Chapter 7 bankruptcy, often referred to as "liquidation bankruptcy," provides a legal pathway for individuals in financial distress to eliminate most unsecured debts and gain a fresh financial start. This type of bankruptcy is designed to offer immediate relief and a relatively quick resolution for those burdened by overwhelming debt.  

At The Orantes Law Firm, we specialize in guiding our clients through the Chapter 7 bankruptcy process, ensuring they understand their options and can make informed decisions about their financial future. 

We have built our reputation on providing strong legal guidance and compassionate support to individuals facing financial distress. Our specialization in bankruptcy law, particularly Chapter 7, allows us to offer tailored solutions that address our clients' unique circumstances. Serving clients throughout Los Angeles County and Orange County, we are committed to helping you achieve a fresh financial start. 

Overview of Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

The Chapter 7 process begins with the filing of a petition in bankruptcy court, accompanied by detailed documentation of the debtor's finances, including assets, liabilities, income, and expenses. A bankruptcy trustee is appointed to oversee the case, with the responsibility of selling the debtor's non-exempt assets and distributing the proceeds to creditors in accordance with bankruptcy laws. 

One of the key features of Chapter 7 is the automatic stay, which immediately halts most creditors' actions against the debtor, providing a period of financial calm during the proceedings. For individuals, Chapter 7 offers the possibility of discharging most types of unsecured debt, meaning they are no longer legally required to pay them back. However, certain obligations, such as alimony, child support, and specific tax debts, cannot be eliminated. 

Eligibility for Chapter 7 is determined by a means test, which assesses the debtor's income and expenses against the state median to ensure that Chapter 7 is an appropriate relief pathway. This bankruptcy option is particularly attractive to those with a high burden of unsecured debt, like credit card bills and medical expenses, and limited assets. 

Choosing to file for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is a significant decision with long-lasting financial implications. It can offer a vital lifeline for those drowning in debt, providing a clean slate but also impacting the debtor's credit rating and ability to obtain future credit. 

Benefits of Filing for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Elimination of Unsecured Debts

One of the most significant benefits of Chapter 7 bankruptcy is the discharge of most unsecured debts. This includes credit card balances, medical bills, personal loans, and other debts that do not have collateral attached. By wiping out these debts, individuals can start anew without the constant pressure of debt collectors and mounting interest rates. 

Immediate Relief From Creditor Harassment

Filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy initiates an automatic stay, which immediately halts all collection efforts by creditors. This means an end to harassing phone calls, wage garnishments, and legal actions. The relief provided by the automatic stay allows individuals to focus on rebuilding their financial stability without the constant stress of creditor demands. 

Retention of Essential Assets

Contrary to common misconceptions, filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy does not mean losing all your assets. Through available exemptions, individuals can typically keep essential assets such as their primary residence and vehicle. These exemptions are designed to ensure that individuals can maintain a basic standard of living while resolving their financial issues. 

Quick Resolution Process

Compared to other types of bankruptcy, Chapter 7 offers a quicker process, with the potential for the discharge of debts within a few months of filing. This expedited timeline allows individuals to move forward with their lives more rapidly, free from the burdens of past debts. 

Viable Option for Limited Income Individuals

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is specifically designed to assist individuals with limited income who meet the means test criteria. The means test evaluates your income, expenses, and family size to determine eligibility for Chapter 7. If you qualify, this form of bankruptcy can be a viable option to regain financial stability. 



Why Choose Us to Help With Your Bankruptcy?

Expertise and Experience 

Our experienced attorney has an in-depth understanding of bankruptcy law and the Chapter 7 process. Our team stays updated with the latest legal developments to provide the most effective representation for our clients. Our expertise ensures that your case is handled with precision and care from start to finish. 

Personalized Approach 

We recognize that every client's financial situation is unique. That's why we take a personalized approach to each case, thoroughly assessing your financial circumstances and providing customized legal strategies. Our goal is to ensure that you feel supported and informed throughout the bankruptcy process. 

Compassionate Support 

Facing financial distress can be overwhelming and stressful. At The Orantes Law Firm, we offer compassionate support to help alleviate your concerns and guide you through this challenging time. We are here to answer your questions, address your worries, and provide the reassurance you need to move forward. 

Local Knowledge

With our offices in Los Angeles, Woodland Hills, and Irvine, we have a deep understanding of the local legal dynamics and the specific needs of our community. Our local knowledge allows us to provide relevant and effective legal solutions that are tailored to your geographic area. 

Common Concerns About Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

We understand that filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy can raise many questions and concerns. Here are some common inquiries we address with our clients: 

How Will Filing for Chapter 7 Impact My Credit Score?

Filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy will have an impact on your credit score, and the bankruptcy will remain on your credit report for up to ten years. However, many individuals find that their credit score begins to improve shortly after the discharge of debts, as they can start rebuilding their credit without the burden of debts. 

What Debts Can Be Discharged Under Chapter 7?

Chapter 7 bankruptcy allows for the discharge of most unsecured debts, including credit card balances, medical bills, personal loans, and certain types of tax debts. However, some debts, such as student loans, child support, and certain tax obligations, are generally not dischargeable. 

Will I Be Able to Keep My Home and Car if I File for Chapter 7?

Through available exemptions, individuals can typically keep essential assets like their primary residence and vehicle. These exemptions vary by state, and we will work with you to ensure that your essential assets are protected to the fullest extent possible. 

What Is the Means Test, and Do I Qualify for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

The means test evaluates your income, expenses, and family size to determine eligibility for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. If your income is below the median income for your state, you may qualify. We will help you understand the means test and assess your eligibility. 

How Long Does the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Process Take?

The Chapter 7 bankruptcy process typically takes a few months from the time of filing to the discharge of debts. This expedited timeline allows you to resolve your financial issues and start anew relatively quickly. 

How Much Does It Cost to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, and Are There Payment Options?

The cost of filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy includes court filing fees and attorney fees. We understand that financial distress can make it challenging to cover these costs upfront, and we offer flexible payment options to help you manage the expenses. 

What Are the Steps Involved in Filing for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

The steps involved in filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy include: 

  1. Consultation: Meet with our attorney to discuss your financial situation and determine whether Chapter 7 is the right option for you. 

  1. Means test: Complete the means test to assess eligibility. 

  1. Filing: Prepare and file the necessary paperwork with the bankruptcy court. 

  1. Automatic stay: Benefit from the automatic stay, which halts all collection efforts. 

  1. Trustee meeting: Attend a meeting with the bankruptcy trustee to review your case. 

  1. Discharge: Receive the discharge of debts, typically within a few months of filing. 

How Can a Bankruptcy Attorney Help Me Through the Chapter 7 Process?

A bankruptcy attorney provides invaluable support throughout the Chapter 7 process. From assessing your eligibility and preparing the necessary paperwork to representing you in court and addressing creditor concerns, we are here to ensure that your case is handled efficiently and effectively. 


If you are in financial distress and considering Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, The Orantes Law Firm is here to help. Our expertise, personalized approach, and compassionate support ensure that you receive the guidance you need to achieve a fresh financial start. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward financial freedom. With The Orantes Law Firm by your side, you can conquer the Chapter 7 bankruptcy process with confidence and peace of mind.