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Taxes, Divorce, Filing on your
Own & Extra Unique Issues

Sometimes potential clients will come to our office for advice on dealing with their creditors that are a little different that the standard credit card bankruptcy discharge case.

Taxes Debts

For tax debts , you can discharge income taxes owed to the IRS or a state taxing agency like the Arizona Department of Revenue if the tax debt is over three years from the date the return was first due to be filed. But filing a late return, filing an extension, not filing a return, or other situations can affect the discharge eligibility for each and every tax year you owe. Our office will determine the dischargeability of your tax debt before the case is filed.

Divorce Issues

For divorce issues, you should consult with our Attorney Meiners to see how a pending or ongoing divorce could affect a potential case filing. Oftentimes, language that routinely gets put into divorce decrees negatively affects your bankruptcy eligibility. Attorney Meiners has experience coordinating divorce cases with bankruptcy cases to preserve your rights and options. Certain debts assigned in a past divorce decree, or other property transfers pursuant to a decree, need to be analyzed as well. For any initial consult in which you’ve had a divorce decree within at least the past 5 years, we request you bring a copy of your divorce decree to your appointment.

Filing on your Own

Another question that routinely comes up is whether one spouse, while married, can file a bankruptcy case on their own and not include their spouse. The short answer is yes, but oftentimes we don’t recommend it for various reasons. But in certain circumstances it does make sense for one spouse to file and not the other. Arizona and other state marriage laws affect the decision process, along with the nature of your debts, how long you’ve been married, and the income and assets of the potential non-filing spouse. All these factors go into the decision making process for what is best in your unique situation.

Extra Issues

Extra issues also come up in the consideration of filing a bankruptcy case. These are the type of situations that you would likely never know would affect the outcome of your case. Attorney Meiners has so much experience filing bankruptcy cases that he will spot them as part of the case preparation process. Some of these situations include if you’re about to receive (or will be entitled to receive) a large sum of money before your case is filed, someone may have died (or is about to) leaving you an inheritance, family or friends have put certain assets or debts in your name, etc. We have the experience in addressing and handling these type issues and more, so that your case can be filed properly preserving your assets and maximizing your case result.

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A Strategic Bankruptcy Attorney Attending to Southern Arizona

If you are being harassed by creditors or have received notices for wage garnishments or foreclosure, contacting a lawyer should be the first step to handling your struggle.
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Meiners Law Office, PLC

4400 E Broadway Blvd.
Suite 600S
Tucson, AZ 85711
Phone: 520-777-2198
Fax: 520-202-7317
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Areas Served: Meiners Law Office, PLC, is located in Tucson, Arizona, and attends to clients in Tucson, and surrounding areas, including Benson, Bisbee, Casa Grande, Douglas, Green Valley, Marana, Nogales, Oracle, Oro Valley, Sahuarita, San Manuel, Sierra Vista, Vail, Safford, Morenci, Sells; in counties including: Pima County, Cochise County, Santa Cruz County, Pinal County, Graham County, and Greenlee County in Southern Arizona.

Disclaimer: Results of a bankruptcy filing described on this website apply to most filers; however, each client’s financial situation is unique and results are dependent on the factual and legal circumstances of each case. Our office is a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code. The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters and electronic mail. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please do not send any confidential information to us until such time as an attorney-client relationship has been established.

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