Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will I lose my home?
A: If you have been sent a notice of default, then you may be in danger
of losing your home; however, there are many options for homeowners who
are in trouble. These may include: negotiating with the bank, determining
if there are any mistakes in the foreclosure notice or real estate records,
and short sales. Our firm can work with you on the best choice for your
Q: Do I have to move out now?
A: You won't need to vacate your home until it is sold at an auction,
which is the final phase of foreclosure.
Q: How long will a foreclosure take?
A: While it can take as little as a few months for a foreclosure case
to close, it can take years if you file an answer to the notice and work
with the lender
Q: I received a letter from your law firm, how did you find out about me?
A: The filing of legal proceedings such as lawsuits, garnishments and
foreclosures are public records. We subscribe to a service which provides
us with your name and address and in return we send you our introductory
letter offering a free consultation.
Q: Why does filing bankruptcy stop a lawsuit, garnishment and foreclosure?
A: In most cases a lawsuit, garnishment and foreclosure are governed by
state law and bankruptcy is governed by federal law, which trumps the
Q: Is bankruptcy still an option after the bankruptcy laws changed?
A: Yes, Yes, Yes.
Q: Why do I have to provide my spouses income if my spouse is not filing with me?
A: In most cases, you are required to include all household income including
the non-filing spouse but you also get to include all household expenses.
Q: Why do I have to take a credit counseling course prior to filing bankruptcy?
A: Mandatory Credit counseling prior to filing bankruptcy is one of the
changes in the new bankruptcy laws. We suspect, that the reasoning behind
this requirement is so people are more educated with the process and are
better informed of their financial situation prior to filing for bankruptcy
Q: Why do you require the initial free consultation to take place in your
office and not over the phone?
A: It has been our experience that an office consultation is more effective
than a phone consultation.
Q: How much is the filing fee for chapter 7?
Q: Can the attorney’s fees be paid in installments?
Q: How much is the filing fee for chapter 13?
Q: How much is the credit counseling?
A: We use Consumer Credit Counseling Services and they charge $50.00 per course.
Q: Do I have to attend any hearings?
A: Yes, the 341 meeting of creditors and sometimes other hearings.
Q: What do I bring to the 341 meeting of creditors?
A: Two forms of identification, including one picture id (i.e. driver’s
license) and proof of social security number. We recommend that you bring
a copy of your bankruptcy petition and notice of meeting of creditors.
Q: What do I tell the creditors who keep calling me at work and home?
A: If you have retained our law firm, you should direct all creditors
to call us.
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