West Hills Bankruptcy Attorney
Nobody is fully prepared for financial struggles. Whether it’s trying to keep up with your mortgage, paying credit card bills, or stressing about making your next car payment. These issues are more common than you think, which is why there are options for people to get the fresh start they deserve.
Bankruptcy may be the solution to stop creditors from harassing you and the most effective way to get out of debt. Bankruptcy is a legal process that is over 2,500 years old and has helped millions of people break free from overwhelming financial troubles.
If you’ve considered bankruptcy as an option, the next step is finding an experienced attorney to help guide you through the complex process of filing. Look for a West Hills bankruptcy attorney, who has the experience and the legal expertise to successfully navigate you through the bankruptcy case to completion in the Central District of California. With a decision as big as this, you want to make sure you choose a bankruptcy attorney with an outstanding reputation in the community and a track record of success.
Take comfort in knowing you will no longer have to worry about your home, car, and belongings once you file for bankruptcy. People who work with our West Hills bankruptcy attorney keep all their property and integrity. Bankruptcy doesn’t have to be as scary as it sounds. It is your path to financial freedom, acting as a way to protect your assets, eliminate debts and get a fresh start.
West Hills bankruptcy attorney, Kevin Simon, is committed to being open and honest with you about bankruptcy. With over 25 years of experience helping West Hills clients successfully navigate the bankruptcy process, we’ve helped over 8,000 clients get their finances back on track, and we're ready to help you. Contact us for a free consultation to learn about all your debt-relief options.
What Is Bankruptcy?
Bankruptcy is a legal proceeding under federal law that can eliminate many kinds of debt. It is a protection and under federal law that is a realistic and resourceful option for many of those who are struggling financially.
Filing for bankruptcy is a major decision and one that requires professional advice and guidance. When you choose to work with our experienced West Hills attorney, you will never feel alone. Our dedicated team will outline your debt-relief options and help determine whether bankruptcy is the right solution for you. Chapter 7 bankruptcy and Chapter 13 bankruptcy are the two most common types of bankruptcy filed by individuals, couples, and families.
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
The majority of people opt to file for Chapter 7 because it can eliminate debts without having to repay anything to unsecured creditors. With a process that takes approximately 90 days, Chapter 7 is also the fastest path through bankruptcy.
Chapter 7 bankruptcy is capable of preventing lawsuits, wage garnishments, and bank levies. Our experienced West Hills bankruptcy attorney will help you determine if you qualify for Chapter 7 and whether it is the option that best fits your personal financial situation. Additionally, Chapter 7 is relatively inexpensive compared to other types of bankruptcy. There’s typically no payment to creditors and attorney’s fees are likely to be less.
Most Chapter 7 cases are referred to as “no asset” cases, which means there is no liquidation of ANY of the debtor’s property. This is typically because most of the debtor’s assets are either exempt or of inconsequential value, which means liquidating them wouldn’t bring any worthwhile payout to creditors.
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
Chapter 13 is a good option if you do not qualify for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy due to high income. For those who have filed a Chapter 7 within the last eight years, Chapter 13 can be the perfect alternative.
Chapter 13 gives you the extra time and space you deserve to catch up on overdue payments. Chapter 13 bankruptcy allows you to repay your debts over a period of three to five years. It also presses the pause button on the foreclosure process, allowing you to save your home. Additionally, wage garnishments, bank levies, and all lawsuits are put on hold.
Once you file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, a trustee will be assigned to your case. Our West Hills bankruptcy attorney will work with the trustee to set up a repayment plan and ensure the monthly amounts due are affordable.
Chapter 13 repayment plans include unsecured debt like credit card bills, personal loans, and medical payments. Depending on your income and expenses, you may not be required to pay these debts at all. In fact, many Chapter 13 filers end up paying nothing or pennies on the dollar for their unsecured debts. The only requirement is repaying secured debt like a mortgage or car payments.
Most remaining debts will be discharged once your Chapter 13 repayment plan is complete. Your credit should reach 700 within two years time, giving you the fresh start you’ve been looking to achieve.
Note: In June 2022, the debt limit was increased to $2.75 million for individuals filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Both secured and unsecured debt now count toward the single limit. These changes make Chapter 13 accessible to more people.
Advantages of Bankruptcy
Bankruptcy is a financial decision--but also an emotional and psychological one. Many people file for bankruptcy after an unexpected event causes them to go into debt, such as divorce, job loss, inflation, or illness.
