Filing for bankruptcy is the process in which an individual or business makes an agreement with the bankruptcy court to pay off or discharge debts so that the individual or business may become debt free and free of creditor harassment and financial instability. While bankruptcy periods can be stressful, they are meant to put the debtor back on track for a more financially secure future.
Chapter 13 bankruptcy, also known as “reorganization” bankruptcy is filed when the debtor files a plan with the bankruptcy court about how debts owed will be paid off. Some debts need to be repaid in full, while others only partially or not at all. By filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, the debtor and court create a plan that lowers the payments owed to a feasible level, for a specified period of time until the debts are paid off.
Chapter 13 bankruptcy differs from Chapter 7 bankruptcy in that in Chapter 7, assets are liquidized with proceeds given to the individual or business’s creditors. In Chapter 13 bankruptcy, however, assets are not liquidated, but debts are reorganized into smaller, more reasonable amounts that can be paid in a timely manner.
Does Liquidation of Assets Occur in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?
No. In fact, filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy will help ensure that your car, house and other possessions can be kept, provided that the debtor sticks to the plan outlined by the court throughout the course of the bankruptcy period.
Another benefit of filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy is that creditors and collection agencies, by law, will not be allowed to contact you for money or file lawsuits against you during your bankruptcy period. You are protected by the bankruptcy court during this time period and you will need to have no contact with former creditors while during reorganization bankruptcy.
Contact Southern Maryland Bankruptcy Attorney
If you or your business is experiencing overwhelming debt, to the point that you feel you have limited options for repaying what is owed, you need to speak with Southern Maryland Bankruptcy Attorney Daniel J. Guenther today! Attorney Guenther will evaluate your financial circumstances and outstanding debts to help strategize your best course of action. If it is determined that filing for bankruptcy is your best option, Attorney Guenther will be there for you from start to finish. Your initial consultation is free, so call today at 301-475-3106.