Am I Eligible for Bankruptcy?

There are essentially two types of bankruptcy: Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. Chapter 7 is the preferred choice since, if successful, it results in a discharge of all or most of your unsecured debts (credit cards, personal loans, medical bills, etc.). To be eligible for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, your total household income must not exceed the median income in your state based on household size.

In New York State, the median income for a household of one (1) is $60,696. For a household of two (2) it is $77,159, for a household of three (3) it is $92,508, and for a household of four (4) it is $112,424.

If your household income does exceed the median, although you may not be eligible to file Chapter 7, you may still be eligible to file Chapter 13, which allows you to pay a portion of your income, or your disposable income towards repayment of your debts. Your payment is determined by a means test. Your plan may pay anywhere from 5% to 100% of your total unsecured debt, depending on factors such as income, assets, expenses and household size. Payment plans generally last either 3 years or 5 years. With plans that require only a fraction of the debt to be paid, once plan payments are completed, the unpaid balances of the debts are discharged, as in Chapter 7. 

To find out if your qualify to file Chapter 7, or to determine what your payment will be in a Chapter 13, call the Law Office of Thomas Denny at 716-800-1234 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

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