Filing for Bankruptcy in Oklahoma City?
A Fresh Start- Learn How to File for Bankruptcy
At Alexander Hilton & Associates, we understand how serious a decision
filing for bankruptcy is. Before you take the next step, you need to think
through all of the implications and alternatives available to you. When
you are ready to pursue this option, you can find supportive counsel and
guidance at our firm. As a leading
bankruptcy lawyer in Oklahoma City, Attorney Hilton brings more than two decades of experience to the table.
He also provides flexible payment plans for clients and personalized legal counsel.
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Steps Required to File for Bankruptcy
Prior to being eligible to file for bankruptcy in Oklahoma, you must go through a mandatory credit counseling program
within six months of trying to file. After this process has been completed
and you have finished filing, a debtor education course is required before
a discharge will be granted to you.
- Follow the steps below to prepare for your filing:
You need to file in the designated court for your specific geographical area.
Find the court nearest you below:
Determine if you are filing under
Chapter 13 or
Chapter 7 (a "means test" required)
- Gather bills and files documenting all relevant financial matters
- Collect your tax returns, deeds to property, and vehicle titles
- Review property and assets and determine what is eligible for exemption
- File a petition and schedules with your Oklahoma district bankruptcy court
- Western District: Oklahoma City
- Eastern District: Okmulgee and McAlester
- Northern District: Tulsa
Once you have filed, you will likely have an
automatic stay put in place, which will put a stop to all creditor and collection actions.
From there, a trustee will be assigned to your case and call a meeting
If you filed
Chapter 13, your suggested repayment plan must be approved before proceeding. If
you qualified to file under
Chapter 7, your assets will need to be liquidated to pay offer as much of your debts
as possible and satisfy your creditors.
What exemptions does Oklahoma offer?
Oklahoma only allows consumers to use state exemptions, not federal ones.
However, you can still use federal non-bankruptcy exemptions, which protect
assets such as veterans’ benefits and federal retirement accounts.
These exemptions are designed to help consumers keep as much of their
property as eligible after filing for bankruptcy.
The State of Oklahoma exemptions include:
- Up to 160 acres outside of the city (1 if inside)
- Limited household furnishings
- One vehicle valued at $7,500 or $15,000 if married
- Up to $10,000 worth of tools for a specific trade
- Certain amounts of livestock
- Firearms valued at up to $2,000
- No more than $3,000 for wedding rings
- Up to $4,000 worth of clothes
- Tax exempt retirement accounts
- Unemployment compensation or Social Security
When you file, you need to make sure you capitalize on the correct exemptions,
which is why it is so crucial that you work with a legal professional
who understands these exemptions and how to utilize them to avoid and
Start the process today by
calling on our Oklahoma City bankruptcy attorney.