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Ellen Ray understands that sometimes life gets complicated. With over two decades of experience in filing Chapter 13 & Chapter 7 bankruptcies, she has the answers you need with zero judgement. Call for a free initial consultation with an expert lawyer today.
You want an attorney knowledgeable in consumer and business bankruptcy laws and cases as well as one who knows the nuances of the court system and the trustee’s office to ensure that the process goes smoothly with a more predictable outcome.
Ellen Ray gives you those skills and more. She has been practicing law in Essex County, VA for 24 years, and bankruptcy exclusively for 16 years.
Don't let bankruptcy ruin your life. Talk to Attorney Ellen P. Ray and find a solution to pull yourself out of debt. Call 804-355-1800 today to schedule a free consultation.
Get on an approved payment plan.
We work with you to develop a plan and propose a monthly payment to the trustee in the case. The trustee will pay the debts of the person seeking relief according to terms filed with the court.
Works well for people who need to resolve:
Back payments owed on a mortgage or vehicle loan. Back taxes owed. Income is enough to pay some but not all of the debt owed. Protects equity in property that would be lost with a Chapter 7 filing.
Removes the lien of a second or third mortgage holder on a home with a first mortgage that has a balance that is higher than the property's total value. Helps a person who is not eligible to file a Chapter 7 but needs to file for bankruptcy.
Get informed about Joint Debt.
If you believe you have co-signed or guaranteed a loan for another person and you wish to get more information on your liability for that debt, our office to discuss your situation.
Have you co-signed a debt?
In co-signing a loan, you are agreeing that you will pay the debt in full if the other person or persons who have signed the loan do not pay. No matter what order you signed, both you and the other person are equally liable for the debt.
Filing bankruptcy involving joint debt
If the first person on a note or loan files bankruptcy and discharges any part of the debt, the co-signer will still be responsible for the balance on the money owed and the creditor may choose to collect against the co-signer just as if that person received the money or had the property financed.
To get more information on your liability for the loan you have co-signed, contact our office for competent bankruptcy advice and to discuss your particular situation.
Is a Chapter 7 right for you?
We provide practical advice to help you with a difficult decision. If you have a business that is failing and you are planning to close it without paying all the debts owed, you should seek counsel from a competent bankruptcy attorney that can help you. You can file for Chapter 7 protection if you are ready to shut down the business and turn over the remaining assets to a trustee who will then sell them to pay off the business debt.
Don't file a Chapter 11 bankruptcy alone.
If your business is a corporation and you wish to reorganize the debt owed while keeping the business operating, then your only option under the bankruptcy law is a Chapter 11 filing. Ellen Ray can refer you to an experienced and qualified Chapter 11 attorney.
Did you know many taxes are dischargeable in a Virginia bankruptcy?
This may mean that you will not have to pay most of what you owe. If you believe that you may be eligible for a partial or complete discharge of tax debt after reviewing the information on this site, give Ellen Ray a call to schedule an appointment. We'll get you to bring in your documents and receive a thorough analysis of your situation.
Which taxes aren't dischargeable in bankruptcy:
Federal personal income taxes that are due for the last three tax years are generally not dischargeable and must be paid in full. But you may be eligible to stop future penalties and interest through a Chapter 13 filing. Real estate taxes are not dischargeable if you are planning to retain the property. However, it can be resolved through a Chapter 13 filing.
Possible dischargeable taxes in bankruptcy?
Federal personal income taxes that are due for years prior to the last three tax years may be dischargeable depending on whether and when you filed the tax returns for these years. Personal property taxes owed to local governments may be dischargeable if it has been more than a year since they came due and if you no longer own the vehicle involved.
Going through a bankruptcy can be a stressful time in one's life. Our FAQ helps answer some of the more common concerns. Click here to get answers to your questions.
Remember: The law often changes and varies from state to state. Each case is different. These articles are meant to give you general information and not to give you specific legal advice.
Since bankruptcy law is based upon Federal Law and not State Law, you will file your bankruptcy case in the Federal Court and that Court is in Richmond, Virginia if you live in the surrounding counties. If you would like to know which counties file in Richmond, please call us at 804-355-1800 and we will be happy to check to see if your county is included in the Richmond Division.
Once you have paid all the fees you have been quoted and provided us with all the documents we have requested from you, we will set you an appointment to sign your petition and at that time, once you have reviewed all the paperwork thoroughly and signed where required, we will file the petition with the court. At this time, and not before, you will have all the protections given by federal law against collection as well as from being sued in state court for nonpayment.
The following types of creditors are generally not dis-chargeable in a chapter 7 case under current law although some exceptions can apply:
Ellen Ray has been practicing law for 24 years, and bankruptcy exclusively for 15 years. Many seek her out after being referred by prior clients.
We look forward to meeting you and discussing your case.