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Debts That Survive Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

If you file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy and complete your repayment plan, the court will enter a bankruptcy discharge in your case. A Chapter 13 bankr...

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Should I Continue Paying My Mortgage in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

If you are behind on your mortgage payments, Chapter 13 bankruptcy can allow you to cure the default and save your home. But if you file for Chapter 1...

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The Role of the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee

If you file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, your case will be assigned a Chapter 13 trustee. In many respects, the role of the Chapter 13 trustee is to ser...

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The Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Confirmation Hearing

If you file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, the court will hold a confirmation hearing. This hearing is central to your Chapter 13 case because it is where...

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Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Plan Length

When you file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you have to propose a plan that pays back some or all of your creditors. In most cases, you must be in a Chap...

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Can I pay my overdue dentist bill during my Chapter 13 bankruptcy?

Question I owe my dentist over $1,000. I recently filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. I’d like to pay the overdue bill so that I can get more denta...

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Leases and Contracts in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

When you file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy you are required to disclose all executory contracts and unexpired leases that you are a party to. The tru...

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What Happens to My Cosigner in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

If you file Chapter 13 bankruptcy and you have debt with a cosigner, your bankruptcy could potentially affect the cosigner.

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The Marital Adjustment Deduction in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

If you are married but filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy without your spouse, the marital adjustment deduction can help you reduce the amount you p...

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Your Car in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

In Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you get to keep your car and pay off your car loan through a repayment plan.  Further, you may even be able to reduce t...

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Can I Modify Alimony Payments During Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

If you need to modify your alimony payments, your best bet is to go to domestic relations court. Be sure to consult an experienced family law atto...

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I have two cars, can I keep them both in Chapter 13 bankruptcy?

Whether you can keep two cars in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy depends on a number of factors.

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I am behind on my car payments, can Chapter 13 bankruptcy help?

If you are behind on your car payments, Chapter 13 may help you keep your car. In Chapter 13, you can keep your car if you continue making your mo...

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What Happens to a Car Lease in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

What happens to your car lease in Chapter 13 bankruptcy depends on whether you are behind on your payments and on what the bankruptcy trustee de...

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Tax Debts in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

In Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases, some types of tax debts may be discharged and others you’ll have to pay in full through your Chapter 13 plan.

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What If I Lose My Job After I File for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

When you enter into a bankruptcy filing under chapter 13 of the bankruptcy code, you must successfully complete a three to five year repayment plan th...

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How Does Social Security Affect Disposable Income in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

In most courts, if you have a significant amount of Social Security income, the court will take this into account when approving your Chapter 13 p...

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When You Can't Make Your Chapter 13 Payments

If you don’t make your payments to the Chapter 13 trustee on time, the court could dismiss your bankruptcy case. So what should you do if you cannot...

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The 910 Day Rule in Bankruptcy

If you have been financing your car for over 910 days (two and a half years) you may be able to reduce the principle owed to the fair market value in ...

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Secured vs Unsecured Debt in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

When you file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you must propose a repayment plan. Your repayment plan, which will last for three to five years, depending on...

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How can I remove my second mortgage through bankruptcy?

Answer: You might be able to remove a second mortgage from your home in Chapter 13 bankruptcy if your equity does not cover the second mortgage. This...

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Appealing the Dismissal of a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

The bankruptcy court can dismiss your Chapter 13 case for many reasons. In most cases, you can file a new bankruptcy right away. But sometimes it can ...

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Can I contribute to my 401k during my Chapter 13 bankruptcy case?

Question: Can I make voluntary contributions to my 401k or other qualified retirement plan to minimize disposable income in my Chapter 13 bankruptcy c...

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Refiling If Your Chapter 13 Case Was Dismissed For Non-Payment

If you fail to make your Chapter 13 plan payments, eventually your bankruptcy case will be dismissed. You can refile another Chapter 13 petition, but ...

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When is Chapter 13 Better than Chapter 7 for Personal Bankruptcy?

Most people who have a choice between Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy choose Chapter 7. A Chapter 7 case is over in four to six months. You don't h...

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Is a cram down allowed for my home mortgage in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy filing?

Answer: In Chapter 13, a debtor cannot “cram down” a mortgage. A bankruptcy court may cram down certain secured debt when the amount of the loan ...

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How to Calculate a Chapter 13 Monthly Payment

If you file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you'll have to propose a repayment plan. Through the repayment plan, which lasts either three or five years, yo...

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Are Unsecured, Nonpriority Debts (Schedule F Claims) Discharged in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

On one of those forms, called Schedule F, you must list all of your creditors that hold unsecured, nonpriority claims. These are debts that are not se...

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Will Chapter 13 Debt Reorganization Allow Me to Keep My Property?

When you file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you don't have to give up any of your property. Instead, you use your income to pay off all or some of your d...

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Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Laws: Your Disposable Income

In Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you must devote all of your disposable income to your Chapter 13 repayment plan.

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Using Chapter 13 Bankruptcy to Avoid Foreclosure

Chapter 13 bankruptcy provides several opportunities for homeowners facing foreclosure to save their homes.

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The Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Repayment Plan

You must be able to devise a repayment plan that you can afford for the repayment period (three to five years), and the court must approve the plan.

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Post-Petition Debts & Claims in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

On the day you file bankruptcy you provide the bankruptcy court with a snapshot of your finances. Debts that you owe on the day your bankruptcy ...

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How Will Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Affect My Rental Property?

When you file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you don't lose any of your property. Instead, you enter into a three- to five-year repayment plan to repay so...

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How to Strip a Second Mortgage or HELOC in Chapter 13

One plus to filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy is that you may be able to get rid of second or third mortgages on your home or get rid of home equity lo...

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Bankruptcy Payments: What to Expect on a Low Income

When you file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you must commit to a repayment plan that will pay off some or all of your debts over three to five years. You...

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Chapter 13 Rules: No Means Test Required

When Congress overhauled the bankruptcy laws in 2005, there was a lot of hubbub over the "means test." The good news is that if you plan to file for C...

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How a Cram Down Works in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

You can use a cramdown in Chapter 13 bankruptcy to legally reduce the balance you owe on a secured loan to the actual value of the collateral. A cramd...

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Eliminate a Second Mortgage and HELOC in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

A Chapter 13 bankruptcy gives homeowners another option in their fight to stay in their homes and avoid foreclosure. This new option, known as lien ...

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Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: An Overview

In Chapter 13 bankruptcy you pay some or all of your debts over an extended period of time (usually three to five years) through a court approved repa...

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