Consumer Bankruptcy Lawyers in Appleton, Wisconsin

Find the right Consumer Bankruptcy attorney in Appleton, WI

Bankruptcy allows an individual or business to get rid of some or all of its debt. Typically, bankruptcy should only be considered when the debt is completely unmanageable, impossible to pay off, and there are no other options. However, in some cases, the benefits of bankruptcy can substantially outweigh the costs. Bankruptcy is controlled by federal law and handled in federal courts, so the procedural and substantive rules involved in Wisconsin are often the identical as everywhere else in the U.S. However, individual bankruptcy courts have slightly different rules for items such as exemptions, so it would be a good idea to consult with a local Appleton, Wisconsin bankruptcy attorney beforehand.

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Appleton, Wisconsin

In Appleton, Wisconsin, there are 2 common types of commonly-used consumer bankruptcy: Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. Chapter 7 states that a certain percentage of the debtor's property be liquidated to pay off at least a small part of their debt. However, many forms of property are exempt, and do not need to be liquidated, such as cars, homes, insurance policies, and retirement accounts.

Once eligible assets are sold, and the proceeds turned over to the creditors, most remaining debt is cleared. However, some forms of debt cannot be discharged in bankruptcy, including student loans, taxes, child support, personal injury awards, and fines. If most of your debt in Appleton, Wisconsin is not dischargeable, you may want to consider other options besides bankruptcy.

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy in Appleton, Wisconsin

In Appleton, Wisconsin, 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 does not excuse debt, it restructures it. This involves a court coming up with an altered repayment plan designed to be manageable for the debtor. This new plan sets aside the terms of the original contracts that created the debt in the first place. This creates a new payment structure, normally involving a single monthly payment, that the debtor should find manageable.

Which Type of Consumer Bankruptcy Should I File in Appleton, Wisconsin

Which Bankruptcy type to file under depends strongly on the facts of each particular case. If you have a stable stream of income (enough to make a payment plan manageable), and a large amount of non-exempt property that you don't want to part with, Chapter 13 may be best for you. If you don't have a stable income or large amounts of non-exempt property, you may be better off filing for Chapter 7.

In any case, it would be a good idea to consult a local bankruptcy lawyer in Appleton, Wisconsin. 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 Appleton

Appleton is located in both Calumet and Winnebago Counties of Wisconsin. Surrounding waters include the Fox River and Green Bay. Per the 2010 census, it has a population of 78.086 people.

Some popular attractions include the Appleton Art Center, the Gardens of the Fox Cities, Goodland Field, The History Museum at the Castle, John Hart Whorton House, Temple Zion, Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium and the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.

Top employers include the school district, Miller Electric, St. Elizabeth Hospital, Outagamie County, West Business Services, Valley Packaging Industries and Voith.

Although the legal industry is not included in the top employers list, Appleton is home to many small law offices that provide legal services in practically all areas of practice. Thus, residents do not have to travel far to have their legal needs tended to.

Famous residents include Myrt Basing, Rocky Bleier, Brian Butch, Willem Dafoe, J.P. Hayes, Erik Jensen, Ron Kostelnik, and Terry Zwigoff.

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