In Ohio, it is not uncommon for one spouse to rack up massive debts without their partner’s knowledge. For a while, you may be able to make manageable payments, but after a while, it becomes evident you cannot pay back the debt on your own. As such, you may be considering filing for bankruptcy. Yet, you do not want your partner included in the bankruptcy, either to protect their assets, because you are ashamed or for some other reason. Legally, it is possible to file for bankruptcy without any involvement from your spouse.
Over the last five decades, many characteristics have been used to describe Baby Boomers, those born between 1946-1964. The youngest Boomers are now in their mid-fifties, the oldest in their seventies. And one thing that is a common thread among many of them, in Ohio and across the country, is that they still have significant debt.
Chapter 7 bankruptcy is touted as a “fresh start” that allows someone to erase a significant portion of debt that probably cannot be paid based upon the debtor’s current income and financial circumstances.
Anyone familiar with the American system of law will be familiar with the two-tier arrangement of federal and state laws. In some areas the federal government has determined it necessary to “pre-empt the field” when it comes to a given law, meaning that federal law is to govern instead of state laws. The U.S. Bankruptcy Code is one such law.
For many people in Ohio, bankruptcy is something to be avoided at all costs, something they would never consider normally. Other Ohioans are risk-takers, often putting it all on the line over and over again in different ventures in hopes to make it big. Sometimes, these risks pay off; other times, they crash and burn. For the risk-takers, and for others as well, it is important to know just how often you can file for bankruptcy.
When you are facing monumental financial challenges, bankruptcy often becomes the only option. Yet, individuals and families sometimes don’t understand the full process and implications of filing for bankruptcy before diving into it. An experienced bankruptcy attorney will be able to explain the entire process fully to you, but it is important to know when it is time to file.
Chapter 7 bankruptcy is widely thought to be a proceeding through which all of a person’s debts can be discharged. There are certain exceptions to this rule, however, which further emphasize the importance of having professional advice before deciding whether to file and, if so, which type of bankruptcy will be the best option. A recent United States Supreme Court case is a good example of the nuances of bankruptcy law.
For many years, conventional wisdom and practice has stated that, during bankruptcy, certain debts would automatically be lessened or even eliminated. One of these was second mortgages. According to the U.S. Supreme Court, this is no longer the case.
Even with the best insurance, medical bills can become a crippling weight for many families. If you find you cannot handle your bills for your hospital or doctor visit, it may be time to consider bankruptcy. There are two main options that will handle your medical expenses differently, depending on your situation.
When individuals have unexpected life changes, like sudden unemployment or medical expenses, debt can become a crushing weight. Unpaid bills pile up, and all the sudden you wonder how you are going to feed your family this week. No matter your situation, declaring bankruptcy can help you stand on your own two feet again. There are a couple main types of bankruptcy: Chapter 7 and Chapter 13.