One great benefit of bankruptcy is the ability to remove a judgment lien from your home. It’s almost as helpful as writing off that debt. The Problem, and the Bankruptcy Solution Do you have a judgment lien on your home? If so, the debt on that judgment is secured by whatever equity you have in your home. The debt … Read More
Here are 3 more Chapter 7 scenarios when you are current on your home mortgage but have other liens on your home. Our last blog post was about situations in which Chapter 7 works well enough in the following 3 debt situations: Second or third mortgages Property taxes Income tax with a lien recorded on your home In general, … Read More
Execution liens on your home are like judgment liens, “avoidable” in bankruptcy. But only if the underlying debt can be discharged.
Here’s an example showing why a judgment lien on your home is dangerous, and how bankruptcy can solve this problem.
Bankruptcy can do more than forever discharge your debts. It can undo some bad creditor actions, like a recorded judgment lien on your home.
A judgment lien effectively converts a debt that was secured by nothing into one secured by your home.
A judgment lien turns an unsecured debt into one secured by a lien on your home. Bankruptcy can undo that, and write off the debt.
A secured debt can be handled like an unsecured debt if you surrender the collateral, “avoid” a judgment lien, or just keep the collateral.
Both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 can wipe away judgment liens. But doing so under Chapter 13 can be better when used with its other benefits.
Because of Chapter 13’s much more powerful automatic stay, its ability to prevent judgment liens and tax liens is extremely valuable.
Creditors with secured debts often have much more leverage against you than with unsecured debts.
The potential ability to get rid of judgment liens from your home’s title is an impressive benefit of bankruptcy.
Letting a creditor get a judgment against you is dangerous, for a lot of reasons. One of the biggest dangers is a judgment lien on your home.
Bankruptcy can’t get rid of most creditor liens on what you own. But judgment liens that can be “avoided” on your home are an exception. Our last blog post was about judgment liens, why they are so dangerous, and how both Chapter 7 and 13 types of bankruptcy can deal with them. Today’s blog post explains what determines whether a … Read More
Bankruptcy gives you a fresh start by writing off debts. But it can also free up your home by getting rid of or “avoiding” judgment liens. Writing off debts is good. But if a creditor got a judgment against you, and you own a home, most likely that debt has also turned into a judgment lien on the title of your … Read More