If you are living with a mountain of debt, it’s time to take an objective look at your situation and decide on a solution. Can you hope to ever pay off the debt? With the interest, how long will that take? What will your quality of life be during all that time of struggle? Is there a better way?
I founded the Ian Shearer Bankruptcy Law Firm in 1997 because I believed there is a better way. In 10 years of practice, I have helped individuals, families, and small-business owners get relief from crushing debt, reclaim their freedom and find new purpose in life. I provide personal assistance for every client I help, tailoring debt relief strategies to your specific needs and goals. If Chapter 7 bankruptcy is your best option, I can help you discharge your debt, usually in just a few short months.
Chapter 7 is called “clean slate” bankruptcy because you can get a quick discharge of your qualifying debts, often in just a few months. After that, you are free and clear. But there are a few facts you need to know:
The decision to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy requires a thoughtful weighing of the costs and benefits. I help you assess your situation and proceed with the right course for you.
Not all debtors qualify to file Chapter 7. First, you must pass the means test by showing that you earn less than the current median monthly income for a household your size in the state of Oregon. You must calculate your income from all sources, including:
If you do not pass the means test, you might fit one of the limited exceptions, or you can file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy.
Your initial free consultation is an opportunity for you to learn about bankruptcy. It’s also a chance for me to learn about your financial situation and your goals for life after bankruptcy. So that I can give you an accurate assessment of whether bankruptcy is right for you, you can bring accurate financial information with you to our first meeting, including:
*If you are unable to bring any of the listed documents above during the first initial meeting, this is ok. You do not need to bring any documents at the first initial meeting however they can be resourceful during the meeting.
Filing for bankruptcy is a big step. But after thorough analysis and candid advice, it can prove to be a very positive step. One thing that makes me distinctive is I do not send clients home with a large packet of papers to complete after the initial consultation. If you have to spend hours filling out paperwork, this can be a real obstacle for you to get on the right path to a fresh start. I do the work with you in person so I can have a better understanding of your case which in fact will save you hours of frustration. I can often get your paperwork completed within 72 hours of our first meeting. This avoids sending you home with a stack of papers which really is a big deal. I will handle all the meetings, discussions, and hearings for your case.
For a quick and affordable discharge of your consumer debt, you can trust the Ian Shearer Bankruptcy Law Firm. Take advantage of a free consultation to learn how Chapter 7 bankruptcy can deliver the relief you need. Call me at 503-810-0471 or contact my office online to schedule your appointment.