About Bankruptcy


Why consult with Mr. Brown?


Bankruptcy is not a product that you simply purchase; it is a legal proceeding that you should feel comfortable with through the entire process. At our firm, we do more than simply help you file for bankruptcy. We work with you to make sure that you are permanently released from debt. Instead of filing an incomplete bankruptcy petition just to get the process started, we help you every step of the way, never leaving you to figure it out alone. We don't just protect your assets, we help you protect the assets of those you care about who may be at financial risk when you declare bankruptcy. They may never know that you protected them, but you will have peace of mind.


We offer a FREE no-obligation consultation with Mr. Brown at our downtown office, in which we discuss your financial situation, provide you with information, and offer you options for how to proceed. After that, you can decide whether you want our office to work for you on your case. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 503-224-4124.


What is Bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy is a legal proceeding in which a person who owes money (the debtor) can be permanently released from most debts. Bankruptcy is a civil, not a criminal, court proceeding. As a debtor, you do not forfeit your civil and constitutional rights by filing a bankruptcy petition.



What are the most common forms of bankruptcy?

Chapter 7--Liquidation, also known as a straight or consumer bankruptcy, is the most common kind. Most debts are discharged, but you must turn over all non-essential, luxury assets, if any, to the bankruptcy trustee, (the person appointed by the bankruptcy court to oversee your case). The trustee will sell the non-essential property to pay at least some money to your creditors. A Chapter Seven bankruptcy petition may be filed every eight years.



Chapter 13--Adjustment of Debts of an Individual with Regular Income, also known as a payment plan bankruptcy. You can stop foreclosures and repossessions by forcing creditors to accept adjusted payments for three-to-five years. You make payments to the trustee, who pays your creditors under the terms of the plan. Many debts that cannot be discharged under other chapters can be discharged in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, including certain taxes, and debts arising from fraud. A Chapter 13 bankruptcy may be filed almost any time a Chapter Seven bankruptcy is not pending.


What if my questions have not been answered?


Because bankruptcy is a complex procedure, we understand that you have many questions about the process. Our Bankruptcy Worksheet has many common questions that Mr. Brown will ask in preparation for filing your petition.

Click here for the Bankruptcy Worksheet.  Please fill in the Worksheet prior to meeting with Mr. Brown. This will give you more time to ask further questions during your free consultation. If you wish to ask questions before your Free Consultation, please call us at 503-224-4124, and you will see why people have trusted Kelly K. Brown since 1983 to help them get a fresh start. We look forward to assisting you!

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