One of the smartest ways to pay your priority debts—including recent income taxes or child/spousal support arrearage—is through Chapter 13. Priority Debts under No-Asset and Asset Chapter 7 Our last two blog posts described how Chapter 7 can sometimes be a sensible way of dealing with priority debts. (Those are ones you can’t “discharge”—legally write off–the most common being … Read More
If you have a Chapter 7 asset case, your bankruptcy trustee collects and sells your asset and pays your priority debt with the proceeds. Our last blog post was about what happens to priority debts in a no-asset Chapter 7 case. Most consumer “straight bankruptcy” Chapter 7 cases are no-asset ones. This means that the bankruptcy trustee does not … Read More
In a Chapter 7 no-asset bankruptcy case, the trustee collects nothing from you and pays nothing on your debts, including your priority ones. Most Chapter 7 Cases Are No-Asset Cases Chapter 7—“straight bankruptcy”—is the most common type of consumer bankruptcy case. They are generally the most straightforward, lasting about 4 months start to finish. Usually everything you own is … Read More
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
In a Chapter 7 case your unsecured debts are either priority or general unsecured. Chapter 7 legally writes off all or most of the latter. Last time we said there are two kinds of unsecured debts, “priority” and “general unsecured”: “Priority” debts are those that the law treats as special for various reasons. Past-due child support and unpaid recent … 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
The laws about the treatment of different types of creditors can often be used in your favor to pay who you want or need to pay.
You can put a “preferential payment” to work for you if you owe a “priority” debt–back child or spousal support, or recent income taxes.
If a creditor’s proof of claim is a “priority” or secured debt is too high, object to it to avoid paying too much in your Chapter 13 case.
If you object to a creditor’s proof of claim in your Chapter 13 case, and prevail in that dispute, you pay nothing on that debt.
In some jurisdictions you can pay nothing to your “general unsecured” creditors, if all your money goes to paying higher priority ones.
Priority proofs of claim need to be carefully monitored in a Chapter 13 case. Make sure one’s filed so it gets paid, and at the right amount.
If you injured someone by unlawfully driving while intoxicated, the resulting obligation can’t be discharged in bankruptcy.
If you owe an employee wages or benefits, it’s likely a priority debt. Same if you are owed wages or benefits. More likely to be paid.