WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER BANKRUPTCY ATTORNEYS?
There are a couple of things, with the first being, I’ve been in your shoes; I’ve filed bankruptcy, I lived, I survived, I succeeded, I defied the odds, based on pure discipline and refusing to quit. It’s nice to have a cheerleader who will help you and I like to be that cheerleader, your success coach; to me, this is larger than just filing your bankruptcy and getting you a discharge. I want to establish a long-term relationship so that we can work together in the future, if something comes up.
Bankruptcy law is very complicated and many of the concepts can be very confusing. I like to lay things out on white boards – just like a teacher in a classroom – so that people can see them and then they get it; they understand what’s going on.
How Often Can I File Bankruptcy?
Most people are really confused about how often they can file bankruptcy. The rules relating to Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 are very different. You can file Chapter 7 and you are eligible for a discharge every 8 years. You can file a Chapter 13 and you’re eligible for discharge every 2 years; you can file a Chapter 13 after a Chapter 7 every 4 years; and, you can file a Chapter 7 after a Chapter 13 every 6 years and get a discharge.
A huge factor in filing a Chapter 13 is invoking the Automatic Stay. You can invoke the Automatic Stay even if you’re not eligible for a discharge. It’s not uncommon for people to file a Chapter 7, get a discharge, and then find themselves in financial trouble shortly thereafter. They can’t file a Chapter 7 but they can file a Chapter 13 and invoke the Automatic Stay. With the Stay in place, garnishments, lawsuits and all collection activities stop. It all comes down to strategic planning and putting together a plan for success.
Anything Else That You Would Like to Share?
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