I receive money from social security. Can I file for bankruptcy?

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Written by Kristin Turner, Harvard Law Grad.  
Updated July 22, 2020


Definitely. Getting money from social security does not disqualify you from filing for bankruptcy with Upsolve. You should take our online screener to see if you meet our either criteria. 

Yes, getting money from social security does not disqualify you from filing for bankruptcy with Upsolve. If it is your only source of income, you may be judgment proof and protected from garnishment even without filing bankruptcy.

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Kristin Turner, Harvard Law Grad
Recipient of Harvard Law School’s Public Welfare Foundation A2J Tech Fellowship.

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