Chapter 13

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This brochure details what to expect during a chapter 7 or chapter 13 bankruptcy case. 
A Chapter 13 Bankruptcy is also called a wage earner’s Plan. It enables individuals with regular income to develop a plan to repay all or part of their debts. Under this chapter, debtors propose a repayment plan to make installments to creditors over three to five years. If the Debtor ‘s current monthly income is less than the applicable state median, the plan will be for three years unless the court approves a longer period “for Cause .” If the debtor’s current monthly income is greater than the applicable state median, the plan generally must be for five years.
It is not unusual for debtors, specifically married debtors who file for bankruptcy protection separately, to co-own property. If you co-own property and intend to file for bankruptcy, you need to be aware that the trustee has the authority to force a sale of the entire asset including the co-owner(s) interest...
In Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you get to keep your car and pay off your car loan through a repayment plan.  Further, you may even be able to reduce the principal balance and interest rate on your car loan. Read on to learn more about what happens to your car in Chapter 13 bankruptcy....
You’ve fallen behind on your mortgage. The bank is demanding payment of the arrearages immediately. You don’t have the money but want to stay in your home. What can you do? First of all this is a common problem. Borrowers who fall behind on their mortgage are often hit with late fees and penalties that makes catching up seem impossible. To make matters worse, once you’ve fallen a few months behind your lender will “accelerate” the loan demanding the full principal balance to reinstate and avoid foreclosure...

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