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Virginia residents and others who are dealing with credit card or other types of debt may consider filing for bankruptcy to eliminate existing balances. This may be especially beneficial for those who have limited incomes. However, other options exist that some people may want to consider as well. For instance, it may be possible to convince a creditor to forgive some or all of a debt, and this can be done either with or without an attorney. However, it is sometimes easier to get a favorable outcome with the assistance of legal counsel.

What is loan reaffirmation in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy?

When you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you have the opportunity to discharge the majority of your debts and start again with a clean financial slate. Also referred to as liquidation bankruptcy, Chapter 7 may be beneficial for you if you are overwhelmed with credit card debt, mortgage payments, car loan payments, medical expenses and other bills that have been following you around for years. There may be, however, some property that you do not wish to part with once your bankruptcy is finalized. Whether you want to stay in your family home or want to keep your car, you may want to consider reaffirming your loan. 

Credit counseling required before filing for bankruptcy

Many residents of Virginia are struggling tremendously to stay on top of their bills and finances, and if you count yourself among them, you may be thinking about filing for bankruptcy as a method of getting your affairs back in order. At Ferriswinder, PLLC, we recognize that there are certain steps you must take as you navigate the bankruptcy process, and that one such step involves participating in credit counseling prior to filing.

How can I rebuild my finances after chapter 7?

While filing for chapter 7 can help you get a handle on massive debt, your credit score will be negatively impacted. While bankruptcy typically stays on your credit report for ten years, there are steps you can take to begin immediately rebuilding your credit and restoring your finances. Nerdwallet offers some tips on credit repair post-bankruptcy. 

Can you keep your home in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy?

If you are like many homeowners in Virginia who struggle financially, you may look to Chapter 7 bankruptcy as a viable debt relief option. However, while Chapter 7 has many appealing options, there are a few pitfalls, the biggest of which is you are likely to lose your home. Fortunately, there are a few instances in which filing for Chapter 7 will not result in the loss of your home, which SFGate details for your convenience.

What are the benefits of Chapter 7 bankruptcy?

When personal debt gets out of control and the residents of Virginia feel the pressure to make payments they can no longer afford, bankruptcy is a valuable option. Because there are several types of bankruptcy and each type changes how much you pay, how your debts are discharged and how your credit is affected, it is important to understand the benefits of each type.

Can you keep your home after filing for Chapter 7?

Most individuals who find themselves faced with an avalanche of debt but who want to keep their homes file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, which is more of a reorganization bankruptcy. However, to qualify for Chapter 13, you must have the ability to repay a portion of your debt over a three to five-year period. If you do not have the means to do this, you may have to file for Chapter 7. Does doing so automatically mean you lose your home? Not necessarily. According to SFGate, filing for Chapter 7 may not cost you your home. In fact, the more you owe on your Virginia home, the greater the likelihood the courts will let you keep it.

Re-establishing credit after Chapter 7 bankruptcy

People in Virginia who find themselves facing severe financial challenges may end up deciding that filing for bankruptcy is the best way to get out from under their mound of debt. Once this decision has been made, there will be steps to complete the Chapter 7 process but it is also important to focus on how to move forward after the bankruptcy is complete since a better future is ultimately what a bankruptcy can provide for people.

Why were you disqualified for Chapter 7 bankruptcy?

If you filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Virginia and the bankruptcy court converted your case to a Chapter 13 or dismissed it altogether, you may be wondering why. What caused you to become ineligible for liquidation bankruptcy? According to FindLaw, there are several seasons that the bankruptcy courts may have converted or dismissed your case.  

What are the main differences between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13?

When you decide to file bankruptcy in Virginia, one of the first choices you have to make is whether to file Chapter 7 or 13. These offer some similar benefits, but they are quite different in how they reach the resolution. It is essential to understand the options, so you can make a proper decision on which type of bankruptcy to file.

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