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Lake Charles Bankruptcy Debtor Attorneys

Guiding You Toward a Better Future

If you or your business is facing financial debts that you can’t afford to pay, whether partly or entirely, you may be feeling vulnerable and helpless. Fortunately, our Lake Charles bankruptcy attorneys can help debtors like yourself during this challenging time. We’ve helped guide countless clients through the bankruptcy filing process so they can begin their fresh start. Whether you think you may qualify for a Chapter 7, 11, or 13 bankruptcy, Sudduth Associates, LLC can assess your situation through a consultation and make a recommendation that benefits you the most. We’re not just committed to filing your paperwork and going through the motions – we genuinely want our clients to understand their unique situations and to make informed decisions on behalf of themselves and their families or businesses. You can trust us to provide you with informative and compassionate counsel.


Contact us online or by phone at (337) 282-9003 if you’re ready to move on. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can settle your financial issues and end creditor harassment.


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  • They truly care about the legal issues I face, and aren't just 'going through the motions.'

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    “Throughout the entire ordeal, James could not have been more professional, courteous and knowledgeable regarding my employment issue. He was prompt with his responses and could not have shown more compassion for the issue.”

  • His passion for helping people sets him apart from any other attorney in this area.

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Types of Bankruptcies for Individuals & Businesses

There are two main types of bankruptcies for individuals and small businesses, and a third that large businesses and some small businesses may qualify for.

Our attorneys can help you determine which of the following types can apply to your financial burdens:

  • Chapter 7: The most common kind of bankruptcy, you may qualify for Chapter 7 if you absolutely cannot pay any of your debts. Under this kind of bankruptcy, individuals surrender their assets to be sold to pay creditors. After filing, individuals are no longer contacted by creditors and aren’t in danger of having their wages garnished.
  • Chapter 13: The second most common type of bankruptcy for individuals, Chapter 13 bankruptcies allow individuals to create repayment plans to pay off their debts in three or five years. Monthly payments are made to the court, which then distributes the money to creditors. This is the best option for those who can afford to pay off some of their debts.
  • Chapter 11: Mainly utilized by large businesses, Chapter 11 bankruptcies allow businesses to form reorganization plans to repay creditors over time. This type of bankruptcy involves more complicated filing rules, which is another reason why it’s important that you hire a bankruptcy lawyer to help you begin a petition.

Our attorneys can determine your best option for recovery by assessing your situation in depth. When you call us and take advantage of your consultation, we may ask you for your personal information, including how much you owe, how long you’ve owed, and who you owe money to.

Reasons for Filing for Bankruptcy

It’s crucial that you know you’re not alone in carrying your financial burdens. 70% of Americans have some kind of financial struggle, and though it’s a last resort, needing to file for bankruptcy can happen to anyone, especially during difficult economic times.

Our lawyers have helped countless clients who have needed debt relief due to:

  • Loss of income
  • Underemployment
  • Divorce
  • Credit card debts
  • Injuries resulting in expensive medical bills or inability to work

Offering a Unique Perspective

Our attorneys have years of experience representing both sides of bankruptcy: the debtors and the creditors. Because we understand creditors and their priorities when it comes to obtaining repayment, we can use our unique knowledge and experience to protect you, the debtor.

When you work with our team, we can help you get your bills discharged, stop creditor harassment and foreclosures, and fight for your right to keep your property. Chapter 7 bankruptcies typically liquidate individual assets, but we can defend the things you want to keep.


Call our Lake Charles bankruptcy debtor attorneys at (337) 282-9003 to learn more about which type of bankruptcy is right for you or your business. We’re committed to securing the results our clients need to start over in Louisiana.


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