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Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: Keep Your Property & Repay Debts Over Time [Paperback]

Robin Leonard J.D. , Stephen Elias Attorney
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June 3, 2010 1413310699 978-1413310696 10
Reduce your debts, save your property -- and start over!

Are you behind on your mortgage, taxes or other bills? Are creditors threatening foreclosure or repossession? This book will show you how to save your house, car and other assets with Chapter 13 Bankruptcy. It lets you cancel your debts and pay off the rest with an affordable repayment plan.

And now you can avoid attorney fees and do it yourself -- let Chapter 13 Bankruptcy you how to:

  • determine if you qualify for Chapter 13
  • stop a house foreclosure
  • estimate monthly payments
  • devise an acceptable repayment plan
  • complete and file forms
  • make up missed mortgage payments
  • pay off other debts
  • represent yourself before a bankruptcy judge or trustee

    The 10th edition is completely rewritten to reflect the recent (and massive) changes to federal bankruptcy law, as well as the latest bankruptcy exemption laws of your state. It also includes the most current legal documents and instructions on filling them out.

    Whether you work with a lawyer or file on your own, you'll find everything you need to take charge of your debts in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy.

    Please note: This book does not cover business bankruptcies, farm reorganizations or individual repayment plans (Chapter 13). For Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, see Nolo's How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.

  • Editorial Reviews


    "Chapter 13 Bankruptcy will save you a fortune in attorney fees and confusion." (The Midwest Book Review 2008-02-05)

    "In Nolo's usual thorough fashion, here is a guide to an alternative to the typical Chapter 7 Bankruptcy." (Orange County Register 2008-02-02)

    "An excellent book that can guide you through the [Chapter 13] process." (Forbes Magazine 2008-03-02)

    From the Author

    Kathleen Michon edits and contributes to all of Nolo's bankruptcy books. She will be a co-author on the next edition of Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, coming in the spring of 2012.

    Product Details

    • Series: Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: Keep Your Property & Repay Debts Over Time
    • Paperback: 486 pages
    • Publisher: NOLO; 10 edition (June 3, 2010)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1413310699
    • ISBN-13: 978-1413310696
    • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.5 x 11.3 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
    • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #663,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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    29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Save Me over $3000 in Legal Fees May 23, 2009
    Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: Keep Your Property & Repay Debts Over Time

    I needed to file Chapter 13 to pay off approximately $7000 in delinquent taxes that could not be discharged in a Chapter 7. I contacted several local Chapter 13 attorneys in the San Diego area for free consultations. Each one wanted to charge at least $3500.00 to represent me and wanted between $1000.00 to $1500.00 to be paid prior to them filing the bankruptcy paperwork with the court. If I had that kind of money, I would have been trying to work out something with the IRS.

    I bought this book and read it cover to cover several times. When I knew I was ready, I completed the forms required to file in my district, California Southern District. My expense was $274.00 in cash for the filing fees. I filed on 4/17/09 and had my 341(a) hearing on 5/22/09. The court schedules a hearing at the same time for many people.

    During the hearing, I was getting nervous as several people that were represented by attorneys were called in front of the Chapter 13 Trustee ahead of me and were either having their hearings continued to a new date or having a Confirmation hearing scheduled due to discrepancies in their filed paperwork (this was paperwork prepared and filed by their attorneys!!!). In the California Southern District, a 341(a)hearing is rescheduled or a Confirmation hearing is scheduled if the Chapter 13 Trustee thinks there is a presumption of abuse of the bankruptcy laws, objects to the plan or a creditor has an objection to the plan.
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    13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good job May 9, 2004
    By A Customer
    The author did a good job organizing the information in this book.
    I would also recommend Surviving Financial Disasters by Tiffany R. Love which comes with a CD ROM and actual sample court documents from someone who has been there and done that. Also tells what to expect after you filed your papers.
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    12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    If you're behind on your bills and creditors are threatening, you can consider filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy protection - and the 8th updated edition of Chapter 13 Bankruptcy will save you a fortune in attorney fees and confusion. Learn how to determine qualifications, understanding the law's protections, fill out and file forms, pay off debts and represent yourself in court: it's been completely rewritten to reflect the latest changes to federal bankruptcy law and includes all the latest facts, making this a top reference both for filers and for public library reference sections.
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    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: Repay Your Debts (8th Edition) September 13, 2007
    This book was very informative, I own a Bankruptcy Petition Preparer Service. To broaden my expertise in Chapter 13, I purchased this book. With the information in this book alone, I am now able to expand my business by offering Chapter 13 service to Attorneys. Five Stars for this book.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Guide For Consumers November 7, 2009
    Although my business and teaching background is not related to personal finance and single family real estate, I have had a number for friends and friends of friends ask for help in dealing with the challenges of today's economic world. It's a very unfriendly world, especially for single, professional mothers. One of the areas where I was woefully lacking in background was bankruptcy and the two NOLO guides were purchased to assist me in understand the options and then given to friends. Although sold as do it yourself guides, I believe anybody contemplating bankruptcy should talk with an attorney along the way. Reading the book first will make the conversations more productive and help in both the decision and execution processes. There are many examples of people doing their own bankruptcies using these guides.

