If you've just viewed the great "What is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?" video, you already know that the United States Bankruptcy Code offers several different bankruptcies. Two of those bankruptcies are available to consumers, chapter 7 and chapter 13. Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which is often called straight bankruptcy, is where the debtor goes to the court and requests that his/her unsecured debts be discharged. In a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy the debtor is going to be responsible for paying for his own car and any other secured items for which they would like to keep. But they are asking that their unsecured liabilities be discharged by the court.
Chapter 7 bankruptcy typically takes from start to finish, about 180 days. And then the court grants a discharge to the debtor. Typically lower income or very fixed income people qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
If filing for bankruptcy is an opportunity for a debtor to emerge out of a financial crisis and start afresh, then Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code is the way to achieve this end relatively faster. Under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code, the bankruptcy rule states that all non-exempt property of the debtor is sold and the proceeds of the same are distributed to the creditors.
In most cases where Chapter 7 is brought into force the debtor has no assets to lose, therefore the fresh start takes place relatively faster.
For more information about Chapter 7, please see Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Questions
How to Start the Chapter 7 Process
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