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SBA Loan Default: Bankruptcy

Dealing with an SBA OIC case can be hard. You should allow one of our lawyers to settle SBA debt on for you. Talk to us about your SBA loan default today.

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SBA Loan Default: Bankruptcy

You should not have to struggle to settle SBA debt on your own. Instead, turn to one of our attorneys who specializes in SBA OIC claims. We are dedicated to helping you settle SBA loan default.

If you have an SBA loan default you may be thinking about bankruptcy.  However, filing for bankruptcy instead of pursuing an SBA OIC to settle SBA debt may not always be the best way.

Disadvantages Of Chapter 7

o  Taking bankruptcy can weaken your ability to get credit, especially at a low interest rate. Also, your bankruptcy may haunt you when a prospective employer looks up your credit report as part of reference check.

o  The trustee takes over complete control of your debts and finances from the day you file until the judge discharges your case.  You can't spend anything without the trustee's approval.

o  For Sole Proprietors and Partnerships: The costs, hassles and surrendering of your property could cause you to close your business.

o  You may lose a large amount of wealth if you have a large amount of nonexempt personal property or a large amount of equity in secured assets such as one or more of your cars.

Disadvantages Of Chapter 11

o The process of obtaining approval of your reorganization plan is long and expensive.

Chapter 11 cases are subject to much more assertive and aggressive creditor action, including adversary actions (lawsuits filed within the context of the bankruptcy proceeding).  Active creditors make Chapter 11 cases more expensive and more drawn out for long periods of time. As a general rule of thumb, Chapter 11 cases will cost $50,000 at a minimum and most attorneys will ask for $20,000 or more up front.

Final Thoughts on Filing Bankruptcy:

o Filing for bankruptcy does have a “hidden” cost.  Operating in the business world is complicated when the borrower files for bankruptcy, and these complications can cost real money over the 10 years that a bankruptcy is reported on a credit report.  It has been estimated that the cost of filing bankruptcy is between $75,000 – $125,000.  Stated another way, if an SBA debtor can afford an OIC settlement for less, it is probably a good idea to try and obtain an SBA OIC or DOT compromise.  However, if the SBA OIC or DOT compromise settlement cost is higher than the “hidden” bankruptcy cost, then the SBA debtor should probably seek protection through a bankruptcy.

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