If you are struggling with debt you owe it to yourself to consider filing for bankruptcy. Bankruptcy has been the answer for thousands of people from you average everyday worke to people who make millions of dollars. This is a great solution to Eliminate Debt but you have to first determine if you qualify and if so, under which chapter of Banktuptcy. The Vasquez Law Firm has over 25 years of experience and we have helped thousands of individuals, families, and small businesses file for bankruptcy. We will go over your financial situation and make sure that you have a firm understanding of how bankruptcy works and what it can do for you.
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Eligibility
Changes to the bankruptcy code in 2005, have made it more difficult for debtors to qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
(Important note) If your debt is primarily business related then the “means test” is not applicable. If your debt is primarily consumer debt, individuals are now means tested for eligibility. We will need to review your past six (6) months of income and compare it to the median income of the county that you reside for your household size. If you are below the median income, you do not have to continue further with the test. If your household income is above the median income, then your will need an experienced bankruptcy attorney like Attorney Chance McGhee to guide you through the test. Most people who are eligible to file for bankruptcy pass the “means test”. The median income level is adjusted depending on the size of your household (the number of people in your family). In Texas, the median income levels are different per County, but generally in the range as follows:Single Earner – $40,389 2-Person Household – $54,762 3-Person Household – $59,276 4-person Household – $65,932 For each additional person over 4 add $7,500
(Median income levels for cases filed on or after November 1, 2012)
In order to qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you must also not have filed for a bankruptcy within the last 8 years.
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Eligibility
Chapter 13 bankruptcy is different. First you must show the court that you have sufficient income to afford the repayment plan you submit. There is also a limit to how much debt you can have. Your secured debts cannot be more the $1,010,650 and your unsecured debts cannot be more than $336,960 (these number are subject to change). If you are feeling the strain increasing debt and are considering bankruptcy, contact us to schedule a free consultation with Attorney Ruben Vasquez Esq. We will go over your financial situation and your options and find out if you qualify for bankruptcy and if bankruptcy is the best solution for your debt situation.