bankruptcy

Is There a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Debt Limit?

Chapter 13 is a reorganization bankruptcy. With this form of bankruptcy, you get an automatic stay as soon as you file. This shields you from most collection efforts while the bankruptcy is in progress, so you get some immediate relief. You create a repayment plan that will span for three years or five years when […]

Avoid Post-Bankruptcy Mistakes

Avoid Post-Bankruptcy Mistakes

If you are being overwhelmed by ever-spiraling debt, bankruptcy can provide a solution, and the benefits are realized immediately. You get an automatic stay when you file for bankruptcy, and this makes most debt collection efforts come to a halt. The two different types of bankruptcies that most people (who are not in business) use […]

Does Bankruptcy Wipe Out Lawsuit Judgements?

If you fall behind on a debt, the creditor can file a lawsuit in an effort to get a judgment against you.  A judgment allows a creditor to garnish wages and bank account and it also allows them to put a lien on your home.  Many people who are in this situation consider the possibility […]

Can a Noncitizen File for Bankruptcy?

Can a Noncitizen File for Bankruptcy?

Before we address the question that serves as the title of this blog post, we should explain some of the basic reasons why bankruptcy could provide a solution if you are struggling financially. If you qualify for a Chapter 7 filing, your unsecured debt can be completely discharged. Unsecured debts include credit card balances, unpaid […]

Are All Debts Discharged in Chapter 7

A Chapter 7 bankruptcy can be a good choice for people who are looking for a fresh start. Many debts can be discharged through a Chapter 7 filing, but there are some types of debts that are not dischargeable. Before we get into the distinctions, we should explain a bit about Chapter 7 eligibility. To […]

Is Credit Card Debt Settlement Possible?

There are many different underlying reasons why people sometimes fall into unmanageable credit card debt: overspending, loss of income, unforeseen expenses. Before long, a person has exceeded their credit limit and the minimum payment is no longer just a drop in the bucket. Getting additional credit cards compounds the problem. In fairness, the credit card […]

Can a Bankruptcy Wipe Out Income Tax Debt?

People sometimes assume that a bankruptcy filing is a panacea that will wipe out all debts permanently, including tax debts. In fact, this is not the case. The details will depend upon the form of bankruptcy that is filed and the type of tax payment that is delinquent. Chapter 7 A Chapter 7 bankruptcy can […]

A Look at Bankruptcy and Child Support

A Look at Bankruptcy and Child Support

Many people paint with a broad brush when they think about bankruptcy. The assumption is that you get a fresh start and all of your debts are discharged when you file for bankruptcy. While this is generally true, the matter is much more complicated. First of all, there are different forms of bankruptcy. Most individuals […]

Is Bankruptcy My Only Option?

Is Bankruptcy My Only Option?

If your level of debt has become unmanageable, bankruptcy may be an option, but the ideal course of action will depend upon the circumstances. There are some situations that can be addressed without filing for bankruptcy, and you can always file at some future time if you find that there is really no viable alternative. […]

Bankruptcy Is Not a Badge of Dishonor

There are certain trigger words that can have negative connotations in some circles, and bankruptcy is one of them. As attorneys who help people who are struggling with debt in Portland, Vancouver and other cities in Washington and Oregon, we definitely understand this dynamic, but it is misguided. Bankruptcy is a legal tool. If you […]