Find a Bankruptcy Lawyer in Honolulu, Hawaii

Find the right Bankruptcy attorney in Honolulu, HI

In Honolulu, Hawaii, bankruptcy is a court procedure in which a person or business has some or all of their debts excused (or "discharged"), theoretically allowing them to start 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). Bankruptcy should be treated as an option of last resort, and should not be viewed as a convenient way to get out of debt that you just don't feel like paying. Bankruptcy can have severe consequences, including but not limited to damage to your credit rating. A bad credit score can impact your ability to get loans in the future, to rent an apartment, and possibly even your ability to get hired at some jobs (as some employers now run credit checks on prospective employees).

Accordingly, you should speak with a good Honolulu, Hawaii bankruptcy lawyer. Your Honolulu bankruptcy lawyer can inform you of the costs and benefits of filing for bankruptcy, and give his or her professional opinion as to whether or not it's a good option, given your particular circumstances.

Types of Bankruptcy in Honolulu, Hawaii

There are 3 bankruptcy schemes that are largely used in Honolulu: Chapter 7, Chapter 13, and Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Bankruptcy is governed by federal law, so the procedures in Honolulu, Hawaii are very similar to what they will be anywhere else in the United States. Chapter 7 bankruptcy, or "liquidation," requires the debtor to sell some of his or her property to the highest bidder, and using the funds from the sale to pay down as much debt as possible. Once the sale is complete, all dischargeable debt is deemed paid in full, whether or not the sale was able to raise the full amount owed. You should note that some property (usually the types of property deemed essential) is fully or partially exempt from liquidation, meaning that the debtor gets to keep it. This includes houses, cars, and retirement accounts, among others. Some types of debts, however, cannot be discharged in bankruptcy, including taxes, child support, and student loans.

The other typical bankruptcy scheme used by consumers in Honolulu is Chapter 13 bankruptcy. In this system, debt is not discharged. Instead, it is restructured. This allows the debtor to have the terms of the agreements that gave rise to their debts in the first place thrown out, and replaced with new terms that call for a structured repayment plan, designed to allow the debtor to survive on whatever income they have, and allowing the creditors to get paid back eventually. Once a payment plan is authorized, creditors are not allowed to attempt to collect payment under the original agreements. Although it can be used by individuals, Chapter 11 bankruptcy is used almost always by businesses. Not unlike Chapter 13, Chapter 11 focuses on restructuring of debt, rather than discharging it. Chapter 11 requires that the debtor come up with a reorganization plan designed to reduce debt and cut costs. Before being implemented, this plan must be approved by a majority vote of participating creditors.

One major advantage of Chapter 11 bankruptcy is that it allows businesses to continue their operations while the process plays out. Furthermore, their stock can still be bought and sold.

How Can a Honolulu Bankruptcy Lawyer Help?

One should not make the decision to file for bankruptcy in Honolulu easily. Before making any such decision, it would be highly advisable to contact an experienced Honolulu bankruptcy attorney.

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Life in Honolulu

Honolulu means "place of shelter" and serves as just that for thousands of tourists each year. Nearly 375,000 Hawaiians call Honolulu home. That large population makes the city the most populous in the entire State of Hawaii. As the largest city in one of the U.S.'s most popular vacation states, there are diplomatic facilities of Japan, Philippines, South Korea, Australia, and the Marshall Islands among others. Honolulu is the Capital of the State of Hawaii. Consequently, Honolulu is home to many of the government facilities including the City of Honolulu and Honolulu County as well as Federal instillations like the Federal Detention Center, Honolulu. The prison is a temporary holding place for no more than 1,000 inmates awaiting trial and is located just across from the Honolulu International Airport.

Downtown Honolulu is home to Hawaii's tallest building, the First Hawaiian Center, as well as the Hawaii Pacific University campus. The Honolulu Arts District and Waikiki are the most popular attractions among tourists. The arts district rests on the eastern edge of Honolulu's Chinatown. The Arts District is home to lots of cultural institutions like the Hawaii Theatre, galleries, and venues for performing arts and music. Waikiki is one of the most popular tourist districts and home to the Ala Moana Center which is the worlds largest open air shopping center. The district also has a number of other shops and eateries that cater to tourists and locals alike.

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