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Will Chapter 13 bankruptcy take all of your money?

On Behalf of | Mar 22, 2024 | Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

When facing financial trouble, considering Chapter 13 bankruptcy can be overwhelming. A common worry for many is whether or not it will wipe out all of your money.

Understanding how Chapter 13 will handle your money can assist you in determining if it is the right choice for you.

Protection of assets

Chapter 13 bankruptcy allows individuals to create a repayment plan to gradually settle their debts over a period typically lasting three to five years. Unlike Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which may involve liquidating assets to pay off debts, Chapter 13 aims to restructure debts while allowing the individual to keep their property.

Disposable income

In Chapter 13, the repayment plan depends on how much money the debtor has left after covering essential living costs. During bankruptcy, individuals can typically maintain their usual standard of living while using some of their income to repay debts.


Federal or state law may provide exemptions that protect certain assets from liquidation under Chapter 13 bankruptcy. These exemptions usually include necessities such as a primary residence, vehicles, clothing and household goods. As long as the debtor continues to make payments according to the approved plan, they can keep these exempt assets.

Financial management

Chapter 13 bankruptcy also requires individuals to attend credit counseling and financial management courses. These courses aim to educate debtors on budgeting, money management and responsible financial practices, which can help prevent future financial difficulties.

By knowing the Chapter 13 process, you can navigate bankruptcy with confidence and make informed decisions about your financial future.

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