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Bankruptcy is the legal method for a debtor to discharge or relieve himself of the debts that he owes. While no debtor is guaranteed a total discharge of his debt, most debtors who file for bankruptcy are given such relief. One of the primary purposes of the Bankruptcy Act is to relieve the honest debtor from the weight of oppressive indebtedness and to provide the debtor with a fresh start.

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is also known as liquidation. In the typical Chapter 7 bankruptcy, a trustee collects the non-exempt property of the debtor, converts the property to cash, and distributes the cash to the creditors. In contrast, Chapters 11, 12 and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code allow for debtor rehabilitation. In those cases, the creditors look to the future earnings of the debtor, not the current property of the debtor. Under rehabilitation, the debtor will generally retain his assets and property and make payments to creditors pursuant to a court approved plan.

If you or a loved one is in need of legal assistance, call Sluka & Minasian, LLC at (201) 798-6500 or submit an online questionnaire.

Federal Law designates this firm as a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code.

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