Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Lawyers serving Evansville, Indiana 47701. Chapter 13, Foreclosure, Debt Settlement


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IN Bankruptcy InformationFinding a Bankruptcy Lawyer
in Evansville, Indiana

Residents of Evansville and Vanderburgh County will want a bankruptcy attorney that is familiar with filing cases in the Indiana Southern District Bankruptcy Court, and has experience with the trustee that will be appointed to your case.

Legal Aid serving
Evansville, Indiana

If your income is low, you may be able to get bankruptcy representation through your local legal aid organization.

Listing of free legal services in Indiana from Legal Services Corporation.

Listing of bankruptcy pro bono programs in Indiana from ABIWorld

(Current income guidelines to qualify for legal aid.)

Directories of Evansville, IN Bankruptcy Attorney Advertising

Here are a few selected websites that offer directories of attorneys that serve Evansville, IN and Vanderburgh County. Not all attorneys list on all directiories, so we offer a choice here, and make it convenient to access the widest possible selection of Evansville, Indiana bankruptcy lawyers.

Justia.com's Evansville Lawyer Directory

Started by original FindLaw founder and "free law" pioneer, Tim Stanley, Justia.com has localized listings & profiles of attorneys that have been listed on lawyer directories services,including Nolo's and Cornell University's LLI project.

NACBA Attorney Finder

Type in your zip code to find bankruptcy attorneys in your area who are members of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA).

Nolo Lawyer Directory of Evansville Area Bankruptcy Attorneys

Nolo offers lawyer profiles and asks the attorney whether they're open to the idea of working with people who have read up on the subject of bankruptcy.

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Ten Ways a Bankruptcy Lawyer Can Help You

There is no requirement to use a lawyer to file for bankruptcy. However, some people decide to hire one to help them get through the process.

Although I write self-help law books, I realize that -- when it comes to complex forms, tight deadlines, and piles of details -- not everyone is cut out for do-it-yourself law.

Whether you're a good candidate for doing it yourself, depends on the complexity of your financial situation, and your willingness to take the time to learn the rules of bankruptcy and complete work carefully, and on time, and meet all filing requirements and deadlines. (If you're not the type of person that is willing to follow instructions carefully, then self-help bankruptcy is probably not for you. For more discusion, see the help topic: Do I Need Lawyer?)

Indeed, there are many ways that a lawyer can help you in filing for bankruptcy. Here are at least ten ways that come to mind:

  1. Help you classify exempt property.
  2. Help answer issues about debt and expenses on the means test.
  3. Help decide whether bankruptcy is the best solution for your particular situation.
  4. Help you organize all of your relevant financial details into the appropriate forms.
  5. Help you meet all filing requirements and deadlines for the Indiana Southern District Bankruptcy Court.
  6. Help you analyze whether you qualify for lien avoidance (and decide when to use it)
  7. Help you untangle complicated property ownership issues with jointly-owned property and divorce.
  8. Help decide if a Chapter 13 bankruptcy is the right option for you.
  9. Help you write a Chapter 13 plan that the trustee assigned to your case will accept.
  10. Give you local knowledge about what your trustee generally allows when it comes to "reasonable" expenses.

Like tax law, bankruptcy is a specialty. Someone claiming to be a bankruptcy lawyer should be able to point to experience and deep knowledge of the specialized law of bankruptcy, and specifically, your local court.

Most bankruptcies are routine for someone who has done many of them. Chances are very good that an experienced bankruptcy attorney has seen your situation many times before. The lawyer you choose should be able to advise you on the best way to proceed with your bankruptcy given your assets, your debts, your secured debts, whether there are cosigners, and other issues.

If you're going to pay for a bankruptcy lawyer, make sure you get a good one. Just because someone is a lawyer does not mean they are knowledgeable about bankruptcy law. Do your homework before you hire someone.

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Using Non-Lawyers (Bankrupty Petition Preparers) to help you

See this article on Should I use a Petition Preparer.

Credit Counseling & Debtor Education

Before you file for bankruptcy, you must get credit counseling, and get a certificate proving that you have done so. You MUST use one of the approved counseling agencies for your court district.

There are many shady credit counseling agencies that advertise heavily on TV and other media. They call themselves non-profit, are really just fronts for profit making businesses and are designed to funnel people into dead-end payment plans that do little for the consumer. Indeed 40% of the industry has been targeted by the IRS to remove their non-profit status [NPR Report] [SFGate article].

The FTC has published a "Consumer Alert" pamphlet for debtor thinking about bankruptcy warning about shady credit counselors and how to protect yourself from falling victim to one. You can download the pamphlet here.

Again, be sure to use only a credit counselor that is on the approved list of counselors for your court district.

