Orange Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Lawyers Provide Plans for Relief
Quality representation for clients throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan area
From the charm of Olde Town to the opulent shopping at The Outlets to the escapism of the nearby resorts, Orange, CA is an idyllic community setting. But residents are not immune to economic misfortune, which can strike at any time. If you find yourself overwhelmed by debt, it is vital to seek the debt relief option best suited to putting you back on your feet financially. For that, you can rely on the Law Offices of Michael Jay Berger. For decades, I have helped clients like you reorganize their finances and get out from under the weight of crushing debt. With my team of experienced and dedicated attorneys, I am ready to give you the highly professional and personalized service you need. From my office in Orange, I serve clients from all over Orange County, including Santa Ana, Tustin, Irvine, Yorba Linda, Garden Grove, Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Mission Viejo, and San Clemente.
How Chapter 13 can solve your debt problems
Chapter 13 provides bankruptcy protection for consumers who have more debt than they can reasonably be expected to repay. Unlike Chapter 7, which involves a liquidation of certain assets and a quick discharge of debt, Chapter 13 is a reorganization that allows debt to be managed over an extended time period. To qualify for Chapter 13, as of 2020, your secured debt may not be more than $1,257,850 and your unsecured debt may not exceed $419,275.
Here’s how it works. You file for Chapter 13 protection, and immediately the bankruptcy court issues an automatic stay, prohibiting your creditors from contacting you to collect what you owe. The stay remains in effect throughout the Chapter 13 process. You work with an Orange County bankruptcy at my firm to formulate a payment plan based on your monthly disposable income, and submit that plan to the bankruptcy court for approval. Your plan runs anywhere from three to five years. At the end of the plan period, the court discharges your remaining eligible debt, such as your unsecured personal loans, credit card balances and medical bills.
When should you choose Chapter 13?
Chapter 13 takes longer than Chapter 7, but there are important reasons to go this route:
- You may not qualify for Chapter 7 — If you earn too much money to meet the Chapter 7 means test, that remedy will not be available to you.
- Your might have a home you want to protect — Chapter 13 allows you to keep paying down your mortgage, so it provides greater protection against losing your home to foreclosure.
- You could remove a second mortgage — If you have a second mortgage on your home and you currently owe more than your home is worth, the bankruptcy court will treat that second mortgage as an unsecured loan and include the debt in your repayment plan, making it eligible for discharge at the end of the plan period.
My practice is dedicated to personalized service based on your needs. My staff and I will evaluate your specific situation to recommend the best course of debt relief for you and your family.
Visit my Orange, CA office for a free Chapter 13 bankruptcy consultation
The Law Offices of Michael Jay Berger provides highly professional Chapter 13 bankruptcy services for clients in Orange, CA and vicinity, including Santa Ana, Tustin, Irvine, Yorba Linda, Garden Grove, Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Mission Viejo and San Clemente. My Orange, CA office is located on the 17th floor of the City Tower at 333 City Blvd West. To discuss the specific facts of your case, please call me now at 310-271-6223 or contact me online for a free initial consultation. My staff is fluent in Spanish, Korean, Farsi, Armenian, Russian, Hebrew, Vietnamese, Khmer (Cambodian) and Mandarin Chinese.