Quick Comparison Chart
- The Bottom Line on Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy in San Diego, California
Obtain Your Fresh Financial Start Today!
Declaring Chapter 7 bankruptcy provides a way to eliminate most of your debt and to gain a financial fresh start. At Denton Law Group we offer the unwavering support you need to navigate the complex bankruptcy courts.
Our supportive California Bankruptcy Chapter 7 lawyer can be your debt relief advocate and provide the knowledgeable counsel and personal guidance you deserve throughout your entire process.
We offer all our new clients a free and confidential consultation. Contact our firm today to get started rebuilding your financial future!
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