Harold Shepley

Category Archives: Bankruptcy

Things to Consider Before Filing Bankruptcy

Thousands of people file bankruptcy in Pennsylvania for various reasons. Some file to save their home in the face of foreclosure. Others may file because they lost their jobs and the debts just keep accruing. The circumstances leading up to bankruptcy are never simple, and the decisions you make before you file may become defining… Read More »

How are Taxes Treated when You File for bankruptcy?

Many individuals accumulate income tax debt and find that it is difficult to pay off the balance that is owed.  Nothing is more uncomfortable than owing the IRS money.  Thankfully, some taxes can be eliminated or reduced during a bankruptcy case.  Taxes are treated differently based upon the chapter under which a bankruptcy case is… Read More »

Preserving your Property in Bankruptcy through Redemption and Reaffirmation

Bankruptcy offers a sound solution to people who want to get rid of an overwhelming amount of debt.  When you file for bankruptcy relief, your debts are divided into two categories: secured and unsecured.  A secured debt is one for which the item itself,  such as a residence, automobile, furniture, or other possession, functions as… Read More »

Filing for Bankruptcy can Immediately Relieve Creditor Collections

Among the many benefits that come with filing for bankruptcy is stopping creditor collections. Once you file your Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition a special court injunction—known as the automatic stay — halts creditors from coercing you to pay on your debt. With few exceptions, most any creditor that you name on your… Read More »

What You Can Expect at the Bankruptcy Creditor’s Meeting

Not long after you file your Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition, the court will appoint a trustee who will oversee the management of your case. In addition to reviewing your petition and various schedules you file, the trustee gathers information about your financial state. This includes presiding over a section 341 hearing —… Read More »

If I Filed Bankruptcy Before, When Can I File Again?

In this roller coaster economy it isn’t hard to imagine a situation where someone may need to file for bankruptcy more than once. The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA) provides for multiple bankruptcy filings under certain conditions. While the BAPCPA does not establish a specific length of time to wait between… Read More »

If You Intend on Filing Bankruptcy, Pay Attention to Your Account Balance

Filing for bankruptcy protection is a life-altering event. Like any other major change in life, planning ahead may help you experience a smooth process and ensure that you don’t end up in worse shape than you are now. One concern for people who are considering filing bankruptcy is how much of your property you may… Read More »

Honesty and Integrity is the Best Policy to Avoid Bankruptcy Fraud

It is not uncommon for people, who are drowning in debt and endeavoring to make ends meet, to look toward bankruptcy for a financial fresh start.  Dishonest debtors can taint the process by committing bankruptcy fraud.  Debtors, who intentionally hide assets or property from the bankruptcy trustee or who fail to provide accurate information to… Read More »

Am I Guaranteed a Discharge at the End of My Bankruptcy Case?

Hard financial times put some people in a position where it is difficult to keep up with their bills. Whether your debt has accumulated over a period of time or as a result of a serious emergency situation, filing bankruptcy can provide much needed relief by wiping out debt.  Both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13… Read More »

Debtor Education and Credit Counseling

Bankruptcy can be a good option for people who have difficulty meeting their financial obligations. Whether you choose to file under Chapter 7 liquidation or Chapter 13 reorganization the bankruptcy court requires that you participate in pre-bankruptcy credit counseling and pre-discharge debtor education. The counselors in both sessions should review your entire financial situation in… Read More »