Thomas K. McKnight - Ch. 7 Bankruptcy Law Firm in Orange County
What Is Chapter 7?
Bankruptcy is a serious business, so you have to understand it clearly. Chapter 7 of Title 11 in the United States bankruptcy code controls the process of asset liquidation. A bankruptcy trustee is appointed to liquidate nonexempt assets to pay creditors; after the proceeds are drained, the remaining debt is discharged. There are eligibility requirements to declare Chapter 7, such as the debtor must have had no Chapter 7 bankruptcy discharged in the previous eight years and the applicant must pass a means test. This process is also called "straight" or "liquidation" bankruptcy.
Understanding Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
In Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the absolute priority rule specifies the order in which debts are to be paid. Under this rule unsecured debt is separated into classes or categories, with each class receiving priority for payment. Secured debt is debt backed or secured by collateral to reduce the risk associated with lending, such as a mortgage.
Unsecured priority debts are paid first. Examples of unsecured priority debts are tax debts, child support, and personal injury claims against the debtor. Secured debts are paid next. Last is the payment of nonpriority, unsecured debt with funds remaining from the liquidation of assets. If there are not adequate funds to pay the non-priority unsecured debt, then the debts are paid on a pro-rata basis.
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