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Rockville Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Lawyer

Helping You Navigate the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Process in Maryland

When you bring your financial matter to The Diamond Law Group in Rockville, we will treat you with the respect, dignity, and compassion you deserve. With nearly two decades of experience, founding attorney Seth Diamond understands that some of the hardest working people can easily become overwhelmed by debt.

Whether your situation is the result of a few simple mistakes or a catastrophic, unforeseen event, we are ready to help you get back on your feet in as little time as possible.

At The Diamond Law Group, we understand the ins and out of Chapter 7 and are ready to guide you through every step of the process. Don’t wait to get back on your feet, get started by contacting us today!

Call (301) 417-5855 or send us a message online to book your free consultation with our Rockville Chapter 7 bankruptcy attorney. Se habla español.

What Is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Chapter 7 bankruptcy provides an individual the opportunity to “walk away” from their debts, with certain exceptions. In most cases, an individual or married couple can file a bankruptcy petition and go through a simple process to eliminate most unsecured debt.

As soon as the Chapter 7 case is filed, it is illegal for most debt collectors to:

  • Call a person
  • Garnish wages
  • File a lawsuit
  • Or seize property

At the end of the case, the individual receives a “discharge” which is an Order from the Court forbidding any collection efforts for debts included in the bankruptcy. It also prevents a mortgage lender from suing for money that is owed after a foreclosure takes place.

The case usually takes about three and a half months from the time it is filed until the discharge is issued. In most cases, the person who files the case gets to keep all their property and most people never set foot inside of a Court room.

How do you qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy?

In order to qualify for chapter 7 bankruptcy, your family’s gross income must be lower than the median income for a similar sized family in Maryland. The best way to know if you qualify for chapter 7 bankruptcy is by doing a means test.

What Property Can Be Kept In a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Many people believe that if they declare a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, they will lose all their property. This is not a correct assumption.

All states have exemption statutes or have incorporated federal exemption laws which allow Debtors to retain some property. When a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is filed, the Debtor must list all his or her personal belongings and other property.

The Debtor must determine the value of each item. In most states, the law allows the Debtor to keep, or “exempt”, a certain cash value of property. When an exemption is used, the Debtor can retain whatever portion of the value of the property that has been exempted.

For example, if a Debtor owns a vehicle worth $8000 and wants to keep the vehicle, the full $8000 value can be exempted (if allowed by the applicable law), and the Debtor can retain the vehicle. The $8000 that was exempted would count toward the total amount of exemptions that are allowed by the law that is applicable to the Debtor’s case.

Laws on what can be exempted vary from state to state. In some states, a primary residence can be exempted as a matter of law, with certain requirements including requirements related to the length of residency in the state.

In other states, the following funds can be exempted without counting toward the total value of a Debtor’s general exemptions including:

  • Retirement
  • Pension
  • IRA
  • 401k

It is important to have a good concept of what you can retain if you do file a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. Failing to exempt your property correctly could result in the loss of belongings that may have been retained if the case were filed properly.

A good attorney can tell you more about the property that you could retain if you file for bankruptcy.

How Often Can You File Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

In Maryland, if you’ve already filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the waiting period between filings is eight years. This waiting period starts from the date of your previous bankruptcy filing. However, if you file for chapter 7 again before the waiting period is up, you won’t be entitled to another discharge. This means you will still be liable for your debts.

How Our Bankruptcy Firm Can Help

At The Diamond Law Group, we are deeply grateful for the opportunity to help the individuals, families, and businesses of Rockville overcome extraordinary financial hardship.

We strive to provide a positive experience for our clients, from the moment they walk through our doors (or meet us over the phone or by video) to the final step of their case and beyond.

To see for yourself how our past clients feel about our work, take a look at their reviews. We look forward to guiding you through the bankruptcy process so you can get your life back.

Book your free consultation with our Rockville Chapter 7 Bankruptcy lawyer now by calling or(301) 417-5855 or send us a message online.

The Diamond Difference

  • Supportive.

    We want to see you succeed in your case and are committed to doing our best work to make this happen.

  • Experienced.

    Our proven results and extensive experience will help generate a favorable outcome.

  • Accepting.

    We aim to be your closest confidant and promise not to make any judgments, ever.

  • Reliable.

    Our policy is to return all correspondence within a 24 hour period - you'll never be left in the dark.

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