What Type of Debt Can Be Discharged Through Bankruptcy?

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If you have found yourself struggling under a mountain of debt and are unable to keep up with your financial obligations, you may be wondering whether bankruptcy is right for you. Our firm has represented clients in more than 6,000 bankruptcy filings and we have helped countless individuals in and around the San Francisco become debt free. The Debt Education and Certification Foundation (DECAF) has named us as one of the Top 100 Firms and we are one of only a few firms that has a board certified bankruptcy specialist as part of their legal team. We understand how devastating it can be to find yourself on the edge of financial ruin, with creditors harassing you non-stop, in fear that you will lose your home to foreclosure and with no viable solution in sight. During your initial consultation we will be able review your financial situation, analyze your debt and advise you as to whether you qualify to file for bankruptcy protection.

If you qualify to file for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you will be able to discharge the majority of your unsecured debt. Medical debt, credit card debt, personal loans, revolving lines of credit, certain student loans, auto accident claims, personally-guaranteed business debt, past due rent, and past due taxes that are more than 3 years old, are the most common types of debt discharged through Chapter 7. With this type of bankruptcy, our San Francisco bankruptcy attorney will work diligently to help maximize your exemptions to improve your chances of keeping the property and assets you value most.

There are instances in which filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy may be a more practical option. There are also certain debts which can be discharged in Chapter 13, but not Chapter 7. These include marital debts stemming from a divorce or settlement agreement, court fees, debts resulting from loans taken from a retirement plan, HOA or Co-op fees incurred after filing for bankruptcy and more. In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy you will be required to pay priority debts such as child support, alimony and recent taxes, however other unsecured debt that will not necessarily get paid off as part of your Chapter 13 repayment plan, will be discharged upon completion of your bankruptcy proceedings. If you want to find out which of your debts may be eligible for discharge, call Kostopoulos Bankruptcy Law today.