Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Attorney in Palm Beach

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When you’re behind on your mortgage, losing income to wage garnishment, or are struggling to make ends meet due to debt repayment, bankruptcy may be the best option to help you get back on your feet. When you need a Chapter 13 bankruptcy attorney to help you navigate the complex process, Stiberman Law is on your side.

Since 1998, Stiberman Law has been dedicated to helping people build a new financial future. With knowledgeable counsel, advice rooted in experience, and dedicated advocacy for your rights and best interests, our experienced bankruptcy lawyers and professional support staff work to secure the best practical outcome so you can move forward free from debt.


Understanding Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Chapter 13 bankruptcy is sometimes called a “wage earner’s bankruptcy.” Instead of a bankruptcy trustee selling your assets and using the proceeds to pay off creditors, which is the Chapter 7 bankruptcy process, Chapter 13 restructures your debt. With this method, your debts are rolled into a single monthly payment plan, including the amount you’re behind on your mortgage, student loan payments, credit card debts, and other unsecured debts. The payment you agree to make is based on your monthly disposable income.

Let’s look more closely at the Chapter 13 bankruptcy process so you know what to expect.

Debt Collection Stops

As soon as your Chapter 13 bankruptcy filing goes into effect, federal law requires that all debt collection attempts are placed under an automatic stay. Any debt collection attempt must stop, including letters and phone calls, wage garnishment, and legal proceedings.

Determining Your Debt and Income

During your case, you and your bankruptcy attorney will work together to provide the bankruptcy court with the following information:

  • A comprehensive list of creditors and how much you owe — including creditors with whom you’re in good standing, such as your mortgage lender or student loan company.
  • Your current monthly income, including wages, dividends from investments, alimony, and pensions.
  • A list of properties, including your home, vehicle, rental, or vacation property.
  • A detailed list of your living expenses, including your mortgage or rent, food, clothing, utilities, and other necessities.

Submitting a Repayment Plan

Using the information, you and your bankruptcy lawyer will submit a repayment plan in which your disposable income after paying necessities must go toward paying off your debt. After you submit the chapter 13 plan, the bankruptcy judge assigned to your case can approve or deny it.

Working with a Bankruptcy Trustee

Once the payment plan is accepted, you’ll be assigned a bankruptcy trustee to disperse your monthly payment to creditors. Higher priority debt, including catching up on child support, student loans, and mortgage payments, are paid first, with unsecured, lower priority debt getting what’s left over.

The United States bankruptcy code requires at least three years on a repayment plan, but the judge may require up to five years of payments. To be in good standing, you must make your monthly payment to the bankruptcy trustee on time and in full. Once you’ve completed the determined time frame and required payments, eligible unsecured debt is discharged, absolving you of having to pay any more on the debt. You will also be caught up on your mortgage, car payments, and other debt you can’t discharge.

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Eligible Debts

All debt, including any amount you’re behind on your car loan or mortgage, is included in your Chapter 13 repayment plan so you can get caught up and back in good standing with your creditors, while also being absolved of certain debts at the end of the repayment period. However, bankruptcy laws have very strict guidelines regarding what debts can and can not be discharged.

Most unsecured debts can be discharged, including:

  • Credit cards
  • Medical bills
  • Certain taxes (often ones that are several years old)
  • Personal loans (including “payday loans”)

Debts that can’t be discharged in Chapter 13 bankruptcy include:

  • Secured debts, such as your car loan or mortgage, can’t be discharged without risking repossession or foreclosing. You may discharge your personal liability, but the secured lender can take action to repossess their collateral.
  • Student loans
  • Child support payments
  • Alimony
  • Debts accrued from a criminal case, such as restitution

Why You Need a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Attorney

Filing bankruptcy is a complex legal proceeding that requires accurately filling out forms, declaring all types of income, and submitting a payment plan. Mistakes can be costly and extend the bankruptcy process if you try to navigate this independently.

Having an experienced bankruptcy attorney on your side ensures that you have legal counsel with in-depth knowledge who can assist you and advocate for you. Stiberman Law’s bankruptcy lawyers will analyze your finances, including your debt and income, to help you choose the best debt relief method, whether filing Chapter 13 bankruptcy, Chapter 7, or even debt consolidation.

Our bankruptcy law firm strives to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible, including Our bankruptcy law firm seeks to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible, including:

  • Providing a free initial consultation
  • Offering affordable payment plans for our services
  • Ensuring a more favorable payment plan that you can keep up with
  • Guiding through every step, so you know what to expect.
  • Offering mandatory credit counseling at our office to save you time and money.

Frequently Asked Questions About Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

We understand Chapter 13 is complex, and you probably have many questions. To help you better understand whether this option is right for you, our bankruptcy lawyer is sharing our most frequently asked questions about this topic.

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If you’re struggling to keep up with your bills or make ends meet due to credit card or medical debt, you need to speak with a Chapter 13 bankruptcy attorney in Palm Beach to learn more about your options. At Stiberman Law, we aim to help you overcome your financial problems so you can move forward confidently in your financial health. If you would like to schedule a free initial consultation, please call our law firm at (954) 932-7804 or fill out the form below to get started.

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