Married couples frequently file a bankruptcy case together in what is called a joint case. The Chapter 13 term lasts three to five years. Sometimes the couple’s relationship falls apart during that term. This article discusses three options that an attorney would discuss with the couple.
In each of three separate Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases co-counseled by Boleman Law Firm, P.C., Consumer Litigation Associates, and the Law Offices of Dale W. Pittman, the Bankruptcy Court ordered NetCredit to pay $100,000 in punitive damages for egregious violations of the automatic stay. Each $100,000 award included payment of $37,500.00 to National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) and $37,500.00 to Legal Services Corporation of Virginia.
Many clients wonder what will happen if their current vehicle breaks down or is a total loss during the term of their Chapter 13 Plan. While it is preferable to pay cash for a new vehicle, expenses in our lives do not always allow for this. The bankruptcy does not prohibit you from incurring debt but the process does require patience. We will discuss all your options with you prior to you making a decision.
One of the biggest myths I hear from people regarding bankruptcy is that they cannot file bankruptcy because the Trustee will take their home.
All people experience “bumps in the road” of life, such as job loss, illness, or death. If you experience such an event during your Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you should first inform your attorney. Every person’s circumstances are different, and your attorney will help you choose the option that best fits with your case and your goals.
By Amanda DeBerry Koehn and Angela Haen ¹
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