Yes, but you will need to get permission from your Chapter 13 Trustee. Consult with your attorney to see if you will need to file a Motion to Incur Debt. Your Chapter 13 Trustee may be able to give you a list of dealers that will finance people in Chapter 13.
You may want to contact your Chapter 13 Trustee, as well as your attorney, and request a pay-off amount for your Chapter 13 Plan. The information on the Trustee's website is not a pay-off amount - it is only an approximation.
Unless it is for child support or a student loan or the IRS, I am unaware of any creditor being able to do what you described without first obtaining a judgment against you. Keep in mind, if your paycheck is issued from out of state, a creditor may garnish your wages IF they obtain a judgment against you.
Your attorney certainly has the right and the duty to stop any questions that are not appropriate at a 341. Unfortunately, without much more information, we on the outside are unable to determine if a line was crossed during your meeting. What you may feel like was inappropriate may have been appropriate under the circumstances.
Keeping a small balance on your credit card is better. I know it does not make sense. But the way credit scores are calculated, having a small balance on your credit card is increases your credit score.
If you and your wife were both debtors in the Chapter 13 case, then the Trustee was required to send the money back to both of you. Texas is a community property state. There is nothing the Trustee or your bankruptcy attorney can do to enable you to keep all the money returned by the Trustee. This is a matter between you and your wife.
You have not provided enough information for me to adequately answer your question. Are you filing Chapter 7 to save your home from foreclosure? If so, you really should look at filing Chapter 13. It appears you need to consult with an attorney to make sure you are doing the right thing. How much equity do you have in your home?
When Congress amended the Bankruptcy Code in 2005, one of the changes dealt with HOA fees. Fees that come due after the date of filing are not dischargeable - only fees that were owed as of the date of filing. This is frequently a problem for debtors when they file bankruptcy, surrender the house, and the mortgage company does not foreclose on the property. The fees are accruing that the debtor is responsible for.
If your debt is primarily business debt, meaning more than 50.1% is business debt), then the Means Test will not apply. However, if your debt is more consumer debt (which includes your home mortgage) than business debt, you may not be eligible for Chapter 7. Without knowing what your secured debt is and if there are any special circumstances in your case, it is difficult to tell if you qualify for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.