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What bankruptcy exemptions are available in Washington?

One of the reasons people may hesitate from filing for bankruptcy when they are facing financial challenges is because they are afraid they might lose everything they own in the process and be left with nothing at the end. However, this is a myth as Washington offers many exemptions in bankruptcy. Exemptions are basically assets and property that the debtor can keep. Washington is one of the few states that allow debtors to choose between state exemptions or federal exemptions-this means they can choose the set that best fits their circumstances. However, debtors cannot choose both.

The differences between Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy

If a Washingtonian finds themselves struggling to pay off debts, they may want to consider filing for bankruptcy. This is an important decision to make, and depending on one's financial situation, it is likely that either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy is a much wiser way to go.

Don't navigate the bankruptcy process alone

No matter the cause, financial disasters are extremely stressful events in one's life. From overwhelming medical bills to poor decisions, there are many different types of scenarios that can lead someone down the path of bankruptcy. This, obviously, is a frightening and worrisome situation, but you don't need to go it alone. Getting the assistance you need can not only help you make the right decisions, but can also decrease the amount of stress of fear involved.

A Client's Thanks to New Associate

We want to thank William Gellatly for his kind words to our Associate Attorney, Crystal Lewis, and for allowing us to share them with others. It's always nice to hear when we've done a good job! 

Welcome Aboard!

Marsh, Higgins, Beaty & Hatch, P.C., would like to introduce our newest associate, Crystal M. Lewis. Crystal is a native Oregonian who attended Portland State University, graduating with a B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting in 1999. After college, she worked as an accountant at Willamette Industries in Portland, Oregon, for one year before attending Lewis and Clark Law School where she earned her J.D. in 2004. At Lewis and Clark, Crystal participated in the Environmental Law Moot Court program and earned a Certificate in Environmental Law. During law school, she worked for the Legal Resource Group in Sherwood, Oregon, litigating First Amendment Commercial Speech issues, and at Pacific Environmental Advocacy Clinic, litigating environmental issues. Crystal is now in her eighth year as a litigator where she focuses on employment law, bankruptcy, homeowners' association law, family law, and construction defect cases. We are very excited to have her join us! If you require assistance in any area of her expertise, please contact us for an appointment. 

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