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ADVERTISING DISCLOSURES

1. OWNERSHIP. MyChicagoBankruptcyAttorney.com is a lawyer advertising website owned and operated by Law Offices of David Freydin is a debt relief agency and helps people file bankruptcy.

2. THIS WEBSIT IS AN ADVERTISEMENT OF LEGAL SERVICES. All of the materials and information on the Website are provide for INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY, and may not reflect current legal developments or variances in the law of different jurisdictions. Nothing on the Website shall be construed as legal advice or used as a substitute for legal advice. MYCHICAGOBANKRUPTCYATTORNEY.COM DOES NOT PROVIDE ANY LEGAL ADVICE, WHATSOEVER. The information and materials on the Website do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the attorneys of the participating law firms, their partners, clients, or affiliates. The information and materials on the Website are not guaranteed to be correct, accurate, or reflect the current state of the law. The Website does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and any attorney, law firm, employees of a law firm or a law firm’s affiliates. Such a relationship shall only be created by a written contract signed by you and an attorney. Furthermore, the submission of information or any request for a consultation on the Website does not create an attorney-client relationship.

3. NO EXPERTS OR SPECIALISTS. Although a law firm or attorney may have a specific area of concentration, such as bankruptcy, it is in no way meant as any implication that the law firm or attorney has received any type of certification or expert recognition in this area. Many states do not recognize attorneys as experts or specialists in certain areas of the law and do not make such requirements as a condition to practice law. You should check with your state’s legal licensing authority for questions regarding attorney expertise, certification, and/or specialty.

ADDITIONAL STATE SPECIFIC DISCLOSURES AND DIRECTORY OF ATTORNEYS:

Illinois
The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and that the certificate, award or recognition is not a requirement to practice law in Illinois.

AFFILIATE AGREEMENT

Each participant in the affiliate program offered by Law Offices of David Freydin (the “Program Operator”) at (the “website”) expressly agrees to this affiliate agreement.

NOTICE: Please read this agreement carefully. Unless you expressly agree and consent to this agreement, you may NOT participate in the affiliate program. By participating in the affiliate program, you are agreeing to comply with and be legally bound by the terms and conditions of this contract. If you do not agree to all of the terms of this agreement, please do not register for the affiliate program.

This agreement incorporates the Program Operator's Terms and Conditions of Use (located on this website)herein as if it were set forth in full.

Throughout this agreement, “affiliate program” refers to the affiliate program operated by the Program Operator in part for the website.

AFFILIATES

Each affiliate is an independent contractor of the Program Operator and not an employee. Nothing herein is intended to create an employer/employee relationship.

COMMISSIONS & REFERRAL FEES

Whenever someone orders through your affiliate link, your affiliate ID is credited with a referral fee. When another affiliate registers as an affiliate using your affiliate link, your account is credited as the Sponsoring affiliate. You do not earn a referral fee for any other affiliate's registration. The commission/referral fee amount varies from product, service or opportunity. The rate at which your referral fee is generated can be found on the website and is subject to change at any time. If the website is silent as to the commission rate, then the base rate is .

Before any affiliate may be a sent a commission check, the affiliate must submit to the Program Operator identification information. Such identification information shall include, at a minimum, a copy of a government issued, picture, identification card (for example, a drivers license). These documents shall be faxed to the Program Operator as per the instructions sent in your "Welcome, affiliate" email. You will not receive any payment of commission/referral fees until such time as you submit the required documentation to the Program Operator.

Commissions on products and services are paid at the rates as indicated on the website. The Program Operator strives to pay similar rates on further products, services, and opportunities, but reserves the right to pay a different scale if necessary.

INCOME TAX LIABILITIES

Each affiliate acts as an independent contractor and as such is responsible for any or all United States, state, or foreign income taxes and any other tax liabilities that affect or concern the sales of the products or services, in your state or location. If you are NOT a resident of the United States, the Program Operator will withhold the appropriate U.S. income tax applicable to foreign nationals, prior to your receipt of any commissions. The Program Operator does so pursuant to the United States Internal Revenue Service laws (also known as the United States Tax Code) and other applicable laws. It is the affiliate's sole responsibility, and not the responsibility of the Program Operator, to take any steps necessary to recover these sums under the Tax Code and other applicable laws.

