Once you have already filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy, the bankruptcy court will deny a discharge in a subsequent Chapter 7 case if you already received a discharge in your previous chapter 7 or chapter 11 case if it was filed within the last eight years. In simple terms, you can obtain a chapter 7 bankruptcy discharge every eight years. The eight year time period starts to run from the date your previous case was filed.
The bankruptcy court will also deny a Chapter 7 discharge if the debtor has previously received a discharge in a Chapter 12 or Chapter 13 case filed within the last six years unless the debtor meets fairly strict requirements regarding the amount of debt she paid back in her chapter 13 case. Similarly, a debtor is ineligible for a second discharge under Chapter 13 if he or she received a prior discharge in a Chapter 7, 11, or 12 case filed within four years of the current case or in a Chapter 13 case filed within two years of the current case.
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You will not be eligible for another chapter 7 discharge in a case until more than 8 years have passed from the day your prior case was filed. The 8 years is counted from the filin date of the first case to the filing date of the second case.
Figure out when you filed your first case which discharged in February of 05. Count eight years from that date. Add one day just to be safe and that is the date you can file another Ch7 and be eligible to receive another discharge. Be aware there is more stuff that you will need to do, such as take a pre-filing credit counseling course, a post filing credit management course, pass the means test and some other requirements that were not in place when you first filed. Do yourself a favor and consult with and retain an attorney to assist you.
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We need to see your filing date in order to answer the question. If eight years or more have passed, yes. If not, no.
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The others are correct that you cannot file a chapter 7 unless your last chapter 7 was filed more than 8 years ago. But, that does not stop you from filing a chapter 13.
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