During the holidays, many households struggle with the financial expectations of gifts, decorations, and fancy foods. If you are one of the many individuals having a hard time meeting debt payments, it may be time to take action for permanent debt relief.
While there are options for debt relief outside of bankruptcy, such as debt settlement or debt consolidation these options are rife with fraud and full of bad actors who are only interested in taking your money, have no legal authority to make your creditors do anything and will not provide permanent debt relief. At Behm Law Group, Ltd., we can guide you through the process of filing for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy in Pipestone, MN and the surrounding area to receive immediate, effective and permanent debt relief.
Those who are already in the process of working through a three to five-year long Chapter 13 bankruptcy repayment plan can still enjoy the Holiday Season as they would any other year outside of the bankruptcy process. While it’s true that some income must be paid to the chapter 13 trustee to meet monthly repayment plan requirements, one can still purchase gifts for friends and relatives, spend money entertaining friends and relatives and plan and take trips to visit friends and relatives as one would normally do outside of the bankruptcy process.
When you enter into a Chapter 13 bankruptcy repayment plan, your income will be broken into disposable and discretionary categories. Your disposable income is what’s left after all reasonable and necessary living expenses are paid. Utility bills, food, gas, taxes, and all other household financial needs are considered reasonable and necessary living expenses that you can use any amount of your discretionary income to pay. What’s left of your income after reasonable and necessary living expenses are paid is called disposable income. For the full period of your Chapter 13 bankruptcy, your disposable income will be used to make your chapter 13 plan payments to the chapter 13 trustee and the chapter 13 trustee will divide those monthly payments among your unsecured creditors. Christmas presents, decorations, and luxury foods are all things that you can use your discretionary income to purchase during the Holiday Season. Being in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy simply means that you and your attorney and the chapter 13 trustee will draft a monthly budget to help you spend your discretionary income more efficiently to cover your reasonable and necessary living expenses, including recreational expenses and charitable contributions.
Even with your disposable income being used to repay unsecured creditors through your chapter 13 plan, you can still enjoy the Holiday Season as you always have enjoyed it. One significant resource you can rely upon is part of your yearly income tax refunds. Although your yearly tax refunds technically constitute disposable income that should be used to repay unsecured creditors, the chapter 13 trustee will only require you to pay over a portion of your yearly tax refunds and permit you to use the rest as you wish. You could also request an adjustment to your repayment plan for the months during the Holiday Season. Most chapter 13 trustees will allow a temporary change in your plan.
If you are facing serious debt problems this year, contact Behm Law Group, Ltd. today at (507) 387-7200 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about filing for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy in Pipestone, MN.