What does discharge letter mean in bankruptcy court?

What does discharge letter mean in bankruptcy court?

A “discharge letter” is a term used to describe the order that the bankruptcy court mails out toward the end of the case. The order officially discharges (wipes out) qualifying debt, such as credit card and utility bill balances, medical debt, and personal loans.

When does a discharge occur in a chapter 13 bankruptcy?

Since a chapter 12 or chapter 13 plan may provide for payments to be made over three to five years, the discharge typically occurs about four years after the date of filing. The court may deny an individual debtor’s discharge in a chapter 7 or 13 case if the debtor fails to complete “an instructional course concerning financial management.”

Can a discharge be denied in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy?

The court will deny a discharge in a later chapter 7 case if the debtor received a discharge under chapter 7 or chapter 11 in a case filed within eight years before the second petition is filed.

Can a Bankruptcy Court revoke a discharge order?

In chapter 11, 12, and 13 cases, if confirmation of a plan or the discharge is obtained through fraud, the court can revoke the order of confirmation or discharge. May the debtor pay a discharged debt after the bankruptcy case has been concluded? A debtor who has received a discharge may voluntarily repay any discharged debt.

When is a debtor ineligible for a chapter 13 discharge?

A debtor is ineligible for discharge under chapter 13 if he or she received a prior discharge in a chapter 7, 11, or 12 case filed four years before the current case or in a chapter 13 case filed two years before the current case.

Can a debtor object to a discharge in Chapter 7?

In chapter 7 cases, the debtor does not have an absolute right to a discharge. An objection to the debtor’s discharge may be filed by a creditor, by the trustee in the case, or by the U.S. trustee.

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