Bankruptcy Lawyers Serving Campbell California - Chapter 7 and Chapter 13

Bankruptcy lawyers serve Campbell and nearby towns. During the real estate boom, property values in Campbell rose rapidly. Many homeowners who bought homes during the boom period are now facing underwater properties. While first mortgages may be wiped out in foreclosure, second/HELOC loans may remain. Bankruptcy Attorneys routinely counsel homeowners with underwater properties with HELOC to come up with a plan to manage debt. We are located at a short drive from Campbell and we also offer weekend appointments to Campbell clients.

Sometimes circumstances force people to fall into hard times. US Bankruptcy laws help those who have fallen into hard times to standup on their feet again by relieving them from debt obligations either fully or partially. In some other cases, filing a bankruptcy is simply a business decision. We will sit down with you to discuss the best possible solution for you to help you regain control of your finances again.

There are many misconceptions about bankruptcies (e.g., that filing a bankruptcy would mean losing everything or that a person gainfully employed cannot file chapter 7 bankruptcy). Filing a bankruptcy does not mean losing everything. We will clarify those misconceptions, assess your financial situation and guide your through the process. Please contact us to discuss your options.

No downpayment Chapter 13 bankruptcy plan for qualified filers. Other than filing fees and third party cost, you will not pay any attorney fees at the time of filing chapter 13 bankruptcy. Attorney will be paid through court monitored payment plan.

Can/Should I File Bankruptcy?

This is a common question we receive from potential clients. The answer is hidden in your current financial affairs. We will carefully analyse your particular situation, your income and assets and advise you if filing bankruptcy can help solve your immediate financial issues.

Automatic Stay

Facing a foreclosure or a lawsuit? Bankruptcy law imposes automatic stay at the moment a bankruptcy petition is filed. This automatic stay generally prohibits the commencement, enforcement or appeal of actions and judgments, judicial or administrative, against a debtor for the collection of a claim that arose prior to the filing of the bankruptcy petition. The automatic stay also prohibits collection actions and proceedings directed toward property of the bankruptcy estate itself.

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What is Bankruptcy

Article I, Section 8, of the United States Constitution authorizes Congress to enact "uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies." Under this grant of authority, Congress enacted the "Bankruptcy Code" in 1978. The Bankruptcy Code, which is codified as title 11 of the United States Code, has been amended several times since its enactment. It is the uniform federal law that governs all bankruptcy cases.

The procedural aspects of the bankruptcy process are governed by the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure (often called the "Bankruptcy Rules") and local rules of each bankruptcy court. The Bankruptcy Rules contain a set of official forms for use in bankruptcy cases. The Bankruptcy Code and Bankruptcy Rules (and local rules) set forth the formal legal procedures for dealing with the debt problems of individuals and businesses.

There is a bankruptcy court for each judicial district in the country. Each state has one or more districts. There are 90 bankruptcy districts across the country. The bankruptcy courts generally have their own clerk's offices.

The court official with decision-making power over federal bankruptcy cases is the United States bankruptcy judge, a judicial officer of the United States district court. The bankruptcy judge may decide any matter connected with a bankruptcy case, such as eligibility to file or whether a debtor should receive a discharge of debts. Much of the bankruptcy process is administrative, however, and is conducted away from the courthouse. In cases under chapters 7, 12, or 13, and sometimes in chapter 11 cases, this administrative process is carried out by a trustee who is appointed to oversee the case.

A debtor's involvement with the bankruptcy judge is usually very limited. A typical chapter 7 debtor will not appear in court and will not see the bankruptcy judge unless an objection is raised in the case. A chapter 13 debtor may only have to appear before the bankruptcy judge at a plan confirmation hearing. Usually, the only formal proceeding at which a debtor must appear is the meeting of creditors, which is usually held at the offices of the U.S. trustee. This meeting is informally called a "341 meeting" because section 341 of the Bankruptcy Code requires that the debtor attend this meeting so that creditors can question the debtor about debts and property.

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Chapter 7, entitled Liquidation, contemplates an orderly, court-supervised procedure by which a trustee takes over the assets of the debtor's estate, reduces them to cash, and makes distributions to creditors, subject to the debtor's right to retain certain exempt property and the rights of secured creditors. Because there is usually little or no nonexempt property in most chapter 7 cases, there may not be an actual liquidation of the debtor's assets. These cases are called "no-asset cases." A creditor holding an unsecured claim will get a distribution from the bankruptcy estate only if the case is an asset case and the creditor files a proof of claim with the bankruptcy court. In most chapter 7 cases, if the debtor is an individual, he or she receives a discharge that releases him or her from personal liability for certain dischargeable debts. The debtor normally receives a discharge just a few months after the petition is filed. Amendments to the Bankruptcy Code enacted in to the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 require the application of a "means test" to determine whether individual consumer debtors qualify for relief under chapter 7. If such a debtor's income is in excess of certain thresholds, the debtor may not be eligible for chapter 7 relief.

Milpitas San Jose Bay Area Lawyers can assess your eligibility and if chapter 7 bankruptcy is right for you, will help you through chapter 7 bankruptcy filing process.

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Chapter 13, entitled Adjustment of Debts of an Individual With Regular Income, is designed for an individual debtor who has a regular source of income. Chapter 13 is often preferable to chapter 7 because it enables the debtor to keep a valuable asset, such as a house, and because it allows the debtor to propose a "plan" to repay creditors over time – usually three to five years. Chapter 13 is also used by consumer debtors who do not qualify for chapter 7 relief under the means test. At a confirmation hearing, the court either approves or disapproves the debtor's repayment plan, depending on whether it meets the Bankruptcy Code's requirements for confirmation. Chapter 13 is very different from chapter 7 since the chapter 13 debtor usually remains in possession of the property of the estate and makes payments to creditors, through the trustee, based on the debtor's anticipated income over the life of the plan. Unlike chapter 7, the debtor does not receive an immediate discharge of debts. The debtor must complete the payments required under the plan before the discharge is received. The debtor is protected from lawsuits, garnishments, and other creditor actions while the plan is in effect. The discharge is also somewhat broader (i.e., more debts are eliminated) under chapter 13 than the discharge under chapter 7.

Milpitas San Jose Bay Area Lawyers can assess your eligibility and help you file chapter 13 bankruptcy.

Discharge in Bankruptcy

A bankruptcy discharge releases the debtor from personal liability for certain specified types of debts. In other words, the debtor is no longer legally required to pay any debts that are discharged. The discharge is a permanent order prohibiting the creditors of the debtor from taking any form of collection action on discharged debts, including legal action and communications with the debtor, such as telephone calls, letters, and personal contacts.

Although a debtor is not personally liable for discharged debts, a valid lien (i.e., a charge upon specific property to secure payment of a debt) that has not been avoided (i.e., made unenforceable) in the bankruptcy case will remain after the bankruptcy case. Therefore, a secured creditor may enforce the lien to recover the property secured by the lien.

After Bankruptcy

There is no doubt that bankruptcy is a major life changing event. If done properly and if proper steps are taken by the filer, this life changing event can be a pleasant one. Life after bankruptcy can lead to a bright financial future if the filer work to regain good credit by being financially regimental.


About Campbell

Campbell is a city in Santa Clara County, California, a suburb of San Jose, and part of Silicon Valley, in the San Francisco Bay Area. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, Campbell's population is 39,349.

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