EMBARGOED NATIONS & SPECIALLY DESIGNATED NATIONALS

The United States controls the export of products and information. Each affiliate agrees to comply with such restrictions and to not export or re-export the materials (including software) to countries or persons prohibited under the export control laws. By becoming an affiliate, you are agreeing that you are not in a country where such export is prohibited or are not a person or entity to which export is prohibited. You are responsible for compliance with the laws of your local jurisdiction with regard to the import, export, or re-export of the materials (including software).

Each affiliate is responsible for compliance with all applicable U.S. laws and regulations, including but not limited to, those laws pertaining to export control. By registering as an affiliate, you warrant that you are not a citizen or resident of a country designated as having Embargoed Nation Status and further, you also warrant that you are not on the list of Specially Designated Nationals or Blocked Persons maintained by the U.S. Treasury Department. The products and/or services are exported from the United States in accordance with the Export Administration Regulations. Diversion to other countries is contrary to U.S. law and is prohibited.

In compliance with the United States Patriot Act, only those who have provided appropriate identification information and do not reside within an embargoed nation and who are not listed on the Specially Designated Nationals list may receive commission checks paid by either the Program Operator.

COMMISSION SCHEDULE

Commissions are paid once per month by payment processor on the day of the month for sales made from the first through the last day of the previous month, and are paid by the Program Operator.

There is a minimum commission amount of . This is the minimum amount that you must earn before you will be paid commissions. In any commission period, your commission must exceed this amount before you will receive any sums for that period. Commissions below this minimum amount will be held until such time as the commission equals or exceeds this amount.

Commissions are not paid for any sales for which payment has not been received, or for any transaction that has been rejected for any reason.

We are not responsible for paying interest to affiliates for accrued but not yet delivered commission payments.

If a transaction incurs a charge-back, or if an online transaction is not completed in every way, no commission payment is due to the affiliate. If a commission has already been paid, then it will be deducted from an active affiliate's future commissions.

All commissions are paid in US Dollars by PayPal or bank draft. Affiliates requesting bank drafts will have a processing fee of $10.00 deducted from the check. This fee may change at any time.

Each affiliate is responsible for selecting the payment processor, through which to receive their commissions/referral fees, from the payment processors supported by the Program Operator. If you elect a payment processor through which to receive your commissions and you later terminate the account or the account becomes unavailable for any reason, the Program Operator is not responsible for your not receiving the money. Each affiliate is responsible for always maintaining the payment processor through which they receive their commissions/referral fees OR selecting an alternate method of payment supported by the Program Operator. This election is entirely made by the affiliate and the Program Operator assumes no responsibility for non-receipt of payments made according to the payment processor elected by the affiliate, or the affiliate's lack of ability to then conform to the payment processors or processes supported by the the Program Operator. The Program Operator assumes no responsibility for an affiliate not electing a payment processor. If an affiliate fails to elect a payment processor, any sums due will be paid via check and any fees applicable to payments by check or bank draft will be deducted.

MIXING OF PRODUCTS

As an affiliate of the Program Operator, your website on which you advertise any products or services of the Program Operator may only include products that are not capable of being viewed by persons 13 years of age or younger unless the Program Operator specifically allows such products. Your website may NOT contain any content or images that are NOT suitable for being viewed by persons 13 years of age or younger if you include any reference whatsoever to the Program Operator, the website, the eBook(s), or your affiliate Link. On any website on which you include any reference whatsoever to the Program Operator, its products, services, and eBooks, you may NOT include any reference whatsoever to any form of "Adult" content. Any violation of these requirements will result in immediate termination of your affiliate status and you shall forfeit any commissions/referral fees that may be due. In the event that any violation of these requirements results in the suspension or termination of any payment processor for or the Program Operator, you shall be liable for liquidated damages in the amount of $10,000 as well as actual and any consequential or actual damages that or the Program Operator may incur.

PAYMENT PROCESSOR FEES

All commissions are calculated based on the net transaction. In other words, all payment processor fees are first deducted from the sums collected from the customer. Then, all payment processor fees are deducted. The remaining amount is a commissionable sale. The commission rate listed on the website is then applied to determine the amount due the affiliate. Any sums paid for payment processor fees are not commissionable. The Program Operator may also charge a per transaction fee for every transaction processed. In the event that a per transaction fee is applied, the amount of the fee can be seen on the website. Any such fee is not commissionable and is also deducted from the sums paid by the customer, prior to the calculation of any commission.

