Whether you are considering both bankruptcies or maybe one to save the other it can be helpful to explore the difference between business and personal bankruptcy. At Kerkman & Dunn, we are business bankruptcy experts, and we know our way around the legal aspects of bankruptcy. Let us help you understand the differences.

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What Chapter Bankruptcies Are Available?

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Personal bankruptcy options generally include Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. Chapter 7 is for those who won’t be able to repay their debt even with restructuring options, whereas Chapter 11 puts a plan in place to repay that debt.

Interestingly, for business bankruptcy, Chapter 7 is also an option, but it works a little differently since it’s just for your business. Just like personal Chapter 7 bankruptcy the trustee will sell your assets to pay off your debts. With a personal Chapter 7 though, some of your assets can be exempt, and with a business bankruptcy, the courts will only be looking at your business assets and not your personal ones.

A business does not have an option to file for Chapter 11. Instead, their “equivalent” is a Chapter 13 bankruptcy which will restructure the business and potentially sell off some assets to largely repay all or most of your debt.

Read More: Who Gets Paid First in a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy?

Do Businesses Have To Go Through a Means Test?

You may have heard that an individual has to go through a means test in order to determine if they are eligible for a Chapter 13 or a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. However, businesses do not face a similar step. In general, businesses have a bit more freedom in determining how their bankruptcy will proceed. A business can even attempt to cancel contracts with creditors if both parties are willing to do so. If you are a business owner and your business is dragging you down even in your personal life, it’s usually best to file for business bankruptcy first. Most businesses can put together a plan back to profitability. Even if you can’t, Chapter 7 can at least free you from the responsibilities of your business. Either way, a skilled bankruptcy lawyer can help you navigate bankruptcy law to the most favorable solution for your situation.

Reasons to Consider Chapter 7 When Going Out of Business

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If you are looking for a business bankruptcy attorney in the Milwaukee, WI area, then come to Kerkman & Dunn. With our years of experience in business bankruptcy law, we are ready to help you!

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