Bankruptcy and Auto Repossession
Bankruptcy is designed to protect individuals or businesses that are unable to meet their financial obligations–and provide protection to involved creditors as well. While bankruptcy is a serious procedure and should only be considered if absolutely necessary, sometimes it is the best solution for those suffering severe financial hardship. And, for some, it may be the only solution.
One area that bankruptcy can be particularly helpful in alleviating financial hardship is by protecting property that may be in danger of repossession . This is when creditors take back goods that buyers are failing to make timely loan payments on. Some loans are secured–meaning the buyer has put down some form of collateral, often the item being purchased–while some are unsecured–typically credit cards. If you default on an unsecured loan, the only option creditors have when collection attempts have failed is to sue. But with a secured loan, creditors can repossess the collateral and sell it. Of course, if that doesn’t provide sufficient funds to wipe out the loan, they can then sue you for the remainder of the loan balance.
Bankruptcy Can Stop the Repossession Process
Bankruptcy can sometimes help cancel the debt, or even allow you to stop the repossession process. After filing a bankruptcy petition in bankruptcy court, all creditors are prevented from making any further collection attempts. This is also known as an “Automatic Stay”, which is an automatic order from the bankruptcy court issued upon the filing of a bankruptcy petition to all creditors. This applies to creditors attempting to repossess collateral such as automobiles.
Filing a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy to Stop Repossession
If you file for chapter 7 bankruptcy in order to stop repossession, you’ll have to make arrangements with the creditor to bring all payments current after filing for bankruptcy. If you want to keep the car after bankruptcy, you’ll need to sign a reaffirmation agreement and make all payments after the bankruptcy.
Filing a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy to Stop Repossession
In a chapter 13 bankruptcy , the repossession will be stopped and the debtor gains the chance to repay the value of the car to the creditor through the chapter 13 plan. Chapter 13 is beneficial to debtors owing more on a car than what it is worth, since chapter 13 payment plans can lower car payments on car loans where the debtor owes more than the car is worth.
If you’re thinking about filing for bankruptcy in order to stop repossession in you should seek out an experienced Dallas bankruptcy attorney in order to find out which option will work the best in your particular situation.
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