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Chapter 13 Archives

Supreme Court says debtors cannot appeal bankruptcy denial

On May 4, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that debtors are not entitled to immediately appeal if a bankruptcy court refuses to confirm their proposed repayment plan. The court's unanimous ruling will impact bankruptcy filings in Pennsylvania and across the nation.

Nondischargeable debts after bankruptcy

As Pennsylvania residents may know, Chapter 13 bankruptcy is a way to reorganize debt and set up a repayment plan to pay creditors. Generally, at the end of the repayment, many remaining debts are discharged. However, some debts are not dischargeable. For instance, restitution in criminal cases or fines cannot be discharged. Debts associated with impaired driving and some forms of extended debt are not either.

Chapter 13 bankruptcy and walking away from a home

Individuals in Pennsylvania who are filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy may wonder what will happen if they find that they still cannot keep up their mortgage payments. Usually, people file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy when they make too much money to file for Chapter 7.

An explanation Chapter 13 bankruptcy

When people in Pennsylvania have financial trouble and have exhausted all of their resources, they could be eligible for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. The only people who are eligible for this type of bankruptcy filing are wage earners, sole proprietors and self-employed persons who earn an income regularly. Filers must have also submitted the tax forms required of them over the previous four years.

Understanding the Chapter 13 reorganization plan

Consumers in Pennsylvania may benefit from learning more about the steps, requirements and expectations involved with filing Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Debtors are required to submit their repayment plan within 14 days following the date that their petition is filed. The repayment plan and the periodic payment scheduled, usually monthly or weekly, must be approved by the court before it is recognized as legitimate.

What are the requirements for a Chapter 13 bankruptcy?

Pennsylvania residents who are ineligible for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy due to their income or who want to save their home from foreclosure may be eligible to file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Chapter 13 reorganizes debt and gives individual debtors a longer time frame to pay back what they owe. This process generally takes between three and five years, and in many cases, any remaining debt can be discharged.

Chapter 13 bankruptcy filed by restaurant co-owners

Facing extensive debt day in and day out can quickly begin to wear on a person in Pennsylvania, causing them to desperately seek debt relief. Two individuals in an out-of-state case recently found themselves in the red financially and thus decided to file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. The husband and wife team co-own two restaurants.

Chapter 13 offers protection from creditors, debt relief

A person may feel at a loss when it comes to paying down debt in Pennsylvania. Their constant efforts to get rid of debt may be of no avail due to inadequate wages and high interest rates on credit cards, for example. These individuals may qualify for a Chapter 13 bankruptcy filing, which enables consumers to finally say goodbye to stressful debt.

Chapter 13 bankruptcy can help with high credit card debt amounts

Living underneath the weight of credit card debt is the norm for many households in the United States. In some cases in Pennsylvania, the debt may be so great that a person considers filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, where they reorganize their debts and can save their homes from foreclosure. However, this may be reversed simply through the art of negotiation. A few tips may help a person to effectively negotiate with credit card companies in order to more easily pay off outstanding debt.

Bankruptcy, divorce have intertwined (and complex) relationship

Divorce and bankruptcy have a very complicated relationship, which is either ironic or appropriate (we can't tell). In some cases, a bankruptcy filing may trigger a married couple to reconsider their relationship, thus sparking a divorce. In other cases, it may be the other way around: the divorce takes a financial toll on one of the spouses (or both), thus leading them to file for bankruptcy.

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