Chelsea Bankruptcy Lawyers – Bankruptcy Attorney
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If you reside in Chelsea, Alabama and are dealing with rapidly mounting debt, then filing for bankruptcy might be a good option for you and your family. Our bankruptcy attorneys are currently charging $850 to file most Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases in and around Shelby County. Our Chelsea bankruptcy lawyers will help you through the process of obtaining financial relief and guide you through the entire bankruptcy process.
Filing for Bankruptcy in Chelsea
After setting up the initial consultation with our Chelsea bankruptcy lawyer over the phone or in person in our Birmingham office, you will receive a questionnaire to fill out and bring with you to the appointment. Should you opt for a phone consultation, one of our Chelsea bankruptcy attorneys will call you back the same day in most cases to quickly review your financial situation. Sometimes, it is necessary to meet in person after the phone consultation. If this is the case, then we can set up a meeting in the nearest office to you. Our Birmingham office is just a few miles down Highway 280 from the City of Chelsea. It is next to Lee Branch Shopping Center just down the highway from the town of Chelsea.
Some specific documentation will be needed to file your bankruptcy, which can vary depending on your specific situation. For example, we will need such things as your last two years tax returns, your last six (6) months of income information (usually in the form of your pay stubs), and a list of your creditors will almost always be needed. After reviewing your situation and narrowing down what type of bankruptcy options are right for you, if any, then we can discuss moving forward with your filing. If you live in Chelsea or the surrounding areas of Helena, Pelham, Alabaster, Calera, Vincent, Montevallo, or Columbiana, then you will likely be filing your bankruptcy in the United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama, Southern Division. In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you will have a hearing called a Meeting of the Creditors. If you live in the City of Chelsea then your bankruptcy hearing will be in downtown Birmingham.
Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy are the most common types of filings for consumers. A Chapter 13 bankruptcy is a three to five year payment plan that is administered through the Bankruptcy Court, where you pay something to your creditors over time. It is a solution that may allow you to get caught up on certain important bills such as your mortgage or a car payment. However, when most people think of filing bankruptcy, they are thinking of a Chapter 7, which is a much quicker and simpler process than a Chapter 13, usually lasting only about three months.
Filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy can eliminate much, if not all, of your unsecured debts in a very short amount of time. You file it, go to one hearing called a Meeting of the Creditors about a month later, and then two months after that you get a discharge order in your mailbox, eliminating all of your unsecured debts that can be discharged. The whole process last about three months. However, not everyone can qualify to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy. There are certain income based tests that must be performed in order to determine if you qualify and your last six months of pay stubs or other proof of income for the last six months is required in order to make this determination.
Once the bankruptcy case is filed, whether a Chapter 7 or 13, the next step is your attendance of a Meeting of the Creditors or 341 Hearing. This meeting doesn’t actually have any creditors present in most cases. It is mainly meant as an opportunity for the Trustee in your case to ask you a few questions under oath. One of our Chelsea bankruptcy lawyers will be there with you for this meeting, and it usually consists of the Trustee in your case asking a few simple questions.
How Much Does Filing for Bankruptcy in the Chelsea Area Cost?
For ‘no asset’ Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases in Shelby County, Alabama, our Chelsea bankruptcy lawyers are currently charging $850 in attorney’s fees. This would include most Chapter 7 filings with the exception of those that have complex legal issues such as business, divorce, or other such issues that would require a significant amount of additional time to handle or are likely to involve hearings. However, there is always a filing fee that the court charges as well, which is currently $335 in Chapter 7 bankruptcies. Additionally, there is a small fee for pulling your credit report (usually around $30), and there are two courses (a debt management and a credit counseling course) that you must complete and pay their fees, which combined usually total around $45 (each course usually takes about an hour to do online). So, to file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy with our law firm, the combined costs, including attorney fees, filing fees, and all additional fees, will usually be around $1260 total.
While a Chapter 7 bankruptcy can help to potentially discharge your unsecured debts, sometimes another type of bankruptcy called a Chapter 13 would make more sense when we examine your financial situation more closely. 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. When you call our bankruptcy lawyers in Chelsea and set up a consultation, we will go over your situation and help you figure out which type of bankruptcy is the best option for your family.
The Harris Firm regularly files bankruptcy cases in the Shelby County area and the surrounding areas and are well versed on the local requirements in the U.S. Courts there. Attorney Steven Harris is a member of the Central Alabama Better Business Bureau and the local Birmingham Bar Association, and he is usually the attorney that meets with potential clients. If you need some financial relief then give our Chelsea bankruptcy attorneys a call today for a consultation in person or over the phone.