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What is Chapter 7 bankruptcy? Does Chapter 7 discharge all my debts? Learn more about the benefits of this bankruptcy chapter.

What are some bankruptcy exemptions?

One of the biggest fears associated with filing for bankruptcy is the fear of loss. While one is facing severe financial struggle, it can be scary to realize that there’s a chance you’ll be losing most of your property. Filing bankruptcy under Chapter 7 means that you’ll be gathering your property and assets, and you’ll be preparing to sell these items to pay off as much debt as possible before the rest of the charge is eliminated. Fortunately, bankruptcy law protects certain kinds of property from being sold during this process. These are called exemptions, and it’s vital to know what exemptions you’ll have. What Are the Exemptions? Every state has its own set of bankruptcy exemption laws, so it’s important to know which specific exemptions apply to your state laws. However, there are some common bankruptcy laws that any person interested in filing for bankruptcy should be aware of:…
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Am I Eligible for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

How do you know if you are eligible to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy? There are a few criteria you must fit. They include a specific income amount and your results from a means test. Here is a short breakdown of the ways that your specific financial situation can prevent you from filing for Chapter 7: Income: If you have enough to repay your debts in a timely fashion, you are not eligible for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Instead, Chapter 13 bankruptcy would be your route forward. The rule that determines eligibility is one that measures your current monthly income against the median income for a family of your size in your state. If your income is less than or equal to the median, you are likely eligible for Chapter 7. If your income is more than the media, you must pass the “means test.” See our page on the “means…
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Is My Bankruptcy Filing Public? Will Everyone I Know Find Out?

Bankruptcy can carry with it a certain stigma, despite how useful it can be in helping people dig themselves out of their financial struggles. And when considering bankruptcy, you might wonder: will other people be able to find out that you filed? Are bankruptcy filings public? Yes, actually. Most court records, including bankruptcy filings, are public. But, that does not mean that just anyone can access all of your personal information. Typically speaking, your friends, family and acquaintances are not going to find out about your bankruptcy filing unless you tell them yourself. There is a public access system known as PACER that contains information about bankruptcy filings throughout the U.S. But to access this system, you are required to register and pay per page of documents you obtain. As such, the average citizen will not be able to see your bankruptcy filing. However, your creditors and co-debtors will find…
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