How to File Bankruptcy: A 10-Step Guide (2019)

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is an important debt relief tool for Americans in severe financial distress from losing a job, getting injured, or getting divorced. Upsolve walks you through the steps on how to file for bankruptcy.

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Will Chapter 7 bankruptcy lower my credit score?

According to the New York Federal Reserve, the credit scores of those who file for bankruptcy are higher than people in the same shoes who don't.

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Requirements for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Deciding to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy should involve a review of everything that is required to successfully get a bankruptcy discharge after the bankruptcy filing. What follows is an overview of the requirements to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy and the requirements to getting your Chapter 7 discharge.

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How long does Chapter 7 bankruptcy take?

How long does Chapter 7 bankruptcy take? Upsolve explains how long it takes to get a discharge from start to finish.

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What are bankruptcy exemptions?

Chapter 7 bankruptcy exemptions allow you to keep your property in your bankruptcy case. We explain how to save your property from your trustee.

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What is Secured Debt in Bankruptcy?

When you get a loan by promising property as collateral to a creditor, you have a secured debt. A [Chapter 7 bankruptcy][1] can eliminate your obligation to pay a secured debt. But, bankruptcy can’t prevent creditors from taking any property you pledged if you default on your payments.

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Best Do It Yourself Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Software

Bankruptcy doesn't have to be expensive or confusing. You can use do-it-yourself Chapter 7 bankruptcy software online. Check out Upsolve to get started with our free bankruptcy process.

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How Can I Stop My Wages From Being Garnished?

Wage garnishment is a common problem for millions of Americans. It can be deflating to have your wages garnished. But you do have options to protect yourself.

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What are the Chapter 7 Income Limits?

Before you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you have to make sure you're eligible. Check out Upsolve to see if you qualify - they're a nonprofit that helps low-income Americans get a fresh start through Chapter 7 bankruptcy at no cost.

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Chapter 7 Means Test Calculator

In order to have your debts discharged under Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you need to pass the Means Test. To find out if you would pass, check out Upsolve. We are a non-profit that helps low-income Americans get a fresh start through Chapter 7 bankruptcy at no cost.

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Chapter 7 vs. Chapter 11 Explained

If you are searching to find a solution to debt problems, we can help you choose between a Chapter 7 vs. Chapter 11 bankruptcy case. A Chapter 7 bankruptcy can help you get rid of debts quickly for very little cost to you. You can get the fresh start you need with Upsolve’s assistance.

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How Do I Prepare for Bankruptcy?

It may be helpful to take these steps to prepare for filing for bankruptcy, whether you're working with a bankruptcy attorney or filing on your own online.

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Legal Terms That You Need to Know for Bankruptcy

Don’t let legal terms scare you away from the fresh start you need. Anyone can understand bankruptcy, no matter your education level. It can be confusing at first, but here at Upsolve, we break down the legal terms so that you don’t have to.

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Every Type of Bankruptcy Explained

Bankruptcy has helped millions of Americans relieve their debt burden and get a fresh start. There are different types, so it's important to know the differences and similarities. Upsolve is a non-profit that helps low-income households relieve their debt through Chapter 7 bankruptcy at no cost. Get started today with Upsolve, or read to learn more about the other types of bankruptcy.

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How to Find a Credit Repair Lawyer?

A credit lawyer can help you repair your credit score by correcting mistakes and errors on your credit report. However, you can perform many of these steps yourself without an attorney. If you need to file for bankruptcy relief without an attorney, Upsolve can provide guidance

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What Happens When a Chapter 13 Case is Dismissed?

If you have a dismissed Chapter 13 case, you may have several options. You might be able to file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case, even if you cannot afford to pay another attorney to help you. Upsolve provides no cost bankruptcy services to low-income Americans.

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Can I File For Bankruptcy Online?

If you cannot afford a bankruptcy lawyer, there are options for filing online at a lower cost. Try ESR in the Los Angeles area or head over to Upsolve.org

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How Much Does Bankruptcy Cost?

Filing for bankruptcy has a cost. But the cost of filing for bankruptcy is different, based on your financial situation. Learn the price of bankruptcy for you.

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What are the Pros and Cons of Filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Chapter 7 bankruptcy has its pros and cons. Read this article to figure out whether Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a good fit for you.

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What Happens After Filing for Bankruptcy?

After you file for bankruptcy at the bankruptcy court, you'll meet with a bankruptcy trustee and complete your debtor education course.

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Should I File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

If you're in debt and you're thinking about filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy to erase your debt, this article will help you make your decision.

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Can I Keep My Property If I File for Bankruptcy?

Most people who file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy end up keeping all their property. But that’s by no mean a given. Before filing for bankruptcy, it’s very important to know which exemptions will apply to your property and whether they can protect your property.

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Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Forms Explained

There are 23 different forms for Chapter 7 bankruptcy that Upsolve attorneys will help you prepare. Here's a walk through of all of them.

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Chapter 7 vs. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Many low-income debtors have to decide between filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. This Upsolve guide will help you figure out which type of bankruptcy is best for you.

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What is Bankruptcy?

This is a broad overview of just what bankruptcy really is and how it can empower you to take your life back in your own hands and start fresh after experiencing financial hardships.

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Five Essential Tips to File Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Chapter 7 bankruptcy does not have to be complicated. Follow these 5 essential tips to make sure you have a successful case. Upsolve's free bankruptcy attorneys are here to help you out.

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