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  • Facing foreclosure, garnishment, or repossession? Tired of harassing credit calls? Want to start a debt free life? We can help! A. Barnes Law, PLLC, represents debtors in chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy cases. We provide an attentive ear and listen carefully to our clients so that we handle matters with efficiency and accuracy.

    One of the reasons people file bankruptcy is to get a “discharge.” A discharge is a court order which states that you do not have to pay most of your debts. Some debts cannot be discharged. For example, you cannot discharge debts for–

    • most taxes;
    • child support;
    • alimony;
    • most student loans;
    • court fines and criminal restitution; and
    • personal injury caused by driving drunk or under the influence of drugs.

    The discharge only applies to debts that arose before the date you filed. Also, if the judge finds that you received money or property by fraud, that debt may not be discharged.

    It is important to list all your property and debts in your bankruptcy schedules. If you do not list a debt, for example, it is possible the debt will not be discharged. The judge can also deny your discharge if you do something dishonest relating to your bankruptcy case, such as destroy or hide property, falsify records, or lie, or if you disobey a court order.

    You can only receive a chapter 7 discharge once every eight years. Other rules may apply if you previously received a discharge in a chapter 13 case. No one can make you pay a debt that has been discharged, but you can voluntarily pay any debt you wish to pay. You do not have to sign a reaffirmation agreement (see below) or any other kind of document to do this.

    Some creditors hold a secured claim (for example, the bank that holds the mortgage on your house or the loan company that has a lien on your car). You do not have to pay a secured claim if the debt is discharged, but the creditor can still take the property.

    You can choose the kind of bankruptcy that best meets your needs (provided you meet certain qualifications):

      • Chapter 7 – Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a liquidation proceeding available to consumers and businesses. Those assets of a debtor that are not exempt from creditors are collected and liquidated (reduced to money), and the proceeds are distributed to creditors. A consumer debtor receives a complete discharge from debt under Chapter 7, except for certain debts that are prohibited from discharge by the Bankruptcy Code.
      • Chapter 13 – often called wage-earner bankruptcy, is used primarily by individual consumers to reorganize their financial affairs under a repayment plan that must be completed within three or five years. To be eligible for Chapter 13 relief, a consumer must have regular income and may not have more than a certain amount of debt, as set forth in the Bankruptcy Code. You can usually keep your property, but you must earn wages or have some other source of regular income and you must agree to pay part of your income to your creditors. The court must approve your repayment plan and your budget. A trustee is appointed and will collect the payments from you, pay your creditors, and make sure you live up to the terms of your repayment plan.
  • Expungements – You may be able to have certain charges CLEARED from your record!!!

    • Divorces (Contested and Uncontested)
    • Child Support and Modifications
    • Child Custody and Visitation
    • Contempt Actions
    • Paternity
    • Guardianships
    • Adoptions
    • Wills and Estates
    • Name Changes
    • Birth Certificate Corrections
  • The effects of a personal injury caused by the negligence or carelessness of another can be devastating, both to the victim and their families. Aside from immediate medical expenses, there may be longer term rehabilitation and therapy, time off from work and emotional trauma. At A. Barnes Law, PLLC, we understand what those who suffer personal injuries go through. We use our years of experience to assist you and your family in fighting to receive the compensation you deserve to help restore your quality of life.

    Our firm has the unique qualification of having worked for years fighting many of the largest employers and insurance companies in the nation. We know, therefore, how they operate and what they will try to do to deny a person the full financial settlement they are due. Insurance companies commonly work on the basis of paying as little as possible on claims. They utilize many tactics to reach that goal. At A. Barnes Law, PLLC each of our attorneys operate on the principal that through hard work and diligence, we will work to ensure you get the maximum compensation possible.

    • Car accidents – If you have suffered serious injuries in a car accident, we can help. Our job is to build your case while you focus on recovering from your injuries. We team with experts to fight for the best possible outcome of your case.
    • Truck accidents – Negligent truck drivers can cause accidents resulting in serious injury and death. You need an experienced personal injury attorney at your side throughout the entire process. We bring experience and a network of experts to build your case.
    • Premises Liability – If you or a loved one has been injured or killed while at a business or apartment complex, we can help!
    • Product Liability – Defective products can cause serious injury, or even worse DEATH! At Barnes and Warren, PLLC, we hold product manufacturers accountable for placing defective and dangerous products in the market place!
  • Have you been denied your Social Security Disability benefits? Let A. Barnes Law, PLLC, help you obtain the benefits you rightfully deserve. If you are unable to work because of disability, contact our firm immediately to learn how we can help!

  • Injured on the job? We can help! When you’re injured in the workplace, you have rights. Depending on your circumstances, you may have a right to medical benefits, a right to income benefits and a right to have your injury treated. Some employers may pressure you to return to work early, may deny your medical benefits claims, may refuse to pay your income benefits or may otherwise refuse to honor your rights as an injured employee. Employers may require you to undergo an evaluation by their doctor, who may claim that your injuries aren’t severe or that you’re ready to return to work – even if you’re not. An experienced Mississippi workers’ compensation lawyer can substantiate your injury claims through an evaluation by an independent physician, and take your workers’ compensation case before the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission to make sure your rights are protected.

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