Life’s curveballs can sideline you from meeting your financial needs. When going through financial hardship, declaring bankruptcy may be a feasible option to remedy your situation. In Louisiana, you can file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. While many people fear that bankruptcy carries a negative connotation, it can actually be just the tool needed to offer a fresh start. A one-on-one consultation with an experienced bankruptcy attorney can put you on the path towards financial freedom.
If you are going through a difficult financial situation and considering filing for bankruptcy, you don’t have to go through it alone. Contact the Law Office of Robert B. Dunlap, to discuss your situation and receive knowledgeable guidance. I’m proud to serve clients throughout Shreveport, Minden, Bossier City, Mansfield, and Webster Parish, Louisiana, as well as Marshall, Texas.
Filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy allows individuals and organizations to:
Contrary to popular belief, Chapter 7 bankruptcy will not leave you destitute. You will still be left with what you need (exempt assets) for a fresh start. However, there are several things Chapter 7 can’t do for you:
Filing for Chapter 7 requires that you have received credit counseling from an agency approved by the U.S. Trustee in Louisiana within the past six months. The course can be taken online and generally takes 2 hours to complete. This is to ensure that you understand all your bankruptcy options. Also, you will have to take a debtor education course to get a bankruptcy discharge.
To qualify for Chapter 7 in Louisiana, your income must be less than the state’s median income for your household size:
*Add $9,000 for each household in excess of 4 members.
If your income is above the Louisiana median income for your household size, you will be required to complete the Louisiana bankruptcy means test to qualify for Chapter 7. This will examine all your financial records and determine the possibility of paying your unsecured debts through a Chapter 13 bankruptcy.
Chapter 7 is a good debt relief option if:
Declaring bankruptcy should never be seen as a sign of defeat. Rather, it should be viewed as an opportunity to get the fresh financial start you deserve. Call the Law Office of Robert B. Dunlap, to speak with a knowledgeable Louisiana bankruptcy attorney.