According to the last trustee's report of receipts and disbursements, I calculated that we will have our BK13 paid off Feb 2013. Which is ahead of schedule due to the fact we turned in all income tax refunds. Now I am learning from the other people here that the Trustee and the courts can drag their heels in the paperwork that follows.
Can you all kind folks enlighten me as to what reality will play out please?
We are in desperate need of a second car. Our 2006 truck (included in the BK) is sucking the life out of me. We've barely afforded repairs and it's been stressful only having the one ageing vehicle when it's a 30 mile commute one way to work. So the 1st order of business once we have our discharge is a car loan.
I am thinking a very modest new car like a Kia Soul. But also pray to God we can have a few stress free months to save a down payment.
I am open to some enlightenment.
Well each state works differently in the discharge process. Below is what was sent to me when they were starting to prepare for discharge. From start to finish it was 4 months. I know how you feel about needing a car because my car too had turned into a money pit. So 4 days after I received my discharge I leased a car. I could have done a purchase but I just chose to lease. My scores were all above 700 so it was a pretty painless process. But that's because during the last 2 years of my bk I started cleaning up my credit preparing for this day.
I can tell you that I started to receive all kinds of mailers to get a new car almost immediately after my discharge posted on pacer. So I'm sure you will be able to get a car but it might be at a very high interest rate. But if you pay promptly you can refinance probably with one of your local CU's to get the rate down within a year. But you have to do that in conjunction with cleaning your reports. Anyway here is the letter I recieved so you know what the process is and again from the time I received this letter until my discharge it was about 4 months.
The is the letter that was sent was titled "Notice of Preparation for Discharge"
You have successfully arrived at the final phase of completing your chapter 13 plan. We are preparing your case for discharge. Over the next 20 weeks your case will go through several phases as you move toward receiving your discharge from chapter 13 bankruptcy.
Please be patient during these final phases. These final phases will seem long because you have made many sacrifices and are finally near your goal. The phases of your plan will go through over the next 20 weeks are required. It is our goal that your plan proceeds to discharge without interruption. If it is determined that an oversight has occurred, we could be required to reinstate your wage assignment. In the event issues should arise, you should contract your attorney immediately.
Attached to this letter is an informative "Discharge Checklist" that summarizes the steps your case will proceed through over the next 20 weeks. Review the list carefully and take appropriate action where necessary. If you have questions, please contact your attorney:
Termination of Wage assignment: Letter sent to employer to stop wage deductions.
Final disbursement and possible refunds: Your case has been set to pay your creditors in full on the next scheduled monthly disbursement and any remaining funds will be sent to you.
Attorney fee orders received prior to final disbursement:Your attorney may review your file to determine if there are any other attorney fees outstanding and due. In the event that we receive an order allowing attorney fees prior to the final disbursements, we are obligated to pay the attorney fees. This could interfere with the final disbursement or any refund that we amy anticipate. If your wage assignment has already been terminated by your employer, you will have to remit the additional payments to this office by money order so your case can proceed to discharge.
Attorney fee orders received after final disbursement: If we receive an order for attorney fees after the final disbursement, your attorney will probably forward the order to you to pay the fees directly.
Mortgage payments: You are now responsible for making your own mortgage payments again. It is imperative that you contact your mortgage company immediately to determine your due date, monthly payment about.
Issued Checks: Once we have completed all disbursements on your case, your case is monitored monthly to determine if all issued checks on your case are cashed. Creditors have 90 days to cash checks. Your case will be monitored monthly closely to determine when all issued checks have been cashed. If checks are not cashed within 90 days or are returned or reissued for any reason, this could extend the time allowed to cash checks.
Creditors that cannot be located (unclaimed funds): If there is a creditor who filed a valid claim and we issued a check that is returned because the creditor cannot be located, these funds are required to be turned over to the Bankruptcy court as unclaimed funds.
Final Report: Once we determine that all issued checks have been cashed, we submit a final report to the court. You will receive a copy of this report. Please be advised that your creditors will also receive a copy of this report and have the right to object to your discharge within 30 days of receipt of this Final Report.
Certifications for Dsicharge-Domestic Support obligation and personal financial management course: You may be required to file certifications witht he court regarding domestic support obligations (child support/alimony) and an additional personal financial management course to be eligible for discharge. Contact your attorney to discuss.
Discharge: You will receive a copy of the Discharge of Debtor directly from the Bankruptcy Court.
Hmmm... I didn't get any of that. I am not sure how long after you pay it off will it be discharged as you said you paid it off early. All I know is I couldn't wait to get a car until my BK was discharged. 3 additional years would have been too long for me. In fact getting the car before discharge was to my advantage because it was only new account I had for a year before I got the Orchard card. I have since traded that car in for a tier 1 luxury lease on a 2012 Acura TL. I wouldn't have been able to get this car last month without the 3 years of good payment history on the previous car prior to discharge. For me, it worked to my advantage.
Which did you file, a chp 7 or 13?
A ch 13. Had to get trustee's approval for the previous car purchase in 2008. Filed it in 2005. It wasn't discharged until 2011 (long 5 year plan). Ch 13 was removed from CRAs in Oct 2012.
Whew!! The removal of the bk must have been a great weight off of your shoulders! I filed a 5 year plan as well in 2007 and from the 1st filing to the date of discharge totaled almost 69 months! Mine won't fall off until early 2014 but all of the IIB accounts should all fall off between Jan and June of 2013. So not much longer for the accounts.
Do you recall how quickly your IIB accounts fell off? I mean did any of them fall off early? I have 2 that say Jan 2013 so I'm like it should be today right!! LOL!!! And did the bk stay on right up to the last day possible?
Yeah but there is still one on there. A ch 7 filed in 2003. Will be removed Aug 2013. I really screwed up 8-10 years ago, obviously. Once my reports are BK free, I will be super happy.
Yes the Ch 13 actually fell off a month early in Sept so I am hoping the same will happen with Ch 7. The plans are LONG and it ties up your finances for a long time. I know how you feel. But you are almost there. I saw a big boost in my credit score about a year ago so I think you will see a boost long before it falls off and it sounds like you did given you were able to lease. Leases typically require a score of 700+ so congrats to you on getting an auto loan lease approval!
Oh well after all you've been through the countdown is on so maybe it will be gone by July....crossing my fingers for you.
As for my scores, well I seriously worked on getting my reports clean the last 2 years of my bk. My car was falling apart and costing me an arm and a leg in repairs. So if there was one thing I was determined to do when I got my discharge papers was to get a car. Literally within 5 days of me getting those papers I had my keys to my new car in my hand. When my scores were pulled my highest score was 730 on EQ and 712 on TU so yea I easily qualified for both a loan and a lease. The rates were awesome as well at 1.99% for up to 60 months, but I just chose to lease because I know that after 2 or 3 years I will be ready for another car.
Had I not cleaned my reports and let the dust settle I could only imagine what rates I would have been offered. I've had some mailers come to home offering 16% interest and all I can do is thank my lucky stars I don't have to deal with them. When you are in a chp13 bk I heard so many people say that you shoudn't do anything with your credit, blah blah blah. Well I didn't care what they said because I knew what my goals were and if I would have listened to the nay sayers I wouldn't be in the position I'm in now. So I always tell anybody I can to work on your reports when you can't get nothing so that when you need something you can get something.