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Chapter 7

Filing for Bankruptcy in Massachusetts

Qualifying individuals or married couples choose to file Chapter 7 because it is fast and affordable. The filer will not pay anything back to his or her creditors, and all eligible debts are discharged within about four months of the petition date. Bankruptcy offers a fresh start for the honest debtor. It is a federal statute that allows individuals and businesses the opportunity to eliminate or restructure some or all of their debts.

For individuals, Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 provide immediate relief by stopping foreclosure, lawsuits, wage garnishment, repossessions, phone calls and letters, among other benefits. Individuals in these chapters must disclose all of their income and expenses, and all of their assets and liabilities.

What is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Although it is sometimes called "straight bankruptcy" or "liquidation bankruptcy," the reality is that most people filing under Chapter 7 do not lose any property. The bankruptcy laws allow categories of property to be exempted from liquidation. An experienced attorney will analyze your property to ensure it is exempt. If it is not, there are other options available.

For an individual or married couple filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy, it typically requires only one appearance at a "meeting of creditors" within about 30 days from the date the case was filed. The meeting is conducted by a trustee, appointed by the court, and involves a brief examination of the individual’s paperwork. Once concluded, a discharge enters within approximately 60 days.

Who Can File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

To be eligible for Chapter 7, an individual must disclose all of their income, expenses, and all of their assets and liabilities. They do this by using tax returns, pay stubs, bank statements, and other financial documents to give the court a full financial picture. They must also pass a "means test," which is a standardized evaluation of a person’s income and living expenses.

A person who falls below the median income for their family size automatically qualifies for Chapter 7. A person whose income is above the median income for their family size must rebut a "presumption of abuse" by completing some additional steps. The means test does not apply for people who have primarily business ("non-consumer") debts.

Chapter 7 does not discharge the following categories of debt:

  • Tax debts
  • Domestic support obligations like child support and alimony
  • Student Loans
  • Criminal Restitution
  • Debts arising from the injury or death of another person

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In conclusion, Attorney Logain Weinkauf offers a comprehensive range of services aimed at providing effective solutions to your financial and legal challenges. Whether you are seeking asset protection, debt relief, foreclosure prevention, or assistance with tax matters, our experienced team is dedicated to guiding you through the complexities of bankruptcy law. We are committed to helping you regain control of your finances, protect your assets, and find the best possible resolutions for your unique situation. With Attorney Logain Weinkauf by your side, you can trust that your case will be handled with expertise, compassion, and a commitment to achieving your desired outcomes. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a brighter financial future.


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