Medical Bankruptcy?

27 Apr Medical Bankruptcy?

Recently, I got a call from someone in Ohio (I’m in California) telling me that she had filed a medical bankruptcy but needed some help in California regarding property she owned here.

So, what is a medical bankruptcy? Frankly, there’s no such thing in the law. I suspect what she meant is that she had to file bankruptcy because of medical bills, or that the largest part of her debts were those kind of expenses.

Any frequent reader of this blog will have seen many posts explaining that you can’t file bankruptcy on only some debts or some types of debts. You can, of course, after filing a chapter 7 bankruptcy, choose to pay anyone you want, but you have no legal obligation to do so. But all debts must be listed on the bankruptcy petition when it is filed. In fact, not listing all debts and property in your bankruptcy paperwork can be cause for denial of your discharge or worse. Consult a competent bankruptcy attorney in your vicinity.

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Douglas Jacobs is a California bankruptcy attorney and partner in the Chico law firm of Jacobs, Anderson, Potter & Chaplin. Since 1988, Mr. Jacobs has taught Constitutional law and Debtor-Creditor/Bankruptcy law at the Cal Northern School of Law. He has served as Dean of Students since 1994. He is a frequent lecturer on the subject of consumer bankruptcy law, and has spoken at both state and national levels.
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