It isn’t uncommon for a business owner encountering situations wherein revenues decline and debts become surplus. Planning and executing business is by itself a challenge and being in junctures of financial instability can be equally worrying. Luckily, the U.S. Bankruptcy Code is a saving grace to address these startling situations of the financial crisis in businesses and in personal front too!
The key question of a business person is whether the business needs to be liquidated in bankruptcy. To throw some clarity to this, here are some important factors that are to be understood while the business owner files for a bankruptcy
The type of bankruptcy filed for your business will be the deciding factor and it determines whether your business/ company needs to be liquidated. Filing for bankruptcy under Chapter 7 clauses of your business requires your company and the other assets to be sold in order to settle your creditors. In cases of companies/ businesses that haven’t been incorporated or under sole proprietorship, the type of bankruptcy to be filed will be a personal Chapter 7 bankruptcy. So discuss it with the right business attorney whether Chapter 7 bankruptcy for business or for an individual is needed for your case.
Filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy for the financial issues in your business enables the restructuring of those debts so that they can be repaid over time. This scenario is somewhat similar to the bankruptcy filing done by individuals and couples using Chapter 13. Chapter 11 bankruptcy is suited for larger businesses and saves the company and its assets from being sold – the bankruptcy plan should have been presented earlier and approved by the bankruptcy court.
Another view to Chapter 11 bankruptcy for businesses enable the company to liquidate their assets in an orderly or organized way. This is best suited for businesses when they are determined to close operations or if their operating costs are higher than before. This planning created buyer friendly conditions and yield better liquidation outcome.
If the business owners run a business of good value and that assure recovery over the years, then they can repay their debts via an approved bankruptcy plan – this plan should have been in place and approved by creditors & bankruptcy court. They can continue operating their business and save it from liquidation. The bankruptcy trustee determines the value of your company and whether there are assets in your company that can be liquidated in order to benefit creditors
Despite the stated factors above, every business case could be quite unique in its nature. As renowned bankruptcy attorneys, the Recovery Law Group works with every client who has fallen into tough times financially in personal and business fronts. The clientele base that we cater to is from the Los Angeles and Dallas, TX regions.