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Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Reorganization Provides Debt Relief to Corporations

The United States Bankruptcy Code, which organizes types of bankruptcy into different chapters, offers debt relief to both individuals and corporate entities. If you are individual in need of debt relief, the "liquidation" of non-exempt property facilitate by chapter 7 bankruptcy may be the most sensible option. If it is your corporate entity, whether a corporation, partnership, or other entity, rather than yourself as an individual separate from your business, chapter 11 bankruptcy may be the more prudent choice - especially if it is your intention to remain in business following the bankruptcy process. In determining which chapter of bankruptcy is most appropriate and beneficial, whether as in individual or corporate entity, consult with an experienced San Jose bankruptcy attorney.

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Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Is an Option for Individuals Seeking Debt Relief

Debt Relief. Thinking about bankruptcy in such terms is the first step in no longer allowing any information gap-related anxiety from getting in the way of educating yourself about bankruptcy. Chapter 7, like other types of bankruptcy, is about relief. In bankruptcy's chapter 7 form, this relief is in the form of liquidation. Chapter 7 liquidation, as spelled out in the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, is "the sale of a debtor's nonexempt property and the distribution of the proceeds to creditors." When focusing on the positive, on relief, the words "nonexempt property" should jump out.

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Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Allows Debtors to Retain Property

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.

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Asserting Your Rights as a Creditor When a Debtor Files for Bankruptcy

Just as debtors have legal rights in the bankruptcy process, so do creditors. The specific rights depend on whether a given debt is secured or unsecured, and the priority of the debt relative to debts owed to other creditors. Working with an experienced creditors' rights bankruptcy attorney, you - the creditor - can ascertain your exact legal rights even as a debtor liquidates assets in Chapter 7 bankruptcy or a business reorganizes debt via Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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Bankruptcy Offers Protection and the Opportunity to Restructure a Business

The term "bankruptcy" is loaded with meaning. When reading it, one might conjure images of a dream gone bust, a life gone wrong, and a hopeless future. Such a grim picture simply does not square with reality, however. The truth is that many individuals and businesses that choose to go through the bankruptcy process go on to experience great success in life and in business.

Take, for example, Donald Trump, the current President of the United States. Prior to being elected, Trump had filed for bankruptcy. Not only that, but Trump's companies filed for bankruptcy six times. This fact alone illustrates that bankruptcy is by no means inconsistent with prosperity. Importantly, however, one must be strategic and well-prepared in the bankruptcy process, working with an experienced San Jose bankruptcy and business law attorney every step of the way.

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The cost of doing business: Collecting debts

More than likely, you measure at least part of your business's success by its profits. Your company makes money by providing either or both goods and services to customers. As such, you expect payment in an amount agreed upon between you and each customer.

When you don't receive payment as agreed, your first inclination and action would most likely involve contacting the customer for payment. In some cases, that may work, but in others, the customer continues to withhold payment. At this point, you may need to know your options regarding collecting these debts. Each type of debt collection method involves the increasing need for court intervention.

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Resolving a Bay Area Business Contract Dispute

Contract disputes are unfortunately an inevitability in the course of doing business over the long run. There are intentional breaches, inadvertent breaches, breaches caused by a third party, and in some cases, contracts that have become impracticable or even impossible for one or both parties to perform.

When confronted with the headache that a business contract dispute represents, you may have different reactions. Like many, you may be overworked, overstressed, and simply want to resolve the dispute as efficiently as possible. Sometimes, however, a speedy resolution is not feasible, especially when another party to the contract maintains that there is no dispute to be resolved or claims, incorrectly, that an adequate remedy has already been seen to.

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Seeking out the perfect business partner

If you have a plan for a new business, your head may be spinning with ideas to make your company a success. You may even hope to grow your business into a franchise or simply to expand in your area of California. Whatever your plans, you know you can't do it alone.

Whether you are looking for someone to share the load day by day, or you need someone to partner with you financially, it has to be the right person. Bringing someone on board who clashes with your personality or business philosophy could mean disaster before you even graduate from being a start-up.

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Unfair Competition Is Again Relevant in California Business Law

The vernacular used in discussing unfair competition and antitrust in matters of business and commerce is often antiquated. Think, for example, of the term "robber baron," which was used to refer to titans of shipping, real estate, and other industries who acquired vast wealth by consolidating power and influence to thereby virtually control relevant markets. In doing so, the board game Monopoly might come to mind, with its old-time tycoon fashioning a bowler hat and spectacles.

For modern day businesses, however, it is critical to understand that unfair competition and even violations of federal antitrust law are no longer a thing of the past to be reduced to fun family games. An experienced San Jose business law and bankruptcy attorney is already well aware of this, keeping up at all times with the "rules of the game."

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