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How do I know if a debt is secured, unsecured, priority, or administrative?


Secured Debt: A secured debt is backed by a deed of trust, mortgage, or other lien, including a properly recorded judgment lien. It is a debt where the creditor has the right to take specific property if you fail to make your payments. The most common examples are car loans and home loans.

Unsecured Debt: If you agree to pay someone and haven't pledged any of your property, it is an unsecured debt. Typically, things like medical bills, credit card bills and utility bills are unsecured debts.

Priority Debt: The Bankruptcy Code lists certain debts as "priority debts" that must be paid ahead of most other debts. Examples of priority debts are some taxes, wage claims, and alimony and child support.

Administrative Debt: An administrative debt is a priority debt that results from someone providing goods or services to the bankruptcy estate during the case. Unpaid attorney's fees and trustee's fees are examples of administrative debt.

If you have questions about the nature of a debt, send me an email and we can discuss it: rjdoig@comcast.net.  

What is Bankruptcy? 

What Can Bankruptcy Do for Me? 

What Bankruptcy Can Not Do


What Different Types of Bankruptcy Should I Consider? 

What Will Happen to My Home and Car If I File Bankruptcy?

Can I Own Anything After Bankruptcy?

Will Bankruptcy Wipe Out All My Debts?

Will I Have to Go to Court?

Will Bankruptcy Affect My Credit?


What Else Should I Know?

What is the Bankruptcy Code?

Is the Bankruptcy Court a State or Federal Court? 

Who can file bankruptcy?

Do I need an attorney to file for bankruptcy?

What are the different "Chapters" in bankruptcy? 

What is a Joint Bankruptcy Petition? 

Does my spouse have to file if I file?

What is a Bankruptcy Trustee? 

What documents are needed to file bankruptcy? 

How much is the Court filing fee?

What about credit counseling and personal financial management instruction-what is the difference between the two? 

What is the “Means Test”? 

How can I change or correct information in the petition, statements, and schedules I have filed? 

What is a Meeting of Creditors? What happens there?

I don't live in the Denver Metropolitan area. Where will my Creditors Meeting be held?

How do I know if a debt is secured, unsecured, priority, or administrative? 

What are exemptions? 

What happens after I file my bankruptcy case? 

What is a discharge? 

What is the Difference between a Denial of Discharge and a debt being nondischargeable? 

I attended a Section 341 Meeting of Creditors before my case converted to another chapter. Do I have to attend another meeting? 

What if my case is dismissed? 

My case was dismissed because I failed to pay all of the installments of the filing fee. Can I file a new bankruptcy case? If so, can I pay the new filing fee in installments? 

What is a Reaffirmation Agreement? 

What is a Motion for Relief from Stay?

What can I do if a creditor keeps trying to collect money after I have filed a bankruptcy? 

What services can a "Bankruptcy Petition Preparer" provide? 

Will the Judge advise me of my options during the bankruptcy case? 

May I speak directly with a Bankruptcy Judge?

What is an Adversary Proceeding?

If my case gets dismissed, or I change my mind about filing, can I get my filing fee refunded? 

When am I under bankruptcy protection?

Who has access to my bankruptcy file? 

Will all my creditors be notified of my discharge? 

When is my case complete? 

How soon after I get my discharge can I file for bankruptcy again? 

Will the U.S. Bankruptcy Court provide and pay for an interpreter for me? 

What if a creditor tries to collect money after I get a discharge? 

How can I get another copy of my discharge? 

How many years will a bankruptcy show on my credit report? 

How do I get errors removed from my credit report?

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I welcome your questions and will be happy to provide you with a free initial consultation.  Just give me a call or send a fax or e-mail:

Robert J. Doig
Attorney at Law
SpringsBKLaw.com

2985 Broadmoor Valley Road, Suite 4
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
719 227-8787  Office
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