Personal bankruptcy – Chapters 7 and 13 | Finance & Capital Markets | Khan Academy

Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 personal bankruptcy. Created by Sal Khan.

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Finance and capital markets on Khan Academy: Back in the day (like medieval Europe), you would actually be thrown in jail if you couldn’t pay your debts (debtor’s prison). That seemed like a pretty awful thing to do (not to mention that lenders are much less likely to be paid by someone rotting in prison), so governments created an “out” called bankruptcy (which, as you’ll see, is a pseudo-painful “reset” button on your finances).

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Bankruptcy can be a tough pill to swallow, especially if you have historically been a responsible consumer. However, this law was put into place for your protection, and you must understand that sometimes bad things happen to good people. Bankruptcy is not a moral or ethical decision, it is a financial decision and when asking, “can I file bankruptcy?” it must be kept in that perspective.

The credit card companies don’t care about you; their only concern is money, even if you’ve been a customer for years. Below we have outlined the basic process of filing bankruptcy; as well as some important information for you to consider if you are considering bankruptcy.

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