Small Business Bankruptcy: A Guide to Chapter 11, Subchapter 5
Chapter 11, Subchapter 5 went into effect in February. Discover what the new law means for you, and how it affects small business bankruptcy.
A loan guaranteed by the Small Business Administration can open a lot of doors for a business. They could use the funds to purchase real estate, equipment or even to finance their debts. Unfortunately, because this economy is still not completely back on track following the recent recession, it's quite possible a company will run into problems paying their SBA loan. Although it might be possible for a business owner to negotiate a settlement after they receive an SBA demand letter, it could be much easier to manage with the help of an attorney.
SBA loan default is a serious matter and each case is as different as every business that uses this loan program. Default could result in SBA loan foreclosure or seizure of business or even personal tax refunds through the Tax Offset Program. Neither of these options are going to be very appealing to a business owner who is struggling to keep their company afloat. The first step a business owner should take when they are faced with this situation is to find an attorney who has enough experience in this area to analyze each case individually and devise a solution that could benefit the business owner and the SBA.
Any business owner who has defaulted on an SBA loan can send an SBA Offer in Compromise to attempt to settle the debt. The SBA carefully evaluates each request for this type of loan forgiveness and if there are any errors, omissions or misrepresentations, the application is likely to be denied and the business owner will have to find another way to resolve the debt. Instead of going through this process alone, an entrepreneur might have a much better chance of success if they work with an attorney who has a proven track record.
This is not something business owners need to handle alone. Getting professional help is essential to having a favorable outcome in this complicated debt situation. Once an entrepreneur knows what they want to get out of the process, they should contact an attorney to give them the best chance of getting something close to that result.
Millions of Dollars in SBA Debts Resolved via Offer in Compromise and Negotiated Repayment Agreements without our Clients filing for Bankruptcy or Facing Home Foreclosure
Millions of Dollars in Treasury Debts Defended Against via AWG Hearings, Treasury Offset Program Resolution, Cross-servicing Disputes, Private Collection Agency Representation, Compromise Offers and Negotiated Repayment Agreements
Our Attorneys are Authorized by the Agency Practice Act to Represent Federal Debtors Nationwide before the SBA, The SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals, the Treasury Department, and the Bureau of Fiscal Service.
Client personally guaranteed an SBA 7(a) loan to help with a relative’s new business venture. After the business failed, Treasury was able to secure a recurring Treasury Offset Program (TOP) levy against our client’s monthly Social Security Benefits based on the claim that he owed over $1.2 million dollars. We initially submitted a Cross-Servicing Dispute, but then, prepared and filed an Appeals Petition with the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals (SBA OHA). As a result of our efforts, we were able to convince the SBA to not only terminate the claimed debt of $1.2 million dollars against our client (without him having to file bankruptcy), but also refund the past recurring amounts that were offset from his Social Security Benefits in connection with the TOP levy.
Clients personally guaranteed an SBA 7(a) loan. The SBA referred the debt to the Department of Treasury, which was seeking payment of $487,981 from our clients. We initially filed a Cross-Servicing Dispute, which was denied. As a result, we filed an Appeals Petition with the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals asserting legal defenses and supporting evidence uncovered during the discovery and investigation phase of our services. Ultimately, the SBA settled the debt for $25,000 - saving our clients approximately $462,981.
Client personally guaranteed SBA 7(a) loan balance of $58,000. Client received Notice of Intent to initiate Administrative Wage Garnishment (AWG) Proceedings. We represented client at the Hearing and successfully defeated the AWG Order based on several legal and equitable grounds.