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Chapter 7 vs Chapter 11: Navigating Small Business Bankruptcy and SBA Loan Programs

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Chapter 7 vs Chapter 11: Navigating Small Business Bankruptcy and SBA Loan Programs

When facing financial challenges, it's crucial for small business owners to understand their options regarding small business bankruptcy. Two common bankruptcy filings for small businesses are Chapter 7 and Chapter 11. At Protect Law Group, we specialize in negotiating compromises and repayment plans with the Small Business Administration (SBA) on your behalf and we have successfully resolved millions of dollars in SBA debt.

In this blog, we'll discuss the differences between these bankruptcy types and explore the role of Small Business Administration (SBA) programs such as SBA loan forgiveness and SBA debt relief. We'll also touch on the SBA debt relief extension and how it can benefit struggling businesses.

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Understanding Small Business Bankruptcy: Chapter 7 vs Chapter 11

Chapter 7 bankruptcy, also known as liquidation, is a process where a business ceases operations, and its assets are sold to pay off outstanding debts. This type of small business bankruptcy is suitable for businesses that cannot continue operating due to their financial struggles.

In contrast, Chapter 11 bankruptcy is a reorganization process that allows businesses to continue operating while restructuring their debts. This form of small business bankruptcy is ideal for companies with a viable business model that requires financial reorganization to become profitable again.

Repayment Plan Negotiations for Small Business Bankruptcy and SBA Debt Relief

Another essential aspect to consider when navigating Chapter 7 or Chapter 11 small business bankruptcy or seeking SBA debt relief is negotiating a repayment plan with creditors. A well-negotiated repayment plan can ease financial burdens and allow businesses more time to recover and regain their footing. In some cases, this could even help avoid small business bankruptcy altogether.

When negotiating a repayment plan, it's vital to be transparent with your creditors and attorneys about your business's financial situation and your ability to make payments. By working closely with your creditors and demonstrating your commitment to repaying your debts, the lawyers at Protect Law Group may secure more favorable terms, such as reduced interest rates or extended payment periods. 

Additionally, exploring options like SBA debt relief and SBA loan forgiveness can complement these negotiations, further strengthening your business's financial position. 

SBA Loan Forgiveness and Its Impact on Small Business Bankruptcy

SBA loan forgiveness programs, such as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), can alleviate the financial burden on small businesses by forgiving a portion or the entire loan amount, provided specific criteria are met. When a business qualifies for SBA loan forgiveness, it can prevent the need for small business bankruptcy by reducing the debt load.

It's important for business owners to understand the requirements of SBA loan forgiveness programs and seek assistance from professionals like the attorneys at Protect Law Group to maximize their chances of receiving loan forgiveness, potentially avoiding small business bankruptcy altogether.

If you have received a 60-day notice of repayment from the SBA and are considering Chapter 7 or Chapter 11 bankruptcy, call our office first! 

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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

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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.



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. The 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 our SBA lawyers also saved him approximately $227,945 over the term of the workout.



Client personally guaranteed SBA 7(a) loan balance of $58,000.  The client received a notice of Intent to initiate Administrative Wage Garnishment (AWG) Proceedings.  We represented the client at the hearing and successfully defeated the AWG Order based on several legal and equitable grounds.

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