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Marietta Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Attorney

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Georgia

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is the simplest and fastest method to take advantage of Federal bankruptcy law. A Marietta bankruptcy attorney can explain to you the advantages of filing Chapter 7. We offer flexible payment plans so everyone who needs help can afford it. Get your case started for as little as $75 with the balance due within 90 days. Please note that due to bankruptcy law, all fees in a Chapter 7 must be paid in full before the petition can be filed but we can get started on preparing the petition with a down payment and a payment plan.

Qualifying for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: The Means Test

The first issue in filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is determining your eligibility to file. All debtors are required by law to take what is known as the "means test." This is a complicated process that examines your income, expenses, assets, and debts. Many rules must be followed when completing the means test. A Marietta bankruptcy lawyer can complete this for you to determine if you are eligible to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy or if a Chapter 13 may be better for your situation.

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Property Exemptions

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is sometimes referred to as a "liquidation bankruptcy." One bankruptcy myth is that if you file Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you have to give up all of your property to the trustee to be sold. This is not usually the case. There are many exemptions available to the residents of Georgia that allow you to keep your property, including home and car, as long as you do not have too much equity. As part of preparing your bankruptcy evaluation, you will need to list all of your assets. Our Marietta, Georgia bankruptcy attorney can then determine the current value and see if protecting your assets is going to be an issue.

Automatic Stay in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Once your Chapter 7 case is filed, the automatic stay will take effect. This automatically stops all collection efforts regarding any and all debts. Foreclosures, lawsuits, phone calls, letters, etc., all must stop. Debt collectors are no longer allowed to contact you for any reason. Clients often report that phone calls and letters stop almost immediately after filing. Any violation of the automatic stay will be handled quickly by our office to help keep stress of filing for bankruptcy at a minimum.

The Meeting of Creditors: 341 Meeting

After filing your case, you will typically only have to make one official appearance. This appearance is called the "Meeting of Creditors," or the 341 meeting. The meeting is held in a conference room, not a courtroom, and presided over by a trustee, not a judge. The meeting itself usually lasts only five to ten minutes and covers the basics of your bankruptcy petition. A Marietta bankruptcy attorney can make sure that you are prepared for the meeting.

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is most effective for individuals with a great deal of unsecured debts. Unsecured debts are typically credit cards, medical bills, and deficiencies from repossession. Chapter 7 cannot provide long-term relief for secured debts. Typical secured debts are home mortgages and car loans. If you want to keep you home or car, you will have to continue to make regularly-scheduled payments while in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. There are numerous rules regarding how debts are handled and an experienced Marietta Chapter 7 bankruptcy lawyer can best advise you on what is best for your financial situation.

Contact a Marietta Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Lawyer

While Chapter 7 is the quickest form of seeking bankruptcy relief, it is extremely complicated. You need a Marietta bankruptcy attorney that will guide you through the process, answer your questions, and provide you with experienced advice. The Law Offices of Antonio B. Mari is able to do just that.

Contact our office today and learn about your bankruptcy options. Call us at (770)334-8574 or email us. 

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