Costs Involved with Filing Bankruptcy

When you are considering bankruptcy as an option to relieve your financial burdens the last thing you want to be worrying about is how much it is going to cost to hire an attorney and file the necessary paperwork.  After all, money is tight which is the reason you are contemplating this option in the first place.  In this installment we will discuss the fees involved with filing, hiring an attorney, and additional fees you may encounter.

Fees for Filing Bankruptcy

There are many bankruptcy options to choose from but the most popular being Chapter 7 and Chapter 13.   The filing fee for Chapter 7 is $335 and for Chapter 13 is $310.  There may also be a fee charged by the Bankruptcy Trustee which can range between $15 and $20 dollars.  Another fee you may need to cover is the cost for mandatory credit counseling and financial management classes.  These classes can cost upwards of $100 depending on where you are filing for bankruptcy and the options that are available.

Attorney Fees in Bankruptcy

Many people will unsuccessfully file for bankruptcy without the help of an attorney.  Paperwork often is incorrectly filed, the steps necessary are not taken, and many other hiccups plague individuals filing “pro se”, (without the help of an attorney).  The truth is that filing for bankruptcy successfully most often requires the help of a bankruptcy attorney.

Bankruptcy attorneys are responsible for setting their own fees.  On average bankruptcy attorneys charge $1,250 for their services.  This fee varies depending on where you are filing, the complexity of your litigation, your attorneys experience and reputation. The fees for filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy are often less than those found in filing for Chapter 13.  This is most likely due to the extra services that go into filing Chapter 13 such as setting up a repayment schedule and executing automatic payments.

This fee may seem like a lot at the moment.  It is to be assumed that your filing bankruptcy because you are lacking the ability to pay the debt.  When you take into consideration the average debt that is written off in bankruptcy is $15,000 that fee seems relatively reasonable as it takes a large debt down to pennies on the dollar.

Filing for bankruptcy isn’t an option that is easy for individuals to make.  It is one that should be made only after much research and contemplation.

Bohikian Law Group specializes in bankruptcy services including chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy.  More information can be found at http://bohikianlaw.com.

The Best Bankruptcy Option For Your Situation

Have you ever been overwhelmed by debt? Have you ever considered if bankruptcy was the next step in your financial recovery? There are numerous advantages and disadvantages that come with filing for bankruptcy. We will look into common myths that surround bankruptcy and when it may be the best option for you.

Bankruptcy is an arrangement in federal law that allows individuals and businesses to get a reprieve from their debts and to get a fresh financial beginning. This system allows honest individuals who have fallen on hard times to get on with their lives without the harassment that comes from creditors.

There are two common categories within bankruptcy law that can be declared: chapter 7 bankruptcy and chapter 13 bankruptcy. In the most basic terms chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidates non-exempt assets and the proceeds are used to pay off creditors. This is a solid option when there is a large amount of unsecured debt to be covered by a small income. Chapter 13 bankruptcy helps individuals and businesses to reorganize and adjust their debts while using a repayment plan to cover the outstanding debt. This is a good option for those debtors that have an income and want to avoid foreclosure and catch up on outstanding bills.

A major advantage of filing for bankruptcy is that creditors are on notice to stop trying to collect outstanding debts from you. This means that they no longer can call you, send you letters, file lawsuits, garnish wages or seize your assets.

A major disadvantage in declaring bankruptcy is the devastation it wreaks on your credit score. Another issue that arises in bankruptcy is that certain non-exempt assets can be sold and debts from mortgages, student loans, taxes, alimony and child support cannot be discharged.

There are many myths in bankruptcy. One myth is that by just stating you want to file bankruptcy you have declared bankruptcy. This is not true. For bankruptcy to be legal you must file the right paperwork, go to credit counseling and pay the fees. It all reality it is best that a bankruptcy attorney is hired to facilitate the process to avoid legal complications from arising with improperly filed paperwork.

