Chapter 13 Bankruptcy in Maryland and D.C.
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Are you facing piles of debt? Are you on the verge of foreclosure or car repossession? You may think your future is bleak. However, Chapter 13 bankruptcy allows you to reorganize and consolidate your debt into a Chapter 13 repayment plan lasting between three to five years. You can save your non-exempt assets, stop the threat of immediate repossessions and get on the path to financial stability.
At the Law Firm of Kevin D. Judd, our Maryland and Washington DC Chapter 13 attorney will work with you to consolidate your debts and get you back on track. He knows every aspect of Chapter 13 bankruptcy and can help manage your case for debt restructuring. Contact us today to learn more about filing Chapter 13 bankruptcy in Maryland or DC.
What Is Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?
Chapter 13 bankruptcy allows you to consolidate and repay your debts back through a three to five-year repayment plan. You would make payments to the Chapter 13 trustee, who distributes those payments to your creditors. Upon completing the repayment plan, you may receive a discharge on remaining unsecured nonpriority debts. Examples of unsecured nonpriority debts include medical bills as well as credit cards not secured by collateral.
In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you keep your assets while the case is active and upon completing the repayment plan. Chapter 13 bankruptcy is sometimes called a “wage earner’s bankruptcy”. You must have some type of income to satisfy the repayment plan’s requirements. Income does not have to come from a traditional job.
Some Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases fail because filers do not complete their repayment plans. It is important to maintain income during your case. Additionally, you may be able to work with your bank to set up automatic payments to the trustee. This may help reduce the chances of not completing the repayment plan.
How Long Does Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Take?
It depends. During the initial Chapter 13 filing process, there are paperwork and credit counseling requirements you must meet. You need to collect documentation on your debts, properties and income. Documentation helps the bankruptcy court assess your ability to pay back your debts through a payment plan. The payment plan itself may take three to five years to complete.
What’s the Difference Between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?
There are some key differences between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy.
In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case, the trustee liquidates nonexempt assets to pay your creditors. You receive a discharge on remaining nonpriority debts. There is no three to five year repayment plan and you may not always be able to keep secured debts, such as a home or vehicle. However, there are bankruptcy exemptions that may sometimes exclude these assets from being included in the bankruptcy estate. Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases are also faster than Chapter 13 cases. Some Chapter 7 cases may complete within 100 days, as opposed to three to five years.
In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you repay debts through a consolidated repayment plan. You can keep secured assets included in the bankruptcy estate as long as you continue making payments to creditors and successfully complete the plan.
Am I Eligible for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?
There are eligibility requirements for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. You must have sufficient income to complete a Chapter 13 repayment plan. There are also Chapter 13 bankruptcy debt limits that change every three years. As of 2021, you cannot have more than $419,275 in unsecured debts and $1,257,850 in secured debts.
If you had a prior case dismissed within the past 180 days, you may also be ineligible to file a case under any bankruptcy chapter.
Contact our Chapter 13 bankruptcy attorney for more information on the filing requirements.
What are the Advantages of Filing Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?
Depending on your individual situation, you may benefit from Chapter 13 bankruptcy. If you have stable income and nonexempt property you want to keep, then Chapter 13 may be a great option.
Bankruptcy in general provides some initial benefits. An automatic stay goes into effect when you file for bankruptcy. Creditors must cease collection attempts for as long as the stay is in effect. The automatic stay may prevent foreclosure if you act quickly and continue making payments. Some Chapter 13 filers may be able to get caught up on past-due payments for secured debts.
Contact Our D.C. and Maryland Chapter 13 Attorney
Our Maryland and Washington DC bankruptcy law firm has enabled many individuals to obtain a fresh start on their finances. If you are considering filing for bankruptcy, then contact our Chapter 13 bankruptcy attorney for a free initial consultation. You can also call us at (202) 483-6070 or visit our frequently asked questions about bankruptcy.