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Registered: ‎12-18-2012

Just got a job, is BK out of the question now

I had about $100,000 in credit card debt.  Lost my job a few years ago.  Finally defaulted a few months ago.  Now I suddenly got a $200,000/year job.  Will they even let me file BK and discharge the debt given that I make $200k now?

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Registered: ‎06-29-2012

Re: Just got a job, is BK out of the question now

a) you should have filed a long time ago with 100k in debt.  b) you're in a position that almost none of us are in in terms of salary and assets.


I'd suggest you consult an attorney.

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Re: Just got a job, is BK out of the question now

Well yep you should have filed when you didn't have anything but that's water under the bridge now.


But yes you can still file bankruptcy but you will have to do a chapter 13 with payments for 5 years.  At that salary there is no way you can get away with 3 years.  


Most people who have steady employment are forced into a chapter 13 versus a 7.  The income qualifications for a chp 7 goes back for 6 months and that's why you should have filed when you had no source of income.  Nonetheless, at your salary you should be okay making those payments.  One hint of advice....list EVERY expense you can think of that you legitimately pay and let your attorney tell you what you can and cannot claim.  The more expenses you can substantiate, the lower the payment to the courts.


Good luck.

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Registered: ‎12-18-2012

Re: Just got a job, is BK out of the question now

I couldn't file...was and am in the middle of divorce and bankruptcy attorney said the judge would just assign me all of her debts in the divorce because I was now debt free.
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Re: Just got a job, is BK out of the question now

Unless you can prove that most of your debt is Business Debt. My wife and I have a combined salary over $200K and we were able to file CH7.

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Re: Just got a job, is BK out of the question now

If you just got the job, you might be OK for a 7 if you act fast.  The means test looks at your last 6 months of income, not your present income.  So, if you were 0 for the last 5 months and $16K this month, you'll most likely still be under the means (depending on state).


Get to an attorney quick, and get yourself filed before those paychecks start rolling in!



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