Chapter 7

San Marcos Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Attorney

Powerful Debt Relief Solutions in San Diego, Riverside, Orange, and Los Angeles Counties

No one should have to live with crushing debt, especially if you have little to no means of repaying what you owe. Fortunately, relief is possible, no matter how dire your financial circumstances may seem.

Our San Marcos Chapter 7 bankruptcy lawyer has over 40 years of experience and is ready to help you eliminate debt. We offer compassionate and personalized representation at North County Bankruptcy Clinic, and you will work directly with our attorney throughout our handling of your case. Our team will carefully evaluate your situation, advise whether Chapter 7 bankruptcy is right for you, and guide you through each stage of the filing process. We are committed to helping you obtain a future free of overwhelming debt and will leverage our firm’s resources to set you up for success.  


Contact us online or by calling (760) 444-4262 to speak to one of our Chapter 7 bankruptcy attorneys.


What is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is also known as straight or liquidation bankruptcy. This is a type of bankruptcy that can clear away unsecured debt. If you are in a situation where you are very behind on bills and do not have any means of being able to afford monthly payments or living expenses, Chapter 7 bankruptcy can be a last resort option. 

How Does Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Work in Southern California?

Not everyone will be eligible to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Chapter 7 relief is intended for people who have limited income and are not able to pay their debts. You will have to complete the California Means Test to determine whether you qualify. 

Compare your current income to the median average income for your household size. If you make less than the median average, you automatically pass the Means Test and qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. 

If you make more than the median average, you may still be eligible. However, you must calculate your current level of disposable income by subtracting qualifying expenses from your gross income. If you have little to nothing left over after these expenses, you likely qualify for Chapter 7 relief. Our San Marcos Chapter 7 bankruptcy attorney can help you complete the Means Test and verify whether you qualify. 

You should also consider the impact of liquidation when evaluating whether to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Any nonexempt assets will be sold, or “liquidated,” to repay creditors. While you will be able to protect many of your most essential assets, certain types of property cannot be exempted. If you have nonexempt property you are unwilling to part with, you may wish to consider Chapter 13 bankruptcy (if you have a high level of disposable income) or bankruptcy alternatives.


Schedule a free initial consultation by calling (760) 444-4262 or contacting us online. We offer our services in English and Spanish.


Should I File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Southern California?

Not everyone will be eligible to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Chapter 7 relief is intended for people who have limited income and are not able to pay their debts. You will have to complete the California Means Test to determine whether you qualify. 

Compare your current income to the median average income for your household size. If you make less than the median average, you automatically pass the Means Test and qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. 

If you make more than the median average, you may still be eligible. However, you must calculate your current level of disposable income by subtracting qualifying expenses from your gross income. If you have little to nothing left over after these expenses, you likely qualify for Chapter 7 relief. Our San Marcos Chapter 7 bankruptcy attorney can help you complete the Means Test and verify whether you qualify. 

You should also consider the impact of liquidation when evaluating whether to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Any nonexempt assets will be sold, or “liquidated,” to repay creditors. While you will be able to protect many of your most essential assets, certain types of property cannot be exempted. If you have nonexempt property you are unwilling to part with, you may wish to consider Chapter 13 bankruptcy (if you have a high level of disposable income) or bankruptcy alternatives.

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Assets That Are Protected by the 704 Exemption

Up to $600,000 of equity in your home

  • Up to $3,325 of equity in your motor vehicle
  • 75% of wages paid within 30 days of filing your bankruptcy petition
  • Up to $8,725 of value in tools of your occupational trade (up to $17,450 if you are married and your spouse practices the same occupation)
  • Up to $8,725 of value in artwork, jewelry, and family heirlooms
  • All health aids
  • All household and personal items
  • Tax-exempt retirement accounts
  • Public and private retirement plans and benefits
  • Unemployment, disability, and workers’ compensation benefits

Alternatively, the 703 exemptions include:

  • Up to $29,275 of equity in your home
  • Up to $5,850 of equity in your motor vehicle
  • Up to $8,725 of value in tools of your occupational trade
  • Up to $1,750 of value in jewelry
  • Clothing, appliances, furniture pieces, books, animals, and instruments valued at $725 or less per item
  • All health aids
  • Tax-exempt retirement accounts
  • A wildcard exemption of up to $1,550 plus the unused value of the burial and/or homestead exemption (or up to $30,825 in additional value if neither of these exemptions are used)

Generally, if you have significant equity in your home, the 704-exemption schedule will be a more advantageous option. If you do not own real property or do not have substantial equity, the 703-exemption schedule’s wildcard element may prove more useful.

Creditors will have 60 days to file any objections once the 341 hearing has taken place. You will typically receive a discharge about ten days after this deadline has passed. A discharge includes elimination of all remaining unsecured debts, including credit card debt, medical debt, personal loans, and unpaid utility bills

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While you cannot discharge secured debts or student loan debt, discharging unsecured debt should hopefully give you the financial flexibility to catch up on any delinquent payments. You will also need to begin the process of rebuilding your credit, which our San Marcos Chapter 7 bankruptcy lawyer can assist you with.


Get the professional guidance you need when considering whether to seek Chapter 7 bankruptcy relief. Call (760) 444-4262 or contact us online to discuss your situation with our team at North County Bankruptcy Clinic.


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