Although most people are afraid to consider bankruptcy as an option, those struggling with debt will be happy to discover that bankruptcy offers a refuge from the stress of financial struggles.
Some people file when they are $5,000, $10,000, or $500,000 in debt. There is no specific dollar amount that dictates when a person should file; it is up to each individual. Also, it does not matter if an individual is current with their debt payments or has not made a payment in years.
No matter what your financial struggles may be, our West Hills bankruptcy attorney believes you deserve a fresh start. Bankruptcy may be the right option if you want to eliminate or stop:
- Credit card debt, old taxes, personal loans, and personal guarantees.
- Lawsuits, wage garnishments, and bank levies.
- Harassing creditor calls.
- Car repossession and foreclosure of your home.
Some debts cannot be discharged in bankruptcy, so you should speak with an experienced bankruptcy attorney to determine if filing is right for you.
Affordable Bankruptcy Attorneys
Filing for bankruptcy doesn't have to be expensive. Our West Hills bankruptcy law firm strives to keep costs low. We have developed an extremely efficient process for bankruptcy filing based on 25 years of experience and more than 8,000 cases filed.
The fees for Chapter 7 vary based upon the complexity of the case, but a typical case is $1,000.00 to $1,300.00, not including the filing fee and credit report. You can also set up payment plans.
The up-front fees for Chapter 13 range from $500 up, depending on the case. The balance of the fees is paid through monthly plan payments to the trustee. You will pay the fees over a period of 36 to 60 months.
Our law firm offers a transparent fee structure, and we will provide you with a written statement outlining what you will pay; this amount will not change once you retain us.
Choosing the Right West Hills Bankruptcy Attorney
Once you’ve determined that filing for bankruptcy is the best option, you’ll need to find the right person for the job. Remember that not all bankruptcy attorneys are equally qualified or compassionate. Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re conducting a search for the right West Hills bankruptcy attorney.
It is extremely important to have an attorney who specializes in bankruptcy. Though the last major revision to bankruptcy law was passed in 2005, interpretations of the law are constant so you’ll want someone who knows exactly what they’re doing. Just because a person has the word "attorney" attached to their name does not mean they are experienced or can be trusted to look out for your best interest. Unfortunately, there are people who look to profit from other’s financial struggles.
That’s why it’s important to do your due diligence and search for qualified bankruptcy attorneys in your area. You’ll begin by searching for qualified bankruptcy attorneys in your area. Once you’ve compiled a decent list of names, you’ll want to start vetting them. Read up on their online reviews, take a look at their qualifications, and then schedule calls with your top choices in order to get a better feel for their philosophies, working style, and personality.
When you get the chance to talk with your potential West Hills bankruptcy attorney, you want to ask the questions that matter most. Think of it as an interview, as this person will have the responsibility of protecting your assets and personal belongings, which is an extremely important responsibility.
Bankruptcy laws are complicated, which is why you need someone who specializes in bankruptcy law and understands how it pertains to the Central District of California. An inexperienced attorney may not have the skills or knowledge to properly protect your assets. If they fail to disclose all the required information on your bankruptcy forms, your case could be dismissed.
Here's how to protect yourself when choosing an attorney:
Make sure they have experience in Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy and ask to see court dockets or cases they have filed. Meet with the attorney for at least one hour before deciding to retain them. If the attorney refuses to meet with you or only spends a few minutes with you, move on; this is a red flag for future problems.
Ask family, friends, or other trusted professionals for a referral. Check the California State Bar website to see if the attorney has been disciplined or sued.
Always get a plan of action in writing and ask the attorney to explain anything that is unclear or confusing. Never sign anything you don't understand.
You have the right to leave and find another attorney if you feel uncomfortable for any reason.
Why Choose the Law Firm of Kevin T. Simon?
Our West Hills bankruptcy attorneys and staff have decades of experience managing bankruptcy cases. We have filed more than 8,000 cases for our clients..
We treat our clients with respect, dignity, and honesty. It's why 80% of our clients are referrals from family, friends, and other professionals. We offer big-firm expertise at low rates, thanks to an extremely efficient system refined over 25 years as West Hills bankruptcy lawyers.
Call, text, or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with an experienced West Hills bankruptcy lawyer. The Law Offices of Kevin Simon represents clients in West Hills, San Fernando, Reseda, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, and many other cities throughout California.