What Happens at the End of your Repayment Plan?
Once you complete your repayment plan term then the remaining dischargeable debt that was not paid back during the term of your plan will be discharged. This means that you will no longer be personally liable for the payment on these debts.
Chapter 13 bankruptcy is an interest-free repayment plan on your debts that you can actually afford, one that you can pay off over time (usually 3 to 5 years). It is overseen by the Bankruptcy Court to make sure everyone plays by the rules, and it allows you to pay your creditors back on terms that are favorable to you, without any interest. This is different from a Chapter 7 filing, which simply liquidates your assets in order to pay back creditors. Unlike Chapter 7, Chapter 13 bankruptcy allows you to keep your home or your car, even if you have been behind on payments.
Furthermore, all of your creditors are paid with a single monthly payment to the Bankruptcy Trustee rather than multiple payments to different creditors due at different times during the month. This payment satisfies all your debt obligations, rather than just one creditor being paid. Chapter 13 also doesn’t negatively affect your credit the way a Chapter 7 would.
Filing Chapter 13 Bankruptcy to Save Your Home from Foreclosure
If you are facing a foreclosure on your home in Phoenix, declaring bankruptcy may be the answer. One of Chapter 13 allows you to stop an effort to foreclose on your home. Filing a Chapter 13 petition suspends any current foreclosure proceedings and payment of any other debts owed. This buys time while the court considers the plan, but it does not eliminate the debt. Hopefully, the bankruptcy plan will free enough of your income that you’ll be able to make regular mortgage payments and keep your house.