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Frequently Asked Questions

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Issues involving your financial future are often complicated. Knowing when to file and what to file are just the beginning of the number of questions an individual may have. While each case is unique, it is important that you seek the information you need, when you need it most. Below you will find some answers to a few frequently asked questions.

Our dedicated bankruptcy attorneys know that you need personalized assistance, however, which is why we can be reached at (847) 448-0025 or contact the Bach Law Offices online to schedule a free, confidential case consultation.

What is the difference between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy?

Chapter 7 allows you to discharge certain unsecured debts, such as medical bills and credit card debt. It allows you to sell some assets to start paying back your debt. Many filers do not lose any of their property. You must undergo credit counseling before filing, you cannot have had a bankruptcy discharge in the last eight years, and you will not be eligible for Chapter 7 if a Chapter 13 repayment plan is better for your situation based on your income and financial circumstances.

Chapter 13 bankruptcy, on the other hand, sets up a repayment plan if you have a steady income. Chapter 13 allows you to repay your unsecured debt while discharging other debts to form a more manageable payment scheme. Chapter 13 is thus right for those who are making an effort to repay their debts but are still overwhelmed by their bills.

My business is in serious debt, what are my options?

Our bankruptcy attorneys take the time to look at your business's assets to determine if it is viable, even if you may not have turned a profit in a while. If so, filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy may be an option you can pursue. In this chapter, you can reorganize to form a repayment plan that allows you to stay on top of your debts. Manufacturers, retailers, restaurants, and other types of businesses have all benefited greatly from Chapter 11, finding financial freedom from creditors, liens, excessive tax penalties, and lawsuits after filing.

I am being harassed by creditors, what can I do?

You are protected under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Under this act, it is illegal for a creditor to harass you in order to collect on a debt. This means you are protected from abuse such as incessant calling after hours, calling your place of work, your friends, or your family, threatening or insulting you, slander, misrepresentation, and a variety of other harassment techniques. In addition, once you have retain a lawyer and filed for bankruptcy, creditors are required to send all communications through your attorney. It is important to know that you have rights and that they should be protected.

What is foreclosure?

When you fall behind on your mortgage payments, your lender may have legal recourse to reclaim your home or property. There are, however, ways to protect yourself against foreclosure, such as filing for bankruptcy to put a repayment plan into place. To learn more about your options to prevent the loss of your home, call our Northbrook consumer law attorneys at (847) 448-0025.

I’ve noticed a mistake on my credit report. What can I do?

Even small errors on your credit report can be extremely difficult to correct. However, you do have rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, which allows you to request that inaccurate information be corrected, allows you to sue creditors who report false information, requires your employers to ask your permission before viewing your credit report, and allows you to seek damages if you unfairly suffer from reporting errors, among other things. A Northbrook consumer law attorney from Bach Law Offices can help you correct out of date information, inaccurate entries on your report, and other issues that can greatly affect your financial future.

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