Bankruptcy resolves your debts. How it does so depends on whether your debt is secured, priority, or general unsecured. Your debts are the reason you are reading this. You want to know how bankruptcy would deal with your debts. Will bankruptcy write off all your debts? Can you keep paying some of your debts like a vehicle loan or … Read More
Here is a handy summary of when to reaffirm your secured debt (like a vehicle loan) under Chapter 7 vs. cramming it down under Chapter 13. The last 4 weeks of blog posts have been about options for keeping collateral through Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. Mostly these options have involved reaffirming a secured debt in Chapter 7 or … Read More
Whether your creditor has a security interest determines whether it has rights against your vehicle or other collateral. Find out for sure. Reaffirmation vs. Cramdown The last four blog posts have compared Chapter 7 reaffirmation with Chapter 13 cramdown of a secured debt. With reaffirmation you keep the vehicle or other collateral but continue to owe the debt. Usually … Read More
Unsecured debts are not legally attached to anything you own. They have no security. Certain special unsecured debts are “priority” debts. Unsecured Debts Debts that are unsecured are those which are not legally tied to anything you own. The creditor has no “security” attached to the debt, no “security interest” in anything. It has no right to repossess or … Read More
Overall, Chapter 7 deals with simple debts as well or better than Chapter 13 does, which deals with more difficult debts better. Debts in Bankruptcy When deciding between Chapter 7 “straight bankruptcy” and Chapter 13 “adjustment of debts” you look at many factors. You have to meet certain qualifications (usually easy to meet) to file either one. The amount … Read More
Chapter 7 provides limited help if your home is encumbered by a statutory lien. Instead Chapter 13 may significantly reduce what you pay.