When you file for a bankruptcy in California, you may exempt, or protect, some of your property from creditors. In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you are allowed to keep this property. In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, exempt property will not be counted towards the value of your assets, which ultimately reduces your monthly payments to creditors.
Deciding when to file for bankruptcy is a stressful decision for anyone to make. But, even after deciding what type of bankruptcy to file, you have to determine if you qualify for the type you so desire. Most people opt for chapter 7 bankruptcy because it discharges unsecured debt, unlike chapter 13, which restructures your debt but requires the debtor to still make repayments
When you file a petition for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you are disclosing personal and financial information to the bankruptcy court. In order to file for bankruptcy, the court needs to be aware of your debts, property, income and general state of your financial affairs. In turn, the bankruptcy court will appoint a bankruptcy trustee to oversee and administer your case. The trustee will essentially review your petition and verify that what you submitted was true and accurate using independent sources of verification.
Deciding to declare bankruptcy is a difficult decision and one not to be taken lightly. In some situations it can be the right or wrong thing to do. You need to remember that bankruptcy will affect your reputation, self-image, and future credit. However, it can improve your quality of life as the communications from creditors begin to dwindle down.
Not all bankruptcy cases are the same. There are several factors involved when beginning the process. An attorney will evaluate information including your personal income, assets, ownership of property, and debt obligations. Based on your individual situation, there will be a recommendation and plan for how to proceed.