In fact, when people file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, a court order known as an automatic stay goes into effect and prevents creditors from:
-Garnishing a person’s wages
-Repossessing the individual’s property
-Initiating foreclosure proceedings
-Contacting the borrower at all in an attempt to collect on debt.
If creditors violate automatic stays, borrowers can sue them and, if successful, win damages (including attorney’s fees) from these creditors.
Exceptions to Chapter 7 Automatic Stays and Wage Garnishments
It’s important to point out that, when it comes to wage garnishments and filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy:
Filing for bankruptcy cannot stop garnishments that are already in place – therefore, it’s critical that borrowers take action before these garnishments are approved by the courts.
Automatic stays will be lifted if a bankruptcy case is rejected by the bankruptcy court or if bankruptcy petitioners fail to file a Statement of Intentions within 30 days of filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. If this happens, creditors can proceed with wage garnishments against borrowers.
Some creditors can still pursue wage garnishments if the debt that has been defaulted on is associated with:
- Child support or spousal support payments
- Student loans
- Certain tax debt.
Given all that is at stake when creditors threaten wage garnishment, borrowers should consult with an experienced bankruptcy and debt relief attorney for help stopping garnishments and addressing their financial issues.
Denver Bankruptcy Lawyer at Lindquist-Kleissler & Company, LLC
If you have been threatened with wage garnishment or are facing a serious financial crisis, Denver Bankruptcy Lawyer Arthur Lindquist-Kleissler can help you figure out your best options for resolving your financial issues.
Since 1979, Mr. Lindquist-Kleissler and the other legal professionals at Lindquist-Kleissler & Company, LLC have been providing both individuals and businesses with the highest quality of legal services when it comes to debt relief and bankruptcy. From simple to complex bankruptcy cases, Mr. Lindquist-Kleissler can always be trusted to:
- Tailor his services to his clients’ specific needs and situations
- Explore non-traditional options for debt relief
- Maximize utilization of Colorado Bankruptcy Law and guide borrowers through the bankruptcy process (when filing for bankruptcy is the best option for borrowers)
- Help them achieve the best possible outcomes to their cases.