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You appear to have 2 questions. The first being how to hire an attorney. The second being how to determine whether to file a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13. Therefore, let's deal with these inquiries one at a time.
As for the hiring of an attorney...I encourage you to contact several attorneys in your area as they will be best equipped to direct you to any local pro bono or legal assistance programs available through your state or local bar association or through the court itself. Some courts have pro se law clerks, who are not permitted to gtive legal advice, but who are available to answer questions about the required bankruptcy forms and such.
Mathematically, the question regarding how to determine if you qualify for a Chapter 7 versus a Chapter 13 starts with your household income over the six months prior to the filing of the case. However, even if you qualify for one chapter versus another, your objectives and needs will also play a significant part in determining which chapter of bankruptcy, if either, is appropriate for you.
So, if you'd like to tell me a little bit more about your particular situation, I can provide you with more specific legal information.
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Thank you and best of luck to you.
Additionally, you may wish to contact:
Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, 111 West Jackson Blvd., Third Floor, Chicago, IL 60604. Specifically: David Yen, Supervisory Attorney of the Bankruptcy Project, Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago for information on legal assistance programs in your state.
If a judgement is ordered, can the judgement be included in the bankruptcy?
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