    For those not familiar with NOLO they have an exceptionally well written series of books written to guide ordinary consumers through the legal process from conceptual issues to the actual forms to be filed.

    Their Chapter 13 Bankruptcy guide follows this tradition. I have recommended it to several acquaintances who have gone from upper middle class to terrorized by creditors over the past few years. This book is like having a friend and skilled attorney in your corner. The advice is honest, direct and encouraging.

    Since many of today's financial problems are real estate related you may want to also look at their book on foreclosure.

    There's a lot of bad advice out there on blogs, TV and other sources.

    If you are using an attorney to guide you through the process of deciding if you should file bankruptcy, if so what section or for the actual processing this book has the potential to save you thousands of dollars in fees. If you happen to be getting help from a competent friend the book will help you ask better questions.

    Highly recommended. I have purchased several copies for friends.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars TOP OF THE LINE October 13, 2008
    By Joe
    As always, the Nolo bankruptcy books are the only way to go when it comes to self-help books for the non-lawyer. Plus, the latest edition appears to have updated the summary of the 50 states various exemptions, an improvement from before.

    Interestingly, the latest edition appears to be biased in favor of creditors' interests a little more than it was in the previous editions.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Good condition! Thank you!
    Published 3 days ago by Elizabeth
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Information
    This book contains step by step information about everything you need to know about filing chapter 13. Read more
    Published 13 months ago by Tamika Booker
    4.0 out of 5 stars Practical guide, but you still need an attorney
    This is a great book to help individuals get an understanding of the bankruptcy process.
    I do not believe it should be used as a do-it-yourself guide. Read more
    Published 14 months ago by SWD
    3.0 out of 5 stars So So
    I bought to help out a friend, she did file and was successful. Somewhat complicated for the non-bean counter, but that's the intent of the IRS.
    Published 19 months ago by Tim
    5.0 out of 5 stars This book taught me a lot--I will always go to it with questions about...
    Great book--it's a must for anyone with alot of questions but doesn't have the money to go to a lawyer for answers--Thanks!
    Published 19 months ago by Maria Jordan
    5.0 out of 5 stars seems clear enough
    I knew nothing about bankruptcy before I began reading this book, and the chapters lay out clearly the details about bankruptcy in general, the difference between chapter 7 and... Read more
    Published on October 21, 2011 by fdr
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great book and great service!
    The book was came fast and the book is in very good conditions, like they said.
    I recommended this online store!
    Published on October 7, 2011 by Victoria
    5.0 out of 5 stars Read it from Begining to End
    A very informative DIY book. People, do not feel overwhelmed by all the paperwork involved. Just sit down and do what the book instructs you to do, step by step. Read more
    Published on September 22, 2011 by Abe Vigoda
    4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and easy to follow, but I'd still check with a lawyer
    I found this book easy to read and follow, and it seemed like it would be easy to draw up a solid plan that presents well in court, but even with all that I would not entirely skip... Read more
    Published on July 21, 2011 by SouthGenie
    1.0 out of 5 stars Missed Key Point
    This book totally missed a key point. It failed to mention that the Trustee could move to ammend your plan and increase your plan if your income increases and/or expenses go down.
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