Another common myth is that you can go to jail for owing money. This is untrue. It is not against the law to owe money no matter how aggressive the debt collector is. One myth is that by just stating you want to file bankruptcy you have declared bankruptcy. This is not true. For bankruptcy to be legal you must file the right paperwork, go to credit counseling and pay the fees. It all reality it is best that a bankruptcy attorney is hired to facilitate the process to avoid legal complications from arising with improperly filed paperwork.

Another common myth is that you can go to jail for owing money. This is untrue. It is not against the law to owe money no matter how aggressive the debt collector is. Yes, creditors can sue you or take you to court but they cannot send you to jail.

Consider filing for bankruptcy if you are unable to meet your financial obligations. If you have been work for an extended period of time, delinquent on your taxes, nearing foreclosure on your home, having your wages garnished or pending a law suit on delinquent bills it may be time to meet with a bankruptcy attorney to further look into the benefit bankruptcy may have for your financial future.

Bohikian Law Group specializes in chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcies in Michigan. Contact us today to find a bankruptcy attorney that will help you in debt relief athttp://www.bohikianlaw.com/ today.

Knowing When It Is Time Seek A Bankruptcy Attorney

When it comes to filing for bankruptcy different thresholds exist for when it is time to call it quits and throw in the towel.  For many clients filing for bankruptcy comes after months of calls from creditors threatening to garnish wages or threatening to take you to court for not paying your debts.   The media bombards us with nightmarish tales of bankruptcy and the stigma that we assume will follow often deters seeking assistance.  With all this going against you how do you truly know when it is time to throw in the towel, meet with a bankruptcy attorney and file for bankruptcy?

If you think you are reaching the financial danger zone there are a few questions you can ask yourself to determine if there is a way out or if bankruptcy is the only option.

First, look at the payments you are currently making on your outstanding debts.  Are you only making the minimum payment?

The next thing to address is the issue of creditors and harassing phone calls.  Do you find that you can’t make it a day without getting a phone call from someone that is seeking to collect on a debt that you owe?

When you begin to think about getting your financial house in order and sort out your finances do you get nervous?  Are you plagued with nightmares when you think about creating a budget?

Have you taken the time to add up the exact amount that you owe?  Is debt consolidation a consideration?  Does the amount of money that you have coming in make it feasible to buckle down and get ahead within the next five years?

If you can answer yes to any two or more of the questions listed above then it may be time to seek out the advice and counsel of a local bankruptcy attorney.  Bankruptcy is a definite option to assist you through uncertain financial times.   If you owe more than you can afford to pay while continuing to live a minimal standard of living then it is time to give bankruptcy a fair consideration.

You can seek relief from bankruptcy by voluntarily filing or if creditors ask the court order you to file for bankruptcy protection.  In either situation you will want to consult with a bankruptcy attorney to determine the next course of action for your current circumstance.  There are two different types of bankruptcy laws you can file for protection under: chapter 7 and chapter 13.  Meeting with an attorney that specializes in bankruptcy will allow you to proceed in the most appropriate manner.

Bohikian Law Group specializes in chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcies in Michigan. Contact us today to find a bankruptcy attorney that will help you in debt relief at http://www.bohikianlaw.com/ today.

Reasons Behind Filing For Bankruptcy

Why do people end up filing for bankruptcy?  This is a question that is often posed to bankruptcy attorneys and the answer people expect to get back is that people just aren’t responsible with their credit cards.  This however, more often than not, is not the reason people end up faced with the option of bankruptcy.  In fact most people that are facing bankruptcy dread being there.  It isn’t a decision that has been made freely.  In fact, most people are almost forced into it after spending months on end of harassing calls from creditors and such.

One of the most commonly seen explanations for people looking into bankruptcy is because of illness or disability.  When a family member becomes ill the entire family has to adjust.  This may mean that the family is left without the same budget that they have become accustomed to.  An illness can fall on a parent or child contributing to a change in income.