SPAM & UNSOLICITED COMMERCIAL EMAIL (UCE)

The Program Operator does not tolerate the sending of unsolicited bulk emails (UCE or SPAM) which promote, or make reference to the Program Operator, or any of their associated companies or websites, Partners, or employees, the websites, products or services. The provisions of the Terms and Conditions pertaining to UCE or SPAM shall apply to each affiliate. Any affiliate who, in the opinion of the Program Operator, breaches this rule will have their affiliate status canceled and any outstanding commissions will be forfeited.

UNPROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

The Program Operator and their associated companies operate with the strictest codes of professional conduct. Any affiliate who brings the the Program Operator or their employees, partners, or associates into disrepute, or who promotes any form of slander, racism, or unfair business practices, will have their affiliate status canceled and any outstanding commissions will be forfeited.

The Program Operator reserves the right to reject any affiliate application if, in the Program Operator's opinion, that person or entity violates established laws or commonly held standards of decency. For example, we will reject applications from any person or company that promotes any form of violence, illegal activities, or from applicants who the Program Operator prefers not to be associated with.

AFFILIATE SALES & TRACKING

After signing up for the affiliate program, you will receive a unique affiliate URL which you will use to advertise the website. When someone clicks through this URL, a cookie will be set in their browser with your affiliate ID and their IP address may also be logged with your affiliate ID. During that visit to the website or any later visit, when a purchase is made the commission will be given based on the existence of the cookie.

In order to receive proper credit for sales, a person or entity must purchase through your unique affiliate URL. Masking or cloaking of the links (whether done by software or by a script, and sometimes referred to as "affiliate link cloaking") may or may not work with parts of the Sites. The Program Operator allows masking or cloaking but You must provide a repeatable process for our verification of the cloaked link, otherwise the use of the masked or cloaked link is disallowed.

TERM & TERMINATION

This agreement will begin upon your sign-up with the affiliate program and will end when either you or the Program Operator terminates your affiliate status, or if your account is inactive in any continuous twelve month period. An affiliate may terminate this agreement at any time, and for any reason, by writing to - or emailing - the Program Operator at the email address listed on the website. The affiliate may not transfer this agreement, or any rights conveyed in this agreement, to any third party whatsoever.

The Program Operator may also terminate this agreement at any time, and for any reason, by writing to affiliate at the email address listed in the affiliate's Profile, with 30 days notice. the Program Operator may transfer this agreement to any party whatsoever, at any time, and this agreement shall remain in full force and effect, without notice to affiliate. However, if this agreement should terminate for cause due to violation of this agreement or the Terms and Conditions, this agreement shall terminate immediately and affiliate shall forfeit all right to any commissions then due.

RIGHTS TO MODIFY AGREEMENT

The Program Operator, and its associated companies may, in good faith, modify any of this agreement and/or the Terms and Conditions (including the affiliate Commission Schedule), at any time and at its sole discretion, by posting a change notice or a new agreement on the website. These changes will come into force immediately upon posting. The affiliate's continued participation in the affiliate program following the said posting of a change notice or new agreement shall constitute binding acceptance by the affiliate of the change.

If any modification to this agreement is not acceptable to the affiliate, the affiliate's only recourse is to terminate this agreement. Upon termination of this agreement, the former affiliate must remove all affiliate links and graphics from its web site, and refrain from publishing same in any manner whatsoever.

NO MISUSE

It is understood that any individual that uses the Program Operator system shall not use it in connection with obscene, defamatory, slanderous, hateful, illegal or politically disruptive material, the definition of which shall be at the sole discretion of the Program Operator. It is also understood that affiliates shall not try to cheat the system in an effort to increase their payments due. If such misuse is detected, the affiliate will be immediately terminated as an affiliate and any sums paid and any sums payable as and for commissions will be withheld. All affiliates further agree to refrain from engaging in any hostile activity toward the system. Any individual that engages in such hostile activity, such as hacking, shall be held liable for any loss sustained by the Program Operator, or its associates due to such action.

AS-IS ONLY

There is no warranty or guarantee of any kind with respect to the Program Operator system as far as reliability, stability, quality or dependability. This means that the Program Operator, or its associates is not responsible for any loss or damage incurred directly or indirectly due to the use of the Program Operator website, products, services, or any other facet of the system. This shall include, but is not limited to, any system malfunction, period of being inoperative or unavailable, loss of data or discontinuation of service, other inconveniences.

