Ashtabula County Bankruptcy Law Firm
Personalized Legal Solutions for Individuals Considering Bankruptcy
Types of Bankruptcy
The ability to file for relief under the Bankruptcy Code was established by the United States Congress. The law has evolved over time to add and remove restrictions for filing. The most recent change went into effect in October 2005. The main changes instituted by that law change were the addition of education requirements for those who wish to file for bankruptcy relief and income-based limits on filing for Chapter 7 relief. As always, there are many factors to consider when choosing which chapter of bankruptcy relief to seek but an experienced attorney can assist you.
If you’re ready to talk through your situation and begin to free yourself from your financial woes, get in touch with Moseman Law today. You can call us at (440) 255-0832 or fill out our online contact form and we’ll be in touch.
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy has income requirements to qualify for this relief set by the Bankruptcy Code and based upon the average household income for your family size in the County in which you live. Once it is determined that you qualify based upon income for your household size, the analysis moved onto the value of your assets and ensuring that they are exempted from your creditors including the Bankruptcy Court.
The State of Ohio has established values of certain assets that are exempt from any type of collection by a creditor, except the federal government, and those exemptions have been adopted by the Bankruptcy Court. This means that it is possible to keep your car and your home if you continue to pay on them. There are instances, best discussed with your attorney, where you may have to surrender or pay to the court the nonexempt value of one of your assets.
Once you have sought Chapter 7 Bankruptcy relief you will have to attend a ‘meeting of creditors’ conducted by the bankruptcy Trustee assigned to your case. 99% of the time your creditors are not present. If there is no equity to turn over and if you have completed the second of the required classes you should receive complete relief from your dischargeable debts about 90 days after you file.
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
When seeking relief under a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy filing you are in the situation of:
- having an income that allows you to repay some of your debt while discharging the remainder,
- protecting non-exempt value in your assets,
- catching up on payments you are behind on relating to your house or car, and
- sometimes adjusting or eliminating property settlements from a divorce.
The relief from your debts in a Chapter 13 filing comes after the completion of a Court and creditor approved “Plan” that lasts from 3-5 years. This Chapter allows for some freedom in asset management and protection that a Chapter 7 filing does not, but it must last at least 3 years.
Ready to Figure Out the Best Plan for You?
Don’t hesitate to get in touch! While the above is an overview, the best path forward is highly individual and should only be decided with the help of a knowledgeable attorney who understands the intricacies of bankruptcy law. The last thing you want is to begin a process that you don’t fully understand and that will only serve to make matters worse for you and your loved ones down the road.
All About Ashtabula County
Ashtabula County, located about 60 miles from Cleveland, is Ohio’s northeastern-most county, bordering Pennsylvania.
Ohio Capital of Covered Bridges
Ashtabula County is Ohio’s Covered Bridge Capital, which boasts of more of these magnificent structures than anywhere in the state. The region is home to nineteen covered bridges including both the longest and the shortest in the U.S. Each of the covered bridges may be seen via a driving tour. If you would like the tour map mailed to you, please send a self-addressed stamped #10 business envelope for each map request to the Covered Bridge Festival at 25 West Jefferson Street, Jefferson, OH 44047.
Places to Visit in Ashtabula County
While in the area, be sure and visit Marianne’s Chocolates which has been in business since 1963. The chocolate factory originated in the Conneaut, Ohio kitchen of Marian Fedor. In 2008, Lorie & Troy Dalrymple bought the company and still continue to keep it a family-run business. The delicious hand-crafted chocolates are produced just as Marian did with the same high-quality ingredients.
Rennick Meat Market
If you are looking for a place to eat while visiting Ashtabula County, check out the Rennick Meat Market. Located in the heart of Ashtabula Harbor’s Historic Bridge Street, you will find butcher-inspired American food. Rennick Meat Market is influenced by its history as a butcher shop that was run by TJ Rennick in the late 1800s to early 1900s. The current owners celebrate their love of cooking in the authentic methods of making homemade pickles, mustards, sausages, and cured meats. They are dedicated to serving fresh, healthy and local fare, prepared simply and honestly. You will not be disappointed!
Lake Erie Shoreline
Needing a place to stay in Ashtabula County? Since 1869, families have flocked to the #1 summer vacation spot in Northeast Ohio that is renowned for its beautiful Lake Erie shoreline. Here, you can find relaxing outdoor activities and the famous “Strip,” which is packed full of arcades, amusements, restaurants, nightclubs, and much more, including a new zipline.
Ahoy Cottages has two rentals in Geneva on the Lake, and both are close to the strip. One sleeps up to six and the other sleeps up to 4 people. Both have full-size kitchens, wireless internet, cleaning supplies, and other amenities to make your trip more enjoyable.
Time Adventure Zone
If you have your kids with you on your trip, be sure and visit The Adventure Zone. It is a great place for family entertainment. From a kid play area to adventure golf to batting cages, you will find entertainment and enjoy fun activities — all in one place. Active and retired military families will receive a 10% discount with the appropriate military identification.
Bankruptcy Lawyer in Ashtabula County
If you are in Ashtabula County and would like to speak with us about your options, get in touch! You can reach Heather Moseman, Ashtabula County bankruptcy attorney, at (440) 255-0832, or by completing our brief online contact form.
Moseman Law Office
Moseman Law Office is a full-service legal firm located in Mentor, Ohio, serving nearby counties, and providing personalized legal solutions to its clients.
Moseman Law Office
8500 Station St., Ste 210
Mentor, OH 44060
Phone: (440) 255-0832