Not only does the expense of medical care come into play but the loss of income when time off is needed to provide care.  This leaves many families falling behind on bills as payments that were being made were based off of the excepted income to stay the same.   This is a common development that bankruptcy attorneys see in family’s seeking debt relief under federal bankruptcy.

Another common reason that people find themselves filing for debt replied is unemployment.  When individuals are out of work and unable to find a source of income it becomes pretty difficult to pay your bills.  Often what we see is that people will go a period of time without a job and begin to fall short on paying their bills.  As payments start to add up, even after a person does find employment it is difficult to dig them out of the hole they have found themselves in.  For instance, a thirty thousand dollar debt at twenty percent interest is difficult at best to pay off when making only forty five thousand a year.  The debt starts to become overwhelming and leads to desperation.

About thirty percent of people that are going through bankruptcy have also divorce within the past five years.  The ramifications of a divorce aren’t often felt till a few years after the dust has settled on the process as a whole.  This is especially true of women who find they are raising children in a single parent home collecting less than needed to live and raise children.  They begin to fall back on the old standby of payday loans, credit cards and personal loans.  Eventually this catches up to them and they find that there is nowhere else to turn.

There are a number of myths that surround individuals finding they are at need to look into bankruptcy debt relief.  Don’t fall victim when it comes to categorizing things in a simplistic manner.  Most people going through bankruptcy are doing so because they are all out of options and they have nowhere else to turn.

Bohikian Law Group specializes in chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcies in Michigan. Contact us today to find a bankruptcy attorney that will help you in debt relief at http://www.bohikianlaw.com/ today.

Is It Finally Time To Talk With A Bankruptcy Attorney

How do you know if it is finally the time for you to throw in the financial towel and start a serious discussion about filing for bankruptcy?  The term itself is one that invokes an array of emotions: failure, sadness, defeat, relief, disappointment and more.  Bankruptcy doesn’t just involve individuals it is also something that can occur to corporate companies.  In a world where living in debt seems to be the norm how do you know when it is time to finally call it quits and meet with a bankruptcy attorney to seek relief.

When assessing if you are in the financial disaster zone there are a few questions to ask yourself.

1)      Is it only financially possible for you to make the minimum payment on your credit cards?

2)      Do you have bill collectors calling you on a regular or semi-regular basis?

3)      When you think about sitting down and working out a plan for your financial future are you scared?  Do you feel like your life is spinning out of control?

4)      Are you using your credit cards for necessities such as gas and groceries?

5)      Have you considered debt consolidation?

6)      Does it make you nervous to total the amount you actually owe?

If you have answered yes to more than one of the questions about it is possible that you need to give our financial situation a serious look.  Bankruptcy is a very viable solution when you actually owe more than you can afford on a regular basis.

The first step is to make a list of your liquid assets.  This should include items such as real estate, stocks, bonds, college savings accounts, non-bank assets, real estate and more.  A rough estimate of these figures should be good enough for these purposes.

The next step is to create a detailed list of bills and credit card statements.  When the value of your assets is less than the amount of debt that you owe one way out of this situation is speaking with a bankruptcy attorney and declaring bankruptcy.  This is not an issue that is ever easy.  Bankruptcy is not a simple, sure all for debt that is spinning out of control.

Bankruptcy can happen in two different manners.  The most common routes for individuals and corporations is to voluntarily consult with an attorney who will assist you through the proper channels in filing bankruptcy.  A second manner in which bankruptcy is filed is that creditors ask the court to order individuals into bankruptcy.

Bohikian Law Group specializes in chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcies in Michigan. Contact us today to find a bankruptcy attorney that will help you in debt relief at http://www.bohikianlaw.com/ today.

Is It Finally Time To Talk With A Bankruptcy Attorney

How do you know if it is finally the time for you to throw in the financial towel and start a serious discussion about filing for bankruptcy?  The term itself is one that invokes an array of emotions: failure, sadness, defeat, relief, disappointment and more.  Bankruptcy doesn’t just involve individuals it is also something that can occur to corporate companies.  In a world where living in debt seems to be the norm how do you know when it is time to finally call it quits and meet with a bankruptcy attorney to seek relief.

