Find a Bankruptcy Lawyer in Belmont, California

Belmont Bankruptcy Lawyers, CA

Find the Right Lawyer Now

In Belmont, California, bankruptcy is a court procedure in which a person or business has some or all of their debts cleared (or "discharged"), theoretically allowing them to begin with a clean slate, and move on with their lives no longer drowning in debt (and hopefully having learned to better manage their use of credit in the process). Of course, one should never view bankruptcy as a "get out of debt free" card, allowing someone to be absolved of their requirement to pay their debts just because they don't want to. It is meant to serve as a lifeline, preventing uncontrollable debt from resulting in complete financial ruin. Accordingly, it is best treated as an option of last resort, because it can carry with it significant negative consequences, which must be weighed against the possible benefits. For example, filing for bankruptcy can heavily damage a person's credit rating.

Accordingly, it might be a good idea to consult with a Belmont, California bankruptcy attorney. Your lawyer will be able to counsel you about your options, including alternatives to bankruptcy, if such alternatives exist in your case. Whatever the result, it is often hard to predict the long-term consequences of any bankruptcy-related decisions, so the advice of a bankruptcy in Belmont could prove invaluable.

Find a Belmont Lawyer that Specializes in Your Area of Need:

Types of Bankruptcy in Belmont, California

In Belmont, California, there are 3 types of bankruptcy in common use: Chapter 7, Chapter 13, and Chapter 11. Because bankruptcy is a result of federal law, the procedures governing bankruptcy in Belmont, California will be similar everywhere else in the U.S. Chapter 7 bankruptcy involves liquidation of many of the debtor's assets in order to pay off as much of the debt as possible. This sounds harsh, but there is an upside: once the liquidation is complete, the debts are legally viewed as having been paid in full, whether or not the full amount was covered by the liquidation. Liquidation involves selling some personal property, and using the funds to pay off debt. Varied types of property are exempt from liqudiation, and therefore may not need to be sold. They include homes, cars, and insurance policies, among others. You should know that some types of debt cannot be discharged in Chapter 7 bankruptcy, including taxes, student loans, and child support.

The other popular bankruptcy system in Belmont is Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Under this system, the debtor's debts are restructured, instead of discharged. This involves creating a new repayment plan that the debtor will find manageable, given his or her income, and that will result in the creditors being paid in a decent amount of time. When a repayment plan is authorized by a court, creditors are legally barred from trying to collect under the original terms of their contract with the debtor. Chapter 11 bankruptcy is almost always used by businesses, but there is nothing that legally prevents it from being used by individuals, and its use by individuals is very rare. Chapter 11 bankruptcy requires the debtor to come up with a restructuring plan - telling the court how they propose to cut costs, fix their operations, and pay down their debts. The plan has to be approved by a majority vote of participating creditors.

One advantage of Chapter 11 bankruptcy is that it allows a business going through it to continue operating, and to trade its stock.

How Can a Belmont Bankruptcy Lawyer Help?

The need to consider all the options and consider the costs and benefits of applying for bankruptcy in Belmont cannot be overstated. If you are considering filing for bankruptcy, it would be a good idea to speak with a Belmont bankruptcy attorney beforehand.

14 Bankruptcy, Banking and Credit cases posted to LegalMatch lawyers in Belmont

Bankruptcy Attorneys in the Largest CA Cities

Show California Cities

Life in Belmont

Belmont, California is a city in San Mateo County, in the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay Area. It currently has a population of about 25,000 people.

Belmont is known for having one of the most restrictive set of anti-smoking laws in the U.S. In Belmont, smoking is prohibited in all public parks, all workplaces, and all multistory apartment buildings. The law largely owes its existence to lobbying by a group of retirees who were concerned over the health effects of secondhand smoke drifting into their retirement community from outside. While the law is not particularly popular among smokers, non-smokers and public health organizations are overwhelmingly in favor of it.

Because this law imposes new regulations on landlords and business-owners, the lawyers of Belmont, California sometimes have to advise those parties about complying with the law, providing them with a good amount of business.

So, if you live in Belmont, California and are in need of a lawyer, you're in luck. There are plenty of successful and experienced Belmont, California attorneys who can help you with almost any legal issue.

Bankruptcy Lawyers in Other California Cities and Towns

Find the Right Lawyer Now

Top Rated Lawyers

View attorney profiles and see how other LegalMatch users rate attorneys that may respond to your case.

Bankruptcy, Banking and Credit Lawyer
LegalMatch Bankruptcy, Banking and Credit Lawyer Eddy H.

Eddy H.

San Mateo, CA

Bankruptcy, Banking and Credit

Rating (3 users) *****
See Reviews
Bankruptcy, Banking and Credit Lawyer
LegalMatch Bankruptcy, Banking and Credit Lawyer Christopher K.

Christopher K.

San Mateo, CA

Bankruptcy, Banking and Credit

Rating (18 users) *****
See Reviews
Bankruptcy, Banking and Credit Lawyer
LegalMatch Bankruptcy, Banking and Credit Lawyer Scott S.

Scott S.

Sacramento, CA

Bankruptcy, Banking and Credit

Rating (5 users) *****
See Reviews
Bankruptcy, Banking and Credit Lawyer
LegalMatch Bankruptcy, Banking and Credit Lawyer Jessica Z.

Jessica Z.

Sauk, WI

Bankruptcy, Banking and Credit

Rating (1 users) *****
See Reviews

Need a Bankruptcy Lawyer?

No obligation - Lawyers compete for your case. Choose your issue & get started now: