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Bankruptcy FAQs

Every person who meets with us is in a unique situation that has led them to consider bankruptcy, but there are common threads shared by many. Below you’ll find some questions that we’ve been asked by clients recently that may shed light on your situation. These FAQs are not legal advice, but if you are looking for legal advice, we will be glad to discuss your options with you on the phone or at our office for no charge. We are an experienced bankruptcy law firm and fierce advocate for people in the Pacific Northwest.

It’s always free to speak with us and discuss your options – and you do have options.

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General Bankruptcy FAQs

To file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, it must have been eight years since your last. For Chapter 13, the waiting period is only four years. Bottom line: you do have options and you can call our office to schedule an appointment either on the phone. We will be happy to answer your questions for no charge.

You should give us a call, tell us about your situation, and consider retaining us as your bankruptcy law firm. It’s illegal for creditors to harass you and we’ll make sure they stop.

You can file before or after you are married and his credit will not be impacted. However, it’s important to understand – whether you’re married or not, a domestic partner’s income can prevent you from qualifying for Chapter 7 and force you into Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Bottom line: even though his income may be a factor for you, his credit is not impacted by you filing a bankruptcy before or after you are married.

You receive a case number once the case is filed with the court. Before that happens, all the fees must paid and paperwork completed. We will prepare the petition, have you sign it, and it gets filed in court

You do not have any assets that could be garnished or levied by a creditor, but even so, some people in your position will file for bankruptcy just for peace of mind, or if there is a chance they might own property in the future (through inheritance or marriage, for example). Call us. We will give you an honest opinion on whether paying for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy is right for you.

There is no time limit. Most peoples’ main concern is practicality, wanting to get it done, and moving forward.

OlsenDaines wholeheartedly recommends Evergreen Debt Counseling. They are much easier to use than the competition and treat our clients very well.

There are no tax ramifications when someone files a bankruptcy. The debt is not counted as income. You don’t have to pay.

They have to get a judgment first which means you have to be served with papers and have 30 days’ notice. And they probably won’t even consider that until the debt is in default for a minimum of six months probably longer.

Bankruptcy and Houses

It depends. If you wish to keep the home, with Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you can stop foreclosure, resume payments, and cure the missed payments. If you have one mortgage and do not want the home, in most cases, the home simply goes back to the lender at the foreclosure sale with no deficiency judgment and there is no need to file a bankruptcy. If you have a second mortgage, the second may become an unsecured debt which could necessitate bankruptcy. This is a complex decision, but you have options. Give us a call and we will be happy to discuss them with you.

Yes, you have options. One option is to file another Chapter 13 to stop the foreclosure and catch up on missed house payments. Yes, you can do this after you have filed Chapter 7! This would not be a conversion but an entirely new case. Call our office to go over your options. It is always free to talk with us about your options while making these decisions.

Bankruptcy and Student Loans

Bankruptcy does not discharge a student loan. However, during the period you are in bankruptcy, they cannot attempt collection. For Chapter 7, this is four to five months. For Chapter 13, up to five years. Generally, student loans are not very actively collected. A lot of threats from letters but little in actual garnishment of wages. However, when they do actively collect, they usually issue a garnishment without filing a lawsuit. This is allowed for student loans for up to ten percent of your net wage.

When you file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, they can’t make you make payments, which is why they pulled everything. However, you can continue to make payments voluntarily if you are able, and we recommend it if possible because they can continue to charge interest. Contact them to see about getting payments started back up.

Bankruptcy and Vehicles

The value is generally based on Kelley Blue Book private party value. If you have owned the vehicle for more than two and a half years, we may be able to reduce the amount you have to pay. Please call us and we’ll be happy to explain more.

It is up to you what to do. If you have owned the car for more than two and a half years we can put the car in the Chapter 13 plan and you will only need to pay what the car is worth over the term of the plan. This often results in a drastically lowered car payment. If you have owned the car for less than two and a half years, it can still be paid through the plan and often the payment and interest will be lowered. If you simply don’t want the car, it can be rejected and normally nothing is paid to the lender. It is always free to talk with us and go over your options.

Bankruptcy and Other Assets

Absolutely. You can call us on the phone or come in to see us. Either way, it is free and you can talk to us as much as you need to at no charge until you decide that you are going to need our help. We are very happy to suggest to clients a solution that doesn’t involve bankruptcy. So by all means give us a call. I am certain you have lots of options that you never even dreamed of.

Bankruptcy and Banking

Yes, be sure to contact your bank and terminate the electronic withdrawal before your next payment. Money in your bank account is your money. Since you will be wiping out the credit card balance in bankruptcy, any further payments would be a waste.

Credit unions will terminate your banking privileges when you file bankruptcy if you owe them money. As follows is an extract from the membership agreement common to all credit unions: Grounds for Expulsion from the Credit Union or Denial of Services (b) you cause the Credit Union a loss in any way (including but not limited to unrestored account overdrafts, bankruptcy or loan charge off).

OlsenDaines Bankruptcy FAQs

Yes, we help business clients large and small with Chapter 11 bankruptcies. If you need to start considering reorganization, call us today and let us answer your questions.

Yes, we have extensive experience helping clients navigate the intricacies of Chapter 12 bankruptcy. You can call and schedule an appointment on the phone or in person at our office. It is always free to talk with us about your options.

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  1. Open the app and either log in to your existing Adobe account or create a new account if needed. Allow the app to access your camera.
  2. Make sure your phone is parallel to the document that you are scanning and that all four corners of the document are visible.
  3. If your document has multiple pages, continue to take pictures of each needed page before saving it as a PDF.
  4. When you have all the pages you need, click on the picture on the bottom right of your app with the blue number in the corner.
  5. On the top right of the next screen, you can click the little pencil icon, rename your document if you like and then click “OK”.
  6. To save your pictures as a PDF, click “Save PDF” also at the top right of that same screen.
  7. On the next screen, you can either send the PDF you just created by clicking on the “Share” link next to the document you just created, or at the bottom right, you can click on the camera icon to create another document.
  8. The documents that you create will stay in this app so if you need to find them later, just open the app, click on the little house at the top right of your screen, and there they all are.
  9. Here’s a link for additional help if you’re having trouble with the app:
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