The U.S. Bankruptcy Court where you file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 has the power to deny your petition at any stage of your case. A judge can also prevent you from obtaining a debt discharge at the conclusion of the bankruptcy process, even for a debt that is normally considered to be dischargeable.
One of the benefits of working with a bankruptcy attorney is receiving a professional review of all application materials and guidance about how to avoid mistakes that could derail the petition.
A court may deny a debt discharge at the request of a creditor or the bankruptcy trustee. Common reasons for debt discharge denials include:
Whichever party seeks the discharge denial will need to file a complaint with the bankruptcy court, stating the alleged grounds. It is possible to fight the denial in court and maintain your right to a discharge. One of the best ways to avoid a denial is to be thorough and honest with yourself and your attorney from the moment you get started with the bankruptcy process and throughout all steps of liquidation or repayment.
From our offices in Scottdale, Marietta, Douglasville, Gainesville, Lawrenceville and Athens, the experienced Georgia bankruptcy lawyers of Jeff Field & Associates advise and represent Metro Atlanta clients. To schedule a free legal consultation with one of our debt relief attorneys, call 404-381-1278 or contact us online.
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