Maui Bankruptcy Attorney
With More than 8000 Happy Clients Served, Blake Goodman, PC is the Largest Bankruptcy Filer in Hawaii
We understand that every situation is different and that lenders have different policies. If your financial problems are putting your family's wellbeing, your business, your credit score, or your reputation in jeopardy, now is the time to seek out the advice of an experienced bankruptcy attorney in Hawaii.
I was very pleased with the outstanding service.
“You and your staff consistently made extra efforts in assisting me with my bankruptcy case.”Phetsamone Vuong
Responsive, knowledgeable, and very thorough.
Blake Goodman provided professional and outstanding legal advice. They are responsive, knowledgeable, and very thorough. I would recommend his firm with complete confidence knowing that they will receive the best possible service.Moune Romano
Mr. Goodman and his staff were great.
"Mr. Goodman and his staff were great and worked with me every step of the way."Randi Brown
I’m very grateful to Mr. Goodman.
I’m very grateful to Mr. Goodman for the effort and patience he had with me and my daughter. I appreciate it. As for his staff members, they are very kind. My grand-daughter reports to me that Mr. Blake Goodman is a very highly honored attorney.Martha Aki
Everything is possible with you. Thanks on a job well done!
I am very pleased with your services and would wholly recommend your excellence to everyone. I am happy with the outcome of my case. Everything is possible with you. Thanks on a job well done!Randy Borges
Mr. Goodman and his staff are so nice and personable.
When I first came to Mr. Goodman’s office, I was prepared to file bankruptcy – I was tens of thousands of dollars in debt and could see no way out. He helped me work out a payment plan then negotiated with my creditors on my behalf. Before meeting Mr. Goodman, debt collectors were calling several times an hour, to the point I no longer answered my phone. Almost instantly after becoming a client, the harassment stopped.Steve
Mr. Goodman is an excellent bankruptcy attorney.
I hope that I never have to go through bankruptcy again. However, I highly recommend and would not hesitate to refer his services to anyone who finds themselves in financial dire straits. Enlisting his services took a big burden off of my shoulders. Mr. Goodman is an excellent bankruptcy attorney. His hard work, diligence, meticulous attention to detail, and dedication to his practice reflect great credit upon himself, his practice, his staff, and the law profession in the State of Hawaii.Ben Pascua
Bankruptcy Services, Debt Settlement, and Tax Resolution Services
Do you need bankruptcy services on Maui? We are a well-known bankruptcy law firm in the state of Hawaii, and we just opened an office on Maui. We have been helping many people on Maui for years, but recently we realized that we need to have a physical presence where we can meet face to face with our clients in order to better serve them with our bankruptcy services. Come check us out in Kihei today.
Would you like to regain your normal life free from the stresses, worries, and depression that come with an overwhelming debt load? Our bankruptcy, debt settlement, and tax resolution services make us the only law firm on Maui that offers the complete spectrum of options to resolve crushing problems.
We Work Hard for Our Clients
We have successfully fought for many individuals and families throughout Hawaii with enthusiasm, zeal, and great client service for over 20 years. Our lawyers have many years of experience to expertly guide you at every stage of the process with our bankruptcy services. We are proud of the reputation we have built in the state, and on Maui as well — that is because we stand by our client’s side and are always ready to fight for them.
Give us a call today at (808) 518-4844 and start the process to rebuild your financial future!
Blake Goodman, PC, Attorney
Reasons to Choose Blake Goodman, PC, Attorney
What You Can Expect from Us
- Comprehensive Service – From start to finish, we are on your side on your journey to financial freedom. Even after filing bankruptcy, we will help you get your credit back on track and help achieve a truly clean slate.
- Personalized Attention – We understand that no two cases are ever made the same. Our team is committed to getting to know your unique situation in order to provide optimal solutions for you.
- Affordability – When you’re facing bankruptcy, the costs of working with us should be the last thing you worry about. We offer free consultations and flexible payment plans, and it only costs $100 to begin your case.
