Unfortunately, Chapter 7 bankruptcy relief is not available to everyone. To file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you must be able to show that your income is less than the median average for households of similar size in your state by completing something called the means test. In the means test, you will be asked to provide information that details all of the income that comes into your household. If this amount is less than the medium income for households of your size in your state, you are likely eligible to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
However, even if you earn more than the median income for households that are your size, you could still be eligible to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. In addition to examining your income, the means test will also take into account your regular household expenses. Your household income minus certain living expenses will result in what is known as your disposable income. If your disposable income is less than the median disposable income for other households of your size in your state, you will likely pass the means test and be able to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
If you are struggling with an unmanageable amount of debt, you should reach out to a Fayetteville bankruptcy attorney at the Bradford Law Offices, PLLC, about whether Chapter 7 bankruptcy is right for you. If you are not eligible for Chapter 7 or if it is simply not right for you, our legal team can help you explore all of the options available to help you deal with your debt. To speak with a bankruptcy lawyer about the particulars of your situation, please call our offices at (919) 758-8879 today.