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The Bankruptcy Process

What do I need to bring when I see a bankruptcy lawyer?
Including three different online forms you can either submit or print out to help prepare you for your appointment with Scott Hutchinson. More info...

What is the general timeline for the bankruptcy process?
Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcies. More info...

Different types of Bankruptcies

What is Chapter 7 bankruptcy?
A summary of Chapter 7 bankruptcy. See the Bankruptcy Services button on our website to learn more about proceeding with a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. More info...

What is Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?
A summary of Chapter 13 bankruptcy. See the Bankruptcy Services button on our website to learn more about proceeding with a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. More info...

What is Chapter 12 bankruptcy?
A summary of Chapter 12 bankruptcy. Currently, we don't do Chapter 12 bankruptcy, but we can help you by referring you to a lawyer who does. More info...

What is Chapter 11 bankruptcy?
A summary of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Currently, we don't do Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but we can help you by referring you to a lawyer who does. More info...

Definitions

What is a "bankruptcy discharge?"
Generally, this is the ultimate goal for the debtor in bankruptcy. More info...

What is a "bankruptcy estate?"
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What is a "bankruptcy trustee?"
Generally, the bankruptcy Trustee is the person who administers and processes your case in a bankruptcy. More info...

What is a "reaffirmation agreement"?
This agreement re-obligates the debtor to his/her debt, generally with the same terms of the original contract. However, the agreement can modify the original terms. More info...

What is an "automatic stay"?
This is the federal law that protects you from your creditors when you file bankruptcy. More info...

General Bankruptcy Questions

Can I file bankruptcy again even if I have filed bankruptcy before?
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How long will bankruptcy be listed on my credit report?
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Prior to filing Bankruptcy, can I charge my credit cards or incur more un-secured debt?
Possible fraud by incurring more credit too close to the date of filing bankruptcy. More info...

Prior to filing Bankruptcy, can I pay some of my favorite creditors such as friends, or family?
Preferring one creditor over another creditor is called a "preference." There are two categories preference: regular unsecured creditors and family who are unsecured creditors. More info...

Prior to filing Bankruptcy, can I transfer, gift, or sell my property to keep it from the bankruptcy trustee?
Fraudulent transfers. Sometimes transferring, gifting, or selling property within certain time period prior to the date of the filing of the bankruptcy can be considered a fraudulent transfer by the bankruptcy trustee, U.S. Trustee, or a creditor. More info...

What debts are generally "non-dischargeable?"
Some types of debts are not able to be eliminated in bankruptcy. More info...

Will I be discriminated against because I filed bankruptcy?
Employment, Goverment Benefits, Students Loans, Utility Companies. More info...

Repairing your Credit

Can I repair my credit after filing bankruptcy?
Yes. In fact you can begin repairing your credit immediately the day after you file your bankruptcy. More info...

Will I still be able to obtain credit after bankruptcy?
Yes. Creditors understand that people who have filed bankruptcy are in a better financial position than before they filed bankruptcy. More info...

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