A recent potential client asked me how long do they need to live in Florida before they can file for bankruptcy here.  The client had recently moved to Florida but was anxious to obtain a fresh start by filing for chapter 7 bankruptcy in Miami-Dade county.

If a person just recently moved to Florida they must wait 91 days before they can file for bankruptcy here.  It is also beneficial if during that time period the person obtains a Florida drivers license and obtains Florida plates for their vehicles.   However, just because you can file for bankruptcy in Florida it doesn’t necessarily mean that Florida laws will apply to your case.  It is best to consult a qualified local bankruptcy attorney to determine what laws will apply to your case.

If you are thinking of filing for bankruptcy and would like to schedule a free consultation with a local bankruptcy attorney then please contact Shmucher Law, PL.  We offer free consultations in our main Miami office, as well as our Satellite offices (by appointment) including Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and Plantation Florida.