How Chapter 7 Works

Most people have heard of chapter 7 bankruptcy. In this posting, I want to explore how it works.

Chapter 7 is based on the idea that you cannot afford to make any payments on your debts. To put it another way, even if you had no debts, your living expenses alone leave you broke by the end of the month. The court doesn’t take your word for this. You have to prove you can’t pay your debts. You submit a statement of your monthly income and living expenses. You must provide proof of earnings and tax returns as well. People with above-median income have additional requirements. Continue reading