Can I Keep My Home After Bankruptcy?

Under the New York State bankruptcy exemptions, a debtor in Buffalo NY may keep up to $75,000 in equity in his or her home. A married couple filing jointly may keep up to $150,000 in home equity. Under the federal exemptions, each debtor may keep up to $22,000 in equity in his or her home.

As long as the difference between what you owe on your house and its market value is less than the exemption amount, you will not lose your home.

For those who do not own homes, the federal exemptions are the preferable option since they allow the debtor to keep considerably more in cash and personal property, such as an automobile.

What is a bankruptcy discharge?

A bankruptcy “discharge” releases you from personal liability for discharged debts and prevents creditors from taking any action against you to collect the debts.

If you are struggling to pay your debts, Buffalo bankruptcy attorney Thomas Denny will help you attain protection from collection action under Chapter 7 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

When your bankruptcy case is completed, you will receive a discharge from the Court which will release you from all or most of your debt obligations.

Chapter 7 or Chapter 13?

Chapter 7 bankruptcy enables you to discharge certain debts, including medical bills, personal loans, and credit cards. If you wish to keep your home or your car you will need to continue to make your mortgage and/or car payments.

Chapter 13 bankruptcy allows you to avert foreclosure by extending the delinquent mortgage payments over the life of the Chapter 13 repayment plan. It also allows you to cure other delinquent secured debts, such as an automobile loan.

To find out which form of bankruptcy is right for you contact Buffalo NY bankruptcy attorney Thomas Denny.