Legal minute with Cooley Shrair: Chapter 7 vs Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Mass Appeal) –  Do you know the difference between chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy? Attorney John Davis from the Law Offices of Cooley Shrair in Springfield shared more about the differences between them.

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What is a Chapter 7 bankruptcy?
To begin with, it is a proceeding for obtaining relief from one’s creditors.
It is sometimes referred a Chapter 7 liquidation because in essence one is offering the liquidation of one’s non-exempt assets for distribution to one’s creditors.
In many cases there are effectively no assets for liquidation and no liquidation and distribution ever occurs.
It is important to note that one’s secured debts, such as mortgage and car loans, remain intact to the extent of the lien on the property, notwithstanding the bankruptcy filing.

What is a Chapter 13 bankruptcy?
Chapter 13 is also a proceeding for obtaining relief from one’s creditors.
It is often referred to a wage earner plan because it involves a plan to pay one’s creditors over time as a means of resolving one’s debts and retaining one’s property.
One must have regular income to qualify for a Chapter 13.

Why Would One Choose a Chapter 13 over a Chapter 7?
Sometimes one’s income is too high and for that reason one is not eligible to file a Chapter 7.
Another reason, and a common one, is that in a Chapter 13 one can stop a foreclosure against one’s home by setting up a plan in which the debtor continues to pay the monthly payment due upon the mortgage and addressees the arrears by repaying that over the life of the plan. Another advantage of a Chapter 13 is that, under the right circumstances, one can avoid a junior mortgage on the property if the value of the property is less than the amount of the first mortgage.

Bankruptcy is a complex area with many issues, and it is certainly recommended that anyone contemplating bankruptcy speak with an attorney or other qualified advisor.

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