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No.  Just because you are filing for bankruptcy, it does not mean you will automatically Keep your assetslose everything you own.  You are entitled to claim “exemptions”, which are things that creditors cannot take from you.  You must be honest with the Court and include a list of all your assets.  To keep your assets, you must list them.

You can expect problems with your case and can lose your property if you do not list it or you are not completely honest about what you own.  You must list everything you own, have in your possession, will own in the future, or might have an interest in now or in the future. For example, property you would inherit from a parent in the future, the $5 in your wallet, the car or house that is “owned by the bank”, and your baseball card collection.  Everything means everything.

It includes things that you are making payments on (cars, real estate, furniture); things you own with someone else (including your spouse); things that have your name on the title or deed as the legal owner (even if you do not have possession of it); things that you are holding for someone else (college account for your child); things that you may not think have a lot of value (household goods and clothing); and claims you might have against someone else such as a claim for injuries in an auto accident.

Possibly, but first you need to understand that a Chapter 13 plan is not based on your income.  It does not fluctuate depending upon how much you make.  The Chapter 13 plan amount depends upon what you plan on keeping and/or what creditors you plan on paying through the bankruptcy.  For example, if you are paying for only your home through your plan, the amount of the payments will be based upon the mortgage amount then that amount spread out over the life of the plan to catch up your back notes.  This amount won’t change unless your mortgage note happens to change.

However, if you are paying for several things – such as a student loan, a vehicle, a home, and a furniture note – through your Chapter 13 plan, the payments could become lower if you decide to stop paying toward the student loan or decide to surrender a vehicle, or the home, etc.

Since a Chapter 13 plan is dependent upon who you plan to pay and what you plan to keep – you can decide to change (with some exceptions) who you are paying and/or what you are keeping in order to lower the note.

Definition of StrategyAlthough there is not a limit on the number of bankruptcy cases you can file and no limit to the amount of time in between filings, there are limits to when you are eligible to receive a proper “discharge”.  So why would you want to file a bankruptcy case if you know you cannot receive a discharge?  There are several reasons why this strategy may be utilized.  For example, say that you recently filed a chapter 7 bankruptcy and wiped out your unsecured debt but you have student loan or tax debt that is non-dischargeable.  You could turn around and file a chapter 13 bankruptcy in order to be protected from garnishments, lawsuits, levies, etc relating to the student loans or tax debts for up to 5 yrs even though you would not receive a discharge.

Here are the time frames that must occur between filings for discharge eligibility (Note: the time is counted from date filed to date filed):

8 years between Chapter 7’s. -727(a)(8)

If you are filing bankruptcy as an individual (not jointly with your spouse), yes, you must still report your spouse’s income. However, this in no way includes your spouse in the filing.  The court simply looks at your total household income for calculating eligibility   (Means Test) and for your post-bankruptcy household budget (schedule I and J).   Even though your spouse is not filing with you, it is highly recommended that you both participate in the consultation so that both of you understand the process and requirements. And as mentioned before – have decided that the best strategy for addressing your financial situation is to file individually.

There is an exception to this though if you are married but separated.  If you and your spouse are separated, your total household income is your income.  If your spouse is paying domestic support, you will need to include that in your totals.

No.  There may be reasons why it would benefit you both to file together, but the choice is yours individually to make.  You cannot be forced to file with your spouse and likewise, you cannot force your spouse to file with you.  When you file alone, you are filing “individually”.  When you file together, you are filing “jointly”.  Everyone’s situation is unique and depends on the type of debt you have and whether or not you both are responsible for the debt, etc. It is important to review the possibilities of filing individually vs jointly to see which way would benefit you both the most.

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First of all, discuss your situation with a competent and knowledgeable bankruptcy attorney, preferably one who only represents consumers.  Do it before you do anything thing else, before you pay any creditors or relatives, before you give any property away, before you let the house go, before you take on new credit or sell any of your property.

There are numerous differences between a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy in Mississippi and many reasons to choose one over the other.   Here is a list of reasons why a Mississippi Chapter 13 Bankruptcy might be the best option for you:

A Chapter 13 will save a house from foreclosure.

It used to be that filing bankruptcy in Mississippi carried with it a bad social stigma.  Not anymore.  Did you know that Toni Braxton has filed bankruptcy twice.  She stated in an interview that “bankruptcy for me was a protection”.  She used bankruptcy to protect herself from all the creditors that came after her when she canceled her Las Vegas show due to illness.

People who really need to file bankruptcy in Mississippi to stop foreclosure or stop wage garnishment still hear persistent myths that are either half-truths or completely false.  The goal of bankruptcy is to help you out of difficult financial problems.

Here is a short run-down of some of the top false myths about bankruptcy.

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