My father recently had a stroke and now is unable to work. He has a lot of debit and will not be able to pay it back for several years on SSI. Do you think bankrupcy is the best way to go?
3 Answers from Attorneys
Yes...if those are credit card debts.
Sudent loans, overdue tax, child supports normally cannot be discharged through bankruptcy.
Depending on your father's age and whether he ever goes back to work, whether he owns property, etc., he might be judgment proof. Is the SSI for disability? If so, bill collectors would have a hard time collecting. But they could get very annoying! If he wants to avoid the aggravation, it might be a good option.
The court has a fee waiver program depending on income, expenses, and other criteria.
Would he be able to attend one bankruptcy hearing in Sacramento?
Assuming your dad was on SSI at the time he was applying for these credit cards, (assuming his debt consists primarily of credit cards) he may have a potential fraud problem.
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