At its core, Chapter 13 is a payment plan. In order to qualify for Chapter 13, you must have a regular source of income, preferably in the form of a steady paycheck. Your Clark & Washington attorney will evaluate your income and expenses and calculate a repayment plan that will meet the approval of the Chapter 13 trustee and your bankruptcy judge. Once this plan is in place, you will remain protected from all creditor action while you fund your repayment plan. Chapter 13 plans typically last five years.Chapter 13 can be a great financial tool to help you stop creditor actions that threaten your family and your way of life. The minute you file Chapter 13, a legal protection called the “automatic stay” comes into existence and, by law, all creditor action must stop. The types of creditor actions that must cease include: •foreclosures •repossessions •wage garnishments •harassing bill collector calls •collection letters The automatic stay protection remains in force until your case pays out, or otherwise closes. CHAPTER 13 COSTS Filing Costs. The cost to file a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy will be the Mandatory Credit Counseling fee of $75.00 (this includes both the pre-petition and pre-discharge counseling). Attorney’s Fees. All attorneys’ fees for a Chapter 13 are routinely put into the repayment plan. The Chapter 13 Trustee will pay the attorney’s fees on a monthly basis along with the other creditors. Of course, your financial circumstances may change while you are in Chapter 13 – if you find that you can no longer afford your Chapter 13 plan payment, your Clark & Washington lawyer can either modify your plan, or you may be able to convert your case to a Chapter 7 and wipe out debts. Either way, your Clark & Washington lawyer will stand by you every step of the way while you are in your bankruptcy case.