Converting From Chapter 7 to Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

What happens if you’re in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, and fall behind in your payments on secured loan, such as your home mortgage or car loan?  Under those circumstances, it is possible to covert to Chapter 13 bankruptcy where you can make payments though the plan and to stop a foreclosure or car repossession. While it is not as simple as it is to convert from a Chapter 13 bankruptcy to a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, it can be done by filing a motion with the court and placing your creditors on notice.

The bankruptcy court will require a good reason for granting your motion, and if one is provided, the court will convert the case.  There are rules about converting for “bad faith” or if you have already converted the case before, but generally, requests for conversions are granted. Once the motion is granted, your bankruptcy lawyer can file a Chapter 13 plan which will allow you to cure any arrears and to give you time to repay house or car payments, and stop the foreclosure or repossession.

Similarly to converting from Chapter 13 to Chapter 7 bankruptcy, your petition will need to be updated.  Also, some of the debts might be treated differently in Chapter 13.  You will need to prepare a plan, and there will be a new trustee appointed and a new 341 hearing held. Eventually, your plan will need to be confirmed by the court.   Overall, the process isn’t too difficult and you are likely to be able to save your home or car.  For many debtors, the benefits of converting their case are worth it.  A bankruptcy attorney will be able to guide you through the process.

If you are dealing with debt problems in Western New York, including Rochester, Canandaigua, Brighton, Pittsford, Penfield, Perinton, Fairport, Webster, Victor, Farmington, Greece, Gates, Hilton, Parma, Brockport, Spencerport, LeRoy, Chili, Churchville, Monroe County, Ontario County, Wayne County, Orleans County, Livingston County, and being harassed by bill collectors, and would like to know more about how bankruptcy may be able to help you, contact me today by phone or email to schedule a FREE initial consultation with a bankruptcy attorney.

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