Median Income for Bankruptcy and UM/UIM Attorney Fees
Under current law, to be presumptively eligible for a chapter 7 bankruptcy, a debtor's household income must be below:
Single - $50,416.00
Married - $66,443.00
3 people - $75,902.00
4 people - $85,144.00
and on up from there. Chapter 7 can still be filed above these numbers, but additional calculations have to be run and there is more uncertainty.
In Bussmann v. Safeco, a 2014 case, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that attorney fees can be awarded to a plaintiff in an uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) case under K.S.A. §40-908 if they recover more than was offered pre-suit. This will allow injured persons to gain better footing in trying to get their cases resolved with auto insurers, who shockingly, sometimes tend to undervalue an injured person's claim. I know it is hard to believe, but it does happen. (cue the sarcasm)