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Iowa Bankruptcy Lawyer Explains Bankruptcy Does Have Certain Exemptions

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Depending on the state in which one lives, there may be access to state or federal exemptions when bankruptcy is declared. Some states opt for federal exemptions, while states like Iowa opt out and provide state exemptions.

“Filing for bankruptcy means that you have certain exemptions. In a nutshell what that means for you is you are allowed to keep a certain amount of your assets, meaning they are untouched. This means you have the ability to start over again and not be caught up in the vicious circle of debt entrapment,” said Kevin Ahrenholz, an Iowa bankruptcy lawyer.

If a personal residence is exempted up to a certain dollar figure, it will mean that if the home is exempt up to $45,000, the person filing bankruptcy may have to sell to clear the debt for anything above the value of $45,000. While some of the rules and regulations may seem confusing and intimidating, hiring a competent Iowa bankruptcy lawyer will make the filing go smoothly and without the anxiety most people facing bankruptcy experience. As with anything relating to the law, things change, and exemptions are subject to adjustment every few years to match the current consumer price index.

Depending on the state, there may also be a homestead exemption. “Here is how that works,” Ahrenholz said. “If the state homestead exemption is $25,000 and you have equity in your home valued at $110,000, one would need to file Chapter 13 bankruptcy or sell your home. After the sale, you keep roughly $25,000, with the rest going towards paying your debt. Those living in Iowa are very fortunate because there is an unlimited homestead exemption with a few exceptions to that general rule.”

“Additionally, there are federal non-bankruptcy exemptions and they may be filed under your own state’s exemptions,” Ahrenholz said. Those non-bankruptcy options cover pensions for military service employees, railroad workers, civil service workers and foreign-service staff. “You will also find other exemptions in this area that cover things like public benefits such as disability benefits for government workers and death benefits. There are other areas, but it’s best to ask about those when you speak to your Iowa bankruptcy lawyer,” he said.

There are exemptions that only apply in certain cases, meaning filing bankruptcy is a case-by-case scenario and its best not to assume that exemptions one may have read about are applicable straight across the board for everyone. When in doubt, discuss bankruptcy dos and don’ts with a skilled Iowa bankruptcy lawyer.

Kevin Ahrenholz is an Iowa bankruptcy lawyer and Iowa bankruptcy attorney. To contact him, visit http://www.iowachapter7.com or call 1.877.888.1766.

Posted on Monday, February 28th, 2011 and filed under News and Press | Comments Off on Iowa Bankruptcy Lawyer Explains Bankruptcy Does Have Certain Exemptions .
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Iowa Chapter 7 Can Go Really Fast

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Without getting into the deep nitty gritty of Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing for Iowa, there are some basics that most people need to know to file.

Getting a Chapter 7 bankruptcy if you live in Iowa is not really that much different than if you were in another state. In other words, the process is fairly similar, no matter where you live. It will also take just about the same length of time to process. Really, the only differences may be in the details.

To get a Chapter 7 Iowa bankruptcy rolling there are usually four steps that need to be taken, with the first one being to check what the median income related requirements are before proceeding. If you do not meet this requirement, Chapter 7 may not be available to you, but a Chapter 13 might be. Even for those who are above median income guidelines, a Chapter 7 could still possibly work if you have certain allowable deductions that bring your disposable monthly income within Chapter 7 standards.

Here is what happens: your gross income for a particular period of time is checked against the median income of the state for the same time period. Generally speaking, the median income for a single person is roughly $39,803 a year. Once that has been figured out, you will need documentation and find a way to pay the legal fees. Fees tend to vary and this is something that needs to be discussed with your lawyer. You will find the filing charge included in the fees, along with the lawyer’s fee as well.

For the documentation process, you will need a credit counseling certificate and every bill that you want discharged. The bills must be complete and show a full address and your account number and total owing, plus any payments already made.

Along with this material, you will need in depth information relating to car or home loan creditors, six months of pay stubs, proof of a source of income if you have no wage information and copies of tax returns for the last two years. This may be just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what the bankruptcy process requires, but your lawyer will advise you as to what you need to produce. Just be prepared to produce whatever is required.

Once you have all your information gathered, it is time to sit down with your bankruptcy lawyer and go over the paperwork to make sure everything that is needed is there. Your next step is the hearing in court.

Be prepared for your case to take as long as nine weeks. However, once you have gone through the preparation process, your lawyer will do most of the rest, and you will be able to start all over again; a really good feeling after months of anguish over unpaid bills.

Kevin Ahrenholz is an Iowa bankruptcy lawyer and Iowa bankruptcy attorney. To contact him, visit http://www.iowachapter7.com or call 1.877.888.1766.

Posted on Saturday, February 26th, 2011 and filed under News and Press | Comments Off on Iowa Chapter 7 Can Go Really Fast .
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Mortgage Refinancing May Still be Obtained After Bankruptcy Indicates Iowa Bankruptcy Lawyer

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Most people think that if they declare bankruptcy they can never get mortgage refinancing. That is not the case, as it is possible to obtain a mortgage loan after bankruptcy.

“A lot of people do not realize that they can get mortgage refinancing after bankruptcy. In fact, there are a variety of options. One of them is using a qualified attorney who specializes in helping borrowers to file that kind of paperwork. It is a good idea to have a skilled bankruptcy lawyer on your side, as they help mediate with your creditors. The ideal attorney is up-to-date and very knowledgeable about legal finance procedures and may be able to assist you in getting a good loan,” said Kevin Ahrenholz, an Iowa bankruptcy lawyer.

It is inevitable that after declaring bankruptcy an individual’s credit rating will affect the kind of loan he or she is able to obtain. A low credit score will put an individual out of the ballpark for some kinds of loans, because creditors view the low numbers with a jaundiced eye. Mortgage refinance loans may also be available, but they may also come with sky-high interest rates, because loaning to someone who has gone bankrupt is viewed as a high-risk venture.

“For this reason, check the refinancing fees first. You may make the decision at that time to wait a few years to prove you are able to handle your debts now. Doing that will put you back in the driver’s seat and you will have a chance to apply for cheaper loans,” Ahrenholz said.

In the crush of information that those who have gone through bankruptcy face, they may not know it is a smart move to pre-qualify before going for a bankruptcy mortgage refinance loan. The long and short of it is that being pre-qualified gives the individual a solid idea of how much he or she can borrow.

“From there, it’s usually just a matter of finding mortgage lenders who offer ‘damaged credit’ programs. It’s not as hard as you may think to still find a way to re-finance your home. With good legal assistance, your bankruptcy should proceed smoothly and you will come out the other side with a new perspective on life. While facing bankruptcy is difficult, it doesn’t need to be when you have the right kind of help,” Ahrenholz said.

Kevin Ahrenholz is an Iowa bankruptcy lawyer and Iowa bankruptcy attorney. To contact him, visit http://www.iowachapter7.com or call 1.877.888.1766.

Posted on Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 and filed under News and Press | Comments Off on Mortgage Refinancing May Still be Obtained After Bankruptcy Indicates Iowa Bankruptcy Lawyer .
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