Chapter 13 bankruptcy is commonly known as the "Wage Earner's Plan" and for good reason. Unlike Chapter 7, in which most or all debt is discharged, Chapter 13 serves to reorganize and manage debt under the auspices of Albuquerque lawyers and the court so that the debtor may pay back some or all of the debt owed while retaining most assets. Sweeping reforms to the US Bankruptcy Code in 2005 tightened the requirements to file bankruptcy as filings and suspected abuse increased. As the result, debtors must now meet several requirements and pass close scrutiny before they are allowed to file. Albuquerque lawyers must shoulder more of the burden of accuracy in the filing. And, unlike before, the new reforms now decide which type of filing best benefits both debtor and creditors, not solely filers and Albuquerque lawyers.
Highlights of Chapter 13 are:Secured debts cannot exceed $922,975 Unsecured debts cannot exceed $307,675 Income must be sufficient to repay debts as structured by the court. Debtors must complete credit counseling and provide certificate to court along with filing package. Filers must submit previous year's tax return and proof taxes were paid to court. Filing fee is $274.00 Chapter 13 payments must commence within 30 days after case is submitted to court. Payments must be made to trustee or deducted from payroll check if income is regular. If average monthly income over the last six months is higher than the state median income, a five year plan is proposed. If average monthly income over the last six months is lower than the state median income, then a three year plan is proposed. If unavoidable circumstances prevent timely payments, then the court may adjust your plan.