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How Much Debt Must I Have to Be Eligible for Bankruptcy?


Most people who file for bankruptcy do so because they have an overwhelming amount of debt and are unable to keep up with managing expenses and paying bills. However, despite popular belief, there isn’t a minimum debt requirement to be eligible for bankruptcy. Before you make a decision, there are some things you should consider first.

How Much Debt Do You Have?

Before making a decision to file for bankruptcy, knowing how much debt you have plays an important role in figuring out whether bankruptcy makes sense for your financial situation. Ask yourself if:

  • You can repay your debt without bankruptcy
  • Your creditors are willing to negotiate settlements
  • The debts you want to eliminate are eligible for discharge

What Debts Cannot Be Discharged Through Bankruptcy

Not all debts can be wiped out through bankruptcy. The debts that aren’t eligible for bankruptcy include but are not limited to:

  • Spousal support
  • Child support
  • Some income tax debts
  • Certain property taxes
  • Fines and penalties from violations of the law (i.e.: speeding tickets, criminal restitution)
  • Student loans
  • Retirement plan loans

When is Bankruptcy the Best Option?

There are many reasons why people fall into debt. While sometimes life can put us in financial situations that are difficult to get out of, bankruptcy may be the best option if you are struggling to stay above water while trying to keep up with payments on the following debts:

  • Credit card debt
  • Medical bills
  • Personal loans
  • Payday advances
  • Overwhelming mortgage payments

If you’ve been struggling with an overwhelming amount of debt, and are considering bankruptcy as a debt relief option, contact Wadhwani & Shanfeld today at (800) 996-9932 for a free initial consultation. We are here to help you every step of the way.

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