The bankruptcy lawyers at Woodall & Woodall have helped more than 22,000 people in southern Georgia file bankruptcy. We service Valdosta, Albany, Moultrie, Thomasville, Douglas, Tifton, Waycross, Leesburg, Americus, Bainbridge, Cairo, Cordele, Pearson and 35 counties in South Georgia.
Cordele, GA residents, we have considerable experience with Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 bankruptcy, and can tell you which is a good choice for your circumstances.
Oftentimes when clients approach us, they have heard about the different types of bankruptcy but aren't sure which one is right for them. The two common types of bankruptcy that individuals files are Chapter 13 and Chapter 7. In this article we'll discuss the difference between Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
Chapter 13 is a reorganization bankruptcy designed for debtors with regular income who can pay back at least a portion of their debts through a repayment plan. If you make too much money to qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you may have no choice but to file a Chapter 13 case. However, many debtors choose to file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy because it offers many benefits that Chapter 7 bankruptcy does not (such as the ability to catch up on missed mortgage payments).
In Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you get to keep all of your property (including nonexempt assets). In exchange, you pay back all or a portion of your debts through a repayment plan (the amount you must pay back depends on your income, expenses, and types of debt). For this reason, Chapter 13 is commonly referred to as a reorganization bankruptcy. Typically, Chapter 13 bankruptcy is for debtors who can afford to make monthly payments to get caught up on missed mortgage or car payments or pay off nondischargeable debts such as alimony or child support arrears.
When you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, a trustee is appointed to administer your case. In addition to reviewing your bankruptcy papers and supporting documents, the Chapter 7 trustee’s job is to sell your nonexempt property to pay back your creditors. If you don’t have any nonexempt assets, your creditors receive nothing. As a result, Chapter 7 bankruptcy is typically for low income debtors with little or no assets who want to get rid of their unsecured debts.
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Cordele is located north of the center of Crisp County. U.S. Route 41 passes through the city as Seventh Street and leads north 9 miles to Vienna and south 20 miles to Ashburn. U.S. Route 280 (16th Avenue) crosses US 41 in the center of the city and leads east 29 miles to Abbeville and west 31 miles to Americus. Interstate 75 passes through the east side of the city, with access from exits 99, 101, and 102, and leads 65 miles north to Macon and 103 miles south to the Florida state line. State Route 300 leads from the south side of the city 37 miles southwest to Albany.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Cordele has a total area of 10.2 square miles, of which 10.2 square miles is land and 0.077 square miles, or 0.82%, is water.