The duration of Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases in Colorado varies, depending on the specifics of the case, such as the amount of assets that comprise the bankruptcy estate. In general, however, Chapter 7 cases in Colorado last between 3 to 6 months.
Below is a simplified overview of what typically happens during these months, along with some of the things that can complicate these cases by prolonging them past 6 months.
An Overview of the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Process in Colorado
The Chapter 7 bankruptcy process starts when someone files an official bankruptcy petition with a Colorado court. Before this can be done, however, it’s important to note that a credit counseling course will need to be completed and that the petitioner will have to have proof of passing the mean’s test.
After the Chapter 7 petition has been filed with and accepted by the court:
- There will be a meeting with the bankruptcy trustee.
- If no complications arise, the discharge process can then be carried out, and this tends to last a few months.
Through this process, petitioners can discharge various debt, including (but not necessarily limited to) credit card debt, payday loan debt, and medical bill debt.
The Exceptions: When Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Cases Can Take Longer
Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases tend to be far more complicated – and, consequently, are more likely to last longer than 6 months – when certain issues or circumstances arise, some of which may include:
- Petitioners having more substantial bankruptcy estates – Bigger bankruptcy estates can mean far more assets to inventory, appraise and liquidate. And that can push bankruptcy cases past the 6-month mark.
- Creditors objecting to the discharge of certain debts – This may occur when, for instance, a bankruptcy petitioner racked up significant debt within 90 days of filing for bankruptcy. When these objections arise, the case may be put on hold while an investigation ensues
- Petitioners being accused of concealing assets or committing other types of bankruptcy fraud – When any allegations of bankruptcy fraud arise, again, the case can be prolonged by an investigation into the fraud allegations.
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