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How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

The bankruptcy attorneys at Dorothy Butler Law Firm understand that financial distress can be overwhelming. The decision to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a significant one, and it can be the first step towards reclaiming your financial independence.

When you need professional legal guidance to help you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and begin your process to financial freedom, contact Dorothy Butler Law Firm. We thoroughly evaluate your financial situation and help you start your path to recovery. Call us today at 512-699-5632 to schedule a free consultation with our attorneys.

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How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: What is It?

Chapter 7 bankruptcy, often referred to as “liquidation” bankruptcy, is designed to provide relief to individuals and businesses burdened by excessive debt. It involves the sale of non-exempt assets by a bankruptcy trustee to pay off creditors. This process can lead to the discharge of most unsecured debts, giving debtors a fresh start.

For more information about Chapter 7 bankruptcy, such as your eligibility and what debts it can eliminate, Dorothy Butler Law Firm has a comprehensive guide to begin your journey to financial stability. View our guide, learn how Chapter 7 bankruptcy can help you, and call Dorothy Butler Law Firm so we can start the process and improve your situation.

Step 1: Evaluate Your Financial Situation

Before proceeding with a bankruptcy filing, it’s crucial to assess your financial status. Our attorneys will review your debts, income, assets, and expenses to determine whether Chapter 7 bankruptcy, or possibly Chapter 13, is the most appropriate solution for your situation.

Step 2: Complete Credit Counseling

Complete credit counseling from an approved agency within 180 days before filing for bankruptcy. This step provides you with an understanding of the process and alternatives to bankruptcy.

Step 3: Prepare Your Bankruptcy Petition

Our legal team will help you gather and prepare the necessary documentation, including a list of creditors, a schedule of assets and liabilities, current income and expenditures, executory contracts and unexpired leases, and a statement of financial affairs.

Step 4: File the Petition

Once your paperwork is in order, we will file your bankruptcy petition with the court. Filing the petition immediately imposes an automatic stay, which halts most collection actions against you and your property.

Step 5: Trustee Appointment and Meeting of Creditors

After filing, the court appoints a bankruptcy trustee to oversee your case. You will be required to attend a meeting of creditors, where the trustee and any creditors can ask you questions about your financial status and the information provided in your petition.

Step 6: Liquidation of Non-Exempt Assets

If you have non-exempt assets, the trustee may sell them to pay back your creditors. Our attorneys will work with you to maximize your exemptions and protect as much of your property as possible.

Step 7: Discharge of Debts

Upon completion of the above steps, the court will typically discharge most of your remaining unsecured debts, meaning you are no longer legally required to pay them.

Step 8: Begin Your Financial Recovery

After your Chapter 7 bankruptcy is finalized, which roughly takes 4-6 months, we will provide you with guidance on how to rebuild your credit and manage your finances to prevent future financial distress.

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At Dorothy Butler Law Firm, we are committed to making the Chapter 7 bankruptcy process as smooth and stress-free as possible. Our experienced bankruptcy attorneys are ready to help you take the first step to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy and get a fresh start.


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Ready to Take the First Step? Dorothy Butler Law Firm is Here to Help

If you’re considering filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, don’t navigate this path alone. Call Dorothy Butler Law Firm, and together, we can explore your options, prepare your bankruptcy petition, and set you on the path to financial recovery. Call us today at 512-699-5632 to regain control of your financial future.

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