- Recover repossessed cars immediately.
- Case lasts anywhere from 36-60 months.
- Stops interest from accruing on unsecured debt.
- $0.00 down attorney fees to file for most clients.
- Reported on your credit 7 years from date of filing.
- Allows “cram down” of interest and value on vehicles.
- Allows less than 100% repayment of unsecured debts.
- Stops child support license suspensions and warrants.
- Allows you to remove junior mortgage liens in some cases.
- Married couples can either file together or just one person can file.
SAEDI LAW GROUP HAS DISCHARED OVER $450 MILLION IN DEBT FOR GEORGIA CONSUMERS BY FILING CHAPTER 13 BANKRUPTCY. LET US HELP YOU!
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Allows Consumers to Restructure Their Debt in a Repayment Plan That Can Last Up to 60 Month
A Chapter 13 bankruptcy, also known as a wage earner’s plan or individual debt adjustment, allows people with steady income to propose a plan to pay all or a portion of their debts. These payments can last three to five years.
In order to file for Chapter 13, you must meet some requirements. Unlike a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which allows you to discharge some debts in exchange for the sale of nonexempt property to pay creditors, Chapter 13 allows you to keep your property and repay your creditors in a three or five year court-approved repayment plan.
Here are the requirements:
- You Are Not a Business Entity: Only individuals and those filing jointly as husband and wife can file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. While a business owner may not file in their business name, if ownership is as a sole proprietor or with a partner, then you can file in your name for the debts that you are personally liable for.
- You Have Fulfilled the Credit Counseling Requirement:A Chapter 13 debtor must file with the bankruptcy court a pre-filing certificate at least 180 days prior to filing for Chapter 13.
- Your Debts Are Not Too High: Chapter 13 requirements impose a limit on the amount of a filer’s debt. Chapter 13 is available to debtors with less than $394,725 in unsecured (debts that are not secured by property, such as credit card debt and medical bills) and less than $1,184,200 in secured debt (debts in which a creditor can take the property securing the debt if it is not paid). These bankruptcy debt limits are adjusted every three years.
- You Have Filed Your Income Tax Returns:To meet Chapter 13 requirements, you must provide proof of filing state and federal income tax returns for the previous four years. At least seven days before the first meeting of creditors, you must provide the trustee with a copy or a transcript of the most recent federal tax return filed with the IRS. You don’t have to all taxes filed to FILE the case but you will need them shortly afterwards.
- Your Proposed Plan Repays All Required Debts: Under Chapter 13, you will need to propose a plan of how your debts will repaid. Many times you will NOT have to repay all of your unsecured debts but this is on a case by case basis and take into account many factors that a skilled bankruptcy attorney can review with you at the time of your consultation.
- You Have Sufficient Income to Pay Debt: You have to have enough income, after deducting allowable expenses, for all debt obligations. You can include income from a working spouse even if the spouse has not filed jointly for bankruptcy, wages and salary, self-employment income, Social Security benefits, Disability, and unemployment benefits.
WHAT FILING A CHAPTER 13 BANKRUPTCY CAN DO FOR YOU
Filing a Chapter 13 bankruptcy may be the best solution for resolving your financial problems
Chapter 7 vs. Chapter 13
Each chapter of bankruptcy has pros and cons. Which chapter you decide to file depends on your specific situation. What works for one person may not work for someone else.
Deciding which chapter to file can be confusing. Chapter 7 bankruptcy forces you to liquidate your assets that are not protected by exemptions and repay creditors. This means that if you have too much equity in your home that the Chapter 7 Trustee will sell the home and use the proceeds to pay your creditors. You may be OK with that but most people want to keep their homes. Typically, the entire Chapter 7 process is completed within four to six months.
Keep in mind though that Chapter 7 has disadvantages, too. Lenders who have already filed to foreclose on your home are only temporarily stalled, and other debts such as mortgage liens can be collected after the case is concluded. Cosigners on your debt are still obligated to pay. If you are facing a foreclosure and want to keep your house then you need to file a Chapter 13 and not a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
Filing for Chapter 13 protection allows you to keep all your property. It simply extends the amount of time you have to repay what you owe after the bankruptcy court issues its ruling. It is possible to file a Chapter 13 bankruptcy after a Chapter 7 is completed, allowing you to seek a reduction in whatever debts remain from a Chapter 7 discharge. Chapter 13 will also protect your cosigners against collection efforts. There are many situations that come up where filing a Chapter 13 is a better choice than Chapter 7.
Chapter 7 cases do not allow you to remove junior liens or to “cram down” secured loans on cars and furniture.
What Documents Will I Need If I Decide to File Bankruptcy Case?
The good news is that our firm will pull your credit reports and perform a nationwide lien search. Just review the list of documents that the court will require below.
Proof of Income
If you are filing a Chapter 13 case you will be required to provide the last 60 days of income statements. If you are unemployed, self-employed, or receive SSI you can sign an affidavit as to this in our office or online.
Most Recently Filed Tax Return
The court will require a copy of your last filed tax return. If you are not required to file taxes you can sign an affidavit as to this. If you have misplaced your copy we can request a transcript when you come into our office.
Pre-Filing Credit Counseling Certificate
In order for your case to be valid upon filing you must complete a pre-filing credit counseling course. There are several different companies that provide this service. The three companies that most of our clients use are:
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We invite you to contact us either online or by phone at 404-919-7296 to schedule a free confidential consultation to review your personal financial situation and what options we can provide to protect you from creditors. For additional information about bankruptcy please also check out our YouTube Channel which has up to date vlogs on issues related to personal bankruptcy.