What Gets Discharged in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, your debt will be broken down into:

  • Secured debts
  • Priority unsecured debts, and
  • Non-priority unsecured debts

For secured debts guaranteed by collateral, you will have to pay or surrender them if the collateral secures your obligation. This is usually property like a car or house.

Priority unsecured debts don’t go away in bankruptcy. In your Chapter 13 plan, you will be required to pay priority claims in full. “Non-priority unsecured” is the category where the majority of your debts will be discharged in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

5 Types of Debt That Get Discharged in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

The following types of debt are a handful of the most common types that are considered non-priority unsecured debts and will qualify for discharge.

  • Medical bills: If your medical care was not fully covered by your insurance and you were unable to pay, which led to you incurring debt, it can be discharged under Chapter 13.
  • Credit card debt: After your repayment plan, any remaining credit card debt will be discharged.
  • Old tax obligations: Certain, older income tax balances might be deemed non-priority debts, meaning you can get them discharged as long as you did not commit fraud.
  • Personal loans: If you have personal loans that are not secured by collateral, they can get discharged at the close of your Chapter 13.
  • Breach of contract/negligence-related debt: A breach of contract or negligent act that caused property or personal harm can result in a judgment against you. Typically, this judgment can be discharged as long as the debt is not for a willful or malicious injury to another.

Many other debts may qualify for discharge under Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Consult a qualified and experienced bankruptcy lawyer to learn about all the ways Chapter 13 bankruptcy can help you.

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