CHAPTER 13 BANKRUPTCY CODE
What is 'bankruptcy code?' What do I need to know about it? Does it affect me now?
Will it ever affect me? The US Congress passed a law that established a set of uniform laws to govern how
bankruptcy was handled. These laws were placed under a system called the bankruptcy code. In this code there are
chapters that pertain to various issues in bankruptcy. One such chapter deals with allowing the debtor to start a
new life while they pay off their future debts. This bankruptcy Chapter 13 is one of the popular bankruptcy
In bankruptcy you generally need to find some way of living while at the same time
you pay your creditors what you owe to them. This sounds a civilized way of dealing with this mater but the truth
In most cases creditors will try to force you to pay them the various amounts that
you owe. This form of force payment can range from a simple letter to harassment via telephone calls and even
visits from your creditors. With bankruptcy Chapter13 you have the best way of stopping this force payment and you
are given a way to live again.
With a bankruptcy Chapter13 filing, for the person who has gotten into a debt
which seems to be eating up their life’s earnings, this law allows the person to find a reasonable way of paying
off their debts.
The terms of repayment will need to be discussed with your creditors in your
lawyer’s presence. This way the terms of payment will be in accordance with a court approved payment scheme. With
this payment scheme your debts can be paid off with an amount that you can afford to spare from your monthly living
Once you have filed for bankruptcy Chapter13 doesn’t allow your creditors to talk
to you about your credit claims. There is a ceiling period of 5 years for you to pay off any outstanding debts that
you have. This repayment will follow a plan that the court has decided will allow you to live and also pay your
During the period of your bankruptcy Chapter13 gives the court the right to
supervise how the repayment is progressing. Your interests for this entire time period will be looked after by your
What, if any, are the other benefits of filing Chapter 13? In this law you will be
able to receive a full discharge option for your bankruptcy claim if you have managed to pay of all of the
outstanding debts. The other great advantage of bankruptcy Chapter13 law is that anyone can file for bankruptcy
Chapter13 as long as they have a regular income with which they can pay off their debts.