FEES

Affiliates shall be charged NO FEE by the Program Operator for setting up an account to join affiliate programs or to join any program.

ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS & EMAIL

The Program Operator requires your primary email address be listed in your affiliate Profile. Affiliates will not be able to use the website or participate in the affiliate program until their email addresses are verified. Those who fail to verify their email address or use an email address that generates an error response consistently (e.g., "User is over quota" or "Mailbox full") will forfeit any commissions due and this contract will be terminated immediately. You may not use an email address with an auto responder as your Program Operator email address. When you visit the Program Operator's websites or send emails to, you are communicating electronically. You consent to receive communications from the Program Operator electronically. The Program Operator will communicate with you by email or by posting notices on this site. You agree that all agreements, notices, disclosures and other communications that the Program Operator provides to you electronically satisfy any legal requirement that such communications be in writing. If you are an affiliate, you understand that you may NOT opt out of any emails that you receive from the Program Operator. As an affiliate, you must continually have a valid email account on file with the Program Operator or we reserve the right to terminate your participation immediately, without any refund of any license fees paid or payment of any commission due.

UNAUTHORIZED CHARGING OR RECEIPT OF PAYMENTS THROUGH THE SITES

No affiliate, or other person or entity may use the website, or the Program Operator payment processing system, for private transactions. Any revenue collected through the website or through the the Program Operator payment processing system may become the sole property of the Program Operator . Any revenue collected through the the Program Operator payment processing system may become the sole property of the Program Operator. Specifically, affiliates may not link to the website for processing of products or services that are not wholly sponsored by the Program Operator and authorized by the Program Operator and further, may not link to the website for processing of any products beyond what the Program Operator has identified as salable products for the website and specific affiliate sales. Should any affiliate of the Program Operator or other person or entity construct links that process orders through the Program Operator payment processing system, the act will be considered an attack of computing resources with intent to damage the website and therefore treated as a serious computer crime. Violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

CHARGING OR RECEIVING ANY PAYMENT FOR ASSISTING YOUR AFFILIATES

The progress of any affiliate benefits the Program Operator in many ways. If You recruit, sponsor, or obtain an affiliate through the websites, by any means, You should always be willing to assist such affiliate at no charge to such affiliate. If you are unwilling to assist such affiliates without charge, your affiliate status with the Program Operator will be terminated immediately and any commissions due will be withheld permanently as partial compensation for managing the associated and impacted affiliates.

AFFILIATE IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS

You will be provided an affiliate identification number. Your affiliate ID number may be numeric and/or CaSe sEnSitIvE. For example, the code 'learn_more' is different from 'Learn_More'. You are responsible for maintaining the secrecy and security of your affiliate ID number and password. You agree to hold the Program Operator harmless in the event that any such information is shared by you with any other person or entity whatsoever.

NO PREDATORY ADVERTISING

All affiliates in the affiliate program agree to refrain from any type of predatory advertising practices, the definition of which shall be at the sole discretion of the Program Operator, and shall include, but not be limited to, dynamically replacing the affiliate ID of one affiliate with that of another with the effect of "stealing" the commission away from the affiliate that earned it, whether this be intentional or not. affiliates may not adjust any of the supplied affiliate links to reset cookies or bypass other safeguards in the system. affiliates understand that engaging in such practices is grounds for immediate termination and forfeiture of any earned commissions.

LIABILITY

The Program Operator will not be liable for indirect or accidental damages (loss of revenue, commissions) due to affiliate system sale tracking failures, commission processing system failures, losses of database files or backups thereof, attacks on computing resources, computer viruses, the continued viability of their products, any results of "intents of harm" to the program, or acts of God or Nature. The Program Operator makes no claim that the operation of the websites or the Program Operator network will be error-free nor will the Program Operator be held liable for any interruptions or errors.

