Why Chapter 13 Is a Good Idea: Outcomes and Measures of Success

Recently Upsolve printed an article titled: “Why is Chapter 13 Probably A Bad Idea” by Jonathan Petts, July 27, 2023.

In a nutshell the article says an unsuccessful Chapter 13 can leave you in worse financial shape. Further it states that it costs more than Chapter 7 and is less likely to be successful. Additional points by Upsolve are: Chapter 13 has a failure rate of 67%, Chapter 13 may worsen finances, it is a myth that you get to keep your stuff, and it is also a myth that Chapter 13 usually . . .

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