Understanding the process for filing bankruptcy in Louisiana is crucial for individuals seeking financial relief and a fresh start. At Simon Fitzgerald LLC, our experienced bankruptcy attorneys will assist you in navigating the bankruptcy process. The process for filing for bankruptcy in Louisiana involves several important steps, and our experienced bankruptcy attorneys at Simon Fitzgerald LLC are here to guide you through each stage. We want to ensure your rights and interests are protected every step of the way.
While it is important to consult with an attorney to ensure the process is tailored to your specific situation, below is a general overview of both the Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing process and the Chapter 13 bankruptcy filing process:
What are the steps involved in filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Louisiana?
Filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Louisiana involves several important steps. Our attorneys will provide you with comprehensive and persuasive information, ensuring you understand the process and its implications for your financial situation.
- Consultation and Assessment: The process begins with an initial consultation with our experienced bankruptcy attorneys. We will review your financial situation, assess your eligibility for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, and discuss the potential benefits and consequences of filing.
- Credit Counseling: Before filing for bankruptcy, individuals are required to complete a credit counseling course from an approved agency. Our attorneys will guide you in selecting a reputable counseling agency and ensure compliance with this requirement.
- Preparation and Filing of Petition: Once you have completed credit counseling, our attorneys will assist you in gathering the necessary financial documents, such as income statements, asset information, debts, and expenses. We will then prepare and file the bankruptcy petition with the bankruptcy court in Louisiana.
- Automatic Stay: Upon filing, an automatic stay goes into effect, providing immediate relief from creditor actions, such as collection calls, lawsuits, and wage garnishment. This stay protects you from further harassment and gives you some breathing room to reorganize your finances.
- Meeting of Creditors: Approximately 4 to 6 weeks after filing, a meeting of creditors, also known as a 341 meeting, is scheduled. Our attorneys will represent you at this meeting and guide you through the process, ensuring you are prepared to answer any questions from the trustee and creditors.
- Completion of Financial Management Course: Before receiving a discharge, individuals must complete a financial management course. Our attorneys will provide you with guidance on selecting a reputable course and ensure compliance with this requirement.
- Discharge: If everything goes smoothly and no objections are raised, the bankruptcy court will issue a discharge order, relieving you of personal liability for most of your debts. Our attorneys will guide you through the process and celebrate this significant milestone with you.
How is the process different when filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in Louisiana?
Filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in Louisiana follows a different process compared to Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Our attorneys will provide you with comprehensive and persuasive answers, ensuring you understand the key differences and implications of filing under Chapter 13.
- Consultation and Assessment: Similar to Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the process begins with an initial consultation where our experienced bankruptcy attorneys assess your financial situation and discuss the potential benefits and consequences of filing under Chapter 13.
- Credit Counseling: Before filing, individuals must complete a credit counseling course from an approved agency, just like in Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Our attorneys will guide you through this requirement and ensure compliance.
- Preparation and Filing of Petition: With our assistance, you will gather the necessary financial documents and work together to prepare and file the Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition. This includes submitting a proposed repayment plan to the court outlining how you will repay your debts over a specified period.
- Automatic Stay: Similar to Chapter 7, filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy triggers an automatic stay, providing immediate relief from creditor actions.
- Confirmation Hearing: After filing, a confirmation hearing is scheduled to review and approve the proposed repayment plan. Our attorneys will represent you at this hearing, advocating for a feasible and favorable plan.
- Execution of Repayment Plan: Once the court approves the repayment plan, you will begin making monthly payments to a court‑appointed trustee, who will distribute the funds to your creditors according to the plan. This repayment period typically lasts three to five years.
- Completion and Discharge: Upon successful completion of the repayment plan, the bankruptcy court will issue a discharge, releasing you from any remaining dischargeable debts. Our attorneys will guide you through this final step and celebrate your financial fresh start.
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