Hiring a Bankruptcy Lawyer
Introduction - Bankruptcy Lawyers
Bankruptcy is one of those things that people do not
appreciate until they need it. And when they do need to file
bankruptcy it can be a life saver. When you do decide that you are
file bankruptcy, should you use a
bankruptcy lawyer or can
have a full-service bankruptcy preparer do it for you? We are a
full-service bankruptcy company and we can prepare your bankruptcy
Personal bankruptcy refers to a chapter 7 or chapter 13 bankruptcy
where the entity filing is a natural person and not or
business entity. If you own a business and need to file a business
bankruptcy such as chapter 11, then it is wise to
hire a bankruptcy lawyer.
When filing a personal bankruptcy with or without a
bankruptcy lawyer, you file a bankruptcy petition along
with a series of schedules numbering from A to J and various
required bankruptcy information statements. Under the
new bankruptcy law enacted in
2005, you also need to pass a bankruptcy means test.
Of course hiring a qualified bankruptcy lawyer makes a lot of sense
except that they are very expensive and are often not worth the
extra cost. The main reason is that bankruptcy is an administrative
process and not an adversarial process, so it is mostly book
keeping. This means that if you have the bankruptcy forms prepared
by a full-service company like ours, you do not need to
hire an lawyer.
You can file personal bankruptcy as an individual
or jointly as husband and wife.
Filing Personal bankruptcy is also
shown by the fact that the debts being filed against are
consumer debts such as credit cards, personal loans, medical bills
etcetera. When the debts are largely of a business nature then it is
usually not characterized as personal bankruptcy.
These kinds of debts do not require a bankruptcy lawyer.
Filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy
The means test is required when
filing personal bankruptcy where the
debtor is a real person. It is intended to determine if you
qualify under the BAPCPA act which supposedly tries to prevent
abusive bankruptcy filing. The new bankruptcy law now lays heavy
all bankruptcy lawyers and not just to the debtor. Some Houston
bankruptcy lawyers have banded together to complain about the unfair
burden of the new bankruptcy law.
These new demands placed by the law on bankruptcy lawyers has caused
many of them to greatly increase their prices and in some cases,
turn away business.
The truth that the new
law favors the credit card companies and was written by them. In any
case, if you pass the personal bankruptcy means test then you
qualify to have your debts discharged. This is of significance in
chapter 7 bankruptcy filing.
There is the equivalent of a means test for chapter 13 in so much as
the that the calculations are very similar. However it is not called
a bankruptcy means test for chapter 13 bankruptcies. You need the
means test even if you are filing with a bankruptcy lawyer.
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Filing Personal Bankruptcy Without a Bankruptcy Lawyer
for filing the personal bankruptcy forms needed for
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7 bankruptcy is a daunting task. Before you begin to panic, that is
our bad news, not yours. With or with a bankruptcy lawyer, the man-hours needed to put
together the 6 page
personal bankruptcy means test document can be
compared to that need to prepare two or three
bankruptcies under the old laws.
In the past, a lot of people hacked away at their own
bankruptcy filing inch by inch, week after week, until it was done, but
with the new laws, that is a thing of the past. Now you must have
your documents prepared professionally by a full-service company.
Because of the burdens of the new law, many bankruptcy lawyer's
have doubled their prices just to make it worth their while. Some of
them have even abandoned bankruptcy filing altogether.
In a long distance conversation the other day, one of
priced personal bankruptcy filing attorneys in Austin confirmed that they
had raised their price from $595 to $1595 because of the paperwork.
This problem is faced by all bankruptcy lawyers, whether is a
Houston bankruptcy lawyer, a Chicago bankruptcy lawyer, a New York
bankruptcy lawyer, a Dallas bankruptcy lawyer or any other
bankruptcy lawyer anywhere. There are just not any more low cost
bankruptcy lawyers or cheap bankruptcy lawyers anywhere.
On top of that, filing bankruptcy under the new bankruptcy law has caused a typical
forms set to balloon from about 23 to 35 pages under the old law to
about 50 to 75 pages under the new
None of this need bother you because we take all the responsibility
of preparing the paperwork on ourselves. You do not need a lawyer to
file a personal bankruptcy.
You fill out our 20 minute online questionnaire and we get all of
the mountains of paperwork done so that all you do is sign your name
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online so that all you do is sign and file!"
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Additional Bankruptcy Lawyer Resources
If you decide to shop around first then additional reading can be
found as follows. Bridgeport bankruptcy discuses
filing bankruptcy as well as the intricacies of
personal bankruptcy filing and the pros and cons of
filing online bankruptcy in the areas of
chapter 7 bankruptcy. Comparison of
lawyer bankruptcies is covered too. This effort hopefully will
end up helping you to get the
best bankruptcy forms possible.
USA bankruptcy software provides
additional reading in the areas of
filing bankruptcy online, as wells what every debtor must know
to file chapter 7 bankruptcy can also be of benefit. It also
helps to fully understand the options available for filing a
personal bankruptcy particularly if you need a
chapter 7 bankruptcy. There are those who in spite of what we
offer still want to examine the
online bankruptcy software option and that too is a beneficial
endeavor. After visiting all of these other resources, return to us
to prepare your
official bankruptcy forms.
DebtorAid.com explores some of these same areas,
bankruptcy software for
filing. It also compares the role of
lawyers with that of full-service companies who prepare
personal bankruptcy filing.
State Specific Bankruptcy Lawyer Resources
As we mentioned earlier, there are state specific
bankruptcy exemptions that you must be aware of. Since the largest states are
California, Texas and Florida, you will find these bankruptcy exemption sites
California bankruptcies are marked by their use of two separate bankruptcy
exemption schemes, System 1 and System 2. If you are filing in bankruptcy in
California, do not fail to examine the differences.
Texas bankruptcies filings are know for their robust
bankruptcy Exemptions. They have the most generous bankruptcy exemptions for
chapter 7 bankruptcy filing. Bankruptcy exemptions are particularly pertinent to
personal bankruptcy filing.
Florida bankruptcy filing is perhaps that largest contributor to bankruptcy
filing in the United States. Florida bankruptcies have good exemptions like
Texas and California bankruptcies. If you live in some of the other large states
then topics such as
bankruptcy in New York, figuring out the rules for personal
bankruptcy filing in Illinois, dealing with
online bankruptcies in Ohio and
Pennsylvania bankruptcy will be of interest.