What to Expect at a Confirmation Hearing

In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy for individuals who are filing (or Chapter 11 bankruptcies for certain business debts), a repayment plan must be submitted and approved by the court to legitimately proceed. This is in contrast to a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which does not involve a repayment plan for individuals, but rather liquidation of non-exempt assets to satisfy creditors. The court will consider your bankruptcy plan at Read More

Understanding the Adversary Proceeding

During your bankruptcy process, there may be times when you, your bankruptcy trustee, a certain creditor, or other parties intimately involved in your filing may need to file a formal complaint with the bankruptcy court called an adversary proceeding (sometimes referred to as an adversary hearing). The adversary proceeding is separate and distinct from the bankruptcy filing, but generally, a bankruptcy is not fully Read More

Understanding the Motion to Dismiss

If you file for bankruptcy – whether it be Chapter 7, Chapter 13, or a non-personal bankruptcy – there are rigid terms, conditions, and follow-up requirements that must be satisfied in order for your filing to be legally valid. At any point, the court may decide to file a motion to dismiss your bankruptcy. Usually, a motion to dismiss won’t be catastrophic and you can try again soon.  Dismissal Without Read More

Understanding Secured, Unsecured, and Priority Claims

If you find yourself filing or considering filing for bankruptcy, there are some terms you will need to become familiar with. In some instances, you might find your debts being referred to as “creditor claims.” The two main types of creditor claims are secured and unsecured. From there, you will need to make distinctions between priority and non-priority creditor claims. Here is a general overview of those Read More

Bankruptcy 101: The Personal Guarantee

It’s not unusual for first-time borrowers, those with poor credit histories, or newly-created businesses to obtain loans. In difficult economic times, it can be next to impossible for these applicants to receive credit unless they are helped by a guarantor or, in the case of a business application, they guarantee the loan with personal assets like their home or vehicle. Guarantors are usually people with better Read More

Understanding the Difference Between Contingent, Liquidated, and Disputed Bankruptcy Claims

When you file for bankruptcy, you are required to complete paperwork that gives the bankruptcy court an in-depth overview of your financial situation. This includes listing all of your creditors and debts. While some debt information is straightforward (for example, you owe $5,000 on your Discover Card and $100,000 on your mortgage), other obligations can be difficult to quantify at the time you fill out the Read More

Understanding the Difference Between Repossession and Charge Off

When you take out a loan to purchase a car or home, the expectation is that you will repay the money in installments. If financial difficulties make it impossible to meet this obligation, the lender has the option of repossessing the asset or charging off the debt.  What Is Repossession? When you miss a certain number of payments, the lender may repossess, or take back, the property. With homes, a foreclosure Read More

Bankruptcy Basics: The Reorganization Plan

When you’re overwhelmed by debt, you have two bankruptcy options: Chapter 7, which discharges all unsecured debt in exchange for the liquidation (sale) of your nonexempt property, and one of the four reorganization bankruptcies. Although designed for different debtors and situations, each one permits individuals and entities with disposable income to restructure and pay down their debt without losing Read More

Understanding Involuntary Bankruptcy

Most people file for bankruptcy of their own volition. They realize that their income and necessary expenses leave them with little leftover to tackle huge credit card or medical bills and want to start over. In a minority of cases, however, debtors visit a bankruptcy attorney because the decision was made for them: a creditor filed an involuntary bankruptcy petition against them. Involuntary Bankruptcy Read More

5 Things Bankruptcy Cannot Do

When you’re overwhelmed by bills you can’t pay, bankruptcy can give you a fresh start by eliminating most debt (Chapter 7) or condensing it into an affordable repayment plan (Chapter 13). Once you receive your discharge, you’re free to start over. Before you file, it is important to examine what types of debt you owe, as some obligations are not dischargeable in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Others could theoretically Read More

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