The tax debt is too recent to be covered by your bankruptcy. If you had income taxes due from 2007 or earlier, some of those might be covered if you meet certain other criteria but you are on the hook for the 2011 taxes.
With the proper planning, you should be able to keep your car and probably the tools. However, you should hire an experienced attorney to explain this things in more detail. Also, living off your credit cards while knowing you are going to file for bankruptcy could in the denial of a discharge of some of your debts.
While the number of years in practice can be an important factor, that only tells you how far they've been on the road and not how far they've travelled. What if the person who passed the bar exam in 2006 had decided to take it e off to write a book or travel? The newer attorney might actually have more experience. Heck, I tried my first case 6 months after I was admitted to practice.
Ask the how many similar cases they've handled. How many trials? How many depositions? Ask if they have...
In most bankruptcy courts, the lien is not permanently stripped until you complete the plan and get a discharge. You need not worry about the increase in property value.
I woudl talk to you attorney about the feasibility of closing the plan out early.
You haven't provided enough information, but failing show up at the meeting of creditors won't necessarily guarantee dismissal of your case. Your could find your assets being sold off AND being denied a discharge.
You need to meet with your attorney and discussed whether or not it would be possible to change your exemptions to protect more of the equity in your home. You also need to discuss whether or not conversion to a Chapter 13 is feasible.
The exact procedure will vary depending on the court. Down here in San Diego, the trustee would typically get the information about the pay increase and file a motion to modify the plan. The trustees have computer programs that allow them calculate the increase in payment and thus the corresponding increase in what goes to the unsecured creditors.
It is up to the debtor or debtor's attorney to object to the requested for a modified plan if appropriate. You may may have had an increase on...