Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Bankruptcy Myth: I Can't File at All

While the bankruptcy reform of 2005 did change a lot of things about bankruptcy, but it did not eliminate your ability to file bankruptcy at all. There are now income guidelines, known as the "median income" and if your household falls above the median income, you still may qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Your attorney will use the "means test" to calculate your income minus allowable expenses, to determine whether by IRS standards you have disposable monthly income each month. If you do not, you pass the means test and can file Chapter 7. If you do not pass, you still have the option of filing a Chapter 13 bankruptcy to repay a portion of your debt (anywhere from 1%-100% repayment based on how much disposable income you have). Get the facts before ruling it out - go ahead and schedule that first consultation with your bankruptcy lawyer and see where you stand.

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