- Experience – Between each member of our team of attorneys, we have over 80 years of combined experience in bankruptcy law. We’re proud to be the largest bankruptcy filer in the state of Hawaii.
Solutions Tailored to Your Case
Bankruptcy & Debt Services
- BANKRUPTCY OVERVIEW
- CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCY
- CHAPTER 13 BANKRUPTCY
- FORECLOSURE DEFENSE
- DEBT SETTLEMENT
- CREDIT SCORE ASSISTANCE
- TAX RESOLUTIONS
- 720 CREDIT SCORE
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy on Maui — Immediate and Quick Debt Relief
A Chapter 7 bankruptcy is also known as a “liquidation bankruptcy “ or “straight bankruptcy.” Among all types of bankruptcies, it is one of the most common types for people with immense debts and little assets.
The primary purpose of Chapter 7 bankruptcy is to provide you with a fresh start by discharging or wiping out your entire unsecured debt load, which includes:
- Medical bills
- Credit cards
- Payday loans
- Lawsuit judgments
- Personal loans
- Deficiencies on repossessions
- And many more!
In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you are allowed to keep secured debt, which includes your car and home, as long as you maintain the payments on those debts. The entire Chapter 7 bankruptcy procedure takes about 3 to 4 months, and generally requires 1 trip to the court. When you file for this type of bankruptcy with us, it will immediately stop creditors from collecting. Your creditors can’t legally touch your wages, car, home, and other property.
Eligibility for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
To be considered eligible for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you must meet the following qualifications:
- No previous bankruptcy in the last 6 or 8 years
- Passing the means test
If you are facing a huge amount of debt, then Chapter 7 bankruptcy is the right solution for you. However, there are some drawbacks. For instance, the filing of bankruptcy stays on your credit for the next 10 years. Not to worry, we help our clients rebuild their credit after their bankruptcy with our exclusive “2 Years to 720 Credit Score” program, enabling you to return to a very high credit score in just a few years after filing. That is all free and part of our superior bankruptcy services.
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy on Maui — Debt Reorganization
If you are having trouble paying your bills, and on top of that your house payment, car payment, or tax debts, then Chapter 13 bankruptcy services are the perfect option for you. This type of bankruptcy provides a way to discharge your debts by simply paying your entire debt, or some debt, over a 3-to-5-year period. The primary reason why people consider this chapter is to protect and reorganize the payment of secured assets, such as car loans or home arrearages. In simple terms, you would enter a court-sanctioned plan to repay creditors over a few years, rather than dealing with many bills and creditors separately. You will merge your debt into one monthly, affordable payment. The initial requirement to file a Chapter 13 bankruptcy is that you have some form of regular income.
Eligibility for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
The qualifications for Chapter 13 bankruptcy include:
- You must have Total Debts of less than $2.75M
- You must provide up-to-date tax returns and payments
- You should have a steady income
Similar to Chapter 7 bankruptcy, filing for Chapter 13 will stop creditors from doing anything against you, and it will stop foreclosure and car repossession.
Debt Settlement or Debt Negotiation on Maui
As a sister practice to bankruptcy, we offer a service which allows our clients to explore all the options available to achieve debt freedom. We realized almost a decade ago that sometimes bankruptcy is not a good fit for some clients. If that is the case, then we take over and settle or negotiate your debts for a reasonable payment which is geared towards reducing the principal and interest for oftentimes very favorable discounts and savings. We’ll take you under our wing and force creditors to contact us instead of harassing you until we can establish a deal that you will be able to pay. Many of our clients are pleased with this outcome and all the time we’ve kept them out of bankruptcy. We have a dedicated paralegal that specializes in working with your creditors to achieve an outcome that generally reduces your payment to a manageable percentage on the dollar.