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

a) If any part of this agreement or the Terms and Condition is declared void, this agreement and the Terms and Conditions shall, to the maximum practicable extent, be construed without reference to that part. No term or provision of the Agreement shall be waived unless in writing and signed by the party waiving the provision, and any waiver shall apply only to the specific event or situation which it describes and shall not be continuing. No affiliate may assign or sublicense this agreement without the Program Operator's prior written consent.

b) All legal or other fees incurred in collecting returned checks or declined credit cards or any other lack of payment related to a sale made by an affiliate will be payable by the affiliate. Any sums not collected from the affiliate or affiliate's customer are not commissionable, and any fees incurred during processing or handling of sales made by the affiliate will be deducted in whole from any commissions due to the affiliate. Further, in the event that the commissions due the affiliate are insufficient to cover any sums, the affiliate agrees to pay the full amount to the Program Operator.

c) IF THE FOREGOING LIMITATIONS OR THE LIMITATIONS WITHIN THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS ARE HELD TO BE UNENFORCEABLE, THE PROGRAM OPERATOR'S LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES UNDER THIS AGREEMENT TO ANY PERSON OR ENTITY SHALL NOT EXCEED THE AMOUNT OF FEES PAID BY THAT PERSON OR ENTITY FOR THE PRODUCT, SERVICE, AND OR EBOOK OR SOFTWARE (LICENSE).

d) To the extent you have in any manner violated or threatened to violate the Program Operator’s intellectual property rights, the Program Operator may seek injunctive or other appropriate relief in any court located in Cook, Illinois, USA and you consent to exclusive jurisdiction and venue in such courts. Use of the Program Operator website is unauthorized in any jurisdiction that does not give effect to all provisions of these terms and conditions, including without limitation this paragraph. You agree that no joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship exists between you and the Program Operator as a result of this agreement or use of the website, products, and/or services. The Program Operator's performance of this agreement is subject to existing laws and legal process, and nothing contained in this agreement is in derogation of the Program Operator's right to comply with governmental, court and law enforcement determined to be invalid or unenforceable pursuant to applicable law including, but not limited to, the warranty disclaimers and liability limitations set forth above, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision and the remainder of the agreement shall continue in effect.

e) This Agreement shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of Illinois, USA applicable to agreements made and to be performed in Illinois, USA. You agree that any legal action or proceeding between the Program Operator and you for any purpose concerning this agreement or the parties' obligations hereunder, will first attempt to be resolved with the help of a mutually agreed-upon online mediator. Any costs and fees (other than attorney fees) associated with the mediation will be shared equally by each of us.

f) If it proves impossible to arrive at a mutually satisfactory solution through online mediation, we agree to submit the dispute to binding arbitration at the following location: for legal actions or proceedings between the Program Operator and you, in Cook, Illinois, USA under the commercial rules of the American Arbitration Association. Judgment upon the award rendered by the arbitration may be entered in any court with jurisdiction to do so.

In no case shall you have the right to go to court or have a jury trial. You will not have the right to engage in pre-trial discovery except as provided in the rules; you will not have the right to participate as a representative or member of any class of claimants pertaining to any claim subject to arbitration; the arbitrator's decision will be final and binding with limited rights of appeal.

g) Any cause of action or claim you may have with respect to the website, the products, the services, or the eBook(s), must be commenced within ninety (90) days after the claim or cause of action arises or such claim or cause of action is barred. The Program Operator 's failure to insist upon or enforce strict performance of any provision of this agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right. Neither the course of conduct between the parties nor trade practice shall act to modify any provision of this agreement. the Program Operator may assign its rights and duties under this agreement to any party at any time without notice to you. Use of headings in this document is for convenience only and does not identify legal boundaries or terms explicitly.

h) The Program Operator may modify this agreement, and the agreement this creates, at any time, simply by updating this posting and without notice to you. This is the ENTIRE agreement regarding all the matters that have been discussed.

i) The Program Operator may transfer any rights or responsibility that it may have to any person or entity whatsoever. Nothing herein shall alter or encumber the right of the Program Operator to transfer any such rights or responsibilities. Any transfer by the Program Operator shall cause this agreement, and any other agreement then in effect (as well as any other contract between you and the transferring party) to transfer simultaneously, all without permission.

j) Should this affiliate program be deemed illegal in any jurisdiction, the Program Operator has the right to immediately terminate this program, without recourse. If the payment processors utilized by the Program Operator determine that sales made through affiliates cannot be processed through the payment processor, then the Program Operator has the right to immediately terminate this Program, without recourse. Nothing herein is intended to imply that the Program Operator will always offer any affiliate program, or this affiliate program, for all products, services, and/or opportunities sold by the Program Operator on the websites or that the Program Operator will offer any affiliate program whatsoever.

Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved.

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ANTI-SPAM POLICY

We hate unsolicited commercial e-mail as much as you do. Also known as Spam or junk e-mail, it is a disservice to the Internet community.
We fully endorse and comply with the requirements of the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 (Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act), and all other applicable unsolicited commercial e-mail laws.

If you subscribe to electronic newsletters or other communications from our website, you will always have an option to unsubscribe immediately.

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This policy was last updated on 03-11-2009.

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DISCLOSURES REQUIRED UNDER SECTIONS 527 AND 342 OF THE BANKRUPTCY ABUSE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT OF 2005.

DISCLOSURE PURSUANT TO 11 U.S.C. 342(b)(1) AND 527(a)(1) OF THE BANKRUPTCY CODE


PURPOSE, BENEFITS AND COSTS OF BANKRUPTCY

The Bankruptcy Code provides a way for honest people who have debt they cannot afford to repay to obtain a fresh start. To the extent that money or property may be available to creditors, creditors are place into a hierarchy and receive money according to their rank.

The following is intended as a brief overview of the different types of bankruptcy chapters that are available to individuals. You expressly understand that no one should make a determination as whether or not to file a bankruptcy based on the information contained here. Only after you have discussed your situation directly with an experienced attorney should you make a determination if bankruptcy is right for you.

Chapter 7

Otherwise known as a “straight bankruptcy”, Chapter 7 is the most common type of bankruptcy among consumers. In a Chapter 7, an individual can eliminate or discharge most debts that cannot afford to be repaid. Certain types of debts, such as student loans, most tax debts, back child support, alimony, bounced checks and fines cannot be discharged. Each person filing a Chapter 7 has a Trustee assigned to his or her case. The Trustee conducts an examination of the debtor’s bankruptcy petition and also sells the debtor’s non-exempt assets. The proceeds of the sale are applied to the debtor’s creditors. In reality, most people do not lose anything in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Each State has “exemptions” for debtors. These exemptions detail what a debtor can keep in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy and usually cover all real and personal property a debtor owns. A filing fee to the Bankruptcy Court, which is in addition to your attorney’s fees, must be paid.

Chapter 13

A Chapter 13 bankruptcy is essentially a repayment plan whereby a person pays towards his or her debts over a three to five year period. In a Chapter 13, you do not have to worry about losing anything. A Chapter 13 plan is submitted to the Bankruptcy Court and outlines your plan to pay towards your debt. Secured debt is generally paid back in full. However, general unsecured debts such as credit cards, car repossession deficiencies, and medical bills may possibly be paid back at less than 100% on dollar. Your attorney will let you know the exact amount after a careful analysis of your financial situation. A Chapter 13 can be very effective for people who are behind on a house and/or a car and need help catching up. Chapter 13s are also good for people who are having financially difficulty and have too much equity in an asset (such as a house) to be protected in a Chapter 7, make too much money to qualify for a Chapter 7 (this is determined by a “means test”), or have previously filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy within the past eight years. A filing fee to the Bankruptcy Court, which is in addition to your attorney’s fees, must be paid.

Chapter 11

Chapter 11 allows business to reorganize their debt and continue to operate under the guidance and protection of the Bankruptcy Court. Although it is similar to a Chapter 13, Chapter 11 generally does not apply to individuals with primarily consumer debt. More information obtain Chapter 11 may be obtained from the United States Courts website. A filing fee to the Bankruptcy Court, which is in addition to your attorney’s fees, must be paid.

Chapter 12

The purpose of a Chapter 12 bankruptcy is to assist family farmers who are having financial difficulties. This chapter of the Bankruptcy Code allows family farmers to reorganize their debts so that they may keep their farms. More information obtain Chapter 12 may be obtained from the United States Courts website. A filing fee to the Bankruptcy Court, which is in addition to your attorney’s fees, must be paid.

What Bankruptcy Can Do

Eliminate or “discharge” a person’s liability to repay most debts so that a fresh start may be obtained. Once a debt has been discharged, there is no longer any obligation to pay the debt back.

Stop wage garnishments.

Stop car repossessions.

Stop foreclosures. Help people catch up on payments.

Stop utility shut-offs.

