Do I Qualify for Bankruptcy?

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Do I Qualify for Bankruptcy

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Do I Qualify for Bankruptcy?

If you are considering filing for bankruptcy, the first question you should ask yourself is: do I qualify for bankruptcy? Attorney D.J. Rausa can help you determine the answer to that question and whether bankruptcy is right for you.

San Diego personal bankruptcy lawyer D.J. Rausa has developed a law practice focused exclusively on helping individuals and families find debt relief. His arguments in several California courts have influenced bankruptcy case law and he is regionally known as a lecturer on bankruptcy law. Contact him today to speak to learn about your options.

Individuals and families may be eligible to file for bankruptcy under two chapters of the federal Bankruptcy Code: Chapter 7 and Chapter 13.

Do I Qualify for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Chapter 7 bankruptcy eliminates most consumer debt and provides individuals and families with a "fresh start." However, Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection is not available for everyone.

To file for bankruptcy under Chapter 7, you must pass a financial means test. If your income is less than the median income in California, you likely qualify for Chapter 7. If it is higher than the median income, you may still qualify if, over the next five years, your disposable income (your gross income minus allowed expenses) will be less than $11,725*, or less than 25 percent* of your nonpriority unsecured debt (such as credit cards).

It does not matter if you have extensive debt or if you are solvent or insolvent. The means test is the only financial requirement that you must meet to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Do I Qualify for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

Chapter 13 bankruptcy is available to many individuals who do not qualify under Chapter 7. Chapter 13 bankruptcy does not discharge all bankruptcy debt. Rather, it makes paying back debts more manageable through a debt repayment plan.

Chapter 13 bankruptcy relief is available for any individual with less than $360,475* of unsecured debt and less than $1,081,400* of secured debt.

When Can't I File for Bankruptcy?

You may not file for either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy if:

  • Within the last 180 days, a prior bankruptcy proceeding was dismissed because of your actions
  • You refused credit counseling from an appropriate credit counseling agency

Contact a Mission Valley File Chapter 7 or 13 Bankruptcy Lawyer

  1. Contact a San Diego personal bankruptcy lawyer toll free(619)295-3322. Schedule a free initial consultation during regular business hours, or evenings and weekends by appointment.

Free Initial Consultation * Available for Evening and Weekend Appointments

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With over 21 years of experience as a consumer bankruptcy attorney, D.J. Rausa stays on the cutting edge of Bankruptcy and Student Loan Law which enables him to provide vital information to his clients.

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Thank you DJ!

I had no idea where to start with my bankruptcy and process. After my first meeting with DJ I felt confident that things were going to go well. He helped guide me through the entire process and time. 

He's very professional and courteous, thorough and extremely knowledgeable. 

I would recommend anyone that needs a bankruptcy lawyer/ student loans. 

Don't have a second thought when choosing DJ Rausa!

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D.J. Rausa interviewed by the Wall Street Journal for article on Bankruptcy and Student Loan Debt.

D.J. Rausa is recognized as a legal expert in Student Loan Debt Resolution and the associated Bankruptcy Laws.

Read what D.J. recently told The Wall Street Journal regarding the probable rise in Student Loan Debt Resolution through Bankruptcy.

Client Testimonial

To whom it may concern,
Mr. Rausa is extremely knowledgeable with the complexities of Federal Student Loans.
I went from a thriving career to full medical disability, ending with an SSDI placement. Unfortunately, I lost everything and became unable to continue making the student loan payments, so it was in deferment for over five years. When the SSDI settled I tried to negotiate an affordable payment plan with the loan holders but they refused my efforts, instead demanding over twice the amount I could afford.
I contacted Mr. Rausa and found him to be courteous, responsive and quick to assess my situation. He was sure he could help and took time to answer all questions, which relieved much anxiety. Within months he successfully resolved the debt! With much confidence, I highly recommend Mr. Rausa.
Please contact me if you have any additional questions.
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