Bankruptcy

Filing for consumer bankruptcy is a decision that you should not take lightly. You need to know your options and what they mean. It can be difficult and confusing. That is where Shifrin Newman Smith Inc. comes in. We know how to help you avoid common pitfalls that cause bankruptcy errors and delays.

Why Do You Need an Attorney?

There is no guarantee that a bankruptcy will be approved. Working with an attorney can make it more likely that your bankruptcy is approved[JB3] . We also help you with:

  • Meeting all the legal requirements of filing for bankruptcy.
  • Handling your bankruptcy filing in the most efficient and timely way possible.
  • Determining whether to file Chapter 7 or Chapter 13.

Chapter 7 or Chapter 13

Whether you should file Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy depends on your income and the types of debt and assets you have.  Chapter 7 bankruptcy allows a person to wipe clean many types of debt. There are some exceptions to discharging a debt, including:

  • Most student loans.
  • Court ordered child or spousal support.
  • Some taxes.

If you make too much money to qualify for Chapter 7 or if you want to keep a home or auto in which you are behind on mortgage or auto loan payments, you may qualify for Chapter 13. Chapter 13 bankruptcy helps people reorganize their finances and repay their debt in a manageable way. It is also an option to help pay for the debts that are not covered under Chapter 7.

Foreclosures, Evictions and Repossessions

If you are facing foreclosure on your home or eviction from your apartment, bankruptcy may help you stay in your home longer or permanently.  Or, if your property is at risk of repossession, bankruptcy may stop, or at least delay, this process.

If you face either of these scenarios, you should contact us immediately. You want to file for bankruptcy before a court grants judgment against you in any foreclosure or eviction matter or before creditors attempt to repossess your property.

Contact us today to discuss your options and let us help you make the bankruptcy filing process as easy as possible.