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Bankruptcy Reform Act

The largest reform of the United States Bankruptcy Law in 25 years took effect on October 17, 2005. Under the new law, those seeking to file bankruptcy must now provide the following:

  • A Credit Counseling Certificate prior to the filing of bankruptcy;
  • Proof of income for the six month prior to the filing of the bankruptcy;
  • A copy of the debtor’s most recent tax return;
  • A Financial Education Certificate prior to the discharge of the bankruptcy.

In addition, if the debtor’s household income is over the California median income, the debtor will have to qualify under the “Means Test” prior to filing the Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

There has been much overreaction and misleading information about the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2005 and how it would apply to the average consumer. Although there are many more “legal hoops” to jump through, we are still able to qualify 80% to 90% of those persons we were able to qualify under the old law.

Please call the Law Offices of Joseph M. Tosti and speak with Mr. Tosti personally. He will be able to advise you as to whether you will qualify to file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy under the new law. It is important to remember when choosing a bankruptcy attorney, that not all attorneys have the requisite knowledge and experience in handling these cases. The Law Offices of Joseph M. Tosti has been committed to representing those consumers and businesses that have been suffering from severe financial hardship for over a quarter of a century.

For more information about our bankruptcy lawyers and our office in Irvine, contact us today at (949) 245-6288 and schedule your free consultation.

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How We served our clients
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    “Joe's advice and guidance, before, during, and after my bankruptcy were invaluable!”

  • Very Communicative

    “Kathe kept me abreast of the entire process and was very communicative.”

  • Honest Quality

    “It was a great experience for what it is, with everything completely done with out complications. Joe tosti law offices is honest , quality attorney.”