- Q: Does filing for bankruptcy protection stop creditors from calling me or contacting me directly?
- Q: Will filing for bankruptcy save my home from foreclosure even if I have waited until the day before the sale?
- Q: My car was repossessed yesterday. Will filing for chapter 13 bankruptcy help me get my car back?
- Q: Can I keep my home, car, and other possessions?
- Q: What is Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?
- Q: Can I buy or sell a home while I am in Chapter 13?
- Q: Will filing Chapter 13 help me with my IRS debt?
- Q: Will filing Chapter 13 help me with my past due child support obligation?
- Q: What is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?
- Q: Can I file Chapter 7 if I have assets I want to keep?
- Q: How will filing for bankruptcy affect my credit score?
- Q: How soon will I be able to re-establish my credit?
- Q: What is credit counseling? How do I enroll?
- Q: How much will it cost to get started?
- Q: How many times will I have to go to court?
- Q: What is a bankruptcy mill?
- Q: Am I qualified to file? Who is disqualified from filing under the new laws?
- Q: Will I receive a copy of my paperwork?
- Q: How often will I meet with my attorney?
A: Yes, immediately. After we file your bankruptcy, your creditors may only contact us. We will provide you with a phone number to give to your creditors directing them to us. Once they have been notified, creditors are prohibited from contacting you at home, at work, or by cell phone. Your creditors will also be prohibited from contacting your friends and family members. In addition, filing for bankruptcy will halt wage garnishments, end lawsuits targeting personal property, stop repossessions and foreclosures, and potentially even return previously garnished wages or repossessed property to you.
A: Yes. We can stop the foreclosure sale right up until the sale begins. However, we encourage you not to wait until the last minute as it can increase the risk of unforeseen circumstances that may prevent you from filing.
A: Yes. You have 10 days from the day your car was repossessed to file during which we can retrieve your vehicle. You will be required to show proof of insurance before the vehicle is returned to you.
A: Yes. Chapter 13 is designed in such a way that you can reorganize and eliminate your debt without surrendering your home, car, or other property, but you must begin paying your regular monthly payments on these debts to maintain ownership. Any past due balances will be part of the repayment plan determined by the court, giving you 3 – 5 years to pay these past due balances off.
A: Chapter 13 is also known as a “wage earner plan” or a “debt reorganization”. As part of Chapter 13, your past due balances are consolidated and you agree to repay them over a period of 3 – 5 years, in addition to continuing to make all current payments. Your monthly payment on the past due debts is determined by your income and expenses, often amounting to less than 10 cents on the dollar.
A: Yes, but the process will be a motion before the court. We will help you with the process.
A: Yes. As we all know, taxes are very complicated. We will review your tax debt with you and help you understand which portion may be dismissed and what portion will be addressed in the bankruptcy.
A: Past due child support is considered a “priority debt” by the new 2005 Bankruptcy Regulations. Past due child support can be included in your Chapter 13 filing, but it cannot be canceled. Rather, it will be consolidated with the rest of your debts and become part of the repayment plan as determined by the court.
A: Also known as “liquidation” or “clean slate”, Chapter 7 lets you discharge (wipe-out) most unsecured debt, such as credit card balances, medical bills, and even certain taxes. Some debts, such as child support, student loans, and recent taxes cannot be discharged through Chapter 7. Typically, people who file for Chapter 7 have no assets to protect and earn below the median income.
A: Yes, in certain circumstances. This is called “reaffirming” a debt. In the Chapter 7 process, you may be able to reaffirm secured debts, such as a car loan or mortgage, if you are current on your payments and continue to make your regular monthly payments. You can also choose to surrender these assets, in which case any past due balances will be discharged in your settlement.
A: Unfortunately, the damage is already done. Once you have any debt that is over 3 months (90 days) past due, a vehicle that has been repossessed, or a home in foreclosure, your credit score has already been damaged. Filing a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 and successfully meeting all requirements and repayment obligations of the case are the first steps to rebuilding your credit rating.
A: A lot sooner than you might think. While a bankruptcy can remain on your credit report for 7 – 10 years, many bankruptcy filers are able to qualify for auto loans, credit cards, or buy homes shortly after filing. You may simply have to pay a higher interest rate than someone who has unblemished credit.
A: As part of the new Bankruptcy Law passed in April 2005, clients must participate in credit counseling sessions as a provision of their bankruptcy application. In some cases, participants may even discover that there are other reasonable ways to pay off their obligations and avoid filing for bankruptcy altogether. Enrolling is easy – we offer counseling right here in our office.
A: In most cases, we can file your case for $75.00.
A: Most cases require only 2 appearances. You will be accompanied and represented at both hearings by your attorney.
A: A “mill” is a large firm that files many cases. These mills are notorious for charging additional fees at every step of the case. These types of firms have a factory approach to the entire process. You become little more than a case number to them. Clients often do not get the personal attention they deserve from their attorney. Cases are often handled primarily by assistants, rather than by the attorneys themselves.
Roehrig Associates is most defiantly NOT a bankruptcy mill. You will be treated with the utmost respect and dignity. We set our standards for customer service very high and demand that every member of our staff adhere to those standards. We never charge additional fees for your legal needs during the life of your case.
A: Part of the intention of the new Bankruptcy Law was to decrease the number of people eligible to file. Your ability to file will be determined by a complex series of calculations that compare how much you owe to how much you earn as well as compare what you earn to the median income for the state of Georgia. As with any law, however, the new bankruptcy statutes are open to interpretation. Just because one attorney has told you that you do not qualify does not mean we will not take your case. Remember, your initial consultation is completely free! There’s no obligation – no strings attached.
A: Yes. Once all the paperwork has been prepared, we will mail you a very well organized set of your documents for your records. Included in this package will be a general information quick-reference sheet with all the important facts about your case.
A: As often as you wish. We do not restrict your right to schedule an appointment with your attorney. Your attorney fee is a flat rate fee, meaning that you will never be charged additional fees for any of the services rendered on behalf of your case. This is a very important question to ask any attorney you consider hiring. Many firms charge a base fee with additional charges assessed for each step of your case. We just do not believe in the nickel and dime approach.