FAQs: Houston Bankruptcy Attorney
Do I qualify to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy?
This depends. The federal “means test” was designed and put
into action by the United States Congress in order to limit Chapter 7
or “liquidation” bankruptcy to those who are truly unable
to repay what they owe. Schedule a consultation with Payne & Associates
to learn more about the means test and whether or not you qualify for
Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
Will I lose my assets if I file Chapter 7?
Our firm can help you understand which assets are exempt in the bankruptcy
process. A good Houston bankruptcy attorney can help you protect your
property and assets; they may even be able to keep your estate entirely intact.
Do debts that have been discharged remain on a financial record?
No. Once you have gone through the bankruptcy process and your debt has
been discharged, it is unlawful for your creditor to report an outstanding
balance on the debt. You can take action to stop this from happening.
Is Chapter 13 a better option for me?
Chapter 13 is also called reorganization bankruptcy, as it allows the individual
filing to restructure his or her debt, repaying it in manageable segment
over a longer period of time — typically between three and five
years. If you do not qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you may still qualify
to file under Chapter 13. Speak with an attorney about the right course
of action for you.
Will bankruptcy show up on my credit report permanently?
No; in most cases, bankruptcy will only stay on your credit report for 10 years.
We’re here to help you through the tough times.
Call Payne & Associates to at (713) 766-0333 to schedule a free case evaluation.