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.
Sometimes, it is very easy or tempting to ignore paying bills, such as taxes, student loans or even a court judgment entered against you. If you continue to ignore your debts for a significant period of time, creditors or debt collectors will take the next step and hit you where it hurts most-your wallet, and move to garnish your wages and/or bank account(s). However, garnishment of your wages or bank account will not occur until the court intervenes and issues a judgment requiring your employer to withhold wages or portions of your bank account(s) to pay back outstanding debts.