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March 18, 2013


"Straight" Bankruptcy: Chapter 7

There are several types of bankruptcy, each provided in a separate chapter of the Bankruptcy Code, a federal statute. Proceedings under Chapter 7 (straight bankruptcy) involve surrendering most of the borrower's nonexempt assets. A bankruptcy trustee is appointed in every Chapter 7 case to administer the nonexempt assets (if any) and distribute either the assets themselves or the proceeds from selling (liquidating) them among the creditors.

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What does Chapter 7 bankruptcy involve?

Am I eligible to file for bankruptcy under Chapter 7?

How does the means test work?

What steps do I need to take before filing for bankruptcy?

How does a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case begin?

What do I have to tell about my finances?

Will I lose some of my assets if I file for Chapter 7?

What are exempt assets?

What are nonexempt assets?

May I use Chapter 7 bankruptcy to get rid of all my debts?

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