Debts And Bankruptcy: what kinds are discharged?
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Debts And Bankruptcy: what kinds are discharged?

On Behalf of | Mar 20, 2017 | Uncategorized |

When we speak about releasing financial debts in personal bankruptcy, we are usually describing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Commonly, Chapter 13 personal bankruptcy entails a restructuring of financial debt instead of a discharge, or forgiveness of debt. For that reason, for many people the major objective of declaring Chapter 7 is to discharge/ wipe out their financial obligations. For example, while there are numerous  types of financial obligation that Chapter 7 will certainly discharge, credit card debt is one of the most commonly discharged financial debts.

While most debts could be erased in Chapter 7, some could not. Realizing which financial obligations can as well as cannot be discharged may become a vital factor to consider in determining whether to apply for personal bankruptcy. Another important aspect, is to get a right attorney to protect you and your interests during the procure.

A discharge absolves individual borrowers with from responsibility for a financial obligation and prevents the financial institution from taking any kind of collection activities against the borrower. In other words, the debtor is no longer legally required to pay any debts that are discharged.

Responsibilities That Can not be Discharged

Although a debtor is not personally liable for released debts, a legitimate lien against property (whether personal property or realty) that has not been avoided somehow in the bankruptcy case will certainly still apply. These financial obligations are called secured obligations,  as the financial debt itself is secured with an interest in the property. As a result, a protected creditor may enforce the lien to return the property secured by the lien, despite the fact that the personal obligation to pay the debt may be discharged.

Another example of a type of debt which generally cannot be discharged in bankruptcy are federal student loans. It is caused by  operation of the law.

The full list is included into the US Bankruptcy Code and enumerates 21 categories. The most common debts that cannot be discharged under any circumstances are also child support and alimony.

Which Debts Can be Discharged?

Although not all financial obligations could be released, most of a person’s financial debts will be released with Chapter 7, especially in the absence of extraordinary circumstances. Simple financial debts that emerged before the date of filing for Chapter 7 will certainly be discharged, nevertheless. A borrower will still be accountable for any debt sustained after filing an application but before receiving a discharge.

Below is a listing of the most frequently discharged financial obligations. 

1. Credit cards (including overdue and late fees).
2. Collecting agency accounts.
3. Medical bills
4. Individual loans from friends, family, and also companies.
5. Maintenance fee for electricity, gas, water etc. ( only past, not future).
6. Dishonored checks.
7. Deficiency balances after repossession.
9. Car crash cases (except those involving driving under the alcohol influence).
10. Personally guaranteed business debt.
11. Money gained under lease contracts.
12. Civil court judgments (unless based on fraud).
13. Particular tax  penalties and also unpaid tax obligations past a specific number of years.
14. Attorney fees (except child support as well as alimony awards).
15. Revolving charge accounts.
16. Social protection over-payments.
17. Veterans assistance loans and also over-payments.


Be aware, that in most cases the decision whether your debt will be discharged or not depends on a variety of details and different circumstances. That’s why, it is essential to contact a local bankruptcy attorney.  James “Jack” Setters provides a free consultation and best service for every client!