Understanding What Debts Are Discharged In Bankruptcy
For most people, the primary goal of filing bankruptcy is to discharge or get rid of their debt. An important consideration in evaluating whether bankruptcy is right for you is understanding which types of debts can be discharged and which cannot. While credit card debt and medical debt are two of the most common types of dischargeable debt, there are other types of debts that can be discharged.
As an experienced Essex County debt and bankruptcy legal team, Levitt & Slafkes, P.C., in Maplewood, New Jersey, has the skills to help you. Attorneys Bruce Levitt and Shelley Slafkes have represented thousands of people throughout New Jersey who are facing financial hardship due to unmanageable debt. We provide comprehensive personal and business bankruptcy services, including Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 filings. We conduct a thorough review of your situation and help you determine the best approach to getting the debt relief you need.
How Can A Debt Discharge Help Me?
Every person receives a discharge at the end of his or her bankruptcy proceeding. Once you get your discharge, you have no further personal obligation to pay any debt that was included in your bankruptcy. Even if the debt was not paid in full, the creditor is not allowed to continue collection activity if the debt was discharged in your bankruptcy.
While most debts can be discharged in bankruptcy, several cannot. Generally, the following types of debt cannot be discharged:
- Most student loans
- Federal income taxes that are less than three years past due
- Child support and other obligations ordered in a divorce agreement
- Fines and restitution associated with criminal activity or malicious conduct
- Fraudulent debt
We will help you by providing simple explanations and dependable legal advice as you take the next steps to a better financial future.
Contact Our Skilled Team To Find A Solution
Contact Levitt & Slafkes, P.C., in Maplewood, New Jersey, to discuss your debt relief options with one of our attorneys. We offer a free initial consultation where you can find out which of your debts are dischargeable and get all of your questions answered. You can reach us by filling out our online form or by calling 973-313-1200.