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    CONSUMER’S GUIDE TO
       BANKRUPTCY

                 IN THE FULL GUIDE YOU WOULD GET:

        A basic understanding of the 2 main types of consumer bankruptcy,
        valuable insights into evaluating bankruptcy as a debt reduction tool,
          and practical guidance for finding a quality bankruptcy attorney.

                                 Topics covered:

-   An overview of the bankruptcy process.
-   Key bankruptcy terms like: “discharge,” “automatic stay,” and “exemptions.”
-   Chapter 7 bankruptcy: what it is, how it works, and when it is preferred.
-   Chapter 13 bankruptcy: what it is, how it works, and when it is preferred.
-   How bankruptcy can save a home from foreclosure or a car from repossession.
-   5 good reasons to file bankruptcy.
-   5 good reasons not to file bankruptcy.
-   3 alternatives to filing for bankruptcy.
-   5 questions to ask when interviewing a prospective bankruptcy attorney.




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                                          CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCY




Chapter	
  7	
  is	
  called	
                      HOW IT WORKS
                                                    	
  
Liquidation.	
  	
  It	
  is	
  also	
              •      An	
   appointed	
   Chapter	
   7	
   Trustee	
   liquidates	
   any	
   of	
  
referred	
  to	
  as	
                                     your	
   non-­‐exempt	
   assets	
   and	
   uses	
   the	
   proceeds	
   to	
  
“straight”	
  bankruptcy.	
                                pay	
  your	
  creditors.	
  	
  PLEASE	
  NOTE:	
  Rarely	
  are	
  there	
  
                                                           any	
   assets	
   to	
   liquidate,	
   as	
   the	
   laws	
   of	
   the	
   state	
   of	
  
                                                           Tennessee	
   usually	
   allow	
   you	
   to	
   protect	
  most,	
   if	
   not	
  
                                                           all,	
  of	
  your	
  assets.	
  	
  	
  
                                                    •      You	
  must	
  qualify	
  for	
  7	
  by	
  passing	
  the	
  “Means	
  Test,”	
  
                                                           which	
   compares	
   your	
   average	
   monthly	
   income	
   to	
  
                                                           that	
  of	
  a	
  similarly	
  sized	
  household	
  in	
  Tennessee.	
  	
  
                                                    •      Most	
  Chapter	
  7s	
  last	
  about	
  4	
  months,	
  from	
  the	
  date	
  
                                                           you	
  file	
  until	
  the	
  date	
  you	
  receive	
  your	
  discharge	
  of	
  
                                                           your	
  debts.	
  
                                                    	
  
WHEN IS CHAPTER 7                                   WHAT HAPPENS TO THE DEBTS?
PREFERRED?                                          	
  
	
                                                  •      In	
  most	
  cases,	
  your	
  unsecured	
  debt	
  (e.g.,	
  credit	
  
•      Most	
  if	
  not	
  all	
  of	
  your	
            cards,	
  medical	
  bills,	
  signature	
  and	
  personal	
  loans,	
  
       debts	
  are	
  unsecured.	
  	
  	
                vehicle	
  repo	
  or	
  home	
  foreclosure	
  deficiencies)	
  will	
  
                                                           be	
  discharged.	
  	
  Student	
  Loans	
  will	
  most	
  likely	
  not	
  
•      You	
  are	
  current	
  on	
  the	
                be	
  discharged,	
  though.	
  
       secured	
  debts	
  you	
  
       want	
  to	
  keep,	
  or	
  you	
           •      Most	
  priority	
  debts	
  like	
  income	
  taxes	
  and	
  domestic	
  
       wish	
  to	
  surrender	
  the	
                    support	
  obligations	
  survive	
  the	
  discharge,	
  meaning	
  
       secured	
  collateral	
                             that	
  you	
  will	
  continue	
  to	
  owe	
  them	
  after	
  you	
  
       back	
  to	
  the	
  creditor.	
                    receive	
  your	
  discharge.	
  	
