How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Paperback – 1 Nov 2008
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Thoroughly revised to incorporate the new Bankruptcy Reform Act, a definitive guide to the bankruptcy process offers helpful step-by-step directions, tear-out forms, and advice on such topics as debt, property liability, asset protection, and rebuilding credit. Original. IP. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
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Not only does this book have the legal forms you will need, but it also has several worksheets that will help you get organized, such as a personal property checklist and a homeowner's worksheet. In the back there is an appendix that lists all the state and federal exemptions that may apply to your situation. If you are unsure about any of the wording, there is an in-depth glossary included.
There are even little "extras." For instance, a sample letter telling collection agencies to stop contacting you, as well as a sample notice to creditor of filing for bankruptcy.
The only downside to this guide is that you can't tear out the pages with the forms, so photocopying what you need might be a little difficult.
I think anyone considering filing for bankruptcy should read through this book, not only to decide if you can do it on your own, but also to help find a reliable lawyer, if you decide to use one after all. At least you will know what to expect in the attorney's office, and you will be able to make more educated decisions.
Another alternative to Chapter 7 bankruptcy is Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: Keep Your Property & Repay Debts Over Time.
This book is described in 10 chapters and appendices.Read more ›
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6 months ago I was contemplating bankruptcy. I searched for a book to help me and decided to buy this one. Honestly, I figured I'd read it, be more confused than ever and have to hire an attorney.
That's NOT what happened. I took a weekend and studied every page of this book and took notes. I filled out and filed my bankruptcy petition on my own. Today, I attended my creditor's meeting. Now, in just 2 months, I'll receive my discharge. All WITHOUT a lawyer!
Filing bankruptcy without a lawyer is more time consuming, but the money saved is worth it. Just take your time and study this book and you'll be fine.
Thank you, Nolo. Buying this book was the best thing I've done this year.
HOW TO FILE FOR CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCY is a large workbook sized book of 542 pages. Within these pages are not only well laid out explanations of all of the intricate ins and outs of Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, but lots of hints and tips put in key places throughout the book, as if a teacher were sitting next to you anticipating your questions or things that you might or might not think about while you embark on this complicated journey.
Here is the chapter breakdown
1. SHOULD YOU FILE FOR CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCY?
This section explains and overview of bankruptcy in America, who can file, what is involved, does it make sense, and alternatives.
2. THE AUTOMATIC STAY
This chapter talks about actions prohibited by the stay, when the stay does not apply and evictions.
3. YOUR PROPERTY AND BANKRUPTCY
Property in your bankruptcy estate, what is and is not in your bankruptcy estate and what you can keep. Also it covers selling nonexempt property before you file.
4. YOUR HOUSE
How bankruptcy affects a typical homeowner, what if you are behind on mortgage payments, will you lose your home? and ways to prevent home loss.
5. SECURED DEBTS
What they are, how Chapter 7 affects secured debts, choosing the best options on ways to deal with secured debt and step by step instructions.
6. COMPLETE AND FILE YOUR BANKRUPTCY PAPERWORK
Gathering necessary documents, getting info from the court, married filers information, required forms and documents, Forms 1,6,7,8,21,22A,201, mailing matrix, how to file your papers, and what happens after you file
7. HANDLING YOUR CASE IN COURT
Routine bankruptcy procedures, amending your bankruptcy papers, filing change of address, and special problems
8. LIFE AFTER BANKRUPTCY
Newly acquired or discovered property, newly discovered creditors, post-bankruptcy attempts to collect debts, attempts to collect clearly discharged debts, attempts to revoke your discharge, postbankruptcy discrimination, rebuilding credit.
9. WHICH DEBTS ARE DISCHARGED
Debts that will be discharged and disputes over dischargeability
10. HELP BEYOND THE BOOK
Debt relief agencies, bankruptcy petition preparers, bankruptcy lawyers and legal research.
A State & Federal Exemption charts
Residency requirements for claiming state exemptions
New exemptions for retirement accounts
Individual state and federal exemption charts
B Worksheets and Charts
C Tear Out Forms
I have taken the time to list out what is in this book because I feel that if you are not sure if this book will work for you or not, it helps to know a general feel for what is covered in the book.
I find this book to be well laid out, easy to read and very comprehensive. There is a lot of encouragement and careful outlining and illustration in the book to help understand what specifically is expected in every area of Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
I was pleasantly surprised at how interesting this book made bankruptcy to read about, as it is a topic that has the potential to be very intense and bog down the average reader.
This book also lays out many pointers that I found interesting and useful on how to AVOID this type of situation if you are not there yet, and other things to look into before things get that bad.
For instance, one tip I found interesting is that you are required in most cases to attend a debt relief counseling session, but you are not required to do what they tell you to do. You just need proof that you went.
Anyway, this book seems like an excellent companion to anyone going through or looking to avoid Chapter 7 bankruptcy. It makes the process seem a lot less scary and overwhelming. Although I am not a lawyer so I do not know if there are any serious holes in this book, I did find it to be very helpful nonetheless.
I really enjoyed reading through this book.
The authors are careful to point out situations that call for the assistance of a lawyer, but provide enough information to deal with many of the issues that might arise in a bankruptcy and include critical tips such as reading the court's local rules. There is a comprehensive index and glossary which are a lifesaver when you are going through the process.
There is also a wealth of forms and charts with updated information. It would be nice if the forms were available via an included cd - although the authors do provide a link to where you can find them online. Perhaps my -only- gripe is that you need to know up front if you can file a Chapter 7 proceeding, because if you can't do a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you need to buy another book (and, presumably, cash on hand is something of an issue if you are thinking about buying this book). Perhaps a smaller, cheaper companion guide would be in order to help you determine which book you need.
Finally, I would recommend this book even if you plan on hiring a lawyer for your bankruptcy. Its comprehensive information and easy to read nature will make it easier to follow along in the process and understand what is happening and what you need to do on your end and what you should be getting from your lawyer. Indeed, I would recommend this book to lawyers as a guide for explaining the process to your clients in a straightforward manner.