What is the difference Chapter 7 and 11?
Chapter 7 is a “liquidation” bankruptcy that doesn’t require a repayment plan but does require you to sell some assets to pay creditors. Chapter 11 is a “reorganization” bankruptcy for businesses that allows them to maintain day-to-day operations while creating a plan to repay creditors.
According to irs.gov, Liquidation under Chapter 7 is a common form of bankruptcy. It is available to individuals who cannot make regular, monthly, payments toward their debts. Businesses choosing to terminate their enterprises may also file Chapter 7.
Chapter 7 provides relief to debtors regardless of the amount of debts owed or whether a debtor is solvent or insolvent. A Chapter 7 Trustee is appointed to convert the debtor’s assets into cash for distribution among creditors.
According to California Courts, Bankruptcy is a legal process to help debtors (people who owe money) get relief from the debts they cannot pay and, at the same time, help creditors (people who are owed money) get paid from whatever property or assets the debtor has that he or she does not need to live.
Deciding to file for bankruptcy is a very tough decision. You may be feeling overwhelmed and bankruptcy seems like the only option. But think about the decision carefully because it can really affect you for a long time. Also, bankruptcy does not remove all debt, and there are certain types of debt that cannot be discharged (eliminated) in bankruptcy.