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Multiple Bankruptcy Filings · Attorneys In DuPage County

It is a common bankruptcy myth that you can only file for bankruptcy once. In fact, you can file for bankruptcy multiple times, but there are timelines and waiting periods that apply, depending on which Chapter you have filed and which Chapter you are going to file.

At Lynch Law Offices, P.C., we handle Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies for clients in Lisle, Naperville and throughout DuPage County. Whether you are filing bankruptcy for the first time, or are considering filing a second, third or subsequent bankruptcy petition, we can provide you with the skilled representation you need.

Bankruptcy Waiting Periods

Following are the general waiting periods between bankruptcy discharges:

  • From a Chapter 7 to a Chapter 7: eight years
  • From a Chapter 13 to a Chapter 13: two years
  • From a Chapter 7 to a Chapter 13: four years
  • From a Chapter 13 to a Chapter 7: six years

There are exceptions to these rules. For instance, if you paid all unsecured creditors in your first Chapter 13, the waiting period does not apply.

The waiting periods apply to the bankruptcy discharge, not the actual filing of bankruptcy. This can work in your favor. For instance, some people choose to file a Chapter 13 bankruptcy immediately after a Chapter 7 (sometimes known as a “Chapter 20” bankruptcy) to benefit from bankruptcy protections, even if there is not an additional discharge of debt.

Whether this or any bankruptcy strategy would be helpful to you depends on your unique circumstances. We can evaluate your situation to help you determine the course of action that best suits your needs.

Contact Us

Do you have questions about multiple bankruptcy filings in Illinois? Contact us at 630-761-5274 to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced DuPage County bankruptcy lawyer.

We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code.