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Bessemer Bankruptcy Lawyers
Our Bessemer bankruptcy attorneys currently charge flat fees to file most Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases in and around Jefferson County. Our experienced Bessemer bankruptcy lawyer can help you get financial relief and counsel you through the bankruptcy process if you are losing your battle with an unsustainable amount of indebtedness.
Bankruptcy Attorneys in Bessemer
If you call today you can usually speak with our Bessemer bankruptcy lawyer over the phone for a quick consultation usually the same day you call. If necessary, we can set up a consultation later on in our Bessemer office. Our Bessemer bankruptcy attorneys are great about calling you back the same day to briefly go over your financial situation in general. Should a follow up, in-person meeting be required, we will be glad to set one up. Whether you need a bankruptcy attorney in Hoover or Bessemer, we can help.
If you decide to file, there is some specific documentation you will need to get together, depending on your unique situation. For example, we usually need things like your last two years tax returns, your last six (6) months of income information such as paystubs, bank statements, and a questionnaire filled out providing us the information we need to properly analyze your situation. Once our local Bessemer bankruptcy lawyer has reviewed your situation, we can help you zero in on the right course of action, determining if bankruptcy is the right option. If it is, we can move forward with the filing.
You will normally be either filing a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. A Chapter 13 bankruptcy is basically a three to five year payment plan where you pay your creditors off over time. It can sometimes allow you to keep a home or vehicle that you are behind on since you may be able to take the arrears and spread them out over the length of the plan and avoid foreclosure or repossession as long as you make the small payment. However, when most people think of filing bankruptcy they are thinking of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which is usually much quicker and simpler. Either way our Bessemer bankruptcy lawyer can help advise you on the best type of bankruptcy for you and your family.
Filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy eliminates your unsecured debts in a very short amount of time. It does not eliminate all of such debts since some specific types of debt are protected from discharging in a Chapter 7 such as child support, certain student loans, or certain tax debts. There are sometimes options available for even these types of debts but you would need to speak with our Bessemer bankruptcy lawyer for more information since it is a little more complex.
For our Bessemer bankruptcy attorney to file your Chapter 7 bankruptcy you must qualify, and this is based on your household income. If your household income for the last six months prior to filing is less than a number on an IRS chart for a family of your size in your state, then you qualify. If it is above that number, then you have to take something called the means test, which we can run for you to see if you do or not. To make these determinations, our bankruptcy attorney will need your last six months income information such as pay stubs for you and your spouse if they live with you to get started.
If you qualify for Chapter 7 and we get it filed for you, then you will have to go to one hearing called a Meeting of the Creditors or 341 Hearing. Creditors do not usually show up for this meeting and it is usually an opportunity for the Trustee in your case to ask a few questions under oath. One of our Bessemer bankruptcy lawyers will be there with you for this meeting, and it is usually held about a month after you file the case.
If you need a bankruptcy lawyer in Birmingham, Hoover, Hueytown, Homewood, Sumiton, Jasper, or Vestavia, then we will likely be filing your bankruptcy in the United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama, Southern Division. If you live in the City of Bessemer or anywhere else in Jefferson County, then your bankruptcy hearing will be at the Federal Building in downtown Birmingham. No matter where you live in Jefferson County our bankruptcy attorneys in Bessemer can help get you the debt relief you need.
Bankruptcy Lawyers in Bessemer
The attorney fees charged by our Bessemer bankruptcy lawyer is currently a flat fee for simple, no asset Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases. Most Chapter 7 filings are included in this, but there may be additional costs if there are complex legal issues like divorce, corporate or other such issues that entail much more time to handle or are likely to involve hearings. However, there is always a filing fee that the court charges as well, along with other fees and costs but if you call our Bessemer bankruptcy lawyer today we can let you know the total amount to file with us.
Although a Chapter 7 bankruptcy can be beneficial to you in potentially discharging your unsecured debts, sometimes another type of bankruptcy called a Chapter 13 is preferable. A Chapter 13 case is much less expensive to get filed, since most of the attorney fees get paid in the five year payment plan, so there are less cost up front. When you call our bankruptcy lawyers in Bessemer and set up a consultation, we will go over your situation and help you figure out the best option for you.
The Harris Firm regularly files bankruptcy cases in the Jefferson County area and are familiar with the local requirements in the U.S. Courts there. Our attorney is a member of the Central Alabama Better Business Bureau and the local Birmingham Bar Association.
Our local bankruptcy attorney in Bessemer Sherice Curtis can help you decide which bankruptcy to file. If you need a bankruptcy attorney in Trussville or anywhere else in Jefferson County, then give our Bessemer bankruptcy attorneys a call today for a quick consultation.
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Bankruptcy was created to give individuals and entities an opportunity to have get financial relief, potentially get a fresh start by resolving their serious debt issues. For example, by filing Chapter 7 you could eliminate... Read more
We charge $1050 for our attorney fees in most simple Chapter 7 cases. In addition to this, there is a court filing fee that is $335 in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. There is also a $30 fee to pull your credit report and incorporate it into... Read more
Other than the creditors and persons you tell, it is unlikely others will know that you filed. It is public record, but not easily accessible by the general public. Some possible exceptions to this would be if... Read more