The disbursement of settlement proceeds may be significantly impacted for individuals who have filed personal injury claims before filing for bankruptcy or throughout an open bankruptcy unless they take certain steps to preserve their settlement funds. Taking the following steps can help ensure that individuals have more control over their settlements, preventing unwanted circumstances from negatively affecting them. Read More
Converting a Chapter 13 bankruptcy to a Chapter 7 is sometimes a solution that better meets the financial needs of some consumers, but it may not be the best choice for everyone. Chapter 7 bankruptcy is often an attractive option for debtors as it wipes out most debt owed, while Chapter 13 requires a portion of the debt to be repaid. Debtors need to meet certain guidelines to qualify for Chapter 7. Read More
Bankruptcy could be a way to avoid liability in a civil judgment. However, this will depend on whether or not the underlying debt is dischargeable. While there isn’t a guarantee that you can get rid of the debt via a bankruptcy, individuals may be able to avoid the lien in some cases. Read More
Consumers may be able to retain their homestead and vehicle when filing for bankruptcy in Illinois, but specific conditions apply. Whether a certain property is exempted depends on the value of the property and the exemptions that are available. Read More
Declaring bankruptcy does not mean a person needs to surrender all of his or her assets or possessions to satisfy debts. Under Illinois and federal law, there are numerous exemptions that help give individuals the opportunity to make a fresh start following the conclusion of bankruptcy proceedings. Read More
There are no restrictions on how many bankruptcy cases a person can file, but there are restrictions on the time between filing. A bankruptcy attorney can explain the bankruptcy process and the required waiting period between filings. Read More
Some economists are predicting that rampant student debt (i.e. “tuition debt”) is the new speculative bubble that could sink the economy. Speculative bubbles are periods of rapid, unsustainable economic activity in a particular industry or service. These rapid buildups result in “bubbles” which continue to expand until they reach a tipping point when they are no longer sustainable. Once the “bubble” bursts, it results in an economic recession. Read More
People who choose to file for bankruptcy protection in Illinois must be honest, and if they are not, they could face criminal charges and have their bankruptcy petitions dismissed. While criminal charges are not always filed, bankruptcy courts may still impose other penalties against people who try to hide or conceal assets or who lie on their schedules. When a person is honest with his or her bankruptcy attorney and with the trustee, then it will pay off in the long run when the person obtains financial relief through his or her bankruptcy discharge. Read More
Bankruptcy can affect people from all walks of life. Even celebrities and politicians aren’t exempt from bankruptcy. Anyone can face financial troubles, and bankruptcy lawyers can provide guidance for a smooth process.
In April 2016, the debt limits for Chapter 13 bankruptcy increased for people filing after that date. A bankruptcy attorney can explain qualification requirements and other restrictions that impact Chapter 13 bankruptcy filers.