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Queens Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Lawyer

Helping Clients in Queens County Eliminate Debt

If you have debts you are unsure how you will pay back, and the amount you owe keeps growing, Chapter 7 bankruptcy may provide you with a chance to start over. However, choosing to file for this type of bankruptcy requires serious consideration.

At the Law Office of Seni Popat, we can provide a free consultation to evaluate your current financial situation and determine if you qualify for Chapter 7. If this form of debt relief seems the right option, our Queens Chapter 7 bankruptcy attorney can guide you through the process.

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Are you looking to eliminate your debt? Call the Law Office of Seni Popat, P.C. today at (718) 340-3385 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our Chapter 7 bankruptcy lawyer in Queens! Services available in Hindi and English.

What are the Advantages of Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Chapter 7 is the most common type of bankruptcy because it erases most debt in only a few short months. It may be beneficial if you want to erase your overwhelming debt as quickly as possible.

Below are more benefits of filing for Chapter 7:

  • The process from filing to discharging debt takes 2 to 3 months
  • Bankruptcy can help get rid of medical bills
  • Bankruptcy can stop wage garnishments
  • Bankruptcy can help get rid of deficiency balance from a repossessed car
  • Your credit score may go up
  • You may be able to keep the exempt property (house and car) and the salary or wages you earn after you file
  • You may be able to receive a new line of credit and credit cards within a few months after filing for bankruptcy
  • You may be able to stop paying your credit card and other payments immediately when you file for bankruptcy
  • Chapter 7 doesn't require you to have debts of any specific amount to file for relief

How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in New York

To file Chapter 7 bankruptcy in New York, you can follow these steps:

  • Gather necessary documents: Collect all financial records, including income, expenses, assets, and debts.
  • Complete a credit counseling course: Before filing for bankruptcy, you must complete a credit counseling course from an approved provider.
  • Fill out the bankruptcy forms: Submit a petition to the bankruptcy court, providing details about your financial situation.
  • Pay the filing fee: In New York, the filing fee for Chapter 7 bankruptcy is $338 unless the court grants a fee waiver.
  • Submit the forms to the court: File the completed forms with the bankruptcy court electronically or by mail.
  • Attend the meeting of creditors: After filing, you will be required to attend a meeting of creditors, where they can ask questions about your financial situation.
  • Attend a debtor education course: Following the meeting of creditors, you must complete a debtor education course from an approved provider.
  • Await the discharge: If everything goes smoothly, you will receive a discharge, which relieves you of most debts.

It is highly recommended to seek legal advice or assistance from a bankruptcy attorney to ensure compliance with specific New York bankruptcy laws and procedures.

What Debts Does Chapter 7 Eliminate?

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a way to discharge certain debts. When a debt has been removed, it means that a creditor cannot hold you personally liable for the debt or carry out collections actions against you. It also brings an end to creditor calls and wage garnishment and prevents foreclosure actions.

Chapter 7 bankruptcy eliminates a variety of unsecured debts, including:

  • Credit card debt
  • Medical bills
  • Personal loans
  • Lawsuit debts/civil judgments
  • Tax debt (in some cases)

Which Debts Cannot Be Discharged?

In Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the following debts cannot be discharged:

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Requirements

To qualify for Chapter 7, your income must be less than the median income in the state of New York. Those who earn more than the median amount must pass the means test. The means test considers your income, expenses, and family size to determine if you have enough disposable income to pay back your debts. If you do not have enough to repay your debts, you pass the test and qualify.

Several circumstances could make a person ineligible to file, including:

  • Failure to attend credit counseling
  • Previous attempts at defrauding creditors or the bankruptcy court
  • Having a debt discharged under Chapter 7 within the past eight years
  • Having a debt discharged under Chapter 13 within the past six years

Contact Our Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Attorney Today

At the Law Office of Seni Popat, the priority of our bankruptcy attorney is to help our clients through difficult situations. Our team works closely with clients to eliminate debt and get a fresh financial start. If you believe filing for Chapter 7 is right for you or are considering bankruptcy and want to explore your options, reach out to our firm today. Our Queens bankruptcy attorney is ready to answer any of your questions!

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