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Chapter 13 Bankruptcy as a Foreclosure Solution in Illinois

Mundelein Chapter 13 Bankruptcy for Foreclosure Attorneys

Lake County Bankruptcy and Foreclosure Law Firm

If you have fallen behind on your mortgage, you could be facing foreclosure and the loss of your home. You may have options for getting your payments caught up, refinancing your loan, or modifying the terms of your existing mortgage. Depending on the circumstances, however, filing for bankruptcy protection might be your best course of action to help you avoid foreclosure and to keep you in your home.

The skilled attorneys at Newland & Newland, LLP have more than 60 years of combined experience helping clients stop foreclosure proceedings through bankruptcy. We know that the decision to file bankruptcy is not an easy one, but it could represent an opportunity for getting the fresh start that you deserve. Just as importantly, it could help you prevent the bank from taking your family's home.

Automatic Stays in Bankruptcy

When you file for bankruptcy under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, the bankruptcy court will automatically issue an order to stay all collection activities regarding your debts. This includes foreclosure proceedings. Creditors and lenders who violate the stay could face sanctions from the court. A lender, however, can file a motion to lift the automatic stay. If the motion is approved, the lender may continue with the foreclosure. For example, if the lender initiated foreclosure proceedings with a warning period prior to you filing for bankruptcy, the court could grant the motion to lift the stay when the warning period expires. A qualified bankruptcy attorney from our firm can help you determine if such a scenario is likely in your case.

Chapter 7 Does Not Stop Foreclosure

If you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, your eligible debts will be discharged upon completion of the proceedings. Discharging a mortgage debt, however, does not prevent the lender from foreclosing and taking the property. Assuming that you have substantial equity in your home, Chapter 7 is not likely to be the best option for avoiding foreclosure and keeping your home. Chapter 7 bankruptcy may also force you to sell off property you do not want to lose in order to discharge your debts.

Arlington Heights Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Lawyers

Chapter 13 bankruptcy is much different from Chapter 7 in that Chapter 13 requires you to set up and follow a court-approved plan for repaying your debts, including your mortgage. Your plan will only be approved if you show that you have sufficient income to remain current on your debts. If you successfully complete the plan, including making up your past-due mortgage payments, you will be able to keep your home after your bankruptcy is complete.

If you have a second or a third mortgage, Chapter 13 bankruptcy could help you as well, especially if the amount owed on your first mortgage is greater than the value of the home. In such a case, the second and third mortgages could be reclassified as unsecured debts, which could make them eligible for discharge during bankruptcy with increasing your risk of foreclosure.

Vernon Hills Attorneys for Credit Protection

Both bankruptcy and foreclosure will have a negative impact on your credit rating. A foreclosure, however, will have no impact on your other outstanding debts. You will also lose your home which means that repaying your other debts may be more difficult. As a result, the effects of bankruptcy on your credit are likely to be resolved much faster. Even if you must sell your home to qualify for Chapter 7, bankruptcy could still be preferable to foreclosure.

Contact a Bankruptcy and Foreclosure Attorney Today

At Newland & Newland, LLP our attorneys are familiar with both bankruptcy and foreclosure proceedings, and we are equipped to help you protect your home. To learn more, contact our office. Call 847-549-0000 for a free phone consultation today. We serve clients in Libertyville, Mundelein, Grayslake, North Chicago, Lake Bluff, Arlington Heights, Lake County, and the surrounding areas.

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