Consumer Bankruptcy Filings Up Nearly 40 Percent in 2007
Contact: John Hartgen
CONSUMER BANKRUPTCY FILINGS UP NEARLY 40 PERCENT IN 2007
January 3, 2008, Alexandria,
“The roughly 40 percent
spike in consumer bankruptcies during 2007 presages even higher filings
this year, as the heavy consumer debt load is made worse by the home
mortgage crisis,” predicted
However, NBKRC’s data also showed that the 66,389 consumer filings recorded in December represented a 7.5 percent decrease from the 71,799 filings in November. Chapter 13 filings constituted 38.32 percent of all consumer cases in December, a slight decrease from November.
NBKRC is an online research center that offers subscribers access to up-to-date research and statistics on bankruptcy filings. The database contains complete information dating back to 1995. For more information on NBKRC, please visit http://www.nbkrc.com.
Bankruptcy Overview: Issues, Law and Policy, by the American
Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code is available to both individual and business debtors. Its purpose is to achieve a fair distribution to creditors of the debtor’s available non-exempt property. Unsecured debts not reaffirmed are discharged, providing a fresh financial start.
Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code is available for both business and consumer debtors. Its purpose is to rehabilitate a business as a going concern or reorganize an individual’s finances through a court-approved reorganization plan.
Chapter 12 of the Bankruptcy Code is designed to give special debt relief to a family farmer with regular income from farming.
Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code is available for an individual with regular income whose debts do not exceed specific amounts; it is typically used to budget some of the debtor’s future earnings under a plan through which unsecured creditors are paid in whole or in part.