Bankruptcy can erase many debts from things like credit cards, medical bills, and payday loans. But it can’t erase some debts like most student loans.

What is a luxury item and why does it matter for my Chapter 7 bankruptcy?

A luxury item is something that is not reasonably necessary for your maintenance and support. It’s something you don’t need to live. Non-luxury items, on the other hand, are things you purchase to cover necessities for yourself and your dependents. Things like groceries, utilities, rent, and gas. The term luxury item includes both products and services that cost more than $725.

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Giving gifts before filing bankruptcy

The bankruptcy system doesn’t care about the fact that you purchased your kids some toys for Christmas, or that you’re giving a friend a $10 gift card for their birthday. But, you will be required to list all persons who received gifts with a combined value greater than $600 within the 2 years before your bankruptcy case is filed. This article discusses how gift giving is viewed in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

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Can Social Security Overpayments be Discharged in Bankruptcy?

If you owe money to the government due to an overpayment of social security benefits, you may be concerned about whether you’ll be able to eliminate this debt as part of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Keep reading to learn how to make sure you are able to discharge your debt for this overpayment.

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What is post petition debt?

This article will explain what “post-petition” means, what post-petition debt is, the difference between post-petition debt and debts you simply forgot to include in your bankruptcy forms, the effect of your discharge on post-petition debt and whether the timing of the discharge affects the new debt.

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What is Debt Settlement?

Debt settlement is a type of debt relief that may allow you to settle your debts for less than the full amount due. Most debt settlement programs work by setting aside money to negotiate with, then making settlement offers one debt at a time. But, like any debt relief solution, debt settlement isn’t for everyone. In this article, you’ll learn more about how debt settlement works, the benefits of making lump sum payments, and the risks you should know about.

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What is a Debt Management Plan?

When you’re struggling with debt, your first step should always be to educate yourself about your options so you can make the best decision for you and your family. This article describes one possible option: a debt management plan, also known as a DMP. A debt management plan involves working with an agency to consolidate your payments. The agency will also work with your creditors to try to get you better terms, so you can pay off your debt more quickly.

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Can I leave debts out of my bankruptcy?

Even though it might seem to make sense to leave certain debts out of your bankruptcy filing, you're not permitted to actually do so.

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Does Bankruptcy Affect Alimony?

You will still be obligated to pay alimony if you file for bankruptcy. Alimony is not a dischargeable debt.

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Can I erase debt from judgements?

If you have a judgment against you for the following reasons, you will not be able to erase your debt.

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What is Community Debt?

"Community Debt" is: - any debt that you or your spouse acquired *__while married__* or - any debt for which you and your spouse are co-signers

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If I have a debt that’s not dischargeable, should I still list it?

Yes. You must list every debt you have on our questionnaire. The court needs to know about all of them. 

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Can bankruptcy eliminate my student debt?

No, except in very rare cases.  Many attorneys will tell you that, as a practical matter, you need to be mentally or physically disabled to erase student loan debt. It’s a very hard standard.

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How much debt do I need to file for bankruptcy?

To qualify for Upsolve, you generally need to have at least $10,000 in debt. 

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How long does it take my debt to be discharged?

Your trustee meeting takes place 21-40 days after you file for bankruptcy. Then, about 60 after your trustee meeting, your debt will be officially discharged. 

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Can my tax debts be discharged in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

The answer is sometimes. Read [this article]( "this article") to learn more.

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What should I do if a creditor tries to collect a debt during my bankruptcy?

Filing bankruptcy means that you shouldn't have to deal with creditors or debt collectors for a while.

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What type of debt can I erase in Chapter 7 bankruptcy?

Most debts can be erased in Chapter 7 bankruptcy, including: - Credit card debt - Medical debt - Most judgments from collection lawsuits - Personal loans - Utilities bills - Phone bills

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What Happens to My IRS Tax Debt If I File Bankruptcy?

The most common of all of debts owed to the IRS is back, or unpaid, income taxes. Chapter 7 bankruptcy is an option if your tax debt meets certain requirements.

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How to Stop Debt Collection Companies?

Do you want to stop debt collection companies? You may need to do more than to request that they stop contacting you.

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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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Can Bankruptcy Erase Student Loans?

Millions of Americans are dealing with student loan debt. If you are looking for a way to erase your student loan debt then bankruptcy may be an option for you. This article details ways you can deal with your student loan debt.

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What are Non-Dischargeable Debts in a Bankruptcy Filing?

Non-dischargeable debts are debts that can’t be eliminated in a bankruptcy because the U.S. Bankruptcy Code doesn’t allow it. If you have non-dischargeable debts, a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case will not get rid of the debt. However, a Chapter 7 case can get rid of other debts so that you can pay non-dischargeable debts. Most debts are eligible for a discharge in Chapter 7.

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How to Get Veteran Debt Relief?

You can obtain veteran debt relief in one of several ways. If you cannot afford to pay your debts, filing bankruptcy may be the best way to obtain veteran debt relief.

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Can I Get Rid of my Medical Bills in Bankruptcy?

Medical bills are one of the most common causes of bankruptcy in America. Luckily, they can be discharged in a Chapter 7 case.

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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 is Unsecured Debt?

You can get rid of unsecured debt by filing a bankruptcy case. Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases eliminate most unsecured debts.

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What should I do if I don't remember the creditors I owe in my bankruptcy?

If you don't remember the creditors you owe when filing for bankruptcy, don't worry. In many cases, you can still erase the debts you owe.

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