CALL NOW!
FREE PHONE/VIRTUAL CONSULTATION

Three Secrets to Securing Chapter 13 Success

Filing Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Pasco, St Petersburg, And Tampa Florida.Finding Success Filing Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Chapter 13 bankruptcy is a valuable tool that allows you to manage debt without the scorched earth approach of Chapter 7. In Chapter 13, you’re able to keep your assets and retain control of your income but still, benefit from the discharge that comes with more drastic forms of bankruptcy.

But getting to that Chapter 13 debt discharge can be tricky for some people. Many transition to Chapter 7 midway through Chapter 13 or they don’t complete bankruptcy at all and lose the benefits they should’ve enjoyed in the plan.

What can you do to make sure your Chapter 13 bankruptcy is a Success?

Know Your Power and Your Responsibilities

Start by acknowledging the power you have in Chapter 13. You are not handing over complete control of your finances to a trustee.

Instead, you’re creating a repayment plan based on your specific financial situation. The court needs to confirm it, but it’s up to you to make the initial decisions about the plan. The best way you can increase your odds of completing the plan is to design the plan to be realistic and achievable.

It can help to:

  • Create goals
  • Have a savings focus
  • Prioritize debts properly

Remember, the most valuable thing bankruptcy provides is an opportunity to walk away from deals you can no longer afford. But to achieve success, you must first focus on debts you need to pay.

Create a Realistic Payment Plan

It’s also important when designing your Chapter 13 plan to be realistic about your cost of living. It’s not going to help you at all in the long-run if you underestimate your living expenses. You need to make realistic assumptions about your day-to-day and month-to-month cost of living so the plan you come away with is feasible over three to five years.

For more tips on creating a manageable Chapter 13 payment plan, check out this information from Nolo.com.

This isn’t to say that you can’t make changes if something in your life changes within this time. But estimating a food budget of $100 for a family of four just to make a plan possible on paper does nothing to set you up for failure.

Bonus Tips!

  • Use automatic payments for your Chapter 13 repayment plan.
  • Setting up auto-pay for your Chapter 13 plan is one of the easiest and best ways to ensure success. People who need to manually make their payment are more apt to fall behind than those who can put payment obligations on autopilot. It’s simply common financial sense can set you up for success.
  • Find an experienced bankruptcy attorney to help you with the plan.

Keep in touch with your Chapter 13 bankruptcy attorney after you file, inform him or her of any changes that affect your ability to meet your payment obligations, and be proactive when it comes to solving problems. There’s some flexibility in Chapter 13 bankruptcy, but only when you are open and honest about your situation.

If you have questions about filing for bankruptcy or you want to do all you can to ensure Chapter 13 success, contact the Law Office of Robert M. Geller at (813) 254-5696 or schedule a bankruptcy lawyer appointment at one of our conveniently located Tampa area bankruptcy law office locations.

Archive

Video Testimonials

Tampa Bankruptcy Law Blog

How to File for Bankruptcy without Losing Your Assets: How an Attorney Helps You Use Florida Bankruptcy Exemptions

If you're considering filing for bankruptcy, it's important to know that you can still keep your most important assets. The...
Read More

6 Things You Can Do to Make Filing for Bankruptcy Easier

Bankruptcy is often a confusing and scary process. It can be very overwhelming to face the prospect of declaring bankruptcy,...
Read More

4 Great Bankruptcy Resources for People Struggling Financially

Filing for bankruptcy can be a daunting process, but there are many bankruptcy resources available to help you through it....
Read More

6 More Things You Should Know About Bankruptcy

When you’re considering bankruptcy, it can help to know what to expect. Understanding the bankruptcy tricks and tips available to...
Read More

How to Take Control of Your Financial Situation

Do you want to learn how to take control of your financial situation? Does it feel as if your spending...
Read More

What Can I Do If I’m Being Harassed by Creditors?

Struggling with financial problems is bad enough. It gets a lot worse if you’re being harassed by creditors. What is...
Read More

Can I File for Bankruptcy without an Attorney?

The short answer to this question is yes, you can file for bankruptcy without the help of an attorney. However,...
Read More

Can Bankruptcy Improve the Health of Your Marriage?

Marriage and money problems go hand in hand. Financial problems cause everything from minor squabbles to full-blown marriage-ending fights within...
Read More

5 Common Budgeting Mistakes Newlyweds Make and How to Avoid Them

Budgeting mistakes are common, especially when you’re young. Not all newlyweds are young adults, but many first-time marriages do involve...
Read More

When Should Married Couples File for Bankruptcy Together?

There's no easy answer to the question of timing when it comes to bankruptcy. In some cases, it may make...
Read More

Bankruptcy

For The Next 5 Days GET A FREE BOOK About Bankruptcy

Learn More

Infographics

We are A Debt Relief Agency.
We help people file for bankruptcy under the Bankruptcy Code

Pay Online Bankruptcy Courses Newsletter Subscription

NACBA Logo avvo1 avvo2 avvo3 LEA BBB Logo

Call For A Free Initial Consultation

813.254.5696

Tampa Office

Law Offices of Robert M. Geller, P.A.
807 West Azeele Street
Tampa, FL 33606
T: (813) 254-5696
T: (800) 853-7549
F: (813) 253-3405

Map And Directions

St. Petersburg Office

Law Offices of Robert M. Geller, P.A.
125 5th Street South
(Wells Fargo Financial Center)
2nd Floor, Suite G
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
T: (727) 532-3939

Map And Directions

Pasco Office

23526 State Road 54
Lutz, FL 33559
T: (813) 336-2320

Map And Directions