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25

Jun 2020

After bankruptcy….the car still has to pay!

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…But the Car Still Has to Pay.

When you file Chapter 7 bankruptcy, that means you don’t have to make the car payments.

But that does not mean you get a free car. You don’t have to make the car payments, but the car still has to pay.

That’s because the car finance company is attached to the car title. Lawyers call that a lien.  If the debt that’s attached to the car isn’t paid, the lien holder will repossess the car.

Don’t Forget to Make the Car Payment

It’s easy after bankruptcy to forget to make the car payment.  If it slips your mind, the car finance company won’t send you a reminder. Why? Because you don’t have to pay. They also won’t send the car a reminder letter. They know the car doesn’t open its mail.

And if you get a week behind, they won’t call and demand payment. Because you don’t have to pay. And they won’t call the car, because the car doesn’t have a phone. Only one thing happens if you forget to pay. You wake up in the morning and the car is gone.

Don't forget to make the car payment. The car still has to pay.

If you forget to make your after bankruptcy car payment, you won’t see the car. the car still has to pay.

Does Paying the Car Help Your Credit Score?

Suppose you forget to pay and the car gets repossessed. The repossession won’t show up on your credit report.  That’s because the bankruptcy discharges the debt from you. But that also means your car payments won’t show up on your credit report if you do pay. You don’t have to pay.

Only one thing happens if you pay. You keep the car.

Only one things happens if you don’t pay. When you wake up in the morning, the car is gone.

You need to make the car payments if you want to keep the car. 

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28

Mar 2020

Required fine print notices

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I’m required to give you three legal disclosures

Now that most consultations are by phone and zoom, I’m posting these on my webpage. 

The first disclosure

This first disclosure tell you that you have four choices under the bankruptcy law.

  • Chapter 12 is only for farmers, and fisherman. I’ve never done a farmer
  • Chapter 11 is for business people like Donald Trump.  I’ve never done Donald Trump
  • Chapter 13 is a payment plan through the bankruptcy court.
    • If you are behind on your mortgage, Chapter 13 can give you time to catch up.
    • If you owe taxes, Chapter 13 can give you time to pay without more interest or late fees.
    • If you are making too much money to file Chapter 7, chapter 13 pays your debts over five years.
    • If your house would get sold in Chapter 7 bankruptcy, Chapter 13 can save the house.

Those are my explanations. the required notice explains them somewhat differently.  That notice is here.

That notice also remind me if you lie to the bankruptcy court, you can go to jail.

The Second Disclosure

The second disclosure reminds you again to tell the truth. And it also tells you that you may be subject to audit. (The bankruptcy law calls for an audit of one case out of every hundred. Sometimes there’s no money in the budget, so they skip the audits; sometimes they do them.)

Here’s that second disclosure.

The Third Disclosure

The most important part of the third disclosure is that your lawyer is required to give you a price and tell you what he’ll do.

For Chapter 7 bankruptcy, my work schedule and payment schedule is here.

The third disclosure also includes an unhelpful list of the steps in a bankruptcy case.  Here it is.

 

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26

Mar 2020

Can’t Make Your Chapter 13 payments?

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The Big Bailout Helps If You have to Skip Chapter 13 Payments

The big bailout law, just passed, includes some slack for people in Chapter 13. If you can’t make your Chapter 13 payments, we can ask the bankruptcy judge to add up to 24 months to your payment plan. Before that law was passed, if you got permission to skip some payments, you had to catch up in the months that are left.

How Will This Work Out?

I don’t know yet how this will work out. I’m thinking it over and talking with other, smart bankruptcy lawyers, while we try to see the best way to use this law.

If you can’t make your Chapter 13 payments, we can ask the bankruptcy judge to add them on to the end.

 

Here’s a little more info Covid-19 and the 7 Year Plan «. Asking for more time only applies to people who already have an approved plan.  If you are not yet approved–or haven’t filed yet–you can’t ask for the extra two years to pay.

 

 

 

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