Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Lawyers in Vancouver, WA

If you are projecting a financial problem, it makes sense that you would like to know (1) how bankruptcy would help deal with your creditors and (2) the impact on life and finances when bankruptcy is complete. We will happily answer these questions for you, for free.

  • Bankruptcy in Washington State: Choosing the Right Chapter for You
  • The Process of Filing for Bankruptcy in Washington State
  • Hiring a Washington State Bankruptcy Attorney

Speak with one of our experienced Washington Chapter 7 Bankruptcy lawyers at Robert Russell Law to determine your eligibility and fight for what you deserve.

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Bankruptcy in Washington State: Choosing the Right Chapter for You

When it comes to bankruptcy, the two most common options are Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. You’re not alone if you’ve never heard of the distinction between them. The following explanation will help you understand what is going on.

Insolvency under Chapter 7 

For a variety of reasons, Chapter 7 is often the first bankruptcy option considered by debtors. In a few months, you’ll be done. It’s also inexpensive since you don’t have to pay back any debt. It works well for those of us who own just the necessities for daily life and work, such as food, water, and shelter.

However, those who have more resources may find themselves without them, particularly if they have accumulated a slew of useless extravagances. As an example, if you have too much equity in your RV, baseball card collection, or timeshare in the Bahamas—even though you’re late on the payments—you may have to give up your home or automobile. When it comes to paying up on missed mortgage or auto payments, Chapter 7 doesn’t provide a payment plan like Chapter 13. Your house or automobile might also be at risk because you’re behind on payments when the time comes to file for bankruptcy.

What Happens If I File for Bankruptcy in Washington State?

A bankruptcy discharges various debts, including credit card debt, back-dated utility bills, medical expenses, and personal loans. Mortgage and automobile payments may be eliminated even in the event that you’re prepared to give up your home or car as collateral for the loan. A “secured debt” is one in which the lender may take back the collateral if you don’t pay what you owe.

However, you can’t get rid of all of your debt. There are certain obligations that cannot be discharged in bankruptcy, such as arrears in domestic support and recent tax bills. Student loans are also difficult to wipe out (you’d have to win a separate case). Bankruptcy should only be considered if you have too many debts to benefit from it.

The Process of Filing for Bankruptcy in Washington State

Filing bankruptcy in Washington is similar to a bankruptcy filing in any other state. The bankruptcy procedure is governed by federal law, not by Washington state law, and it allows you a clean slate by renegotiating your debts with your creditors.

It’s important to keep in mind that Washington state law is also relevant. You can’t keep all you own in bankruptcy. After going over the fundamentals, we’ll go over some additional filing information you’ll need to be familiar with.

Bankruptcy Requirements in Washington

There is no initial need if you have not previously filed for bankruptcy. Check if it’s been long enough since your last filing date to be eligible to re-file. For each chapter that was previously submitted and for each petition that will be filed, there is a different waiting time. In addition, you’ll have to complete certain requirements established by the chapter.

If your family’s gross income is less than the state median for a family of your size, you may be able to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy relief. Add together the previous six months’ worth of gross revenue and multiply it by two. The statistic should be compared to the income tables on the website of the United States Trustee (select “Means Testing Information”).

For those who prefer doing things via the internet, there is an option available. Use the Quick Median Income Calculator. Even if you earn too much money, the second element of the “means test” may still allow you to apply. Chapter 7 bankruptcy is an option if you don’t have enough money left over after paying all of your debts to a Chapter 13 repayment plan.

After Bankruptcy in Washington

After you file for bankruptcy, your creditors will cease harassing you. After a few days, the court sends your creditors notice of the “automatic stay” order, which stops most creditors from making further demands for payment. What will happen next is as follows:

  • You’ll be required to provide financial records that back up the claims you make in your bankruptcy papers to the trustee.
  • All filers are required to present at the 341 meeting of creditors.
  • Your debtor education certificate will be filed when you finish the course.

All of these conditions must be met prior to receiving a discharge under Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Those who file under Chapter 13 must also appear at a confirmation hearing for their repayment plan and finish the three to a five-year payment schedule.

Hiring a Washington State Bankruptcy Attorney

Seeking professional legal advice is a beneficial investment for the vast majority of individuals. A bankruptcy lawyer may assist you with the following:

  • meet the requirements of your chosen chapter
  • decide when to file your taxes.
  • assist you in maintaining the house you want

Until you file for bankruptcy, creditors will be calling you. It’s typically advisable to ignore them since alerting creditors about your bankruptcy might encourage them to conduct more extreme collection measures before they lose the authority to collect completely. Once your automatic stay is in effect, creditors will be forced to cease contacting you if you seek legal counsel and direct them to one of our experienced bankruptcy lawyers here at Robert Russell Law Office.

Facing Debt or Financial Problems?

You can still regain control of your finances by reaching out to an experienced bankruptcy attorney in Washington. Let us help you resolve your financial issues skillfully, protect your assets with compassion, and utilize every means possible to achieve your desired results. Contact us for a free consultation today.

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