What Is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?
Chapter 7 bankruptcy is spelled out in (you guessed it!) Chapter 7 of the United States federal Bankruptcy Code and is also sometimes referred to as “straight” or “liquidation” bankruptcy. In this form of bankruptcy, you might be eligible to cancel some or all of your debts (some tax penalties are also eligible for discharge) or sell your property or assets to repay creditors. However, the bankruptcy court essentially assumes control of your property as well as your debts when you file Chapter 7. In rare exceptions, individuals who file Chapter 7 might still be able to manage their own property and income after they file for bankruptcy. Read more