Tax Resolutions on Maui
Although bankruptcy is a very powerful remedy to resolve old tax debts, sometimes there are better ways to eliminate the tax burdens with direct intervention with the state and federal governments. Offers in Compromise, installment agreements, and Injured Spouse Relief are programs we offer for the right set of circumstances, and as said, can produce outcomes more favorable to bankruptcy and could be the better fit.
Tax Debt Relief After Bankruptcy
Over time, you can find ways to discharge debts for income and/or general excise taxes under Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy only if you able to meet certain criteria in regard to previous tax history, and more. First of all, the tax is actual income tax or general exercise tax. Tax other than income or general excise tax, such as fraud penalties and payroll taxes, can’t be wiped out in bankruptcy. So, if you want to get rid of income or general excise tax, then there are possibilities for you to become debt-free.
You also must qualify by not committing any previous willful or fraud evasion. If you filed a deceitful tax return or willfully tried to avoid paying taxes, like using a wrong Social Security number on your tax return, then bankruptcy cannot help you at all. Your debt must also be at least 3 years old before you think about filing for bankruptcy. In addition, you’d need to file a tax return for that debt you want to wipe out at least 2 years before filing the case. Finally, you must qualify for 240-day rule, which means that the income tax debt needs to be assessed by the taxing entity at least 240 days before filing for the bankruptcy.
For you to learn more about the requirements for getting rid of income tax and general excise tax debt, our seasoned bankruptcy lawyers have over 30 years of experience in this area. Our highly experienced attorneys will explain the whole process to you and provide the best solution for your case. You can also visit our page dedicated to tax debt relief for more info.
Student Loan Discharge
You generally cannot discharge student loans in bankruptcy. However, there is an exception. A lot of debtors are unable to wipe out or discharge student loan debt under Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. But, if a debtor is able to prove in court that repaying their student loan debts would cause undue hardship, then the debtor can get rid of their student loans in the case of bankruptcy. If you meet the requirements, then you can discharge your student loans, and you should look into our bankruptcy services.
Lately, student loans have exceeded credit cards as the biggest amount of unsecured debt owed in the U.S. Unlike credit cards, medical bills, and other unsecured debts, student loans are usually not dischargeable in the bankruptcy. It does not mean at all that you have to face harassing and non-stop phone calls, and messages from collection agencies and lenders. If you don’t know how to become debt-free when it comes to student loans, then all you need to do is to contact us. We have a team of highly professional and experienced bankruptcy lawyers who can help you to get rid of your student loan debt.
Contact Us for Expert Bankruptcy Guidance and Service
We have a solid reputation in the community, and our bankruptcy and debt settlement lawyers have a vast amount of experience (64 years combined) as well as knowledge to provide you with expert guidance throughout your debt relief process. When it comes to bankruptcy services, debt settlement, or tax resolution, it becomes quite difficult to navigate these cases without a lawyer. Luckily, we have a team of skilled attorneys on Maui, and we completely understand our clients’ needs and requirements to provide them with friendly service and a great ultimate outcome.
A Team of Attorneys on Your Side
Every day, people on Maui go to work and try to make a good living and an even better future for themselves and their families. When financial hardship comes, no matter whether due to illness, injury, divorce, job loss, or any other reason, it can be quite an overwhelming blow to one’s financial and emotional welfare, not to mention their self-confidence. There is no doubt that dealing with a huge debt load can be nerve-racking and suffocating. With rising bills comes a tsunami of phone calls, messages, and threatening letters from creditors. It can seem like everything is spiraling out of control — but you can find that control again.
If your debts are now unmanageable, then we provide bankruptcy representation to aid you in finding an immediate solution to eliminate your debt problems with expert guidance. Our experienced and skilled bankruptcy attorneys and staff have helped many residents of Maui to minimize their financial predicament quickly and smoothly, so that they can again return to a normal life. With us, you don’t have to feel embarrassed or ashamed for considering bankruptcy. With our help, you will be taking the right step towards claiming stability and a renewed outlook.
Give us a call now at 808-556-5650 to get assistance with your troubling debt situation!