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How to Manage Your Finances During Your Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Chapter 13 is a type of bankruptcy that allows you to gain protection from creditors while repaying a portion of your outstanding debt monthly over an extended period of time. For the three- or five-year duration of the repayment plan, the court allows you a set amount to live on and a court-appointed trustee divides Read More

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What Is the Trustee’s Role in a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

Chapter 13 is a type of bankruptcy relief that affords individuals protection from creditors as long as they pay off a portion of their outstanding debts over time according to a court-approved plan. The plan is supervised by a trustee, who acts as the court’s overseer throughout the process. The trustee plays a pivotal role Read More

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Is it Better to Take on a Three-Year or a Five-Year Chapter 13 Plan?

Chapter 13 is a form of bankruptcy meant for people who, despite being in financial straits, have the resources to repay at least a portion of their outstanding debts over time. Those debts are discharged only after the debtor completes a court-approved repayment plan that lasts three or five years. Which time period applies depends Read More

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What Happens if You Default on Your Chapter 13 Plan?

A Chapter 13 bankruptcy can be an effective way to bring debt under control while preserving your most important assets. It allows you to structure a plan for repaying a portion of your debt over a three- to five-year period, with the rest being discharged afterward. However, financial difficulties encountered during the life of the Read More

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Using Chapter 13 to Stop Foreclosure

Chapter 13 is a form of bankruptcy that allows you to restructure your outstanding debts for repayment over an extended period of time. This includes defaulted home mortgage loans that are in the process of foreclosure. If you meet the eligibility requirements for Chapter 13, you can put a hold on the foreclosure, buy yourself Read More

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How Does an Increase in Income Affect Your Chapter 13 Plan?

Filing for Chapter 13 means committing to a debt repayment plan that typically runs for three or five years. The amount you pay each month is determined at the time the court approves the plan, based on a calculation of the disposable income you have left after paying for food, housing, utilities and other costs Read More

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5 Ways You Can Rebuild Your Credit During Chapter 13

One of the common myths about bankruptcy is that it permanently ruins your credit. But the opposite is true for Chapter 13. While this type of bankruptcy appears on your credit report for seven years after the date of filing, it can serve as a springboard for rebuilding your credit. In fact, you can start Read More

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Using Chapter 13 to Reorganize Your Business Debts

People having serious debt problems may be able to reorganize their financial affairs using Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Chapter 13 allows a qualified debtor to restructure debts and repay some of the outstanding balances over a set period of years. Only an individual can file Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Businesses must resolve their debt problems by other Read More

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Making Sure Your Chapter 13 Payments Go Into the Right Hands

In a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, also known as reorganization, the debtor agrees to a court-approved plan to repay a portion of his or her outstanding debts. Eligible creditors are paid specified amounts over the life of the plan, which is three to five years. However, in devising Chapter 13 plans, there are many opportunities for Read More

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How Chapter 13 Can Help You Modify Your Home Mortgage

Chapter 13 is a form of bankruptcy in which unsecured debts are partially paid off over a period of years, with the remainder discharged once the case is complete. However, most Chapter 13 cases involve one or more secured debts, which remain in force. For example, a home mortgage loan is secured by a lien Read More

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