You should use an attorney to do this. Be aware that any debt forgiven will be considered taxable income and you will owe the IRS. I suggest you speak with another bankruptcy attorney, as you income is not the only issue in qualifying for a chapter 7. It is MUCH more involved than comparing your income to the median. I have had successful chapter 7 filings where the income is almost twice the median.
Mr. Walton is as always correct, though I would add that while the forgiveness of taxable debt is taxable strictly speaking, in real life it often doesn't have that much effect because the person that received the benefit is likely insolvent. I probably wouldn't hesitate to negotiate my debt based on that alone.
You are on the right track, as to avoiding online debt settlement services, because most are unable to effectively negotiate, and then to litigate when creditors will not cooperate.
You should first review with your present attorney, solutions to this dilemma, because he, or she, is probably the one most familiar with your financial problems.
You may also explore chapter 13 as a solution.
There are experienced debt settlement defense firms, that can provide the service you need.
Tips for settling, are somewhat like trade secrets, and depend greatly on the identity of the creditor and nature of the debts, and the collection strategies involved. Good Luck
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You should contact a debt settlement attorney. This is all that my firm does. Please contact me if you need some assistance. We offer free initial consultations. If you have a judgment, then you will most likely need the services of an attorney to assist you in negotiating the debt. The creditor is unlikely to negotiate with you with a judgment in place.