When Two is Better Than One for Bankruptcy in Indiana

December 25, 2011 3:36 pm Published by

Filing personal bankruptcy in Indiana is probably on no one’s Favorite Things To Do list, but,one plus one equals three under certain circumstances, it might actually make sense to do it twice!

With four Zuckerberg bankruptcy law offices serving 60 different counties, my colleagues the Anderson, Indianapolis, Bloomington, and Columbus bankruptcy lawyers and I encounter all sorts of situations.  So, when does it make sense to file one type of individual bankruptcy in Indiana and then, not too long afterwards, to file another?

To answer that question, we first need to look at the one main purpose for each bankruptcy.  There may be more than one benefit to be gained under the new bankruptcy laws of Indiana, but most debtors who file bankruptcy Chapter 7 do it to get debt ”discharged” or forgiven by the court.

However, debtors could file bankruptcy just for the “stay of it”.  One immediate effect of filing bankruptcy is the Automatic Stay, which halts all legal and debt collection actions, buying time for debtors to catch their breath, to plan and strategize.  In fact, after 25 years as a debt consolidation lawyer offering Indiana bankruptcy help, I can tell you that all my clients report that the relief they feel when the harassing phone calls and letters stop is enormous.

When I talk about two bankruptcy filings by the same debtor, that usually means bankruptcy Chapter 7 first, then, after that’s concluded, filing under Chapter 13 bankruptcy law in Indiana.

What’s the point of the “double”? Debts over certain limits can disqualify a person for Chapter 13 bankruptcy.  Yet only Chapter 13 can help stop foreclosure.

Here’s where having an experienced attorney on your side can make a big difference, fitting the tactic to the situation.  Through Chapter 7, unsecured debts can be discharged, bringing debt levels down enough to qualify for a Chapter 13.  That, in turn, could allow for a longer-term solution to the mortgage problem. 

This is where the TV announcer would warn viewers “not to try this at home”. It takes very detailed knowledge of both the debtor’s situation and of Indiana bankruptcy law to suit the two-bankruptcy strategy to the individual situation.

Given the right circumstances, two can in fact be better than one!


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