Find a Bankruptcy Lawyer in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Find the right Bankruptcy attorney in Cedar Rapids, IA

In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 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 obtain 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 Cedar Rapids, Iowa bankruptcy lawyer. Your Cedar Rapids 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 Cedar Rapids, Iowa

In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, there are three basic bankruptcy schemes that are most commonly used. They are known as Chapter 7, Chapter 13, and Chapter 11. Being a product of federal law, the procedural rules governing bankruptcy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa will be very similar to those in any other part of 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 proceeds 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 entire 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 common bankruptcy scheme used by consumers in Cedar Rapids 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 approved, creditors are not allowed to attempt to collect payment under the original agreements. Though Chapter 11 bankruptcy can be used by individuals, it is almost exclusively used by businesses. Similar to Chapter 13, Chapter 11 involves restructuring of debts, rather than complete discharge. The debtor is required to come up with a restructuring plan that lays out how it plans to cut costs, streamline operations, and pay its debts. The plan must then be approved by a vote of participating creditors.

A main advantage of Chapter 11 bankruptcy is that businesses can continue their operations while going through the process. Also, they can continue to buy and sell their stock.

How Can a Cedar Rapids Bankruptcy Lawyer Help?

The decision to file for bankruptcy in Cedar Rapids is not one to be made lightly, and it certainly should not be made without first obtaining the advice of an experienced Cedar Rapids bankruptcy attorney.

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Life in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids is Iowa's second largest city, neighboring the Linn County line and Cedar River. It is about 100 miles from the capital, Des Moines. The city is home to approximately 126,326 people. The dominant industries in the area are the transportation industry and the health care industry.

Cedar Rapids is one of the largest cities in the world for corn processing. Grain processing is the most important sector in the city because most of the residents are employed within it. Large companies that have a location in Cedar Rapids include Rockwell Collins, Quaker Oats, Archer Daniels Midland, General Mills and Nordstrom. To serve these corporations and industries, Cedars Mills is home to many law firms and lawyers, well-experienced in all areas of practice.

Popular figures who have once called Cedar Rapids home include Grant Wood, William L. Shirer, Carl Van Vechten, Bobby Driscoll, Ashton Kutcher, Elijah Wood, and Ron Livingston.

Popular attractions in the area include the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, the National Czech Slovak Museum Library, Theater Cedar Rapids, and the Paramount Theater.

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