Possibly lower balances and interest rate on secured debt such as a car.

What Bankruptcy Cannot Do

Eliminate or “discharge” certain debt that Bankruptcy Code states is non-dischargeable. The most common type of non-dischargeable debt is most taxes, child support, alimony, debts incurred by fraud, government fines, bounced checks, and student loans.

Discharge debt that was incurred after your bankruptcy was filed.

Protect cosigners. A bankruptcy only discharges debt of the person who is filing. It will not protect cosigners. A non-filing cosigner will still be liable for the debt.

Negate the rights of secured creditors. Generally speaking, if you are paying on a secured debt, such as a mortgage or car loan, and you want to keep the collateral (house, car, etc.), then you have to keep paying the debt.

Services Available From Credit Counseling Agencies

In most instances, the Bankruptcy Code requires people filing for bankruptcy receiving a credit counseling briefing prior to filing. The briefing will provide assistance in budgeting as well as provide opportunities for credit counseling. The briefing must be conducted by a non-for-profit agency approved by the United States Trustee. The Bankruptcy Court in your jurisdiction can provide you with a list of approved budget and credit counseling agencies.

Bankruptcy’s Effect on Your Credit

A bankruptcy can stay on your credit report or history for up to 10 years. However, this does not mean that you will not be able to get credit for that long. Although there is no guarantee about getting credit in the future, many of our clients have found that it is earlier to get credit after filing a bankruptcy that it was before. It is important to note that getting credit after bankruptcy also depends on a variety of factors such as money available for a down payment and employment.

DISCLOSURE PURSUANT TO 11 U.S.C. 342(b)(2)

Any information you provide in contemplation of filing a bankruptcy may be filed with the Bankruptcy Court. You will be required to sign an acknowledgement, under the penalty of perjury, that the information you provided is completely true.

Anyone who knowingly and fraudulently makes a false oath or statement under the penalty of perjury or conceals any assets in a bankruptcy proceeding shall be subject to criminal sanctions such as a fine and/or imprisonment.

All information provided by you for use in your bankruptcy case is subject to review by the Attorney General.

DISCLOSURE PURSUANT TO 11 U.S.C. 527(a)

Law Offices of David Freydin is a “debt relief agency” within the meaning of Bankruptcy Code, 11 U.S.C. 101 (12). I have agreed contemporaneously with being provided this disclosure to retain Law Offices of David Freydin to represent me in connection with a bankruptcy case that may be filed on my behalf. This document is part of the contract and is being incorporated into the contract by reference. I understand and agree to the following:

General Instructions:

1. All information that the assisted person is required to provide with a bankruptcy petition and thereafter during a case under this title is required to be complete, accurate, and truthful.

2. All assets and all liabilities are required to be completely and accurately disclosed in the documents filed to commence the case, and the replacement value of each asset as defined in 11 U.S.C. §506 must be stated in those documents where requested after reasonable inquiry to establish such value.

3. Current monthly income, the amounts specified in 11 U.S.C. §707(b)(2), and, in a case under Chapter 13 of this title, disposable income (determined in accordance with 11 U.S.C. §707(b)(2)) are required to be stated after reasonable inquiry.

4. Information that an assisted person provides during his or her case may be audited pursuant to this title, and failure to provide such information may result in dismissal of the case under this title or other sanction, including criminal sanctions.

Instructions on Providing Information Required by Bankruptcy Law:

You are required to provide certain information to the court when you file bankruptcy. It is our obligation to make diligent inquiry of you so as to obtain information to include in your bankruptcy petition. We will be asking you for information concerning the following areas and possibly others. There will be additional information and possibly documents we will need you to bring back at your next appointment. We will give you a list of the documents we will need at your first appointment. We will need at least the following information to help you with your case:

Valuation of Assets: You need to value your assets based on the replacement value of the property as of the date your case is filed without deducting the costs of sale or marketing. If the property was acquired for personal, family, or household purposes, replacement value shall mean the price a retail merchant would charge for property of that kind considering the age and condition of the property (at the time value is determined). If you are uncertain of the value of your property, you should inform your attorney/paralegal and then contact a merchant who sells property of that kind and inquire as to the price that merchant would charge.

