The number 13 in Chapter 13 bankruptcy may seem like a bad harbinger, but don't be scared off; Chapter 13 bankruptcy is there to help you keep your property while paying off debts over time. Importantly, Chapter 13 is distinct from other types of bankruptcy (all organized into "chapters"). For individuals seeking to liquidate all but non-exempt property and use the proceeds to pay creditors, Chapter 7 is a sensible option. For a business seeking to reorganize and remain in business by crafting a new payment plan and timeline, Chapter 11 may be prudent. The purpose of this article is to explain the basics of Chapter 13 bankruptcy. In choosing the chapter that is right for you, whether as an individual or business, consult with an experiencedSan Jose bankruptcy law attorney.