Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

The stress of numerous medical bills, credit card debt, losing your home and collectors calling you at home and work can be overwhelming. Chapter 7 bankruptcy may be your option for a fresh start.

William Voorhies is experienced with Chapter 7 Bankruptcy laws and can help you determine the best options for your situation.

Bankruptcy law provides two basic forms of relief: (1) liquidation, and (2) rehabilitation, also known as reorganization. Most bankruptcies filed in the United States involve liquidation, which is governed by Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code.

To qualify for Chapter 7, an individual debtor has to satisfy a financial means test. In a Chapter 7 liquidation case, a bankruptcy "trustee" collects the debtor's "nonexempt" property (as opposed to the property that the debtor is allowed to keep and that is not subject to the creditors' claims) and converts it into cash. The trustee then distributes the resulting funds among the various creditors according to an order of priority described in the Bankruptcy Code.

Not all creditors receive the full amount owed through this process; in fact, some may receive no payment at all. When liquidation and distribution are complete, the bankruptcy court may discharge any remaining debts of an individual (non-business) debtor. If the debtor is a corporation, it ceases to exist after liquidation and distribution, and there is therefore no reason for further discharge because the creditors cannot seek payment from an entity that no longer exists.

Contact William Voorhies today to discuss your options with Chapter 7 bankruptcy.