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Chapter 7

Woodland Hills Chapter 7 Attorney

Helping Our Clients Free Themselves from Debt

When you’re in a difficult financial position and owe your creditors a considerable amount of money, filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy provides a way out. People can slowly accumulate a mountain of debt and find themselves unable to fully pay their credit card bills, or it can happen seemingly all at once when an emergency saddles you with medical costs or forces you to take out a personal loan. For most of your unsecured debts, Chapter 7 can free you from your obligation to pay them back.

Bankruptcy is an intimidating prospect and can come with its own challenges, but by erasing your current debt you’ll be able to create a new foundation to build a more solid financial situation.

Take advantage of a free consultation by contacting JM Law Firm, APC online or calling (818) 696-4443. We offer the possibility of same-day appointments, meetings after-hours, and on weekends. Spanish & Farsi Speaking services are available.

What Exactly Is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Chapter 7 is the bankruptcy most every day people think of when considering bankruptcy. It’s what’s commonly known as a liquidation bankruptcy. It can help people with a considerable amount of consumer debt --and too little income to support it--release themselves from their obligations to their creditors.

Common types of debt discharged in Chapter 7 include:

  • Credit card balances
  • Medical bills
  • Personal loans
  • Pay day loans
  • Past-due utility bills
  • Collection agency accounts
  • Business debts
As a liquidation bankruptcy, it’s important to keep in mind that Chapter 7 will sometimes involve a process where some of your assets and property will be seized and sold. The sales proceeds are used to satisfy your debt to your creditors, even if the value of the sales proceeds is less than your debt.

Do I Qualify for Chapter 7?

In order to qualify for filing Chapter 7, you must first pass the means test. The means test determines whether or not you have enough disposable income to cover repaying part of your debt. The higher your disposable income, the more likely you will not be able to file for Chapter 7. Instead, Chapter 13 might be a better course for you. The test ensures that those who are eligible for Chapter 7 are the ones who will have the most difficulty paying off their debts.

How to qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy:

  • You must be an individual, married couple, or a small business owner.
  • You cannot have a discharge from a previous Chapter 7 filing in the last 8 years.
  • You cannot have a discharge from filing Chapter 13 in the last 6 years.
  • In the last 180 days, you cannot have a bankruptcy that was dismissed due to a violation of a court order or fraudulent filing.
  • You must have attended a credit counseling course within 180 days before the bankruptcy discharge. If you do not attend it in time, your case will be dismissed.

Contact us or call (818) 696-4443 to speak with a bankruptcy attorney in Woodland Hills. Your first consultation is free.

Do You Need Legal Assistance?

If you are thinking about filing for bankruptcy to free yourself from debt, a Chapter 7 attorney in Woodland Hills and Los Angeles can assist you throughout the filing process. At JM Law Firm, APC, we’ve helped clients like you get the legal support they needed when it was time for them to rebuild their financial lives. The first step for many is to kick off their existing debt and start fresh.

At no cost to you, we’ll learn about your problems and offer ways in which we can help you move forward.

Contact our firm online and ask how you can arrange a free consultation where you can discuss your situation with one of our attorneys.

Take the First Step in Achieving Peace of Mind

Schedule a free consultation with us today to discuss your unique situation. We aim to find the best solution for you.

You Don’t Have to Lose Everything in Liquidation

Although liquidation can sound frightening, not everything you own can be taken – in fact, more often than not, Chapter 7 bankruptcies end up being “no-asset” cases. These are situations where the debtor isn’t considered to own anything that can be sold off to pay creditors, so liquidation doesn’t occur or does only to a very limited degree. At JM Law Firm, APC our Chapter 7 attorneys are well versed in exemptions, to help you keep as much of your property as possible. Property that can be exempt from seizure includes vehicles up to a certain value, household appliances, a reasonable amount of clothing and household furnishings, equity in your home, your hard-earned retirement fund, tools of your trade, and more. Our debt relief attorneys will take a deep dive into your situation, and make sure you’re aware of any assets that could be at risk before actually filing a case. Our goal is for there to be no surprises.

Going Above & Beyond Your Expectations

What Makes Us Different
  • Client-Focused Representation
  • Free Consultations
  • Spanish & Farsi Speaking Services Available
  • Over 25 Years of Experience

Hear from Our Clients

  • “In 2017, we had the unfortunate task of filing for a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, but the very fortunate luck in receiving Allan Williams as our attorney. Going through this process only comes after months ...”

    - Shane R.
  • “You always made me feel like everything was going to be ok and got after me when needed.”

    - Michelle B.
  • “I talked to payroll and they will not hold the garnishment. Man, that was fast. You do great work. You saved my family's Christmas.”

    - D.B.
  • “The case was over faster than I thought. I am really happy with the results. It's been a long journey.”

    - Olivia T.
  • “You made me feel so comfortable and at ease at all times. Thank you so much Allan!!”

    - Chris M.