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Are you worried about your finances and unable to keep up with your obligations? Are you struggling to pay your bills and just don't have enough money? You are probably an excellent candidate for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. This form of bankruptcy, also known as "liquidation bankruptcy," has incredible benefits, and you have the right to file if you meet the requirements. If you can't pay your bills, you probably qualify. Our experienced attorneys can tell you whether you are eligible for Chapter 7 or if Chapter 13 is right for your situation.

Why Hire Smith Ortiz, P.C. for Your Chapter 7 Filing?

  • More than 25 years' collective experience
  • One-on-one service & creative solutions
  • Attorney with an MBA and tax consultant experience
  • $850 special offered: Call us for details

We have two convenient office locations, one in Fullerton and the other in the Downtown area. Feel free to set an appointment at our Chicago bankruptcy firm today!

Debts You Can Erase Through Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

The biggest advantage you get in filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection is that your unsecured debt is discharged.

Unsecured debt is debt that has no collateral, such as:

  • Credit card debt
  • Personal loans
  • Doctor, dentist, hospital and other medical bills
  • Utility bills
  • Payday loans
  • Some older tax bills may qualify

If you qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, some of your property may be liquidated, or sold, to satisfy creditors. While you can claim exemption for certain pieces of your property that you deem necessary for your life to continue as normal – such as a low-cost vehicle or articles of clothing – you should be aware that other assets of your estate will be sold, possibly including family heirlooms and investment properties.

Who Can Help Me File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

At our Chicago bankruptcy firm, we can evaluate your situation and help you determine if you qualify for Chapter 7. If your debt does qualify for a discharge– even if only partially – that debt is discharged forever; a creditor can never legally try to collect upon a debt that was erased through Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy involves several legally required steps, including:

  • Completion and submission of the means test
  • Certificate of completion of credit counseling from a federally accredited agency
  • The submission of your bankruptcy petition to the court

Avoid the Costly Pitfalls of the Chapter 7 Process

Bankruptcy is a complex process. When filing for bankruptcy, an oversight can potentially lead to charges of bankruptcy fraud. Overlooking an aspect of your estimated estate or incorrectly filling out paperwork can render you ineligible to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. And if you make a mistake on the means test that makes you appear as if you are making more than Illinois State's median income, filing for bankruptcy may no longer be an option.

Our professional attorneys at Smith Ortiz, P.C. have a combined 25+ years of experience in legal practice, with a strong focus on tax and finance law. We offer personalized and authentic help to our clients, and we genuinely want to see you relieved of the stress financial troubles put on your back. Do not wait another day under the shadow of bankruptcy.

Call (312) 945-7451 or click here for a free, initial consultation.

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