Bankruptcy Can Give You a Fresh Start

As the old saying goes, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Without the privilege to file for bankruptcy, many famous and accomplished individuals and businesses would have been deprived of their opportunities to try again and succeed.

Abraham Lincoln declared bankruptcy after failing at an attempt to open a general store in 1833. He went on to become our greatest president.

P.T. Barnum filed for bankruptcy protection in 1856 after defaulting on a bad loan he guaranteed for a friend’s business. He regrouped and formed the world renowned Barnum and Bailey’s Circus.  

William McKinley, then Governor of Ohio, due to a defaulted business loan he co-signed for a friend, filed for bankruptcy in 1883 – three years later he was elected our 25th president.

Mark Twain went bankrupt in 1894 over a failed attempt to publish his own work because he disliked his publisher, along with a bad investment in an automatic typesetting machine that never came to fruition. It did not stop him.

Henry Ford filed for bankruptcy in 1896 after failing at his first venture, the Detroit Automobile Company. He later filed again after failing at his second attempt – the Henry Ford Company. Finally he succeeded in creating the Ford Motor Company.

Walt Disney filed for bankruptcy in 1923 when his first animation company failed. He was given a fresh start and, with help from his family, he succeeded in forming Walt Disney Studios where, in 1928, Mickey Mouse was born. The rest is history. 

Dozens of accomplished individuals have filed for bankruptcy, including Mickey Rooney, Willie Nelson, Francis Ford Coppola, Oscar Wilde, Burt Reynolds, and Nicholas Cage, to name a few.

At the Law Office of Thomas Denny, we believe everyone deserves a fresh start. If financial burden is holding you back from success call Buffalo bankruptcy lawyer Thomas Denny. He will personally assess your situation and guide you in the right direction. His fees are affordable and he takes pride in knowing he has helped each of his many satisfied clients achieve a fresh start.

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What is the difference between a Chapter 7 and a Chapter 13?

In short, Chapter 7 is used to wipe out credit card balances, medical bills, personal loans, and other unsecured debts. Filing a Chapter 7 will initially stop all collection actions, including repossession and foreclosure. However, secured creditors (mortgage companies, auto loan creditors) may ask the court for permission to foreclosure or repossess after notice and a hearing. Chapter 7 may be filed by any individual or legally married couple whose household income does not exceed the median income in his or her area.

Chapter 13 is generally used to prevent foreclosures or vehicle repossessions. If your home or other real property is being foreclosed on by your mortgage lender, filing a Chapter 13 will stop the foreclosure and allow you to pay your past-due mortgage payments over 3-5 years, along with any other debts you may have. It will also stop your vehicle from being repossessed and allow you to pay the balance over 3-5 years.

Chapter 13 is also used by debtors who are ineligible to file Chapter 7 because they exceed the maximum income allowance, or the value of their property exceeds exempted values permitted by state or federal law. Any individual or married couple whose unsecured debts do not exceed $419,275 may file a Chapter 13. Payments can range anywhere from 5% to 100% of your total unsecured debt. When the plan is completed, the unpaid balances can be wiped out.