When assessing if you are in the financial disaster zone there are a few questions to ask yourself.

1)      Is it only financially possible for you to make the minimum payment on your credit cards?

2)      Do you have bill collectors calling you on a regular or semi-regular basis?

3)      When you think about sitting down and working out a plan for your financial future are you scared?  Do you feel like your life is spinning out of control?

4)      Are you using your credit cards for necessities such as gas and groceries?

5)      Have you considered debt consolidation?

6)      Does it make you nervous to total the amount you actually owe?

If you have answered yes to more than one of the questions about it is possible that you need to give our financial situation a serious look.  Bankruptcy is a very viable solution when you actually owe more than you can afford on a regular basis.

The first step is to make a list of your liquid assets.  This should include items such as real estate, stocks, bonds, college savings accounts, non-bank assets, real estate and more.  A rough estimate of these figures should be good enough for these purposes.

The next step is to create a detailed list of bills and credit card statements.  When the value of your assets is less than the amount of debt that you owe one way out of this situation is speaking with a bankruptcy attorney and declaring bankruptcy.  This is not an issue that is ever easy.  Bankruptcy is not a simple, sure all for debt that is spinning out of control.

Bankruptcy can happen in two different manners.  The most common routes for individuals and corporations is to voluntarily consult with an attorney who will assist you through the proper channels in filing bankruptcy.  A second manner in which bankruptcy is filed is that creditors ask the court to order individuals into bankruptcy.

Bohikian Law Group specializes in chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcies in Michigan. Contact us today to find a bankruptcy attorney that will help you in debt relief at http://www.bohikianlaw.com/ today.

Consult A Bankruptcy Attorney If You Are Thinking About Filing Bankruptcy

There is a certain appeal to bankruptcy.  By the time you have reached the point in which you are considering bankruptcy you have endured countless hours of harassing phone calls from debt collectors and have spent many sleepless nights stressing about making minimum payments.  The idea that you could move forward into a financial future that is wiped completely debt free or with a detailed court ordered repayment plan is tempting.  This is especially true when faced with an overwhelming debt and little means to pay the funds back.

Bankruptcy is of course more complicated than running a few numbers.  There are some long lasting affects that should be taken into consideration before filing for either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy.  The impact that bankruptcy has on your credit lingers and impacts a variety of aspects within your life.

Not only does bankruptcy wipe most of your debts away it also makes it difficult to establish yourself financially for years to come.  It will be difficult to open new credit accounts, buy or rent a home, find a company for insurance, get a cell phone and even possibly impact your employment.  In fact most bankruptcy attorneys will tell you that bankruptcy should be considered as a final, extreme method to resolving your financial issue, only considered after trying other budgeting, credit counseling and financial efforts to remedy the situation.

In order to begin the bankruptcy process it is recommended that you seek counsel from an experienced, reputable attorney that specializes in bankruptcy cases.  In order to seek relief from bankruptcy you must first take a step towards credit counseling from a government approved organization.  This must have occurred within six months of filing.  A means test will be performed to confirm that your income does not exceed an amount specified by the state.

After this is accomplished, with help from your bankruptcy attorney you will properly fill out the forms applicable to your bankruptcy situation.  An attorney should be present with you throughout all proceedings going forth.

The type of bankruptcy in which you choose to file for will be directly related to your situation including the assets and property you own, including your home, your income and several other factors.  Those debtors with a consistent income are encouraged to look into filing Chapter 13 bankruptcy over Chapter 7.

Chapter 13 allows individuals with a consistent income to keep their homes and cars which may be lost under a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.  With Chapter 13 bankruptcy the bank will create a repayment plan to allow you to hold on to certain property.  You must repay certain debts such as outstanding child support, student loans, taxes and other debts that are specified by the court.

