Making the choice to file for bankruptcy is a serious decision. When you file for bankruptcy, it’s easy to feel like you are giving up on your ability to make ends meet and create the future you wanted for yourself. The reality, however, is quite the opposite. Bankruptcies are designed to free you from the burdens of an untenable financial situation which puts you on a path to starting over and seeing a better tomorrow.
Powerful legal representation from the bankruptcy law and debt relief specialists at Steele Law Firm, PLLC, can guide you through this trying situation and help achieve the best possible outcomes for you, your family, and your new beginning.
Bankruptcy is a legal tool described under federal law, but bankruptcies in Texas may be subject to additional regulations and exemptions. These subtle differences are one of the reasons it’s important to seek a local, detail-oriented bankruptcy attorney to take on your Alvarado bankruptcy case.
There are several types, or “chapters,” of bankruptcy available to struggling individuals and businesses in Texas and elsewhere in the United States. Many of these are highly specialized, such as chapter 9, which is used by bankrupt municipalities, or chapter 15, which only applies to foreign debt cases.
For individuals and small businesses facing the prospect of a bankruptcy suit, chapter 7 and chapter 13 are the most common forms.
Chapter 7 is sometimes called liquidation bankruptcy, and it is the most common (and simplest) form of bankruptcy. A trustee is appointed by the court to sell off all of your remaining non-exempt assets, and the proceeds are distributed among your creditors. After this process is completed, the debts are eliminated, and the creditors are no longer legally allowed to pursue collection activities against you. This will, however, have an impact on your credit rating and your ability to apply for credit in the immediate future.
There are several important exemptions that might apply to your Texas bankruptcy depending on your specific circumstances:
The qualified Texas bankruptcy experts at Steele Law Firm, PLLC, will undertake a comprehensive review of your Alvarado, TX bankruptcy case and determine which exemptions may apply to you, as well as the best strategy for protecting your assets, your rights, your family, and your future.
Chapter 13 bankruptcy in Texas works a bit differently than chapter 7 and will typically be employed when your income or number of assets are too high for a chapter 7 proceeding to make sense. Chapter 13 is an attractive option because it allows you to reorganize your debts and restructure the way you make payments to fit your current situation. Under chapter 13, you continue to work to pay your debts off rather than liquidating and losing all of your property in an effort to stop creditors from coming after you.
Your payment plan under chapter 13 bankruptcy will be mandated by the court, and it can last up to 5 years. To retain the benefits of chapter 13 bankruptcy (i.e., possession of your property), you must stick to the schedule agreed upon. Often, the amount paid back at the end of the payment plan will be significantly less than the original amount of the debt you owed. A qualified bankruptcy attorney can help you negotiate the best possible terms.
Every American has access to the legal tools described under the United States Bankruptcy Code, but that doesn’t mean courts will always accept your petition to begin a bankruptcy proceeding. The court may decline to accept your case for any of the following reasons:
Steele Law Firm, PLLC offers its services to clients throughout the Alvarado, TX area and beyond. Since 2009, we have helped guide hundreds of clients through financial troubles and into a debt-free tomorrow. We seek the best outcomes for you and your family by treating every case with individual attention and compassion. You can trust our expertise during what is likely a difficult time.
When your monthly bills consume your life and you’re afraid of your own phone because of constant collection calls, it may be time to look into bankruptcy. Expert legal help from the experienced bankruptcy attorneys at Steele Law Firm, PLLC, can ensure you file all paperwork correctly and will fight for your right to claim exemptions that will allow you and your family to continue living a normal life while you rebuild financially. Contact us for a free consultation today.