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texas bankruptcy lawyerDebt can be a difficult issue for anyone to deal with. Fortunately, bankruptcy can provide relief for those who find themselves unable to pay the debts they owe while also covering their ongoing expenses. In many cases, Chapter 7 bankruptcy is the preferable option, since it will allow most debts to be eliminated quickly and easily. This form of debt relief is referred to as a “liquidation bankruptcy” since the bankruptcy trustee may seize some of a debtor’s assets and sell them to pay off the debts owed to creditors. However, certain types of assets are exempt from liquidation. By understanding what exemptions apply to them, debtors can determine whether Chapter 7 bankruptcy is their best option or whether they should choose a Chapter 13 bankruptcy instead.

Bankruptcy Exemptions in Texas

Those who live in the state of Texas can take advantage of some of the most generous bankruptcy exemption laws in the United States, and if necessary, they can use the federal bankruptcy exemptions as an alternative. Homeowners can use the homestead exemption for the equity they own in their homes. In Texas, there are no limits on the amount of a homestead exemption that can be claimed, as long as the home is located on a property that falls within certain size limits. For urban homes located in a city or municipality, a lot can be no larger than 10 acres. For rural homes, a homestead may consist of up to 100 acres for a single person or 200 acres for a family. When filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, a homeowner may be able to avoid the foreclosure of their home if they make up any missed mortgage payments and will be able to continue making payments after completing the bankruptcy process. 

Texas’ exemption laws also cover the personal property owned by a debtor. A single person can exempt up to $50,000 of property, and a family can exempt up to $100,000. Personal property may include:

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san antonio bankruptcy lawyerBeing in debt is not uncommon. According to Bankrate, consumer debt across the United States has reached $14.2 trillion, with the average American being nearly $93,000 in total debt. There are many different types of debt, including credit card debt, student loans, car loans, or personal loans. When you are in debt over your head, you have a couple of options when you are seeking assistance. Both debt settlement and bankruptcy can help you get out of debt, but the method through which they do that could not be any more different.

Debt Settlement

Debt settlement is an alternative to bankruptcy that may be right for some people. Debt settlement occurs when you or a representative from a debt settlement company contact your creditor to negotiate a settlement amount that is typically much lower than the original amount you owed. In some cases, you may be able to negotiate the settlement so that you are only left responsible for 50 to 70 percent of what your total debt was. The upside to debt settlement is that it is not a legal process. You do not have to file anything with the court. Furthermore, debt settlement does not have the same long-term effect on your creditworthiness as bankruptcy. 

Bankruptcy

Filing for bankruptcy can be a much longer and complicated process than debt settlement. Bankruptcy is the process of declaring that you cannot pay your debt and you want the government’s help. There are two different types of consumer bankruptcies: Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, all of your debts and liabilities are forgiven after the bankruptcy is successfully discharged. In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, your debts are reorganized into a payment plan that is manageable for you, while the remaining debt is forgiven at the end of your repayment period. Bankruptcy has a significant impact on your credit score and the bankruptcy stays on your credit report for up to 10 years after the bankruptcy is discharged.

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san Antonio bankruptcy attorneyHaving health insurance is extremely important. Both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy can help you get and keep your health insurance.

Last week we discussed the 6 months of free health insurance provided by the recent American Rescue Plan Act.  It may apply to you if you lost your job and your health insurance with it. If this applies to you please check out that blog post. 

Today’s blog post gets into the broader topic of health insurance and bankruptcy. 

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Paying your stimulus money to various combinations of creditors, in the hopes of avoiding bankruptcy or before a planned one, is dangerous.

Before You Make Decisions That Hurt You

Last week we introduced the radical idea that the best use of your upcoming or already received $1,400 stimulus payment might be to pay for a bankruptcy case. We focused then on how to figure out when you should throw in the towel and decide to file bankruptcy. One clue is if you find yourself making questionable decisions. That can mean that you are starting to feel desperate. Then the bad decisions can turn your situation even worse.

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You no doubt have countless uses for the next stimulus payment. But if you are like some people, the very best use is to file bankruptcy. Like who?  

Last week Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act and President Biden signed it into law. Among its many parts is the $1,400 per person stimulus payment—officially called the Economic Impact Payment. On Friday, March 12, 2021, the IRS put out a news release about these payments. This provides general information about qualifying for the payments, and the amounts individuals and families will receive. There are more details in this IRS Fact Sheet. For information on your own payment, “[b]eginning Monday [March 15], people can check the status of their third payment by using the Get My Payment tool . . .  .”

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