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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 Retain a Social Security Disability Benefit Payment in a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

The extent to which a Social Security Disability payment or settlement can be exempted and protected in Chapter 7 bankruptcy depends greatly upon where your bankruptcy was filed, what the case-law of that jurisdiction is, and whether you have already received the payment or are just expecting it at the time that you file your Chapter 7.

Click here to read more about social security disability settlements in Chapter 7 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 bankruptcy, please feel free to contact me at (866) 674-2317 or email me at john@hillalaw.com to schedule a free, initial consultation.

Can I Still Make Charitable Contributions or Tithe in Bankruptcy?

A monthly expense dedicated to regular and documented charitable giving or tithing is an allowed expense under the US Bankruptcy Code.

The effects of this allowance will vary depending on whether your are filing Chapter 7 or Chapter 13, and, depending upon the size of the expense, you may encounter skepticism from US Trustees or Chapter 13 Trustees in the bankruptcy process.

Click here to read more about charitable giving and tithing in 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 bankruptcy, please feel free to contact me at (866) 674-2317 or 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.

Is My Personal Injury Settlement Protected in Bankruptcy?

A personal injury settlement in Michigan may be protected in bankruptcy in a number of different ways depending upon the classification of the settlement funds.

Personal injury settlements may be awarded by Michigan district or circuit courts for different purposes: lost wage replacement, medical expense damages, caretaker or nursing services, and punitive damages, to name a few settlement categorizations. Depending upon which of these categorizations applies to a specific sum of settlement funds, the settlement may or may not be protectible in bankruptcy.

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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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Will Filing Bankruptcy Hurt My Immigration Status?

There is no requirement that a person filing for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy in Michigan be a citizen, have a Social Security Number, or even be located in Michigan. However, if tax debts are owed, there can be an impact upon a US Citizenship application.

To read more about bankruptcy and your immigration status, 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.