Local Bankruptcy Law Firm
The Law Office of Timothy Brown is a highly rated bankruptcy law firm that assists individuals in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and the Chicagoland area. We provide services to individuals seeking debt relief through Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy.
Individuals unable to pay their debt can address their debt problem in different ways. As part of our free consultation, we explain each of the available debt-relief options. Contact us online or call 815-788-9511 for a free consultation!
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy allows the debtor to eliminate unsecured debt. Creditors typically are unable to successfully challenge a Chapter 7 debtor's discharge. Chapter 7 bankruptcy is often a simple way to eliminate debt at a low cost.
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy provides individuals with a means to pay their creditors back through a court-ordered installment plan. The court will normally approve a proposed Chapter 13 payment plan if the plan meets all of the requirements of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.
Bankruptcy Protects Debtors from their Creditors
As soon as a bankruptcy petition is filed with the court, the court imposes an injunction against the creditors that prohibits them from engaging in subsequent collections against the debtor.
Assets in Bankruptcy
In Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the debtor's property is often protected from the creditors. In some Chapter 7 cases, though, the bankruptcy trustee has the right to liquidate the debtor's assets to pay the debts. The applicable exemptions determine the extent to which the debtor's assets will be protected in a Chapter 7 case.
In a Chapter 13 case, the debtor's property is protected from the creditors. If the debtor has non-exempt assets, however, the Chapter 13 payment may increase as a result. Many individuals file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy for the purpose of protecting their property from creditors.