Making the decision to move forward with declaring
bankruptcy is undoubtedly a difficult step. A lot is at stake, including your future
credit, reputation, and even your self-image. However, declaring bankruptcy
is often necessary to begin a new, clean slate and to make the calls and
If you are unsure if a Chapter 13 bankruptcy is the right option for your
financial future, take a moment to read our lists of pros and cons before
you settle on a course of action.
The Pros of a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
- Despite the fact that it will likely take longer for you to pay off your
debts, you will have more time to make these payments and, in some cases,
Chapter 13 trustees might be flexible regarding the terms of your payments.
Additionally, under a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you might be able to stretch
out your payments, reduce the number of payments you make, or give up
an item of property that you are making payments on. Once you successfully
complete your repayment plan, individual creditors can no longer obligate
you to pay them in full.
- As you continue to make payments under a Chapter 13 plan, you will be able
to retain possession of the property you are making payments on.
- You can only file under Chapter 7 bankruptcy once every six years, but
you can always get another Chapter 13 plan if you suffer another financial
blow. However, keep in mind that every time you file for bankruptcy, it
will appear on your credit record.
- A Chapter 13 bankruptcy will remain on your record for up to 10 years,
but missed debt payments, defaults, repossessions, and lawsuits could
be more complicated, harmful, and difficult to explain to a future lender.
- As long as the Chapter 13 plan provides for full payment, any co-signers
will be immune from the efforts of creditors.
The Cons of a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
- It could potentially take up to five years for you to repay debts under
a Chapter 13 plan.
- You must pay for your debts using disposable income, which is essentially
any income you have left after all necessities, such as food and shelter,
are paid. Any other additional cash will be tied up to the repayment plan.
- You will not be allowed to file for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy if you went
through bankruptcy proceedings under Chapter 13 within the past six years.
- You might still be obligated to pay off some of your debts even after bankruptcy
proceedings are successfully completed.
- Your total debt must be less than $1,000,000, unsecured debts less than
$250,000, and secured debts less than $750,000.
Detroit Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Attorney
Does your debt currently outweigh your ability to pay? If so, you can possibly
find relief through filing a Chapter 13 bankruptcy and, at The Law Offices
of Marshall D. Schultz, our bankruptcy attorneys can help you undertake
this difficult step. We are dedicated to representing clients who are
determined to get out of debt and would be honored to assist you through
For the brighter future you deserve, contact our office today at
(888) 822-6730. We provide immediate, free consultations!