Category Archives: Business Debt

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 Lower my Salary or Wages to Pass the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Means Test if I am Self-Employed?

Some small business owners inquire as to the possibility of artificially lowering their income or taking less wages out of their business prior to filing a bankruptcy petition in order to pass the Chapter 7 means test.

This possibility is fraught with peril for uninformed individuals. Click here to read more about whether one can lower wages to pass the means test 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 contact us at (866) 674-2317 or john@hillalaw.com to schedule a free, initial consultation.

Do I Need to List Every Debt in my Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 Bankruptcy? (Revisited)

I’ve written before on the subject of whether all debts must be listed in a Chapter 7 or a Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition as an answer to the very commonly asked question, “Can I leave my favorite credit card out of the bankruptcy?”

The answer to that question is an easy, “No, you cannot leave a debt out of the bankruptcy; the US Bankruptcy Code requires that all assets and all liabilities (debts) must be listed in either a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 petition—and treated in a Chapter 13 payment plan one way or another.

However, there are additional reasons why you would want every debt listed, even if you otherwise desired to leave it out of the bankruptcy:

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Business Debt and the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Means Test

Chapter 7 bankruptcy may be available to prospective filers whose debts are mostly business debts rather than consumer debts regardless of their actual income.

Click here to read more about business debt and 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 and are considering filing for bankruptcy, please contact us at (866) 674-2317 or john@hillalaw.com to schedule a free, initial consultation.

What Is the Value of my Small Business in Bankruptcy?

A business owned by someone considering filing for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy may be seized or liquidated the same as any other asset owned by a filing individual if its value exceeds the amount of protection available for that type of property under the US Bankruptcy Code.

Thus, it is extremely important, if you are a small business owner, to retain an experienced bankruptcy attorney to assist you, let your livelihood be lost in the process.

To read more about the value of a small business in bankruptcy, click here to read our full article on this topic on the new Michigan Bankruptcy Blog of The Hilla Law Firm, PLLC.

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

Can I Discharge in Bankruptcy a Settlement of a Lawsuit that Alleged Fraud?

A debt incurred through “fraud,” or even a debt alleged to be incurred through fraud, may not be dischargeable in bankruptcy.

Click here to read more about this topic on the new Michigan Bankruptcy Blog of The Hilla Law Firm, PLLC.

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

Should I File a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy for my Michigan Small Business?

Filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy for a small business is a useful option in certain very specific circumstances only.

To read more about filing Chapter 7 banruptcy for a small business, click here to read our full post on this topic on the new Michigan Bankruptcy Blog of The Hilla Law Firm, PLLC.

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