Consumer Bankruptcy Lawyers in Norwich, Connecticut

Find the right Consumer Bankruptcy attorney in Norwich, CT

Bankruptcy is a legal procedure that allows an individual or business to have some or all of their debts discharged. It is typically considered as an option of last resort, because while it can stave off financial disaster, it has some substantial long-term consequences warranting careful consideration of the costs and benefits. Being a creation of federal law, bankruptcy will go through federal courts. Accordingly, the process for filing for bankruptcy in Connecticut is essentially the same as the process anywhere else in the United States. However, particular courts in Norwich, Connecticut will have distinct rules for exemptions, so you should speak with a local attorney before filing.

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Norwich, Connecticut

There are 2 typical types of consumer bankruptcy in Norwich, Connecticut: 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 typically includes homes, vehicles, insurance policies, and retirement accounts. These do not have to be sold.

Once all non-exempt assets are sold, and the money from the sales turned over to the creditors, most remaining debt is excused. But some forms of debt cannot be discharged through Chapter 7 bankruptcy. These include child support payments, student loans, and criminal fines, among others. If most of your Norwich, Connecticut debts are not dischargeable, you may want to consider options other than bankruptcy.

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy in Norwich, Connecticut

In Norwich, Connecticut, chapter 13 is extremely different from Chapter 7, and may or may not be the best option for you, depending on your situation. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy involves a court setting up a revised payment plan, which allows the debtor to pay off most or all of his debts over an extended period of time, through monthly payments that should, assuming that the debtor is willing to make a few sacrifices, be manageable.

Which Type of Consumer Bankruptcy Should I File in Norwich, Connecticut

The answer to this question depends strongly on your distinct situation. If you have enough stable income to manage a payment plan, and a lot of non-exempt property that you are unwilling to part with, Chapter 13 may be a good option. If you don't have much stable income, and most of your property is exempt, Chapter 7 might be better.

In any case, it would be a good idea to consult a local bankruptcy lawyer in Norwich, Connecticut. Your lawyer 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 Norwich

Norwich, Connecticut is a city in New London County. It was the county seat of that county, before the state of Connecticut did away with county governments. It currently has a population of about 36,000 people.

Norwich is named after Norwich, England, and was founded by English settlers in 1659. By the late 1600s, a public landing had been built at the head of a nearby river, allowing ships to sail several miles inland to offload their goods. This allowed Norwich to serve as an important supply point for the colonists in the Revolutionary War, and proved invaluable to the war effort.

For well over 100 years after the revolution, the city of Norwich served continuously as a very important commercial shipping center, allowing for continuous economic growth.

Modernly, Norwich, Connecticut is a quiet residential community. It is home to Mohegan Park, a large forested area featuring several ponds and streams. This park provides ample recreational activities, such as fishing, hiking, and mountain biking in the summer, and ice skating and sledding in the winter.

If you live in Norwich, Connecticut and are in need of an attorney, it's highly likely that you'll be able to find one. Norwich, Connecticut attorneys are able to handle almost any legal issue they're faced with.

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