Filing Bankruptcy is a difficult decision to make. In 2008 over 1 million Americans filed personal bankruptcy in order to improve their financial situation. Bankruptcy can help you prevent foreclosure of your home, stop debt collector harassment and get a fresh financial start. Bankruptcy lawyers can help explain bankruptcy law and ensure that the bankruptcy process goes as smoothly as possible
The two most common consumer bankruptcies are Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Sponsoring bankruptcy lawyers handle these types of bankruptcies exclusively so you can be sure you are getting accurate legal advice when you file bankruptcy. Bankruptcy attorneys will fight to protect your rights and your property. Our bankruptcy attorneys have decades of experience fighting aggressive and annoying creditors. They can help you keep your home, vehicles and other property.
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
If filing for bankruptcy is an opportunity for a debtor to emerge out of a financial crisis and start afresh, then Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code is the way to achieve this end relatively faster. Under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code all non-exempt property of the debtor is sold and the proceeds of the same are distributed to the creditors. In most cases where
Chapter 7 is brought into force the debtor has no assets to lose, therefore the fresh start takes place relatively faster.
Chapter 7 bankruptcy may eliminate most kinds of unsecured debt. Some examples of unsecured debts Chapter 7 may eliminate are credit cards; medical bills; most personal loans; judgments resulting from car accidents; and deficiencies on repossessed vehicles.
In addition to getting rid of your debt, Chapter 7 allows you to typically keep all of your property. As long as your car and mortgage payments are current, and there is no significant equity in your property, we should have no problem making the arrangements for you to reaffirm the debt. Keep your home, keep your car, keep your personal belongings, but eliminate your debt; that is our goal with Chapter 7. Legal Helpers may be able to use Chapter 7 to provide you with many benefits. Read about those benefits below and about other subjects related to Chapter 7 and other forms of bankruptcy. First, read the below alert that contains important information that you need to know!
Also known as liquidation (converting assets into money) or a straight or basic bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is the most common form of bankruptcy filing. This type of bankruptcy filing accounts for as much as 65% of all Consumer Banking filings.
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
Chapter 13 bankruptcy is an interest-free debt repayment plan through which you consolidate your debts and make a payment on your debt over a 3 to 5 year period. While in a Chapter 13 debt repayment plan, the creditors cannot collect from you, and the creditors are required by a Federal Court order to adhere to the terms of the plan.One very important thing to remember about Chapter 13 bankruptcy is that you must be working or have a consistent source of income for your repayment plan to be approved by the court. Not only must you be able to pay for your monthly living expenses, but you must also be able to make a payment to the court to consolidate your debts.
Debts that are generally consolidated in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy are mortgage arrears, balances on vehicle loans, student loans, credit card debts and other unsecured debts. All outstanding debts must be included in the Chapter 13 bankruptcy consolidation.
While debtors are allowed to keep all of their property, the court approves a new interest-free plan for repayment. A written plan is created giving details of all the transactions that will occur, and the duration of the same. The repayment must begin within thirty to forty-five days after the case has started. The transitory stage of paying a trustee who then pays a creditor, as in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is usually eliminated with Chapter 13 Bankruptcy. Although, in some cases people may involve a trustee who would take care of disbursing money to the creditors as per the plan. Also, as per the law the creditors must strictly adhere the repayment plan approved by the court and are in fact prohibited to collect any claims from the debtor. Your attorney will prepare new repayment plan to best suit your situation. The one advantage of Chapter 13 over Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is the full discharge option which is not applicable under Chapter 7 filing. For example, if a debtor manages to complete all necessary payments in the plan, he/she is given a full plan discharge. (There are a few exceptions to this case, which your attorney will guide you about if necessary.) Yet another advantage of the Chapter 13 filing is that a repayment can be created even if creditors disagree with it, as long as it is approved by the Court.