Have you prepared your Will?

Do you have your wishes written out for your property to be distributed the way you want after you are gone?  Do you know the State of Florida has State Statues that direct how your property is divided if you don’t have a Will or a Trust and that it may not be the way you want your property divided?

Do your Elderly Parents have their Will and/or their Estate Planning documents prepared and their affairs in order?  Are you or another family member legally the person to handle that loved one’s affairs if a major medical occurrence should happen and they cannot make those decisions? 

Don’t wait until it is too late!  Don’t wait until a loved one has dementia or Alzheimer’s and is no longer able to state their wishes and desires.  Don’t wait until a major accident happens or a major medical event happens, and a loved one is in the hospital and cannot make medical or financial decisions for themselves.  Get your Estate planning documents prepared in advance and your affairs in order so you don’t have to worry.  

Call my Assistant, Tina, to set up your free consultation today, 941-750-8383.

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What is Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy you are allowed to keep your property, but you pay back usually a small portion of your debts over a three-year or five-year period.  Because of the payback feature of this Chapter of bankruptcy, it is also called a reorganization bankruptcy.

Chapter 13 Eligibility

To be eligible for Chapter 13 bankruptcy you are required to use your income to repay some or all of your debt.  You will have to show the bankruptcy Court that you can afford to meet your payment obligations.  If your income is irregular or too low, you may not qualify for a Chapter 13.

Chapter 13, the Process

Before you can file for bankruptcy, you must receive credit counseling from an agency approved by the United States Trustee’s office.  Our office will provide you with a list of counseling providers.  The counseling agencies are allowed to charge a fee for their services, but if you cannot afford to pay the nominal fee, they must provide the counseling for free or at a reduced rate.  In addition to the counseling fee, you will have to pay the bankruptcy Court’s filing fee.

Chapter 13 Repayment, or The Chapter 13 Plan

The most important part of your Chapter 13 bankruptcy is your repayment Plan. Your Plan describes in detail how much you will pay in to the bankruptcy Trustee each month on each of your debts.

How Much You Must Pay

Your Chapter 13 plan is required to pay your Priority debts in full.  Priority debts are child support, alimony, wages you owe to employees, and certain tax obligations.

Your plan must include your regular payments on secured debts, such as your mortgage payments and your car loan, as well as repayment of any late payments on those debts, and a prorated payment (or a proportional payment) on all your unsecured debts (i.e. credit cards, medical debts, etc.).

Contact my legal assistant, Tina, at 941-750-8383 or via email through our contact page to schedule your free consultation.

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What is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

A Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is a liquidation.  In this type of proceeding the debtor’s non-exempt assets, if there are any, are sold by the Chapter 7 Trustee and the proceeds from that sale are paid out to the creditors according to the priorities established in the Bankruptcy Code.  A Chapter 7 does not involve the filing of a Plan, nor the repaying of the creditors on a monthly basis.  There is an income means test to see if you qualify for Chapter 7.

The primary reason for filing is to discharge certain unsecured debts, (such as medical and credit card debts) allowing the debtor a “fresh start.”  After discharge the debtor has no liability for those discharged debts.  The right to a discharge is not absolute, and certain types of debts are not discharged, such as taxes and student loans. Certain liens on secured property, such as your home and automobiles, are also not dischargeable if the debtor keeps the secured property.

We pride ourselves in making sure you do a thorough bankruptcy.  Any debts not listed in bankruptcy will not discharged. 

Contact my office to set an appointment for your free consultation:  941-750-8383 or email me via my contact page.

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