How Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Works

Bankruptcy is a legal process that allows individuals and businesses to restructure or eliminate their debts. There are several different types of bankruptcy, each with its own set of rules and procedures. One of the most common types is Chapter 7, also known as “liquidation bankruptcy.”

The Basics Of Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

To qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, a person must pass a means test, which determines whether the individual has the financial means to repay their debts. If the person does not have the means to repay their debts, they may be eligible to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Once a person has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, an automatic stay goes into effect, which means that creditors are prohibited from taking any further action to collect on the debts owed. This includes things like garnishing wages, repossessing property, or filing lawsuits.

After a person has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, a bankruptcy trustee is appointed to oversee the case. The trustee’s role is to sell any non-exempt assets that the person owns in order to pay off as much of their debts as possible. Non-exempt assets are those that are not protected by bankruptcy law and can be sold to pay off debts. Examples of non-exempt assets include luxury items, recreational vehicles, and second homes.

Once the non-exempt assets have been sold and the proceeds have been distributed to the creditors, the person’s remaining debts are typically discharged or eliminated. This means that the person no longer has to pay those debts and is no longer legally responsible for them.

Not all debts can be discharged in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Examples of debts that are typically not dischargeable include child support, alimony, student loans, and most taxes.

How A Bankruptcy Attorney Helps

The process of filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy can be complex and time-consuming, and it’s important to seek the help of a bankruptcy attorney if you are considering this option. A bankruptcy attorney can help you understand the process, determine whether you are eligible to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and guide you through the necessary steps.

Filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy can have a significant impact on a person’s credit score, and it will stay on a person’s credit report for up to 10 years. However, it can also provide much-needed relief for people who are struggling to pay their debts and are unable to find a solution through other means.

A bankruptcy lawyer can walk you through the process and help you understand which bankruptcy chapter is most suitable for your situation. They can offer you various options and help you get relief from overwhelming debt. 

Let Lincoln-Goldfinch Law Help

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a legal process that allows individuals and businesses to discharge some of their debts. It is available to those who do not have the means to repay their debts and involves the sale of non-exempt assets in order to pay off as much of the debt as possible. The remaining debts are then discharged or eliminated. While the process can be complex, it can also provide much-needed relief for those who are struggling to pay their debts. 

Lincoln-Goldfinch Law provides legal representation to people in need of a fresh financial start. The firm understands the difficulty of not being able to pay bills on time, the constant hounding of creditors, and the lack of financial freedom. Thus, its team of bankruptcy attorneys uses their skills and experience to provide various options to clients and help them achieve the best possible result. Let Lincoln-Goldfinch Law help you on your journey to a new financial start.

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