Even though the general goal of bankruptcy is to clear debt, not all bankruptcies are created equal.
CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCY BASICS
Also known as liquidation or straight bankruptcy, Chapter 7 is the most common type of bankruptcy for individuals. A court-appointed trustee oversees the liquidation (sale) of your assets (anything you own that has value) to pay off your creditors (the people you owe money to). Any remaining unsecured debt (like credit cards or medical bills) is typically erased. But as we mentioned earlier, this doesn't include the types of debt that aren't forgiven through bankruptcy, such as student loans and taxes.
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CHAPTER 13 BANKRUPTCY BASICS
While Chapter 7 bankruptcy often forgives your debt, Chapter 13 bankruptcy basically reorganizes it. The court approves a monthly payment plan so you can pay back a portion of your unsecured debt and all of your secured debt over a period of three to five years. The monthly payment amounts depend on your income and the amount of debt you have. But the court also gets to put you on a strict budget and check all your spending.
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