Essex County Secured Debt in Bankruptcy Attorney

There are two types of debt in bankruptcy: secured and unsecured. Understanding whether a debt is secured or unsecured is important because it determines what options you have in bankruptcy.

At Goldman & Beslow, LLC, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your debts and explain your bankruptcy options. Our attorneys serve clients in Essex, Union, Hudson, Passaic, Bergen, Morris, Middlesex, Sussex and other New Jersey counties.

Bankruptcy and Secured Debts

Secured debts are debts that are secured by a lien on your property. Home mortgages and car loans are examples of secured debts. Some other types of debt may be secured without you realizing it, such as furniture and appliances that you buy on time. If you stop making payments on a secured debt, the lender can take the property that is secured by the lien. However, in some cases it may not be financially worthwhile for a lender to repossess items such as furniture or small electronics, and as such it rarely occurs.

Although personal liability is extinguished by filing a bankruptcy, the lien still remains. However, you can keep the property if you continue to make payments. Some secured debts, such as auto loans, may be renegotiated or modified in Chapter 13. In some cases, second and third mortgages can be eliminated, making them unsecured debts.

Bankruptcy and Unsecured Debts

Unsecured debt is debt that is not secured by any type of property. When a debt is unsecured, there is nothing for the lender to take if you don't pay the debt. Examples of unsecured debts include credit card bills, hospital bills and payday loans.

Most unsecured debts can be completely discharged when you file Chapter 7 bankruptcy. When you file Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you typically only have to pay back a percentage of unsecured debts — often pennies on the dollar for what you owe.

Contact Our Passaic County Lawyers

Let us get you back on your feet so you can get on with your life. Call our experienced Essex County secured and unsecured debt in bankruptcy lawyers today for a free one-half hour consultation at 973-414-8069 or 888-827-5493. We have offices in East Orange, Jersey City and Paterson.