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The benefits of filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy

Filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy can be a powerful process for individuals who are struggling with significant debt but who wish to avoid the potentially severe consequences of a Chapter 7 liquidation. This form of bankruptcy, allows debtors to retain their assets while reorganizing their financial obligations under a manageable repayment plan. 

Chapter 13 bankruptcy consolidates multiple debts into a single repayment plan, making it easier to manage finances. This plan is designed based on a debtor’s income, living expenses and debt types. It is meant to be constructed in ways that help to ensure that repayment terms are realistic and sustainable over the three to five years of the plan period. 

Why embrace this kind of bankruptcy filing?

Unlike Chapter 7, which potentially involves liquidating non-exempt assets to pay off creditors, Chapter 13 generally allows debtors to keep their property, including their home and car. This is particularly beneficial for those who have considerable equity in their home or other valuable assets they wish to preserve. By filing under Chapter 13, individuals can likely avoid foreclosure and repossession, if those are concerns for any particular filer. 

Upon filing for Chapter 13, the automatic stay kicks in, which prohibits creditors from continuing most collection activities. This means an immediate cessation of harassing calls, letters and any legal actions that most creditors might have been pursuing, such as wage garnishments or lawsuits.

Should a debtor’s financial situation change during the term of the repayment plan, Chapter 13 offers the flexibility to modify the plan to accommodate decreased income or unexpected expenses, ensuring that repayment terms remain feasible.

Finally, after completing the repayment plan, debtors are typically discharged from most of their remaining eligible unsecured debts. This discharge acts as a financial reset, allowing individuals to start anew, free from the burdens of their prior obligations.

Overall, Chapter 13 bankruptcy can offer a path to financial recovery and stability for those overwhelmed by debt who are in a position to make manageable monthly payments over a few years. 


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