How much does a Doctor's bill has to be for it to be filed for bankruptcy? 24 Answers as of September 13, 2012

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Bruning & Associates, PC
Bruning & Associates, PC | Kevin Bruning
Bills do not file for bankruptcy; people file for bankruptcy in order to discharge their debt obligations if those obligations become too much for them to pay off. If you have significant medical debt, that can be one factor in determining if you are eligible and should file for bankruptcy. You should meet with an attorney to look at your entire situation and determine whether bankruptcy is appropriate for you.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Replied: 9/13/2012
Eranthe Law Firm
Eranthe Law Firm | Cate Eranthe
There is no minimum dollar requirement. It sounds like you need to evaluate your entire financial picture to know what your best options are. If you are stressed about money go see a knowledgeable local bankruptcy attorney. Bankruptcy questions are fact specific and need more information than you have provided or could provide in this forum.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/11/2012
Bjork Law Office
Bjork Law Office | Attorney John P. Bjork
There is no minimum amount. Actually, if you file a bankruptcy you must include all of your debts regardless of the amount.
Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
Replied: 9/6/2012
Steven Alpers | Steven Alpers
It depends on your financial situation. Generally, not worth filing unless you have over $15,000 to $20,000 in debt.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/6/2012
Diefer Law Group, P.C.
Diefer Law Group, P.C. | Abel Fernandez
Any one debt is not an issue. It is the total amount of debt that you have. You could owe $20,000 in credit cards and a small $100 doctor's bill, which you could include in your bankruptcy. If your only debt is a $400 doctor's bill I would not recommend that you file.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/6/2012
    Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney
    Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney | Janet Lawson
    There is no dollar amount required.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/6/2012
    Law Office of D.L. Drain, P.A.
    Law Office of D.L. Drain, P.A. | Diane L. Drain
    That is a financial question that you only can answer. A debt of $5,000 to one person is like a debt of $500,000 to another. You might want to seek some education and free consultation about bankruptcy. Please understand that filing for bankruptcy is a very complicated process. It is wise to talk to an experienced bankruptcy attorney before deciding to take this important step. Most Arizona bankruptcy attorneys offer a free consultation about the basics of bankruptcy.

    Please take time to educate yourself about bankruptcy and to determine which attorney is the best to assist you in the process. Don't assume the attorney is being completely honest about their experience and capabilities. Normally these firms assign all or most of the work to paralegals and the client rarely talks to an attorney. When interviewing the attorney asks them how long they have practiced bankruptcy law. Ask what percentage of their practice is focused on consumer work. Ask whether they are experienced in both chapter 7 and chapter 13 cases. Ask the attorney for references. Ask about their policy of returning phone calls. They should be committed to answering specific questions about your situation and help you understand your options. If, after talking with them you are still confused about the issues you raised, find another attorney. An attorney is should be your guide through this process. They should educate you, be there to assist you in how to avoid pitfalls and help you plan for your future after bankruptcy. There are hundreds of "bankruptcy" attorneys in Arizona. Of those just a few will fit the criteria set forth above. Again, bankruptcy is a very complicated process and you want to use an attorney who will be there when you need them.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 9/6/2012
    Jay W. Moreland, P.A.
    Jay W. Moreland, P.A. | Jay W. Moreland
    There is no minimum limit, but your entire situation needs to be considered to determine what is best for you. You should consult a bankruptcy attorney who can consider all of the appropriate factors in your case.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 9/6/2012
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A | R. Jason de Groot
    Just one penny owed. You must list all of your debts, no matter how small.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 9/6/2012
    The Law Office of Mark J. Markus
    The Law Office of Mark J. Markus | Mark Markus
    Not really sure I understand your question, but in order for it to be a debt, you must owe something more than zero. Whether you should file a bankruptcy case can only be determined after a comprehensive consultation with a bankruptcy attorney in your state, who can analyze all the relevant information and advise you on your eligibility and options.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/6/2012
    The Law Offices of Deborah Ann Stencel | Deborah A. Stencel
    There is no rule or requirement in bankruptcy about the size or amount of debts. The issues which disqualify filers have to do with income, equity, past fraudulent behavior, full disclosure of debts and assets, prior filings, and a few other factors.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 9/6/2012
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