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How long does bankruptcy take?

Once a Chapter 7 bankruptcy is filed, it takes a day or two to receive notice of the date and time for the meeting of creditors, which is generally scheduled two to three weeks away from the filing date.

Once the meeting of creditors takes place and assuming there are no complicating factors in your Chapter 7, it’s about 60 days before you receive your bankruptcy discharge of all your dischargeable debts.

Regarding how long it takes from the time your hire an attorney to begin the process up until the time of filing, a lot of it depends on your individual situation. If you have loose ends that need tying up, such as an unfiled tax return from a prior tax year, you will probably need to get these things taken care of before you can file.

Also, it may take people some extra time to gather all of the documentation required for an attorney to complete the bankruptcy papers. And some attorneys may take installment payments for their attorney fees, which can delay the filing date, since all attorneys fees must be paid before a bankruptcy can be filed.

Chapter 13 bankruptcies, on the other hand, can take anywhere from 3 to 5 years to complete, since a Chapter 13 involves making monthly payments over time to your creditors.

If you think you might need a bankruptcy attorney in New Jersey, please call me at 201-676-0722 for a free telephone consultation.

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