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Bankruptcy lets individual or business start fresh by forgiving debt that they cannot repay to creditors. Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 are most common bankruptcy code to file bankruptcy in the United States. Chapter 7 is a liquidation bankruptcy that individual or business can file if that have little or no income to repay debt. Chapter 13 is a reorganization bankruptcy that only individuals can file if they can afford to repay debt through a repayment plan or monthly payment.
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Chapters of Bankruptcy Code
Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 are the most common types of bankruptcy code that individual or business choose to file bankruptcy.
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing is the most common type of bankruptcy. Chapter 7 is a liquidation bankruptcy that involves appointment of a trustee who collects the non-exempt property of the debtor, sells it and distributes to the creditors. However debtor can choose to keep home or car on loan by continuing loan payments. If the debtor choose to discontinue the loan, he must surrender home or car on loan to the creditors for debt pay off.
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
Chapter 13 is reorganization bankruptcy that allows debtor to keep some or all of his property and use future earning to pay off creditors. Debtor may choose chapter 13 to secure their home, car, or other property if they can afford to pay off debt using monthly payment plan. There is maximum five years limit to pay off debt on chapter 13 bankruptcy plans. In case you cannot make payments, creditors has the right to seize your assets such as house or car.
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