Even assuming you're using a legitimate credit counselor, a recent GAO report to Congress stated that:

"The value of the credit counseling requirement is not clear. The counseling was intended to help consumers make informed choices about bankruptcy and its alternatives. Yet anecdotal evidence suggests that by the time most clients receive the counseling, their financial situations are dire, leaving them with no viable alternative to bankruptcy. As a result, the requirement may often serve more as an administrative obstacle than as a timely presentation of meaningful options."
- source: Government Accounting Office testimony before the House Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, May 1, 2007

Form Preparation Services (BPPs)

Bankruptcy Petition Preparers are non-lawyers paid by consumers to prepare bankruptcy documents, for filing in court.

Anyone can be a BPP, provided they comply with the rules governing BPP practice contained in the bankruptcy code.

Customers who use a BPP are representing themselves in the bankruptcy court. This means they are responsible for making the choices required of them in their case. They must also provide the BPP with complete and accurate information to be entered in the documents.

Because BPPs are not lawyers, their customers must obtain necessary legal information and advice from an independent source such as a self-help law book or a lawyer.

Think of it this way, A BPP's customers are their own lawyers and the BPP is their legal secretary. The customers have to be sufficiently informed to tell the BPP what to do.

What BPPs Can't Do

Lawyers have jealously guarded their turf when it comes to bankruptcy. Lawyers already lost this battle in the area of tax preparation. Today, non-lawyer tax preparers openly advertise the good advice they can give you in addition to completing your forms. BPPs can do no such thing when it comes to bankruptcy forms.

Under the new bankruptcy law, BPPs must give debtors a form that lists all the things BPPs can't do (form B119), and all the topics they can't discuss -- basically anything that might be characterized as legal advice. Thus, the sort of tips that tax preparers commonly give to people when preparing their taxes, BPPs can't give when bankruptcy forms.

 

What BPPs can't do
(language of Form B119)
Plain English Where topic
is covered in HFB Book.
I am forbidden
to offer you
any legal advice, including advice about any of the following:
  How to File For Chapter 7 Bankruptcy (HFB book) will not give you specific advice, either, but it does discuss important facts to consider in making these decisions:
• whether to file a petition under the Bankruptcy Code (11 U.S.C. § 101 et seq.); Whether you should file for bankruptcy Ch. 1
• whether commencing a case under chapter 7, 11, 12, or 13 is appropriate; What kind of bankruptcy you should file for Ch. 1
• whether your debts will be eliminated or discharged in a case under the Bankruptcy Code; Which debts are non-dischargeable, secured, etc. Ch's. 9, 5
• whether you will be able to retain your home, car, or other property after commencing a case
under the Bankruptcy Code;
Whether you'll lose your house, car, or other property Chs. 3, 4, 5
• concerning the tax consequences of a case brought under the Bankruptcy Code; Tax consequences Not covered
• concerning the dischargeability of tax claims; Whether or not your tax debts will be wiped out Ch. 9
• whether you may or should promise to repay debts to a creditor or enter into a reaffirmation
agreement with a creditor to reaffirm a debt;
Which secured loans are worth hanging onto, versus other options (e.g. surrendering property) Ch. 5
• concerning how to characterize the nature of your interests in property or your debts; or Whether property is exempt
or
into which exemption category a particular item fits
Ch. 3, 4
• concerning bankruptcy procedures and rights.
What happens in bankruptcy; what are your rights Whole book

 

Online Bankruptcy Filing Advertised to Consumers

There are several software products designed for lawyers that will prepare full sets of bankruptcy forms, but these programs assume you already know bankruptcy law and are designed for filing multiple bankruptcies. In short, they're not appropriate for first-time bankruptcy filers.
There are also a few packages purportedly offered for consumers. Proceed with caution. Some of these packages are little more than PDF versions of the forms, which are are available free from the courts themselves.
If you are not a lawyer, the only value of these products would depend on the quality of the instructions they provide. You'll need instructions on how to complete each form, as well as a good understanding of how each form fits into the larger process of filing for bankruptcy.

 

So-Called "Full Service" Companies - Proceed with Caution

Some companies tout themselves as "full service" to distinguish themselves from companies that only offer forms preparation. But they do not appear to be lawyers, so, by law, all they can do is forms preparation. Therefore it is unclear what "full service" actually includes, or what it CAN include under the strict guidelines preventing non-lawyers from providing bankruptcy advice.

Note that similar services to these have been found by courts to be BPPs and therefore subject to BPP fee limits and service limitations. To the extent that these services charge more than such limits, and the "advice" they give (by deciding where your information should go on the bankruptcy forms), may exceed what is allowed in your court district.

