A Chapter 13 is reorganization, repayment program through the court. It is a way of legally stopping creditor actions (i.e., harassing phone calls, garnishments, vehicle repossessions, foreclosure, etc.) and setting up repayment terms with your creditors. Through the Chapter 13 process, our lawyers will develop and submit to the court a customized repayment plan that fits your circumstances. The purpose of the plan is to get you back on track with your creditors and set up reasonable repayment terms to allow you to protect your property, such as a home that is in foreclosure. A temporary disruption in income (i.e., due to medical reason or layoff from work) or changes in circumstances (i.e., divorce, loss of overtime, etc.) are the primary reasons we see our clients filing for protection under Chapter 13.
Filing for Chapter 13 is nothing to be ashamed of. Good people often find themselves in tough circumstances that they did not anticipate and this program is designed to provide a personal strategy to pay back debts in a reasonable manner and timeframe.