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A decision to file for bankruptcy should be made only after determining that bankruptcy is the best way to deal with your financial problems. This information can not explain every aspect of the bankruptcy process. If you still have questions after reading it, you should contact us for a FREE CONSULTATION to discuss the specifics of your situation.
What Is Bankruptcy?
Bankruptcy is a legal proceeding in which a person who can not pay his or her bills can get a fresh financial start. The right to file for bankruptcy is provided by federal law under the authority granted in the United States Constitution, and all bankruptcy cases are handled in federal court. Filing bankruptcy immediately stops all of your creditors from seeking to collect debts from you, at least until your debts are sorted out according to the law.
What Can Bankruptcy Do for Me?
Bankruptcy may make it possible for you to:
§ Eliminate the legal obligation to pay most or all of your debts. This is called a discharge of debts. It is designed to give you a fresh financial start.
§ Stop foreclosure on your house or mobile home and allow you an opportunity to catch up on missed payments. (Bankruptcy does not, however, automatically eliminate mortgages and other liens on your property without payment.)
§ Prevent repossession of a car or other property.
§ Stop wage garnishment, debt collection harassment, and similar creditor actions to collect a debt.
§ Restore or prevent termination of utility service.
§ Restore or prevent termination of a driver's license when it was suspended for failure to pay civil debts.
§ Allow you to challenge the claims of creditors who have committed fraud or who are otherwise trying to collect more than you really owe.
What Bankruptcy Can Not Do
Bankruptcy can not, however, cure every financial problem. Nor is it the right step for every individual. In bankruptcy, it is usually NOT possible to:
§ Eliminate certain rights of "secured" creditors. A secured creditor has taken a mortgage or other lien on property as collateral for the loan. Common examples are car loans and home mortgages. You can force secured creditors to take payments over time in the bankruptcy process and bankruptcy can eliminate your obligation to pay any additional money if your property is taken. Nevertheless, you generally can not keep the collateral unless you continue to pay the debt.
§ Discharge types of debts singled out by the bankruptcy law for special treatment, such as child support, alimony, certain other debts related to divorce, most student loans, court restitution orders, criminal fines, and some taxes.
§ Protect cosigners on your debts. When a relative or friend has co-signed a loan, and the consumer discharges the loan in bankruptcy, the cosigner may still have to repay all or part of the loan.
§ Discharge debts that arise after bankruptcy has been filed.
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* Prices quoted in the web site "menu" above are the starting price for the products listed, some products may have additional cost. Prices quoted are for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 consumer bankruptcy cases filed in the Federal Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, in the Norfolk Division; any other division (such as Richmond or Newport News, VA U.S. Bankruptcy Courts) may have additional fees and/or costs. Extra fees and/or costs may apply to rush or expedited bankruptcy filings. Please read the entire web page(s) associated with the product(s) selected. If you have any questions, please contact us. Your satisfaction is our goal!
* The following information was accurate as of 06/15/2017: the current Court costs (United States Bankruptcy Court's Filing Fee, as charged by the Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division) for a consumer Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is $335.00 and for a consumer Chapter 13 is $310.00. Some other fees MAY apply, depending on your particular case, which may include obtaining credit reports, Homestead deed filing within your City or County Circuit Court, etc. (attorney will explain during consultation). The fees quoted herein are for bankruptcy filings in the United States Federal Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division (which includes, but is not limited to, for the residents of Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Norfolk, and Suffolk will file bankuptcy in) for qualifying debtor(s) only.