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Mobile Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Lawyer

Dedicated Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Attorney in Mobile and Baldwin County

The Chapter 11 bankruptcy lawyer here at Ryan Legal Services, Inc has ample experience working in consumer and business law. He is dedicated to providing his clients with comprehensive legal services at a time when they need it most.

From start to finish, Attorney Kevin Ryan can guide you through each step of the bankruptcy process to help you and your business get back on your feet.

About Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Chapter 11 bankruptcy is primarily filed by large corporations, but can sometimes work for small businesses. On very rare occasions, consumers might also file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Through Chapter 11 bankruptcy, businesses with substantial debts can reorganize their debts and plan for future improvements after bankruptcy as a way to increase profits and decrease expenses.

The benefits of Chapter 11 include an increased time period to plan for substantial changes and the opportunity to reorganize debts. However, this type of bankruptcy is often more costly and time-consuming than other types of bankruptcy.

Navigating the Chapter 11 Filing Process in Mobile

In most cases, the debtor files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to escape insurmountable debt, though the creditors may ban together to file an involuntary petition for the debtor. Once the petition is filed through the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, the creditors must immediately stop all collections activities. During this time, the debtor will formulate an organization plan.

The reorganization plan will create a strategy for renegotiating contracts to discharge or partially repay debts. Creditors are usually more inclined to work with debtors in these situations because a partial payment through Chapter 11 bankruptcy is typically more than they would receive otherwise.

Creditors will be organized into different classes depending on the priority for repayment. For example, state and federal tax agencies will be a top priority, followed by employees who are owed wages. The renegotiation plan will also create a proposal for post-bankruptcy profits. The creditors must agree to the terms of the proposed plan, including repayment amounts, and the court will then provide final approval.

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Our Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Lawyer Can Help

After the court has approved your reorganization plan, you will be expected to meet all payments stipulated in the agreement. If the plan is fair and abides by bankruptcy laws, the court will usually approve it.

However, creating a plan that fits these guidelines but still protects your interests and your financial well-being can be difficult. If you need to file bankruptcy, our Chapter 11 lawyer can represent your interests and help create a plan that protects your corporation’s future.

Contact Ryan Legal Services, Inc to schedule a consultation with a Mobile and Baldwin County Chapter 11 lawyer today call (251) 241-5234!

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  • What are Exemptions?

    Most of the exemptions which will apply in a Chapter 7 case are found under Alabama state law. States are all given the option by Congress to decide whether to operate under their own exemption statutes, or under the exemption statutes set out under Title 11 of the U.S. Code ( the “Bankruptcy Code”). There are additional statutes ( “laws”) in both the United States Code and under the Alabama Code.

    Whenever there is a statute that provides additional protection for your property over and above the standard list of exemptions, you can claim these exemptions to further protect your property. Failure to timely claim an exemptions can have the effect of a waiver of that exemption. This means it is highly important to provide your lawyer ( “attorney”) with all of the information he or she requests from you concerning your property. The panel trustee is only able to seize and liquidate property to pay creditors which is not subject to a legal exemption under Alabama OR federal law.

    In Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases, the Debtor keeps all property. Exemptions are still important to identify and claim in your case, however. Failure to claim all of your exemptions in a Chapter 13 case can result in you being required to pay your creditors more than you would otherwise owe them if all exemptions were claimed.

    At Ryan Legal Services, Inc., we are highly knowledgeable and keep up to date with respect to Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy exemptions. We represent individual clients in Baldwin, Mobile and Washington Counties.

    Kevin Ryan is an experienced bankruptcy lawyer who will be there for you. Call us to set up a free telephone or office consultation. Kevin Ryan is admitted to practice before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Alabama.

  • What is a Reaffirmation Agreement?

    You may decide that you would like to keep your relationship with certain creditors in a Chapter 7 case. The procedure to maintain certain debts post-bankruptcy is called Reaffirmation. Reaffirmation is accomplished by entering into a written agreement with the creditor using one of a number of Official Bankruptcy Forms. Usually, the debtor and creditor simply re-establish the original terms of the loan. In some cases, the creditor may agree to reduce an interest rate, or modify the original contract terms as an incentive for the debtor to reaffirm the debt.

    Reaffirmation of a long term mortgage loan or an auto loan may be something a debtor would want to consider in the context of filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case. The terms of the agreement, and whether the agreement would be in the client's best interest is something that a competent lawyer will discuss with a client. Reaffirmation of a mortgage or auto loan will cause the future payments to be reported to the major credit bureaus ( Trans Union, Experian and Equifax). Timely payments will help raise the debtor's credit score after the bankruptcy discharge order is issued in the Chapter 7 bankruptcy case.

    A debtor will generally have only forty-five (45) days after the conclusion of the Meeting of Creditors to file the Reaffirmation Agreement. The debtor is required to file Official Bankruptcy Form 8 ( Statement of Intent) with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court that identifies the debtor's intent with respect to secured debts like auto and car loans. A debtor is never required to reaffirm any debt in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case.

    At Ryan Legal Services, Inc, we have been representing individuals in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy matters since 1998. We represent individuals in Baldwin, Mobile and Washington Counties.

    Kevin Ryan is an experienced bankruptcy lawyer who will be there for you. Call us to set up a free telephone or office consultation.

  • Should I Transfer Property Pre-Bankruptcy?

    There are some cases where a client can meet with a lawyer and make arrangements to change the ownership of property, sell property, or dispose of property prior to filing a bankruptcy case. However, this should never be interpreted as a blank license to indiscriminately transfer assets out of your name. You should never transfer title to any property, or spend any amount of money that is not allocated towards necessary household bills, utilities, and pre-existing secured debt payments prior to consulting with a bankruptcy lawyer. The initial office consultation with a lawyer is dedicated mostly to discussing these issues. A lawyer will always be interested in meeting with you sooner rather than later so that these potential issues can be identified and properly addressed prior to moving forward on your case.

    Transfers of property, or spending discretionary funds prior to filing a bankruptcy case can often result in negative consequences when you later file a bankruptcy case. Every bankruptcy case presents different circumstances, and different opportunities to legally protect your property from creditors. The objective in most bankruptcy cases is to protect all or as much of your property while terminating all or most of your debt. This is usually where a bankruptcy case can become too complicated for a person to obtain all of the benefits of a bankruptcy filing by filing a case without hiring a lawyer. The best bankruptcy attorneys set and accomplish goals with their clients to protect the maximum amount of property and obtain a discharge of all or a maximum amount of the client(s)' debt in the least amount of time.

    You should not transfer any of your property until you speak with a qualified, experienced bankruptcy attorney. At Ryan Legal Services, Inc., Attorney Kevin Ryan has more than 18 years experience handling complex Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy matters. Call now to schedule a free telephone or office consultation. We are happy to discuss these issues with you personally and confidentially.

    Kevin Ryan is an experienced bankruptcy lawyer who will be there for you. Call us to set up a free telephone or office consultation.

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