Kansas City Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Lawyer

Struggling with Finances? Let us Guide You to a Fresh Start: (913) 203-4786

Chapter 7 is a type of consumer bankruptcy named for its location in the federal Bankruptcy Code. It is a faster process than Chapter 13, the other common type of consumer bankruptcy.

In Missouri and Kansas, you will find experienced guidance at the bankruptcy firm of Patton Knipp Dean, LLC. Our Kansas City firm represents consumers like you who are facing financial struggles. Often, an unexpected life event — such as divorce, a serious medical condition, or loss of a job — leads to debt that soon spirals out of control. Our goal is to get you back on the right track toward a more solid financial future.

Request a case evaluation with a Kansas City Chapter 7 bankruptcy attorney by calling (913) 203-4786 or contact us online.

Why Call Our Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Lawyers?

  • 1,000s of Bankruptcy Cases Handled
  • One-on-One Attention for Every Client
  • Free Consultation to Discuss Your Options
  • Convenient Office Locations in Gladstone, Independence, St. Joseph, Emporia & Lenexa

Do You Qualify for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Only certain people can qualify to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Generally, you must meet a legal “means test” by demonstrating that your income and assets are below a certain ceiling. This determination can be complex. For that reason, it is important to speak with an attorney about your bankruptcy options and whether Chapter 7 is the right approach.

Finding the Right Type of Bankruptcy for You

Filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy is generally the preferable option for people who don’t have significant assets or income. For those with underwater mortgages, valuable assets, or a steady income, Chapter 13 might be a better fit.

At Patton Knipp Dean, LLC, our lawyers in Kansas City have no hidden agenda to push you toward a particular approach. Instead, we will walk you through your options, discuss the pros and cons of each, answer any questions you may have, and ultimately provide the guidance you need to make an informed decision. We want you to feel comfortable and confident in the road ahead.

Chapter 7 Process

Considering filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy? If so, below is a timeline of the Chapter 7 process. Generally, there are 6 steps:

  1. Before you file, you must attend a mandatory credit counseling course. You can do this online or by phone.
  2. File for bankruptcy. Forms are available online. Make sure to include information about your property, creditors, and provide information about any financial transactions you have had over the last 2 years.

  3. Mail a copy of your most recent tax return to the bankruptcy trustee. This person handles the bankruptcy cases for the court. If they request additional documentation from you, provide it.

  4. 30 days after you file, attend a creditor’s meeting. It is conducted by the trustee and it is rare for the creditors to appear. Here, you must answer (under oath) questions from the trustee regarding your documentation or anything else they may find relevant to your case. These meetings usually last 5 minutes.

  5. No later than 60 days of the creditor’s meeting, attend a mandatory budget counseling via phone or online. File a form and a copy of your certificate of completion with the court to confirm the counseling was completed.

  6. Do not sell or give away any property. 60 - 75 days after the creditors’ meeting, you should receive a letter from the court that discharges your debts. The trustee will arrange with you to liquidate your nonexempt property if you have any. Be aware that during this period, creditors are still able to object to you discharging your debt.

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    Prior to working with you, we sit down to understand where you’re at in order to determine the best way to move forward with your case.

  • During
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    Throughout our relationship, you’ll be kept informed of the status of your case and understand your options in full to make educated decisions.

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    The process does not end when your case concludes. We work with you to help you get back on the right track when it comes to your credit and finances.