Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Is Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Right for You ?

There are 3 main reasons that individuals with consumer debt and sole proprietors consider Chapter 13 bankruptcy:

1) curing a default in a mortgage or car loan;

2) repaying a tax deb;

3) repaying unsecured debt in whole or in part when a Chapter 7 bankruptcy is not possible or advisable if there is too much disposable income or exposed assets.

Chapter 13 is aimed at individuals and sole proprietors who have steady income and can repay some or all of their unsecured debt or cure mortgage and car loan defaults in a period of three to five years. 

What Does Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Protection Mean for You?

Chapter 13 bankruptcy protection is very similar to getting a consolidation loan that allows you to make one payment to cover all of your debt. All your unsecured debts, including personal loans, credit card debt, income tax debt, medical bills, and vehicle deficiencies can be included when filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. You can cure your mortgage and avoid sheriff sales and execution by the taxing authorities. You can take advantage of the automatic stay, which stops all collection activity when you file your bankruptcy petition. That means no more harassing phone calls, letters, lawsuits, or sales of real estate or other assets.

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Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

What Are the Steps in a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

All Chapters for voluntary bankruptcy, as opposed to the rarely filed involuntary bankruptcy, begin the same.  

1) A Petition is filed with the court.  However, Chapter 13 differs from Chapter 7 in that a Chapter 13 requires the filing of a Chapter 13 Plan. This serves as your porposal to resolve your debt as required by Chapter 13. Payments must be made to the trustee within 30 days of the Petition filing, which is ultimately subject to approval by the court.  

2) The next step is a Meeting of Creditors, which is theoretically a chance for your creditors to come and ask you questions, but they rarely appear.  Rather, the meeting is conducted by the trustee, known as a Standing Chapter 13 Trustee in Chapter 13 cases.  As in a Chapter 7, the trustee reviews the petition with you and your counsel, all while the proceedings are tape recorded and under oath.  The Chapter 13 trustee will then suggest any chnages that may be required to the forms, schedules, and Chapter 13 Plan.  

3) The final step is a Confirmation Hearing which doesn't necessarily require attendance by you and counsel.  Rather, if the trustee is satisfied that your Plan is feasible and comports with Chapter 13, the trustee will simply recommend confirmation, approval, of the Plan.  It is extremely likely that the court will then confirm the Plan if it has been recommended by the trustee.  So long as you are able to comply with the Plan throught the entire length of the case, typically five years, you will be entitled to a discharge of any debt remaining unpaid and any defaults will be deemed cured.           

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