Bankruptcy Law

Bankruptcy Law Questions? Ask a Bankruptcy Lawyer.

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Bankruptcy Law

I have several judgments against me from credit card companies.

Customer Question
Due to health issues I...
I have several judgments against me from credit card companies. Due to health issues I have no income and have sold off all my assets. I have several questions. 1. Can the creditors force me into court to prove my situation, or are they limited to just searching and ceasing assets? 2. If I come into some money in the future am I obligated to inform the creditors? 3. How long do judgments stay in affect?
Submitted: 8 years ago.Category: Bankruptcy Law
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Bankruptcy Law Question
Answered in 15 minutes by:
5/6/2009
Bankruptcy Lawyer: socrateaser, Attorney replied 8 years ago
socrateaser
socrateaser, Attorney
Category: Bankruptcy Law
Satisfied Customers: 39,373
Experience: Attorney and Real Estate Broker -- Retired (mostly)
Verified

A1. Under bankruptcy law, the bankruptcy trustee can avoid any asset transfer that was done to "defraud, hinder or delay" a creditor's claim, if the transfer was made within 2 years of the date of bankrutpcy petition. A creditor can attempt to ascertain whether the assets were transferred with the intent to defraud as part of the standard 363 hearing. If the creditor thinks that the debtor is hiding assets, then the creditor can file a contested action and engage in discovery so as to acqiure more information, which could include health issues.

 

A2: If you "come into money in the future," and it was money that you "sold" prior to filing bankruptcy, then that would be a fraud, and probably would cause the court to dismiss your entire bankruptcy filing, if it were discovered. It could also cause a criminal prosecution for perjury to the bankruptcy court. So, when you ask whether or not you're obligated -- you're obligated to disclose all of your assets at the time of filing, if you don't, then you could be held civilly and crimnally liable later.

 

A3: A final bankruptcy judgment discharging the debtor lasts forever. An ordinary creditor judgment expiration is based on the law of the State jurisdiction, where the judgment is obtained. Generally 10 years, with a 10 year renewal. But, there are exceptions (e.g., Ohio: 5 years, renewable indefinitely).

 

 

 

<p class="text-13-black" align="left"><u>Terms and Conditions</u>: By your continuing in this conversation with me, or by your clicking "<b><u>Accept</u></b>", you are expressly agreeing to all of the following: (1) our communication is for entertainment purposes only; (2) you are not consulting me in my professional capacity as an attorney; (3) you do not seek to establish an attorney-client relationship with me, nor do I with you; (4) you will not rely on anything I say and you will obtain appropriate legal counsel via a traditional/office consultation with an attorney licensed to practice in the jurisdiction where your legal issue arises (and you may not use our communication to avoid taxpayer penalties imposed by the U.S. Dept. of Treasury); (5) by communicating with me in this public forum you are irrevocably waiving any right to privacy, confidentiality and attorney-client privilege concerning the matters discussed. You further separately declare that any payment made by you is not consideration for this contract, nor offered for any services rendered by me on your behalf, but rather is made in genuine admiration and respect for my desire to help others. If you do not agree with these terms and conditions, then you must advise me immediately.</p>

 

 

socrateaser
socrateaser, Attorney
Category: Bankruptcy Law
Satisfied Customers: 39,373
Experience: Attorney and Real Estate Broker -- Retired (mostly)
Verified
socrateaser and 87 other Bankruptcy Law Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Customer reply replied 8 years ago
I will not be filing a bankruptcy because I have nothing left to protect or money to pay the fees. I was hoping you could tell me what the creditors could legally do outside of bankruptcy to collect their debt other than the calls and letters.I was told that they go to court get a judgment, then they can force me to appear in court periodically in order to prove my financial situation hasn't changed.
Bankruptcy Lawyer: socrateaser, Attorney replied 8 years ago

Under the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act, a creditor can accomplish the identical thing that the bankruptcy trustee can accomplish, except that a creditor can go back four years, rather than only two.

 

Also, a creditor can force you to attend a judgment debtor examination, and the scope of examination is extremely wide. You can be asked questions about almost anything, if it will asset in the location of your assets.

 

So, bankruptcy or not, if you have hidden assets, then they may be found. I'm not saying that they will be found -- only that the creditor is given extremely wide lattitude in tryig to locate assets.

 

 

 

Ask Your Own Bankruptcy Law Question
Ask socrateaser Your Own Question
socrateaser
socrateaser
socrateaser, Attorney
Category: Bankruptcy Law
Satisfied Customers: 39,373
39,373 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Attorney and Real Estate Broker -- Retired (mostly)

socrateaser is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Terry L.

Terry L.

Attorney

2,672 satisfied customers

Better Business Bureau. 18yrs bankruptcy experience. Chicago Bar Assoc. American Bankruptcy Institute member.

cortrightlaw

cortrightlaw

Attorney

511 satisfied customers

Attorney practicing Bankruptcy Law including Chapter 7, Chapter 11, Chapter 12, and Chapter 13.

JoeLawyer

JoeLawyer

Attorney

376 satisfied customers

Attorney in the practice of Bankruptcy Law since 1996

A.J.

A.J.

Attorney

262 satisfied customers

Experienced consumer bankruptcy attorney.

Fritz

Fritz

Attorney

209 satisfied customers

Florida attorney with extensive experience in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 consumer bankruptcy cases

Law Girl

Law Girl

Attorney

153 satisfied customers

I am an attorney.