Chapter 7 bankruptcy essentially allows you discharge most all of your debts.  Property of value is collected and then sold off.  A trustee of the court will take the funds raised and split them accordingly to creditors.  Certain debts may not be written off such as child support, spousal support, student loans and such.

If you are considering bankruptcy the first step you should take is to meet with legal representation.  They will offer you advice on how to proceed including those items that can hinder your ability to receive a discharge of your debt through bankruptcy.

Bohikian Law Group specializes in chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcies in Michigan. Contact us today to find a bankruptcy attorney that will help you in debt relief at http://www.bohikianlaw.com/ today.

Consult A Bankruptcy Attorney If You Are Thinking About Filing Bankruptcy

There is a certain appeal to bankruptcy.  By the time you have reached the point in which you are considering bankruptcy you have endured countless hours of harassing phone calls from debt collectors and have spent many sleepless nights stressing about making minimum payments.  The idea that you could move forward into a financial future that is wiped completely debt free or with a detailed court ordered repayment plan is tempting.  This is especially true when faced with an overwhelming debt and little means to pay the funds back.

Bankruptcy is of course more complicated than running a few numbers.  There are some long lasting affects that should be taken into consideration before filing for either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy.  The impact that bankruptcy has on your credit lingers and impacts a variety of aspects within your life.

Not only does bankruptcy wipe most of your debts away it also makes it difficult to establish yourself financially for years to come.  It will be difficult to open new credit accounts, buy or rent a home, find a company for insurance, get a cell phone and even possibly impact your employment.  In fact most bankruptcy attorneys will tell you that bankruptcy should be considered as a final, extreme method to resolving your financial issue, only considered after trying other budgeting, credit counseling and financial efforts to remedy the situation.

In order to begin the bankruptcy process it is recommended that you seek counsel from an experienced, reputable attorney that specializes in bankruptcy cases.  In order to seek relief from bankruptcy you must first take a step towards credit counseling from a government approved organization.  This must have occurred within six months of filing.  A means test will be performed to confirm that your income does not exceed an amount specified by the state.

After this is accomplished, with help from your bankruptcy attorney you will properly fill out the forms applicable to your bankruptcy situation.  An attorney should be present with you throughout all proceedings going forth.

The type of bankruptcy in which you choose to file for will be directly related to your situation including the assets and property you own, including your home, your income and several other factors.  Those debtors with a consistent income are encouraged to look into filing Chapter 13 bankruptcy over Chapter 7.

Chapter 13 allows individuals with a consistent income to keep their homes and cars which may be lost under a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.  With Chapter 13 bankruptcy the bank will create a repayment plan to allow you to hold on to certain property.  You must repay certain debts such as outstanding child support, student loans, taxes and other debts that are specified by the court.

Chapter 7 bankruptcy essentially allows you discharge most all of your debts.  Property of value is collected and then sold off.  A trustee of the court will take the funds raised and split them accordingly to creditors.  Certain debts may not be written off such as child support, spousal support, student loans and such.

If you are considering bankruptcy the first step you should take is to meet with legal representation.  They will offer you advice on how to proceed including those items that can hinder your ability to receive a discharge of your debt through bankruptcy.

Bohikian Law Group specializes in chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcies in Michigan. Contact us today to find a bankruptcy attorney that will help you in debt relief at http://www.bohikianlaw.com/ today.

Mistakes To Avoid When Filing For Bankruptcy

If you are contemplating the need to file for bankruptcy then it is important to avoid these common pitfalls that can affect the success of your bankruptcy.  Some of the financial actions and various behavioral actions can affect your ability in achieving a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy discharge.

By providing erroneous, partial or deceitful information on either your bankruptcy paperwork or at your 341 Meeting of Creditors you will be charged with perjury.  Misrepresenting the information that will be used in the judgement of your discharge can lead to criminal prosecution.  You also need to make sure that all of your bankruptcy paperwork is filled out correctly.  The bankruptcy attorney that is representing your needs to make sure that the paperwork is complete in full.  If any of the boxes are left empty you will need to make sure that amendments and additional paperwork is done to correct the issue.

