Frequently Asked Bankruptcy Questions
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What is Bankruptcy?
Bankruptcy is a process designed to help businesses and consumers eliminate
their debts or repay them under the protection of the bankruptcy court.
What is the difference between a Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy?
A Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidates any assets to pay off as much of your
debt as possible. The money received from your assets is distributed between
banks and credit card companies. Chapter 13 bankruptcy is known as a reorganizational
bankruptcy, meaning the debtor will submit a payment plan that repays
creditors over a span of 3-5 years.
How Can Bankruptcy Improve My Situation?
Filing for bankruptcy can be frightening, but it can be helpful in the
- Put an end to phone calls from aggressive debt collectors
- Head start on rebuilding your credit
- Stop foreclosure proceedings
- Frees you from credit card debt
How often can I file for bankruptcy?
There is no minimum time limit that you must wait before you can file for
bankruptcy again. However, if you file too soon after receiving a discharge
of your debts in a prior Chapter 7 bankruptcy case, you can’t receive
a second discharge within 8 years of filing the first bankruptcy case.
In cases of Chapter 13 bankruptcies, you are not eligible for another
discharge of debts within 2 years of when the first bankruptcy was filed.
How much does bankruptcy cost?
In Georgia, the cost for filing a Chapter 13 bankruptcy is $286. Any legal
fees are incorporated to the monthly fees you’ll be paying. The
cost for filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy is $306.
Can I keep my home and car?
In most cases, you will be able to keep your home and car, but it’s
not always a guarantee. In exchange for the monthly payments you’ll
be making in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you may keep your house and car.
In Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the court is asked to discharge the debts you
owe. In exchange for the discharge, the court-appointed bankruptcy trustee
can take any property that you own – unless it is exempt from collection.
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