Ohio Bankruptcy Laws and the Framework of the Bankruptcy Code

By: Muna wa Wanjiru

Every state in the US has ways of dealing with bankruptcy. These ways revolve around the framework of the bankruptcy code but they are defined by the parameters of the state. The Ohio bankruptcy laws have been amended so that the new laws for bankruptcy which were introduced in 2005 are included.

In these new Ohio bankruptcy laws you will need to go through a credit counseling session at an approved counseling agency for at least 6 months before you file for bankruptcy.

You will also need to go through with a financial management instructional course after you have filed for bankruptcy in Ohio. Before you can start the process of bankruptcy filing Ohio bankruptcy laws require that you gather all of the documents that are needed for your bankruptcy case.

These documents will include an itemized list of your current income sources, your monthly living expenses, any major financial transactions for the past 2 years, your secured and unsecured debts, your last 2 years tax returns, any outstanding loans, along with any unexempted property and assets and any title deeds must be handed over to your lawyer.

Once the paperwork has been completed you can talk with your lawyer and apply for bankruptcy. Ohio bankruptcy laws needs you to complete a means test before you can apply for a chapter 7 or chapter 13 bankruptcy.

If you qualify for chapter 7 bankruptcy you can hand over your entire assets to the bankruptcy trustee. This person will liquidate these assets and pay the outstanding money to your creditors.

Once this money has been paid and your debt has been completed the Ohio bankruptcy laws will need for you to produce a certificate from the government approved agency. This certificate will state that you have attended their financial management instructional course. Your debts and other financial problems that arose due to your problems will be declared as being cleared.

The other bankruptcy chapter that Ohio bankruptcy laws allows you to go through with is that of chapter 13. In this chapter you are provided with the means to pay off your debts while you still keep your assets and property that have not been written to your creditors.

In this chapter of the bankruptcy code you have a period of 5 years to discharge all of your debts. These debts will be discharged according to a court approved plan. When this repayment has been finalized and you have gone through with the financial management instructional course the Ohio bankruptcy laws will declare that your debts are finished.

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