Filing for bankruptcy is a significant decision that can have both positive and negative consequences. One option available to individuals and businesses is liquidation under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code. In this article, we’ll discuss the advantages and disadvantages of filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
Quick Discharge: The most significant advantage of filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy is that it offers a relatively quick discharge of unsecured debts such as credit card bills, medical bills, personal loans, etc. Typically, the entire process takes about four to six months from the date of filing.
No Repayment Plan: Unlike other forms of bankruptcy such as Chapter 13, which requires a repayment plan over three to five years – there’s no requirement for debtors to make payments towards creditors in a Chapter 7 case.
Automatic Stay: As discussed earlier in our previous article, once you file for bankruptcy under any chapter – an automatic stay goes into effect prohibiting creditors from continuing collection efforts against you or your property during the pendency period.
Debts Discharged: Once your case has been discharged by court – all qualifying debts are eliminated/erased permanently! This means you’re no longer liable for them legally.
Asset Exemptions: Individuals who file under Chapter 7 may be able to keep certain assets through exemptions provided by law – including homes/cars/furniture/etc., depending on state guidelines where they reside!
Loss Of Property: While asset exemptions do exist in some states – if you own non-exempt property (property not protected by law), it will be sold off by a trustee appointed by court raising funds paying off creditors!
Credit Score Impact: A bankruptcy filing under any chapter stays on credit report for up to ten years and can negatively impact credit score significantly! It may be challenging obtaining new credit/loans with good interest rates after being discharged from bankruptcy.
Public Record: Bankruptcy cases are public record meaning anyone can access information regarding filings/decisions made throughout the process! This could potentially harm reputation/discourage future business relationships!
Legal Costs: Hiring an attorney experienced in handling bankruptcies can be expensive – especially if complex issues arise during proceedings requiring additional legal work!
Non-Dischargeable Debts Not Covered: Certain types of debts like student loans, taxes, alimony, child support, or most government fines cannot be discharged in a Chapter 7 case – meaning those debts must still be paid even after discharge obtained!
Filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a serious decision that should not be taken lightly without proper consideration of potential impacts both positive or negative! On one hand – quick discharge eliminating most unsecured debts without the repayment plan required can provide much-needed relief from overwhelming financial strain; on other hand – loss of non-exempt property/adverse effects credit score or public record status/legal costs/non-dischargeable debts may outweigh benefits depending on the individual circumstances involved!
It’s important to consult an experienced Montgomery bankruptcy attorney prior to making the final decision whether or not to pursue liquidation filing under Chapter 7! They can help evaluate options available based upon a unique situation – advise on what best course action might be given specific facts surrounding the case at hand.