Finishing a Chapter 7 Case Successfully

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Most likely your Chapter 7 case will be completed successfully. But be aware of these essential steps to make sure it does happen.   You’ve filed a Chapter 7 “straight bankruptcy” case, which stopped all creditor collections actions against you. About a month later you’ve gone through the Meeting of Creditors with the Chapter 7 trustee. Now within two more … Read More

A Handy Summary to Chapter 7 vs. 13 for Your Secured Debts

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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

Reaffirmation of a Non-Current Debt

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In theory the terms of a reaffirmation agreement are negotiable. But many creditors require you to be current on the debt to reaffirm it.   Two blog posts ago we introduced reaffirmation agreements, and in the last one we discussed their risks. Today we get into what happens if you are not current on a debt that you want to … Read More

Reaffirming a Secured Debt in Chapter 7

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You are allowed to exclude a secured debt—to keep your vehicle or furniture, for example—by reaffirming and not discharging the debt.   Last time we got into debts that you might voluntarily pay after a Chapter 7 case out of personal obligation. Today we cover debts voluntarily paid but for the purpose of keeping the collateral that’s securing the debt. … Read More