Emergency Bankruptcy Filing in Reno

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    What is an Emergency Bankruptcy?

    An emergency bankruptcy is one in which the debtor files a skeleton petition to quickly take advantage of  the Automatic Stay. A skeleton petition, or the “bare bones” of a standard bankruptcy petition, can be filed in both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. After filing your skeleton petition, you will have 14 days to submit the rest of your petition.

    What is the Automatic Stay? What does it have to do with an Emergency Bankruptcy?

    The Automatic Stay goes into effect the moment your bankruptcy petition is filed. It will stop your creditors from their preferred methods of collection, like wage garnishment, foreclosure, utility shutoffs, and repossession. Just like any other Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, an emergency bankruptcy will trigger the Automatic Stay all the same. Unless certain special circumstances are present in your case, the Automatic Stay will remain in effect until your case is discharged or dismissed.

    What are some reasons someone would use an Emergency Bankruptcy Filing?

    One of the top reasons that people utilize emergency bankruptcy filings is because their wages are or are about to be garnished. A wage garnishment can take up to 25% or more of your income each pay period. Your creditors may even tack on extra fees for legal costs and interest. One of the few ways to stop a wage garnishment, besides paying it off, is to file bankruptcy.

    An emergency bankruptcy can also help you postpone a foreclosurerepossession, or utility shutoff. If you can satisfy your balance in arrears during your bankruptcy, the collection will be canceled. If you won’t be able to catch up in time, you can also schedule a time for your lender to take back the asset. This can be less stressful and embarrassing, and won’t be as damaging on your credit report.

    Why would I even need an emergency bankruptcy? Why can’t I just file at normal speed?

    Your bankruptcy petition will likely be well over 50 pages long. For such a lengthy document to be complete and accurate, it will take several hours of drafting and review. Your garnishment may start in just a few days, or the repo man may be knocking on your door. The emergency bankruptcy buys you more time to prepare your full petition while under the protection of the Automatic Stay. If you don’t feel like your debt situation has arisen to an emergency level yet, a typical bankruptcy filing will probably serve you just fine.

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    What documents do I need to file an Emergency Bankruptcy?

    The list of documents necessary for an emergency bankruptcy is far shorter than for a regular bankruptcy petition. To start off with, your attorney will need a copy of your social security card and driver’s license (or other photo identification). Your attorney will also probably have some time of client information form or packet that you must fill out so that your attorney can complete your emergency petition. You will also need to provide all of your income information from the last 6 months. In both chapters, you must complete a credit counseling course prior to your case filing.

    Am I required to hire an attorney for an Emergency Bankruptcy?

    Hiring an attorney isn’t mandatory to file bankruptcy. When you represent yourself in bankruptcy, this is known as filing pro se. However, attorney representation will make the process far easier and improve the likelihood your debts will be discharged. Chapter 13 is generally much more difficult to file pro se than Chapter 7. If you are considering bankruptcy due to an emergency issue, proceed with extreme caution before filing pro se. Errors in your case could mean a dismissal, which would stop the protections of the Automatic Stay, allowing your creditors to proceed with collection.

    What are the advantages of filing Emergency Bankruptcy?

    The most obvious benefit of Emergency Bankruptcy is that whatever financial emergency that is causing you to file will be immediately stopped by the Automatic Stay. Avoiding a wage garnishment, foreclosure, repossession, etc., can be crucial to your health and well-being. You will also be able to prepare the rest of your bankruptcy without annoying creditor calls and other creditor harassment.

    Can I file for Emergency Bankruptcy in Reno?

    To qualify for emergency bankruptcy in Reno, you must meet Nevada’s residency requirement. You must have lived in Nevada for at least 180 days before you are eligible to file here. You must also meet all the other requirements for the chapter you select. Chapter 7 has strict income restrictions, and only assets with certain amounts of equity will be protected. Chapter 13 requires an income, and must feasibly arrange for the payments of all necessary debts in your applicable timeframe. If you’re in a financial emergency, don’t waste time figuring out these issues for yourself- schedule a free consultation with one of our Reno Bankruptcy Lawyers for guidance on emergency bankruptcy.

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