Category Archives: Bankruptcy Process

Are My Co-Signers Affected By Bankruptcy?

Your Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy filing will not negatively affect the credit reports of any co-signers on your debt, but neither it will discharge their joint liability for the debt.

Click here to read more about how co-signers are affected by bankruptcy on the new Michigan bankruptcy blog of Michigan bankruptcy attorney The Hilla Law Firm, PLLC.

If you are a southeast Michigan resident and are interested in discussing your options for bankruptcy, please feel free to contact me at (866) 674-2317 or john@hillalaw.com to schedule a free, initial consultation.

Can I File a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy if I Am Not Eligible for a Discharge?

A Chapter 13 bankruptcy filing can still be useful even if you are not eligible for a discharge of the unpaid balance of debt remaining at the end of the Chapter 13 payment plan due to a prior bankruptcy filing in order to force creditors into a Federal court-enforced payment plan at 0% interest. This is particularly useful when it comes to student loan and other non-dischargeable debt.

Click here to read more about filing Chapter 13 bankruptcy even if not eligible for discharge on the new Michigan Bankruptcy Blog of Michigan Bankruptcy Attorneys The Hilla Law Firm, PLLC.

If you are a southeast Michigan resident interested in filing for bankruptcy, please feel free to contact us at (866) 674-2317 or john@hillalaw.com to schedule a free, initial consultation.

What Happens If I Get Married While In a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, when you add a new person to your household, you are also adding new income, potentially, and new expenses. This can have an impact upon the “net income” available to make a Chapter 13 plan payment, for better or worse.

Click here to read more about the effect of marriage during a Chapter 13 bankruptcy on the new Michigan Bankruptcy Blog of Michigan Bankruptcy Attorneys The Hilla Law Firm, PLLC.

If you are a southeast Michigan resident considering filing for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, please contact us at (866) 674-2317 or john@hillalaw.com to schedule a free, initial consultation.

Why You Shouldn’t Worry about your Chapter 7 Bankruptcy 341 Meeting of Creditors

The Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy 341 Meeting of Creditors is usually the only hearing you will have to appear for in a typical bankruptcy process. Generally speaking, there is no reason to feel stressed or nervous about this hearing in advance.

Click here to read more about the 341 Meeting of Creditors and why it is nothing to fear on the new Michigan Bankruptcy Blog of Michigan bankruptcy attorneys The Hilla Law Firm, PLLC.

If you are a southeast Michigan resident considering filing for bankruptcy, please feel free to call me at (866) 674-2317 or email us at john@hillalaw.com to schedule a free, initial consultation.

If I File for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Can I Get Out of It Later?

A Chapter 13 bankruptcy can be dismissed nearly at any time you no longer wish to remain in the bankruptcy. However, there may be reasons why you would want to stay in the Chapter 13 if you have already begun the process.

Click here to read more about whether you can dismiss a Chapter 13 bankruptcy case on the new Michigan Bankruptcy Blog of Michigan Bankruptcy Attorneys The Hilla Law Firm, PLLC.

If you are a southeast Michigan resident considering filing for bankruptcy, please feel free to contact us at (866) 674-2317 or john@hillalaw.com to schedule a free, initial consultation.

Can I Still Provide Financial Assistance to Elderly Relatives if I File Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

Financial assistance provided on a regular, monthly basis to elderly or dependent family-members outside of your immediate household is an expense that Congress allowed in the drafting of the US Bankruptcy Code. Thus, if it has been your habit to send a few dollars to your grandmother every month to help her with her prescription costs, this is generally not a problem in either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy—but there are caveats.

Click here to read more about financial assistance to elderly relatives in bankruptcy on the new Michigan Bankruptcy Blog of Michigan bankruptcy attorneys The Hilla Law Firm, PLLC.

If you are a southeast Michigan resident and are considering filing for bankruptcy, please feel free to contact me at (866) 674-2317 or john@hillalaw.com to schedule a free, initial consultation.

Do I Have to Include my Annual Bonus in the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Means Test?

An annual bonus or other “extra” income received within the 6 months prior to the filing of a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy must be disclosed and computed in the bankruptcy means test which determines Chapter 7 eligibility and determines whether you are eligible to propose a 36-month Chapter 13 payment plan rather than a longer payment plan.

Click here to read more about the including an annual bonus in the Chapter 7 bankruptcy means test on the new Michigan Bankruptcy Blog of Michigan Bankruptcy Attorneys The Hilla Law Firm, PLLC.

If you are a southeast Michigan resident considering filing for bankruptcy, please feel free to contact us at john@hillalaw.com or (866) 674-2317 to schedule a free, initial consultation.