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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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Client personally guaranteed SBA 7(a) loan for $350,000. The small business failed but because of the personal guarantee liability, the client continued to pay the monthly principal & interest out-of-pocket draining his savings. Client hired a local attorney but quickly realized that he was not familiar with SBA-backed loans or their standard operating procedures. Our firm was subsequently hired after the client received the SBA's official 60-day notice. After back-and-forth negotiations, we were able to convince the SBA to reinstate the loan, retract the acceleration of the outstanding balance, modify the original terms, and approve a structured workout reducing the interest rate from 7.75% to 0% and extending the maturity date for a longer period to make the monthly payments affordable. In conclusion, not only we were able to help the client avoid litigation and bankruptcy, but we also save him approximately $227,945 over the term of the workout.



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.



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.

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