Filing for Bankruptcy as a Retiree

Filing for Bankruptcy as a Retiree

Calculate what your income is. Your income will determine if you qualify for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Income qualifications vary from one state to another, however, so it’s important to check the requirements for your state. Ensure your debts will be erased if you file for bankruptcy. Debts can be secured or unsecured, and some types of secured debts won’t go away when you file. What is Chapter 7 bankruptcy? Chapter 7 erases any unsecured debt, which includes medical bills as well as credit card debt. Your income has to be below a certain level for you to qualify for this type of bankruptcy and this level varies from one state to another. The downside of filing for Chapter 7 is that your assets will be sold to pay your creditors back. Your creditors will not be paid back if there are no assets to sell. What is Chapter 13 bankruptcy? Chapter 13 bankruptcy includes setting up a restructuration plan, usually with monthly payments. Filing for this type of bankruptcy means that you’ll have pay at least a portion of your debt. The main advantage of Chapter 13 is that your assets won’t be sold. However, you’ll have to prove that your income allows you to keep up with the repayment plan after subtracting your living expenses. Your secured debts also have to be below a certain level in order to qualify for Chapter 13. What kind of assets could you lose if you file under Chapter...

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