Utah Bankruptcy Guy

Law Office of Douglas Barrett, LLC

Utah Bankruptcy Guy & The Law Office of Douglas Barrett, LLC
Providing Bankruptcy Solutions for Utah County and Surrounding Areas

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Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Chapter 7 bankruptcy, also referred to as “straight bankruptcy,” will wipe out common unsecured debts such as personal loans, credit cards, medical bills, and dental bills. Before the process is started, you will be asked to provide a list of all of your known creditors, along with the balance that you owe. It should be noted that Chapter 7 bankruptcy will not discharge secured debt, such as past-due mortgage payments or car loans. Chapter 7 bankruptcy will also not discharge student loan debt, alimony payments, child support, or taxes.

Chapter 12 Bankruptcy

Chapter 12 bankruptcy is essentially a debt reorganization plan designed to help people categorized as “family fishermen” or “family farmers.” Much like Chapter 13 bankruptcies, Chapter 12 bankruptcies require filers to establish a court-approved repayment plan that is typically spread over a 3 to 5 year timeframe. However, unlike Chapter 13 bankruptcies, Chapter 12 bankruptcies have a higher debt ceiling, since individuals who work in the farming or fishing industries can incur much more debt in a short amount of time than the typical wage earner.

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Chapter 13 bankruptcy, also referred to as a “court ordered debt consolidation,” involves grouping all of your debts together, allowing you to make a single monthly payment. The repayment plan is completely based around your living expenses, monthly income, and debt total, and typically spans 3 to 5 years. Unlike Chapter 7 bankruptcy filings, Chapter 13 filings do work for student loan debts and tax debts. However, to be eligible for a Chapter 13 filing, you have to have a regular income and your debts can’t exceed a certain amount. Also, it should be noted that Chapter 13 bankruptcies stay on your credit report for 10 years.

Medical Bankruptcy

Unpaid medical bills are the number one cause of bankruptcy filings, with around 40% of Americans owing money to hospitals and clinics for times when they were sick. Although medical expenses aren’t tied to any form of collateral, insurance companies can still garnish your wages or claim a part of the equity you have in your home. At the law offices of Douglas L. Barrett, we handle medical bankruptcy cases with the utmost care and consideration—you have already been through enough.

Small Business Bankruptcy

We also handle small business bankruptcy cases. Each and every business is different, which is why it is important to sit down with a legal counselor to discuss your options. We have worked with hundreds of business owners to help them discharge debts, reorganize their past-due balances, and protect the future of their companies.

We believe that your legal needs are of the utmost importance and you deserve the care and diligence necessary to successfully accomplish your goals. Contact us today, and speak with an experienced bankruptcy lawyer in Orem, Utah. Feel free to read through our most current client reviews, located here.

Free Consultation

We understand that being insolvent can be stressful and intimidating, which is why we offer free consultations for new clients. During this consultation, we will talk with you about the debts that you owe, so that we can determine whether or not bankruptcy is a viable option.

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Doug is an awesome attorney because he understands what I was going through when I filed my chapter 13 bankruptcy. He has a lot of compassion and is always there for you. After the initial consultation my worries were put to ease.  -Bob (Orem, UT)

Doug is such a knowledgeable attorney that truly does what is right for his clients. I appreciated his honesty and his countless hours he worked on my case. He gave me all my options and allowed me to choose what I wanted to do! I liked that he did not sway me one way or the other. He also has such a great response time to any phone calls or emails! Overall, I would recommend him to anyone who is considering bankruptcy! Doug truly made it the most easiest and pain free process ever! Now I get a fresh new start! Thanks Doug!  -Uilani (Provo,UT)

Doug Barrett you are a good man.  Thank you for helping me and my family. -Jackson (Provo,UT)

"Thank you for everything you've done throughout this process"  -Sasha (Salem, Utah)

Great job!  -Ed (Orem, UT)

Mr. Barrett (Doug) has helped us through all of our past and current paperwork and official bankruptcy meetings. He is a professional who understands the law involved and communicates in an understandable way what we've needed to do in order to prepare for each step of the process. My wife and I highly recommend him as an excellent, trustworthy lawyer.  -Tim(Utah)

You and your staff made the process so easy - THANK YOU!  -Michelle (Orem, UT)

Doug was the most helpful attorney we dealt with in a long time - finally we can sleep at night.  -Steve & Mary (Provo, UT) 




We will recommend your firm to our friends.  -Bill & Karen (Lehi, UT)

Thanks again for the help and advice.  -Dean (Lehi, UT)

Our sincere thanks.  We appreciate it!  -Robert (Orem, UT)

Mail we received was a great help.  -Rebecca (Spanish Fork, UT)

Thank you very much!  -Dave and Lori (Provo, UT)

Thanks again.  P.S. Love the bowties!  -Richard (Price, UT)

I think you did a great job.  Thank you.  -Anna (Springville, UT)

Thank you does not express enough what we feel.  Your service was amazing.  Thanks so much!  -Ashley (Lehi, UT)

Thank you for everything!  -Maria (Orem, UT)

Do not change a thing you are excellent.  Thank you!   -Mandy (Fairview, UT)

These guys are the best!  We did not have a computer or internet but they let us use a conference room and the equipment to take the required bankruptcy classes...we cant thank them enough.    -Mary (Provo, UT)

You guys are great!   -Ann (American Fork, UT)

I was in a financial mess and didn't know where to turn. I looked for help on the internet and contacted several lawyers. Douglas was the first one to get back to me and we set up an appointment to discuss my case. I was an emotional mess due to unfiled taxes and phone calls from everyone I owed money. He was kind and patient and said we could get this taken care of quickly. He referred me to someone for my taxes and helped me take care of that matter as well as the bankruptcy itself. He has always been professional and answered questions as needed. I am so glad he contacted me so quickly. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is having financial difficulties and doesn't know where to turn. He will steer you in the right direction.  -Rob(Lehi, UT)

Douglas Barrett has been chosen, for ten consecutive years, by his peers as one of Utah Business magazine's Utah Legal Elite attorney's in the practice area of Bankruptcy (Utah Business magazine)