Filing a St. Louis bankruptcy does not automatically mean that you will lose your assets, like a car or house. In fact, it is the number goal at Brinkman & Alter to make sure that you keep all of your belongings (whether it is personal or real property).
The state of Missouri allows a St. Louis bankruptcy attorney to use what are called “exemptions”. Exemptions are legal tools to keep your property safe. So for instance, let’s say you have a 2011 Honda Accord with a loan balance of $10,000. And let us assume that the value of this vehicle is $13,000. On paper, your car has equity of $3,000 (13,000 – 10,000 = 3,000). But the exemption for a car in Missouri is $3,000 for an individual (and $6,000 for a joint married couple). So in the example provided, the $3,000 of equity is eliminated by the exemption for $3,000. This in turn will keep your car safe and in your hands.
In terms of real estate, Missouri allows for a $15,000 exemption in your residence. So if your home has equity of up to $15,000, this exemption will protect your house. For household goods, the state exemption is $3,000 for an individual (and $6,000 for a joint married couple). There are also exemptions for things like jewelry, clothes, 401K, books and artwork, etc.
As you can see, the Bankruptcy Court allows you the opportunity to keep most (if not all) of your belongings. This in turn will make your financial recovery that much smoother (because you will not have to re-purchase all of your stuff). As a result, your path towards financial freedom will be very much on track.
The St. Louis bankruptcy lawyers at Brinkman & Alter, LLC have been helping people get back on their financial feet for over ten (10) years. Our team of dedicated lawyers and staff will answer all of your questions, explain your full range of options, and get you the fresh start / clean slate that you need to get your life back in order. The initial consultation is free of charge. So contact us today to learn more!!