4 Tips For Filing Bankruptcy In Wisconsin

Filing bankruptcy in Wisconsin may be different than filing in other states. Although all consumer bankruptcy cases follow Federal bankruptcy code procedures, there are state-specific bankruptcy laws, property exemptions, and non-bankruptcy options that can have an impact on the outcome of your case. There is no room for errors. For these reasons, it is important to hire a bankruptcy law firm that is familiar with Wisconsin consumer protection laws, as well as the U.S. bankruptcy code. This will allow for a more thorough explanation of options and ensure the best results.

  1. Compare Wisconsin Bankruptcy Lawyers 

When it comes to filing Chapter 13 or Chapter 7 consumer bankruptcy, attorney fees are fairly standard across the state of Wisconsin. However, what you get in return will vary, depending upon who is chosen to represent you.  Get the most impact by investing in a law firm that is specialized, thorough, and well-recommended. These considerations will make you more comfortable with your choice.

  • Search for Wisconsin-based bankruptcy law firms whose focus is 100% debt-related.
  • Take advantage of the free consultation that most law firms offer & ask questions.
  • Confirm that the attorney can be located on the “Wisconsin State Bar Association” website.
  • Read client reviews & ratings which give more insight into professionalism & results.
  • Retain the lawyer you are most comfortable with & follow their instructions closely.
  1. Consider Wisconsin Bankruptcy Exemptions

If you have been a Wisconsin resident for more than two years, you have the option of choosing Wisconsin state property exemptions over federal exemptions. We find that the bankruptcy property exemptions in Wisconsin bankruptcy are quite fair; people are usually surprised at what property they can keep. Here are some examples of exempt property. Ultimately, it’s your choice to decide between state or federal filing options, depending upon which is more beneficial. When good legal advice clears up any questions, people are often put at ease about their decisions.

  1. Get Familiar With The Wisconsin Consumer Act Protection

State laws such as the Wisconsin Consumer Act regulate credit transactions and debt collection practices. By design, consumer laws offer protection whether you file for bankruptcy or not. If you do file, this Wisconsin law involves protection both during and after the bankruptcy filing process. Not all transactions apply under the Wisconsin Consumer Act. Ask your attorney for more information and how it applies to your bankruptcy case and learn more about consumer protection laws, including the Wisconsin Consumer Protection Act.

  1. Learn About Wisconsin’s Chapter 128 Non-Bankruptcy Option

Also specific to Wisconsin is a non-bankruptcy option referred to as “Chapter 128.” It is a lesser-known option that works well for people who do not qualify for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13. Wisconsin’s Ch.128 allows you to repay debts with minimal help through a unique structuring plan. Many types of unsecured debt can be included in section 128.21. (Such as rent payments, speeding tickets, speedy/payday loans, and even some medical bills.) Learn more about Chapter 128 in Wisconsin.

Debt Advisors Law Offices Of Wisconsin

Debt Advisors Law Offices has been licensed to practice law in Wisconsin for nearly fifteen years and focuses on debt-related cases. Client reviews and ratings demonstrate the importance of professionalism and client satisfaction. When you choose Debt Advisors, you can count on the team to manage your case efficiently and effectively while keeping you well-informed. There are (7) bankruptcy offices in Wisconsin, with our headquarters located Wauwatosa near Milwaukee. Sign up for your free consultation today.

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