Chapter 7 vs 13 Bankruptcy: Making the Best of a Difficult Situation

Filing for bankruptcy can be a very trying experience. At Skinner & Associates, we understand that good people can find themselves in unfortunate circumstances. Navigating the waters of a bankruptcy proceedings can be confusing. Determining the right option can be even more overwhelming. This iswhere a skilled bankruptcy attorney can help you make the best decisions for your situation.

Chapter 13 Overview

Chapter 13 bankruptcy allows you to retain ownership of your property while you pay off your debts. Under this type of bankruptcy, you will work with your attorney to create a repayment plan over a predetermined period of time. Generally, the plan lasts from three to five years. During the repayment period, creditors cannot seek collection of outstanding debts. At the end of the plan most unpaid debts are discharged by the court.

Chapter 7 Overview

Chapter 7 bankruptcy requires you to sell all non-exempt property. Once property is sold, the proceeds of the sale are distributed to the creditors in an effor
t to repay debts. The nonexempt assets are sold by a trustee of the estate. After the sale of property and repayment of creditors, most remaining debt incurred by an individual will be discharged by the courts.

Who is eligible?

Corporations are not able to file Chapter 13 bankruptcy, nor are individual debtors with an annual regular income of a certain level. Conversely, both corporations and individuals are able to file Chapter 7. There is no limit to the amount of debt you can seek relief from, however it is important to point out that the discharge of any unpaid debt is only available to individuals, and not corporate debtors.

Freezing debt

In the case of both Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcies, all outstanding debts are frozen until the legal proceedings are finished. Individuals filing Chapter 7 can still be subject to foreclosures on property.  Additionally, it will not stop a creditor from filing a lien on the property. Chapter 13 does stop the foreclosure process and gives the debtor time to make up past due payments (the debtor is still required to make current payments).

If you or someone you know is considering filing for bankruptcy, contact the professionals at Skinner & Associates. They have been providing reliable legal representation in Columbus, Ohio and surrounding communities for over 25 years.  

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Chapter 7 vs Chapter 13 Bankruptcy