  	
  
•      Your	
  assets	
  are	
  fully	
             •      You	
  usually	
  can	
  choose	
  whether	
  and	
  how	
  you	
  want	
  
       protected	
  by	
  state	
                          to	
  keep	
  your	
  secured	
  debts	
  (e.g.,	
  vehicle	
  with	
  a	
  
       exemptions.	
  	
                                   loan,	
  home	
  with	
  a	
  mortgage)	
  	
  
                                                    •      You	
  may	
  choose	
  to	
  surrender	
  a	
  secured	
  asset	
  
                                                           without	
  owing	
  a	
  deficiency	
  that	
  arises	
  when	
  your	
  
                                                           creditor	
  resells	
  it.	
  	
  
                                                    	
  
                                               ABOUT THE AUTHOR



	
                                                     GORDON BOUTWELL is	
   a	
   bankruptcy	
   and	
   consumer	
  
	
                                               protection	
   attorney	
   in	
   Franklin,	
   Tennessee.	
   	
   He	
   has	
  
                                                 practiced	
   law	
   since	
   2006,	
   with	
   most	
   of	
   that	
   time	
  
                                                 dedicated	
   to	
   bankruptcy,	
   personal	
   finance,	
   and	
  
                                                 consumer	
  advocacy.	
  	
  	
  
                                                 	
  
                                                 Over	
  the	
  years	
  he	
  has	
  helped	
  hundreds	
  of	
  individuals,	
  
                                                 couples,	
  and	
  families	
  with	
  their	
  financial	
  problems.	
  	
  He	
  
                                                 believes	
   in	
   treating	
   other	
   people	
   the	
   way	
   he	
   would	
  
                                                 want	
   to	
   be	
   treated	
   in	
   the	
   same	
   situation.	
   	
   He	
   takes	
  the	
  
                                                 time	
  to	
  get	
  to	
  know	
  his	
  clients,	
  and	
  he	
  educates	
  them	
  
                                                 on	
  their	
  options	
  for	
  getting	
  out	
  of	
  debt,	
  helping	
  them	
  to	
  
                                                 understand	
  and	
  evaluate	
  them.	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  
                                                 	
  
                                                 He	
   believes	
   bankruptcy	
   is	
   a	
   worthwhile	
   tool	
   to	
   help	
  
                                                 some	
   (but	
   not	
   all)	
   people	
   get	
   out	
   of	
   debt,	
   and,	
   when	
  
                                                 combined	
  with	
  financial	
  education	
  and	
  counseling,	
  can	
  
                                                 be	
  a	
  springboard	
  to	
  financial	
  independence.	
  	
  	
  
                                                 	
  
                                                 In	
   March	
   2011,	
   Gordon	
   and	
   R.	
   Keith	
   Gordon	
   formed	
  
Gordon	
  H.	
  Boutwell,	
  Atty	
              the	
   Lodestone	
   Legal	
   Group	
   in	
   Franklin	
   Tennessee,	
  
Lodestone	
  Legal	
  Group	
                    with	
   the	
   purpose	
   of	
   assisting	
   business	
   and	
   private	
  
198	
  E.	
  Main	
  St.,	
  Ste.	
  4	
         clients	
  by	
  exploring	
  legal	
  options,	
  navigating	
  the	
  legal	
  
Franklin,	
  TN	
  37064	
  
                                                 pitfalls,	
   and	
   providing	
   measurable	
   results	
   through	
  
615-­‐807-­‐1064	
  
                                                 custom	
  solutions	
  and	
  a	
  commitment	
  to	
  the	
  lost	
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www.llgtn.com	
                                  personal	
  care	
  and	
  client	
  service.	
  
	
                                               	
  
	
                                               Lodestone	
   Legal	
   Group	
   practices	
   in	
   the	
   areas	
   of	
  
	
                                               bankruptcy,	
  debt	
  negotiation	
  and	
  settlement,	
  financial	
  
                                                 counseling,	
   residential	
   and	
   commercial	
   real	
   estate,	
  
                                                 estate	
   planning	
   (wills	
   and	
  trusts),	
   and	
  small	
   business	
  
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  corporate	
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Description: Chapter 7 is called Liquidation. It is also referred to as “straight” bankruptcy.