Make sure to list all of the creditors and debt that you wish to discharge.  If at some point it is realized that an asset is not included a Chapter 7 trustee make choose to repossess the property.  The case may be dismissed if you forget any of the much needed schedules or forms that are needed.  If you forget a debt then this debt will not be considered in the discharge agreement.  Similarly if you forget to list an asset it may be taken away from you.  The process of completely filling out paperwork for your bankruptcy is needed to guarantee a smooth bankruptcy proceeding.

Next you must make sure that you have filed tax returns for the two years prior to filing for bankruptcy.  Better yet make sure you are up to date in filing all of your federal and state tax returns to ensure proper processing.  You will not be able to move forward with the bankruptcy proceedings unless you file the past tax returns.

You should also never continue to rack up new debt when you are about to file for bankruptcy.  Any debt that is racked up between seventy and ninety days prior to filing for bankruptcy this debt may be denied in the discharge of your bankruptcy.  Any luxury item that is bought on credit within ninety days of filing for bankruptcy in an amount greater than six hundred dollars may also be denied discharge as well.  Creditors may claim that there was an intention to deceive and that there was no intent to repay the debt.

There are several other unique situations your bankruptcy attorney will advise you to stay away from in the months before you begin the process of filing for divorce such as: moving assets around, selectively repaying only certain loans, ignoring impending collection actions or file for bankruptcy just before you are about to get a substantial payout or asset.

Bohikian Law Group specializes in chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcies in Michigan. Contact us today to find a bankruptcy attorney that will help you in debt relief at http://www.bohikianlaw.com/ today.

Hiring A Bankruptcy Attorney To Represent You

If you are considering bankruptcy the last thing you need is stress over hiring an attorney.  It is best to find a qualified individual to represent you throughout the bankruptcy proceedings.  Don’t thoughtlessly choose a bankruptcy attorney based on criteria such as their fees or the fancy advertisements.   Below you will find the five “musts” in choosing a lawyer to represent you.

Bankruptcy Lawyer Essentials

Many individuals choose an attorney based on their fees.  This can be one element in the decision process but must not be the key factor in deciding on an attorney.  Depending on where you are located bankruptcy attorneys can charge between one thousand and three thousand dollars to process either a Chapter 7, liquidation or Chapter 13, personal reorganization.

Reputable bankruptcy attorneys will never quote a fee over the phone.  The cost of the bankruptcy should include considerations specific to your current situation.  An attorney’s flat fee will include a consultation that reviews and analyzes the client’s current financial situation, preparing the bankruptcy petition, reviewing the petition with the client, meeting with creditors, following up with creditors all the way through the discharge of the bankruptcy.

Theoretically, any lawyer can process your bankruptcy however it is best to hire only an attorney specializing in bankruptcy to handle your proceedings.  An attorney that limits the number of specialties they focus on is a better bet than one that dedicates their practice to ten different areas of law.

Look for a practice where the attorney you initially meet with is the same one that will represent you at the bankruptcy hearing.  Many shady firms exist in which they churn and burn cases without taking into consideration each of the clients specific needs.  These firms are infamous for haphazard legal work, clients who are discontent as well as trustees and judges that don’t necessarily trust their intentions.

Don’t ever choose an attorney that isn’t easy to talk with.  Sharing private financial information is uncomfortable enough let alone if it is uncomfortable to speak with the attorney.  The amount of information shared between the client and attorney significantly decreases if there is uneasiness between them.  Filing for bankruptcy is an emotional process.  Open communication is a must in the client/attorney relationship.

It is not impossible to hire a lawyer that specializes in bankruptcy who is reasonably priced, reputable and easy to talk with.  Filing for bankruptcy is not a process that can happen overnight and neither should be hiring an attorney.

Bohikian Law Group specializes in chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcies in Michigan. Contact us today to find a bankruptcy attorney that will help you in debt relief at http://www.bohikianlaw.com/ today.