Just did chapter 7 bankruptcy in central dist of CA. True I can't file ch 13 to strip 2nd mortgage bc not eligible for discharge

Please explain. I have been doing some research on the idea of filing a 13 now that i got my chapter 7 discharge. One lawyer told me I can't go back in and file a chapter 13 now (which i read is known as chapter 20) to strip and get rid of my unsecured 2nd mortgage because I "am not eligible for Discharge in the 13." Please explain this and when I actually would be eligible if this is true. I am very confused.

Anaheim, CA -

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Robert Douglas Lenhardt

Robert Douglas Lenhardt

Bankruptcy Attorney - Athens, GA
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You may file a chapter 13 after filing a chapter 7. As long as your plan is for 60 months and you complete the plan, you will receive a discharge of any unsecured debt not in the plan. I would advise speaking with another attorney is willing to file the 13 for you.

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Eric Charles Lewis

Eric Charles Lewis

Bankruptcy Attorney - Indianapolis, IN
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To receive a discharge in a Chapter 13 after a Chapter 7 discharge has been ordered, you must wait four years after the Chapter 7 discharge to file the Chapter 13. Linked below for your reference is the applicable bankruptcy code provision, 11 U.S.C. 1328(f).

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Eric Charles Lewis

Eric Charles Lewis

Bankruptcy Attorney - Indianapolis, IN
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Corrected link below.

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Dorothy G Bunce

Dorothy G Bunce

Bankruptcy Attorney - Las Vegas, NV
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Your 2nd mortgage was discharged in your Chapter 7. The issue now becomes if you file a Chapter 13 now, whether you have done so "in good faith." What does that mean? Well, if all you intend to do in your new Chapter 13 is strip off the 2nd, you probably won't be able to show "good faith." You should have filed a Chapter 13 rather than a Chapter 7.

But if you have priority debt that you need to pay off in the Chapter 13, then the court can see that there is a genuine need for the Chapter 13 & will find that it is been filed in good faith.

I appreciate that this is a confusing answer, but this area of law is developing and the answers vary widely throughout the districts, even within the state of California.

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Robert Douglas Lenhardt

Robert Douglas Lenhardt

Bankruptcy Attorney - Athens, GA
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Eric and Dorothy are correct. You must wait four years to file if you want a discharge, but there is no 4 year wait to file the 13 after the discharge of the 7. Sorry if I misspoke before.

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