One of the primary purposes of bankruptcy is to discharge certain debts in order to give a debtor a “fresh start.” Laws, both federal and state, are in place to protect not only the debtor, but the creditor as well. Bankruptcy is a legal and viable option available to debtors to help solve seemingly unsolvable financial difficulty. Debt management companies, although also a viable first option, sometimes cannot help solve the problem, and frequently become another creditor on the list.
The chapter of the Bankruptcy Code providing for “liquidation,” (i.e., the sale of a debtor's nonexempt property and the distribution of the proceeds to creditors.)
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The chapter of the Bankruptcy Code providing (generally) for reorganization, usually involving a corporation or partnership. (A chapter 11 debtor usually proposes a plan of reorganization to keep its business alive and pay creditors over time. People in business or individuals can also seek relief in chapter 11.)
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(Family Farmer or Family Fisherman)
The chapter of the Bankruptcy Code providing for adjustment of debts of a “family farmer,” or a “family fisherman” as those terms are defined in the Bankruptcy Code.
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(Individual Debt Adjustment)
The chapter of the Bankruptcy Code providing for adjustment of debts of an individual with regular income. (Chapter 13 allows a debtor to keep property and pay debts over time, usually three to five years.)
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Do I qualify for a chapter 7?
Can I file bankruptcy while being sued by a creditor?
What is the “means test”?
When considering Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you may be required to pass the Chapter 7 means test. If your monthly income is less than or equal to your state’s median income you may qualify to file. If it’s greater, you will have to fill out an additional form to see if Chapter 7 bankruptcy is an option for you. See Form 122A-1: Chapter 7 Statement of Your Current Monthly Income and Form 122A-2: Chapter 7 Means Test Calculation