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Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: Keep Your Property & Repay Debts Over Time Paperback – Bargain Price, May 30, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: NOLO; 9 edition (May 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413308554
  • ASIN: B004JZWSRK
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,577,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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

"An excellent book that can guide you through the [Chapter 13] process." -- Forbes Magazine

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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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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If you happen to be getting help from a competent friend the book will help you ask better questions.
Steve Dietrich
This book is intended to help guide you through the sometimes confusing process of considering personal bankruptcy.
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This book explains the Chapter 13 process in detail and in a very informative and easy to understand way.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By D. Litchman on May 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
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 By A Customer on May 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
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 By Midwest Book Review on March 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
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 By V. BOOKER on September 13, 2007
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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 By Steve Dietrich VINE VOICE on November 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
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 By Joe on October 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
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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