What Are Secured Debts?

Most individuals who find themselves facing financial difficulties start paying attention to bankruptcy advertisements and websites. They will hear phrases and terms like automatic stay and secured versus unsecured debt. These phrases can be confusing at first.

Debt is typically separated into one of two categories — secured or unsecured. The main difference is that a secured loan contains collateral as a form of security for the creditor. If you do not pay off your debt, the creditor can take the collateral. If you want to keep the collateral, you have to maintain some form of payment. Secured debt is typically not discharged through bankruptcy proceedings unless you elect to surrender the collateral. In other words, if you want to get out from under the debt obligation, you may have to forfeit the property/asset associated with the debt - but you do have options.

Our skilled Chicago bankruptcy attorneys can explain your options regarding secured debt; it is certainly possible to declare bankruptcy and keep possession of your home and other valuable possessions. Call 312-574-3327 to schedule a free initial consultation.

The most common examples of secured debt include:

  • Mortgages
  • Car loans
  • Home equity lines
  • Financed furniture
  • Appliance loans
  • Financed jewelry
  • Financed electronics

If you have questions about these, or other secured debt, do not hesitate to schedule a free consultation with an attorney at Ledford, Wu & Borges, LLC. Our experienced lawyers can examine your financial situation and provide expert advice on how best to proceed.

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Debt relief is available. Call 312-574-3327 or contact our offices by e-mail to discuss your options during a free consultation with an attorney.

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