Category Archives: Income

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.

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.

What Is Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

Chapter 13 bankruptcy is a “reorganization” bankruptcy rather than a complete liquidation of debt as in a Chapter 7. A Chapter 13 is, basically, a payment plan enforced by the Federal Bankruptcy Court upon all of your creditors, whether the debt is a “dischargeable” debt like a credit card or “non-dischargeable” debt like a child support arrearage or recent income taxes owed. Contrary to popular belief, you are not required to pay back 100% of what you owe to your creditors in a Chapter 13.

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New Bankruptcy Means Test Numbers for 11/1/2011

The bankruptcy means test median household income numbers for Michigan have been udpated, effective 11/1/2011. The new household median incomes are:

  • 1 person household: $43,677
  • 2 person household: $50,079
  • 3 person household: $58,467
  • 4 person household: $70,237

For each individual in a household over 4, $7500 is added to the median.

This is a slight increase over the prior numbers and may enable more people to qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

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.

Is Social Security “Income” in Bankruptcy?

Social Security benefits, both age benefits and disability benefits, are and also are NOT considered “income” within the bankruptcy process in a couple of different ways.

Income is considered in the bankruptcy process both as a measure of a debtor’s eligibility for Chapter 7 (as opposed to Chapter 13) bankruptcy and as a measure of the debtor’s ability to repay creditors some portion of the debt owed to them on monthly average basis.

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Do I Have to Report my Same-Sex Partner’s Income in my Bankruptcy Petition in Michigan?

In Michigan, there is no legal same-sex marriage. However, that does not mean that a same-sex or domestic partner’s income will not need to be accounted for in a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy filing of the other partner.

If you would like to read more about this topic, please click here to read our full article on same-sex partners or domestic partners in bankruptcy 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.

What Are the New Median Income Numbers for Michigan Bankruptcy Filers?

The poor economy in Michigan has, as of November 1, 2010, forced the median income numbers down again, making it that much more difficult for prospective Chapter 7 Bankruptcy filers to pass the “means test” for Chapter 7 eligibility.

As of November 1, 2010, the new median household income figures for the State of Michigan are:

  • For a household of 1, $41,875 per year.
  • For a household of 2, $49,919 per year.
  • For a household of 3, $59,190 per year.
  • For a household of 4, $70,600 per year.
  • For households over 4 persons, $70,600 + $7,500 for each additional person over 4.

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