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Understanding how Chapter 13 bankruptcy repayment works

Asset evaluation and exemptions Individuals who earn above the median income in California are required to file a Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition along with a repayment plan. Standard qualification for filing a Chapter 13 bankruptcy in California is living in the state for 180 days, but state exemptions are only allowed for those who have lived in the state for over 730 days. Federal exemptions are not allowed in California bankruptcies.

The repayment plan One distinct area where Chapter 13 bankruptcy differs from Chapter 7 is that petitioners keep all of their property unless they can renegotiate arrangements with creditors beforehand or sell some property prior to filing. Petitioners must itemize all of their outstanding debt along with submitting income documentation in association with a feasible repayment plan of three or five years in most cases. One problem with Chapter 13 bankruptcy is that outstanding creditors are not required to accept any initial repayment plan. They can file counter-claims against the petition and request a modification or reject the plan completely unless the petitioner can prove that the terms can be satisfied within the repayment plan timeline.

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