The Life Cycle of Bankruptcy – Chapters 7, 11, and 13

Even though bankruptcy filings are becoming more and more commonplace, the process itself is still not easily understood by most people. In general, the bankruptcy process is intended to ultimately give debtors a fresh start. But the path to that fresh start depends on many factors. In the lifecycle of bankruptcy flow chart below, you’ll see the most common paths taken for the 3 most common types of bankruptcy : chapters 7, 11, and 13.

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General Notes:

  1. Creditors or Partners can file an involuntary petition asking the court to place the Debtor in bankruptcy against his/her/its will.
  2. Any sale or financing of real property is subject to the approval of the Bankruptcy Court.
  3. Judgements and Liens remain attached to the property until specifically released by an order to sell the property free and clear of specific liens and judgements; or an order avoiding the specific lien or judgement, which could be limited to the amount of the homestead exemption and therefore still attach to the property for the amount, if any, in excess of the homestead exemption.
  4. Warning! This chart is intended as a general overview of the process.

Life Cycle of Bankruptcy infographic- Chapters 7, 11, and 13

Please share your questions or comments below!

6 Responses to The Life Cycle of Bankruptcy – Chapters 7, 11, and 13
  1. Mike Knutsen
    January 24, 2012 | 8:10 pm

    The file does not download correctly when you try to print
    it out. It is unreadable.

  2. admin
    January 24, 2012 | 8:32 pm

    Thank you Mike. The PDF version of the article is formatted for print. The PDF is available by clicking on the link in the article. If that still doesn’t work for you, we’ll email it to you as an attachment.

  3. Reba Haas
    January 24, 2012 | 11:04 pm

    Thanks, as always, for a very topical post. Many of the people we talk to who are considering short sales are often looking at other options such as bankruptcy but they’re very intimidated about calling an attorney to find out more about it. This should help start the process more easily.

  4. admin
    January 25, 2012 | 5:25 am

    Thank you, Reba! Will you let us know if you have an opportunity to share this with a client?

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  6. Marc Brown
    November 21, 2012 | 7:52 am

    Hi! I should particularly remain grateful for this post as it tremendously helped me develop a concept for an infographic on Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy processes, which I’m working on these days. I just wanted to know if I should I create a trackback process as I developed the idea after adhering to this flowchart. Would you appreciate that? The infographic is not yet done so I cannot show it to you. But I guarantee that it’s going to be 100% original and not a pirated piece. Well, you can check the piece by visiting the url given below along with some of our other infographics. Please advise. Hope to see your comment below. Thank you.

    http://www.ovlg.com/tools/

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