Paul K, Esq.

Paul K, Esq.

Attorney

141 satisfied customers

10 years Exp., Great customer service, Prompt responses.

< Previous | Next >

Related Bankruptcy Law Questions
We were outbid in bankruptcy court on a house. However, we
We were outbid in bankruptcy court on a house. However, we were the back up offer. All of our paperwork says the house must close in 15 days. It is even still listed online that way. The fifteenth day… read more
Roger
Roger
Litigation Attorney
Doctoral Degree
26,807 satisfied customers
I had a hearing in bankruptcy court- does this mean I wasn't
I had a hearing in bankruptcy court- does this mean I wasn't supposed to defend myself against the one who called for the hearing?… read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
I filed a chapter 13 bankruptcy petition in 2012. It was
I filed a chapter 13 bankruptcy petition in 2012. It was converted to a chapter 7 and I received a discharge of debt under USC 727. In 2016 I filed another chapter 13, and the same creditors who didn'… read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
A few years ago I lost a house to the trustees. It went on a
A few years ago I lost a house to the trustees. It went on a short sale. Now the Franchise tax board says I Tax Board says I "earned" $184,000.00 and that I owe them $20,000.00 in taxes. Of course I r… read more
FiveStarLaw
FiveStarLaw
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
477 satisfied customers
If you have a trial scheduled and the US Trustees Office is
If you have a trial scheduled and the US Trustees Office is trying to get your case dismissed and you have been dealing with your attorney who has been doing things that will get him disbarred, how do… read more
Michael Bradley
Michael Bradley
JD
1,131 satisfied customers
I filed a Chapter 13 petition in 2012 which was converted to
I filed a Chapter 13 petition in 2012 which was converted to Chapter 7 and I received a discharge in 2015. While a case was still opened I filed a another 13 in 2016. The same alleged secured creditor… read more
socrateaser
socrateaser
Attorney
39,373 satisfied customers
Rule 1009 all petitions, lists and scheduled statements and
Rule 1009 all petitions, lists and scheduled statements and admendments should be verified or contain unsworn delcaration to filed what is this… read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
30,244 satisfied customers
Files his Chapter 7 petition and fails to include a creditor
John files his Chapter 7 petition and fails to include a creditor whom he borrowed $5K from for an educational loan. He wants to amend his petition to include the creditor before his creditors meeting… read more
Terry L.
Terry L.
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
2,672 satisfied customers
I filed a volunteer chapter 13 bankruptcy petition. I
I filed a volunteer chapter 13 bankruptcy petition. I converted my petition to a chapter 11. I was later converted to a chapter 7 by the bankruptcy court. It was a asset liquidation case which consist… read more
DrakeLAW
DrakeLAW
Juris Doctorate
842 satisfied customers
I filed a chapter 13 bankruptcy petition in the district of
I filed a chapter 13 bankruptcy petition in the district of Connecticut. It was converted to asset case under chapter 7. The trustee filed a "notice of pendency of bankruptcy case" on the land records… read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
I received a letter from the united states bankruptcy court
i received a letter from the united states bankruptcy court southern district of new york … read more
Barrister
Barrister
Attorney/Landlord/Realtor
Doctoral Degree
34,659 satisfied customers
What happens if a debtor files a chapter 13 petition and
What happens if a debtor files a chapter 13 petition and includes only two executory contracts on the schedules. Then, the debtor moves to convert to chapter 11 and files an amended set of schedules b… read more
DrakeLAW
DrakeLAW
Juris Doctorate
842 satisfied customers
I have hard evidence that the Trustee and Trustee atty were
Hello - I have hard evidence that the Trustee and Trustee atty were negligent, breached their fiduciary duties and allowed my federal case of fraud in the inducement run the SOL, without pursuing as t… read more
Dwayne B.
Dwayne B.
Juris Doctor
28,499 satisfied customers
The Trustee in a corporate bankruptcy case erased and/ or
The Trustee in a corporate bankruptcy case erased and/ or deleted tape recorded testimony of a key witness in a 2004 bankruptcy rule deposition. what recourse do I have being that witnesses testimony … read more
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
5,959 satisfied customers
Second opinion] The Trustee in a corporate bankruptcy case
Second opinion] The Trustee in a corporate bankruptcy case erased and/ or deleted tape recorded testimony of a key witness in a 2004 bankruptcy rule deposition. what recourse do I have being that witn… read more
DrakeLAW
DrakeLAW
Juris Doctorate
842 satisfied customers
Not a duplicate** Must a creditor petition the bankruptcy
Not a duplicate**Must a creditor petition the bankruptcy court to pursue a judgment lien for post-petition debt/arrears? Are they violating the automatic stay if they do not get permission from the ba… read more
Maverick
Maverick
Doctoral Degree
6,133 satisfied customers
I NEED TO FILE A PETITION IN A BANKRUPTCY CASE. I don't know
I NEED TO FILE A PETITION IN A BANKRUPTCY CASE. I don't know if I'll need a lawyer or not. I am a creditor and I sold my business to another person 21/2 yrs ago. She has several creditors but the othe… read more
socrateaser
socrateaser
Attorney
39,373 satisfied customers
Bankruptcy court trial hearing Brief needed. I am a
Bankruptcy court trial hearing Brief needed. I am a Creditor, already finished a Rule 2004 exam on Debtor, out of court. I must file brief and exhibits by this Friday.… read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x