You’re being sued over a credit card that you haven’t been able to pay. You know this because you were either served with papers in the mail or, to your total surprise, you were served by a sheriff. You’re scared. You’re thinking you might get arrested.
A Chapter 7 bankruptcy, where you liquidate your unsecured debts, will generally last about four months. A Chapter 13 bankruptcy case, where you pay back some or all of your debts, will generally last between three and five years. No matter the timeline though, there are three dates that are generally the most important in bankruptcy law.
If you’re in debt, knowing whether Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy is the appropriate solution for you is not a simple question. So, how do you figure out what to do? Although an amazing tool for a lot of things, the internet is not the answer here. There is a ton of misinformation on the internet! Even if the information you find is technically correct, it can also be very misleading and confusing. Think about the following example.
Picture this: You owe a ton of money on your credit cards. You’re at risk for falling behind on your house and car payments, even though you’re up-to-date currently.