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Bankruptcy Options for the Small Business Owner

Learn about different bankruptcy options for small business owners. Contact Protect Law Group serving San Diego, Orange, and Los Angeles Counties.

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Bankruptcy Options for the Small Business Owner

For small business owners facing overwhelming debt burdens, bankruptcy can be a viable option for gaining financial relief and a fresh start. However, when it comes to dealing with Small Business Administration (SBA) debt, understanding the bankruptcy options available is crucial. In this blog post, Protect Law Group will explore the various bankruptcy options specifically tailored for small business owners with SBA debts.

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Chapter 7 bankruptcy, also known as liquidation bankruptcy, is a common option for small business owners looking to eliminate their SBA debts. Through this process, the business's assets are liquidated, and the proceeds will be used to pay off creditors, including the SBA. Once the debts are discharged, the business owner can start anew without the burden of SBA obligations.

Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

For small business owners who wish to continue operating their businesses while seeking debt relief, Chapter 11 bankruptcy may be the right option. This type of bankruptcy allows for the restructuring of debts, including SBA loans, by developing a repayment plan that is manageable for the business. The plan typically extends the repayment period and may involve negotiating reduced interest rates or lower monthly payments. 

SBA Loan Workouts or Settlements

In some cases, small business owners may be able to negotiate loan workouts or settlements directly with the SBA. This involves discussing revised repayment terms or exploring the possibility of settling the debt for a reduced amount. Working with an experienced bankruptcy attorney during these negotiations can greatly increase the chances of securing favorable terms.

SBA Offer in Compromise

The SBA offers an option called an Offer in Compromise (OIC), which allows small business owners to settle their SBA debts for less than the amount owed. This option is typically available if the business demonstrates an inability to repay the debt in full and can provide supporting financial documentation. While an OIC can be a viable solution, it's important to note that the decision lies with the SBA.

For small business owners struggling with SBA debts, exploring bankruptcy options can provide a path to financial recovery. Book a consultation call with one of Protect Law Group’s SBA loan attorneys serving San Diego, Orange, and Los Angeles Counties today!

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The client personally guaranteed an SBA 7(a) loan for $150,000. His business revenue decreased significantly causing default and an accelerated balance of $143,000. The client received the SBA's Official 60-day notice with the debt scheduled for referral to the Treasury’s Bureau of Fiscal Service for aggressive collection in less than 26 days. We were hired to represent him, respond to the SBA's Official 60-day notice, and prevent enforced collection by the Treasury and the Department of Justice. We successfully negotiated a structured workout with an extended maturity date that included a reduction of the 14% interest rate and removal of substantial collection fees (30% of the loan balance), effectively saving the client over $242,000.



Clients personally guaranteed an SBA 7(a) loan that was referred to the Department of Treasury for collection.  Treasury claimed our clients owed over $220,000 once it added its statutory collection fees and interest.  We were able to negotiate a significant reduction of the total claimed amount from $220,000 to $119,000, saving the clients over $100,000 by arguing for a waiver of the statutory 28%-30% administrative fees and costs.



The clients are 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.

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