When one files bankruptcy they are entitled to keep certain types of property up to a certain value. Typically the property you get has been termed as “exempt.” In Massachusetts, if you own a home you are entitled to an exemption in your homestead. Well, as of March 2011, MA residents are typically entitled to an automatic homestead for $125,000. For the uninitiated, if you have less than $125,000 in equity in your home, it is automatically exempt and you can keep your home in a bankruptcy. What if you have more than $125,000 in equity? You simply need to file a document at the registry of deeds in the county where your home is located. This is known as “declaration of homestead.” As a matter of fact - filing this document will increase your homestead and protect the equity in your home up to $500,000.00. Massachusetts Bankruptcy filing offers an array of options and also there are many reasons why the consumer might choose to file for either Chapter 7 or Massachusetts Chapter 13 Bankruptcy. By discussing your situation with the debt relief attorney who is licensed in your state, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy filing can help in relieving the financial stress or even protect against losing property. However a lot of people who are trying to save their homes are still unaware of the fact that Massachusetts Chapter 13 Bankruptcy offers homeowners a lot of options to save their home.
Also, it helps them in reducing the amount owed on their mortgages. Let's take an example - if you have fallen behind on your mortgage payments, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy will allow you to resume your normal monthly payments. This will allow you to set up a repayment plan to repay your arrears over the course of five years. Massachusetts Chapter 7 Bankruptcy can’t help everyone, but there may be options available.
How do you get started?
The first thing you should do is to file a simple, two page form in court, asking for relied under chapter 13. The form is called a ‘petition’ and needs to be signed by all debtors. This is your initial step in the process and this further puts into motion which is called the automatic stay. Well from this point the creditors will no longer bother you. The court will now provide you the ‘docket number’, which is typically a way of saying your case number. This will help to stop the foreclosure proceedings.
The second thing happens around 7-10 days later after filing the petition. You may be required to submit a document known as ‘matrix’. This lists of all your creditors names and addresses to the court.
After submitting your matrix , you need to submit a plan outlining how you propose to reorganize under chapter 13. This plan actually includes your liabilities, income, your assets, monthly expenses, your past financial history and also the evidence that you are capable of fulfilling your financial obligations. Once you have filed your plan you will be able to file amendments as and when necessary.
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