Category Archives: Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy and Your Credit Score (Wisconsin Bankruptcy Attorney)

Wisconsin Bankruptcy Attorney:  Many of my clients want to know what will happen to their credit score if they file bankruptcy.  Unfortunately, there is no "cookie cutter" answer to this question.  Every person's credit score is individual to them, like a credit fingerprint.  However, the following is true regarding bankruptcy and your credit score:
  1. The bankruptcy will remain on your report for 10-years;
  2. The bankruptcy will provide you with a "fresh start," and from there, you can start rebuilding your credit score.
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WHAT IS A CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCY DISCHARGE?

If you are considering bankruptcy and performed any of your own research, you may have come across the term “discharge.” The follow paragraph will help you better understand that term. The filing of a Chapter 7 petition is designed to result in a discharge of most of the debts you listed in your bankruptcy. A discharge is a court order that simply says you do not have to repay your debts; however, there are some exceptions. Debts which may not be...
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WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF FILING FOR BANKRUPTCY?

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF FILING FOR BANKRUPTCY? There are several advantages to filing for bankruptcy. By far, the most important advantage is that you can obtain a financial “fresh start.” Consumers who file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy will be discharged from (forgiven from paying) most unsecured debts while keeping most (if not all) of their assets.  Another advantage is that collection efforts must legally cease once your case is filed. If a creditor does not cease its efforts, that creditor may...
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DO I NEED A LAWYER TO FILE FOR BANKRUPTCY?

Individuals may file a bankruptcy case without representation; however, it is incredibly difficult to do it successfully.  The procedures and strategies involved with filing for bankruptcy are complex.  A mistake in estimating your equity/assets, or applying incorrect exemptions could cost you your home and other property.  In addition, if you fail to meet certain legal requirements, your case may be dismissed and you may lose the right to file another case. Bankruptcy has long-lasting legal and financial consequences.  Hiring an attorney...
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CAN I KEEP MY CAR(S) IF I FILE BANKRUPTCY?

Many of my clients are concerned with this very question. In general, if you meet the following 3 requirements, then you can keep your car(s):
  • The equity in the car(s) is exempt
  • You are current with the payments, and
  • You can keep making the payments. In most cases, I am able to utilize the laws in your favor to “exempt” your vehicle(s).
The bankruptcy will eliminate your personal liability for the loan, but it does not disturb the lien. Thus, after bankruptcy, the mortgage lender still...
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