"Software" for consumers -- or is it?

Standard Legal ($49). This "software" is actually a zip file of MS Word and PDF forms that you can use or fill in. The merchant's website does not say whether local forms are included and whether or not forms do any calculations. This does not appear to really be "software" but rather a package of MS Word and PDF forms. (Note: before you pay for PDF bankruptcy forms, remember that PDF, fill-in bankruptcy forms are downloadable for free from the government, your local bankruptcy court website, and here .) So what you're really paying for is the instructions that come with the forms.

Step-by-Step Guidebooks to the Bankruptcy Process

How to File for Chapter 7 BankruptcyHow to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Before spending hundreds of dollars on bankruptcy services, take the time to learn about what's involved in filing for bankruptcy, and determine exactly the kind of help you need. Nolo's How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy (17th ed., 2011) walks you through the law and procedures of filing for bankruptcy, explains what bankruptcy can -- and can't -- do for you, and tells you how to get the most from your bankruptcy lawyer if you decide to hire one.

 

Books on Debt & Bankuptcy

How to File Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

(October 2015, 19th Edition)

by Albin Renauer, J.D. and Stephen Elias, Attorney

How to File Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Albin Renauer, the operator of LegalConsumer.com and the Means Test Calculator, is also a coauthor of Nolo's How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.

How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy provides clear, user-friendly information and all the forms you need to get through the entire bankruptcy process. The book works perfectly with the local resources,LegalConsumer.com's means test calculator, and lists of Louisiana exemption laws (which determine which assets you can keep in bankruptcy) you'll find on LegalConsumer.com.

The book covers the entire process, and gives you the line-by-line instructions you need to fill out the required Chapter 7 bankruptcy forms. Meanwhile, this website gives you access to the latest local court information and county standards for the means test calculations that need to file a sucessful bankruptcy petition.

But first, use the book to find out whether or not Chapter 7 is the best way to deal with your debts. It's important to learn what bankruptcycannot do. You don't want to go to all the trouble of filing bankruptcy only to find out that the it won't help solve your particular problem or kind of debt.

If you do decide Chapter 7 bankruptcy is the right option, you'll learn how you can use it to:

  • cancel as much debt as possible
  • stop wage garnishments and attachments
  • keep the maximum amount of property using Louisiana exemption laws
  • deal with secured debts and liens on your property
  • keep your home and car, if possible.

If you think you want to file for bankruptcy but aren't sure you can afford to hire an attorney, How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcywill help you learn what it takes to complete your bankruptcy petition on your own and complete the bankruptcy process.

You'll also learn how to rebuild your credit rating after bankruptcy.

Note: How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy doe s not cover individual repayment plans (Chapter 13 bankruptcy). See Nolo's Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: Keep Your Property & Repay Debts Over Time.

"Clear instructions on when and how to fill out the necessary forms."
-Forbes

"Exceptionally clear…"
-The New York Times

"A do-it-yourself bankruptcy book for people who can’t afford expensive lawyers."
-Newsweek

In Paperback and eBook (Adobe Reader)
Forms: 7 forms

Buy & download now @
Nolo (publisher)


How to File Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

(May 2014, 12th Edition)

by Kathleen Michon, Attorney and Stephen Elias, Attorney

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

In Paperback and eBook (Adobe Reader)
Forms: 7 forms

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Nolo (publisher)


Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

The New Bankruptcy: The Right Solution to your Debt Problems?

(May 2015, 6th Edition)

by Leon D. Bayer, Attorney and Stephen Elias, Attorney

The New Bankruptcy: The Right Solution to your Debt Problems?

In Paperback and eBook (Adobe Reader)
Forms: 7 forms

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The New Bankruptcy: The Right Solution to your Debt Problems?

Solve Your Money TroublesStrategies to Get Out of Debt and Stay That Way

(July 2015, 15th Edition)

by Robin Leonard, J.D.

Solve Your Money TroublesStrategies to Get Out of Debt and Stay That Way

In Paperback and eBook (Adobe Reader)
Forms: 7 forms

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Nolo (publisher)


Solve Your Money TroublesStrategies to Get Out of Debt and Stay That Way

Credit Repair

(June 2015, 12th Edition)

by Robin Leonard, J.D.

Credit Repair

In Paperback and eBook (Adobe Reader)
Forms: 7 forms

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Nolo (publisher)


Credit Repair

The Foreclosure Survival Guide

(September 2015, 5th Edition)

by Amy Loftsgordon, Attorney and Stephen Elias, Attorney

The Foreclosure Survival Guide

In Paperback and eBook (Adobe Reader)
Forms: 7 forms

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Nolo (publisher)


The Foreclosure Survival Guide

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