Consumer Bankruptcy Lawyers in Burlingame, California

Burlingame Consumer Bankruptcy Lawyers, CA

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Bankruptcy is a legal procedure that allows an individual or business to have some or all of their debts discharged. It is usually considered as an option of last resort, because while it can stave off financial disaster, it has some significant long-term consequences warranting careful consideration of the costs and benefits. Bankruptcy is a creation of federal law, and goes through federal courts. Therefore, the procedure governing bankruptcy in California will be roughly the same as it is anywhere else in the U.S. But individual courts have different rules for what property is exempt, so you should consult a local Burlingame, California before you file.

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Burlingame, California

There are 2 common forms of consumer bankruptcy in Burlingame, California: Chapter 7 and 13. Chapter 7 bankruptcy involves liquidation of some of the debtor's assets. It requires some percentage of the debtor's property to be sold in order to pay off as much of his or her debt as possible. However, the majority of property that most people own is exempt. This usually includes homes, vehicles, insurance policies, and retirement accounts. These do not need to be sold.

Once the non-exempt property is sold, the rest of the dischargeable debt is absolved. Some types of debt, however, is non-dischargeable, including student loans, criminal fines, and others. If most of your debt in Burlingame, California is not dischargeable, Chapter 7 may not be the best option.

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy in Burlingame, California

Chapter 13 bankruptcy in Burlingame, California is markedly different. It may or may not be a better option than Chapter 7, depending on the facts of your particular case. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy involves a court setting up a adjusted payment plan, which allows the debtor to pay off most or all of his debts over a longer period of time, through monthly payments that should, assuming that the debtor is willing to make a few sacrifices, be manageable.

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Which Type of Consumer Bankruptcy Should I File in Burlingame, California

This depends entirely on the facts of your particular case. If you have a decent amount of steady income, and a large amount of non-exempt property which you don't want to part with, Chapter 13 might be the best option for you. If most of your property is exempt, and you don't have much steady income, Chapter 7 might be the best option.

In any case, it would be a good idea to consult a local bankruptcy attorney in Burlingame, California. Your attorney can make an educated judgment as to what your best option is, and advise you accordingly (of course, the choice to file for bankruptcy is ultimately yours).

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Life in Burlingame

Burlingame, California is a city in San Mateo County, California. It is located south of San Francisco, on the San Francisco Peninsula. It has a significant portion of shoreline on the San Francisco Bay. Its population is about 29,000 people.

Burlingame is unofficially nicknamed the "city of trees" because of the huge number of trees within the city limits (there are over 18,000 publicly-owned trees in Burlingame, California). Thanks to its close proximity to the San Francisco International Airport, many airlines and related companies do a large amount of business in Burlingame, California. 

Airlines employ a very large number of people, in a wide range of industries. These included administrative personnel, such as Burlingame, California lawyers.

So, if you live in Burlingame, California and are in need of legal advice, it's almost certain that there are attorneys in Burlingame, California who can assist you.

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