Determination of Current Monthly Income: In order to determine your income for purposes of your bankruptcy, you will need to provide some evidence about any source of income you or your spouse received in the preceding six months. Evidence of income may include pay stubs, statements from your employer, bank statements, or a letter from your employer. If you have other proof of income, please bring it to your next appointment. Also, if you or your spouse’s income has changed in the last six months, you need to bring this to the attention of your attorney.

Types of Debt That Must Be Listed and Disclosed: You must list all your debts, including but not limited to (a) debts you don’t believe you should owe; (b) debts that will not be discharged, such as student loans and child support; (c) debts that you intend to pay; (d) debts that you cosigned for someone else or that someone else cosigned for you; and (e) debts to family members.

Amount of Non-Priority Unsecured Debt: You will need to know the amount of your non-priority unsecured debt. This is debt that does not have any collateral securing it and is generally not in the nature of taxes, alimony, maintenance, or support. If you do not know the amount of your debt, you can get this information from your bills, court documents, or a credit report or from contacting your creditors directly.

Amount of Debt Owed to Secured and Priority Creditors: You will need to list all creditors who have any claim on any of your property as collateral for the debt. You will also need to list all creditors to whom you owe taxes, alimony, maintenance, child support, divorce decree obligations, etc. If you do not have this information, then you may be able to obtain it from your bills, a credit report, or court documents or from contacting your creditors directly.

Amount of Your Regular Monthly Expenses (Not Including Your Debts): You will need to be able to tell your attorney the amount you spend on your utilities, food, insurance premiums, expenses incurred to protect your family under the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (or other applicable federal law), medical expenses, 401k contributions, and loan payments, donations for charity, payments for the care of family members, and any school expenses for a dependent child. In addition, if you have any extraordinary expenses that are reasonable and necessary, please list these as well.

How To Determine What Address Should Be Used for Each Creditor: If a creditor is still communicating with you, we will need the address supplied by the creditor in at least 2 communications over the last 90 days. Do not use the address to which you send payments; rather, use the correspondence address. Keep all mailings from your creditor, so we can keep up with any changes in the creditor’s address and prove, if necessary, that we used the appropriate addresses.

DISCLOSURE PURSUANT TO 11 U.S.C. 527(b)

If you decide to seek bankruptcy relief, you can represent yourself, you can hire an attorney to represent you, or you can get help in some localities from a bankruptcy petition preparer who is not an attorney. THE LAW REQUIRES AN ATTORNEY OR BANKRUPTCY PETITION PREPARER TO GIVE YOU A WRITTEN CONTRACT SPECIFYING WHAT THE ATTORNEY OR BANKRUPTCY PETITION PREPARER WILL DO FOR YOU AND HOW MUCH IT WILL COST. Ask to see the contract before you hire anyone.

The following information helps you understand what must be done in a routine bankruptcy case to help you evaluate how much service you need. Although bankruptcy can be complex, many cases are routine. An attorney can help guide you through this intricate process, making it easier and less stressful for you.

Before filing a bankruptcy case, either you or your attorney should analyze your eligibility for different forms of debt relief available under the Bankruptcy Code and which form of relief is most likely to be beneficial for you. Be sure you understand the relief you can obtain and its limitations. To file a bankruptcy case, documents called a Petition, Schedules and Statement of Financial Affairs, as well as in some cases a Statement of Intention need to be prepared correctly and filed with the bankruptcy court. You will have to pay a filing fee to the bankruptcy court. Once your case starts, you will have to attend the required first meeting of creditors where you will be questioned by a court official called a “trustee” and, much more rarely, by creditors.

If you choose to file a Chapter 7 case, you may be asked by a creditor to reaffirm a debt. You may want help deciding whether to do so. A creditor is not permitted to coerce you into reaffirming your debts. It may not be in your best interest to reaffirm a debt.

If you choose to file a Chapter 13 case in which you repay your creditors what you can afford over 3 to 5 years, you may also want help with preparing your Chapter 13 plan and with the confirmation hearing on your plan which, if held, will be before a bankruptcy judge.

If you select another type of relief under the Bankruptcy Code other than Chapter 7 or Chapter 13, you will want to find out what should be done from someone familiar with that type of relief. However, please be advised that in most cases, you will only be concerned with Chapter 7 and Chapter 13.

Your bankruptcy case may also involve litigation. You are generally permitted to represent yourself in litigation in bankruptcy court, but only attorneys, not bankruptcy petition preparers, can give you legal advice.

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