In a previous podcast & videoblog we discussed the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Process. In this article we will discuss what happens at the First Meeting of the Creditors in a Chapter 7 case.
When your bankruptcy petition and schedules are filed, the court will schedule a meeting with the trustee called the First Meeting of the Creditors. Although notice of this meeting is sent to everyone you list as a creditor in your petition, it is extremely rare for a creditor to actually attend.
In this Learn About Law podcast & videoblog, attorney Kevin O'Flaherty of O'Flaherty Law discusses the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy process in Illinois including filing the bankruptcy petition, taking credit counseling courses, preparing bankruptcy schedules, appearance at the first meeting of creditors, and creditors' objections to discharge.
In deciding which attorney to hire, legal skills and experience are prerequisites. The top 3 qualities that set good attorneys apart from mediocre ones, which you can assess early in the relationship are:
If you have outstanding tax liability with the IRS that you are unable to pay, you have several options to either reduce the amount of debt or negotiate a payment plan with the IRS. These include (1) a conventional Installment Agreement; (2) a Partial Payment Installment Agreement; (3) an Offer in Compromise; and (4) Bankruptcy. This article will flesh out each of these options and help you determine which option is most appropriate for you.
This article is the eighth in a series of nine articles explaining the Eight Goals of a Good Estate Plan. In this Article we will explain how to use Family Limited Partnerships and Irrevocable Trusts to protect assets from creditors in Illinois.
Tenancy By the Entirety
In Illinois, a married couple can own their primary residence in a manner called“Tenancy by the Entirety.” Creditors of only one spouse cannot place a lien on property held in Tenancy by the Entirety. This method of ownership is reflected on the deed to the property. It is restricted to married couples’ primary residences. Ensuring that your residence is held as tenants by the entirety, rather than joint tenancy or tenancy in common is a good first step in protecting your assets from creditors.
How Much Time Do I Have in My Home After a Foreclosure Judgment? | Illinois Foreclosure Timeline Explained
If the bank holding your mortgage has filed a foreclosure action against you and received a judgment of foreclosure from the Court, you will still have a significant amount of time in your home before you are required to vacate the premises.
The borrower has 90 days after the date of judgment to redeem the property. In order to redeem, you must pay all amounts due and owing to the bank. A sale on the property cannot take place until after the redemption period. After the redemption period has expired and proper notice has been given by the bank, the property can be sold. This is usually done by the Sheriff.
In our past articles on estate planning, we have primarily discussed the Revocable Trust, which allows your estate to avoid probate but does not protect your estate from creditors. If you are interested in using estate planning in order to shield certain assets from your creditors, two other vehicles may be useful: (1) the Family Limited Partnership; and (2) the Irrevocable Trust.
In our hour of need, let’s call on the Avengers to help make estate planning interesting, which is on par with saving New York from Loki in terms of difficulty. In order to develop the super-soldier serum that would eventually imbue Captain America with his powers, Howard Stark borrowed several million dollars. Although Howard has every intention and expectation of repaying the loan, he would like to make sure that his prized asset, Stark Tower, as well as his savings account, are protected from collection by his creditors in the event of a default. His primary concern is ensuring that these assets are included in Tony’s inheritance.
If I file for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Can I Keep My House? | If I File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Can I keep my Car? | Illinois Bankruptcy
If you file for bankruptcy, you still have an opportunity to keep your house and vehicles. Whether this will be possible depends on four factors: (1) how much equity you have in the property that you are attempting to keep; and (2) whether your equity in the property exceeds the bankruptcy exemption for that type of property; (3) if you have a loan secured by the property, whether the bank will agree to reaffirm the loan despite the bankruptcy; and (4) whether you will be able to afford to continue to make your loan payments after the bankruptcy.
Filing for bankruptcy can be an overwhelming process. There are a considerable number of documents to gather, forms to fill out, and courses to complete. Your attorney will determine which forms the Bankruptcy Court requires for your particular situation, and can help you complete them properly. However, your attorney is only as helpful as the information you provide. If your records are shoddy, then completing the forms could take a couple tries, which costs you valuable time and money. That’s why diligence and organization is crucial in bankruptcy.
If you are a small business owner dealing with past due accounts receivable, or if you are having trouble paying your monthly bills and are receiving notices from creditors, you should acquaint yourself with the collection process. This article will provide a summary of that process. The narrative will be from the creditor’s perspective, but it will be equally helpful to debtors.
Bear in mind that each of the following steps tends to increase the pressure on the debtor to settle his debt. Each successive step will only be required if the debtor is non-responsive to the previous steps. In practice, it is usually unnecessary to take a collections case all the way through Step 7.
In last week’s article we discussed five basic strategies for business owners to deal with oppressive business debt. These include:
1) Negotiation with creditors;
2) Restructuring your company’s debt through Chapter 11 bankruptcy;
3) Liquidating your company through Chapter 7 Bankruptcy;
4) Voluntary dissolution; and
5) Simply walking away from the business;
If your business’ debts are threatening its continued operations, you should consult with your attorney about pursuing one of the following courses of action to either restructure your business’ debt or obtain a fresh start without incurring personal liability for your business debts:
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