Chapter 13 is different from other debt management programs because our attorneys are able to use the law to provide you with legal protection from creditor actions (foreclosures, garnishments, harassing phone calls, etc.) and better, more uniform terms than other programs can offer. For instance, all of your unsecured debt (credit card bills, medical bills, etc.) is reduced to 0% interest for the duration of the Chapter 13 program. This avoids the snowball effect of late charges and high interest rates. The same goes for your mortgage arrearages, they are paid back at 0% interest throughout the plan with no additional late penalties. In addition, the plan prioritizes your secured debts over your unsecured debts – allowing you to concentrate all your efforts, up front, on bringing your secured debts – such as your home or vehicle – current before worrying about your other bills. Chapter 13 allows you to focus on reducing your overall debt. A Chapter 13 will also allow you to eliminate or reduce unsecured debt based on your income and your ability to pay.