Can I get my repossessed car back after filing for bankruptcy in Louisiana?

Navigating the complexities of bankruptcy and repossession can be daunting, especially when it involves something as essential as your vehicle. However, you’re not alone in this journey. At Simon Fitzgerald LLC, we’re here to guide you through the process and help you understand your options.

In Louisiana, it is indeed possible to get your repossessed car back after filing for bankruptcy. When you file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, an order called the “automatic stay” comes into effect. This order prohibits creditors from attempting to collect debts, which includes stopping lenders from repossessing your car during the bankruptcy proceedings.

If you still possess the car when you file for bankruptcy, the automatic stay will prevent repossession until the bankruptcy judge approves your repayment plan. However, you must make “adequate protection” payments to cover the depreciation of your car during bankruptcy. It’s important to note that the automatic stay can be lifted if you file a Chapter 13 bankruptcy shortly after a previously dismissed case or reject a personal property lease.

Even if the lender repossessed your car shortly before filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you might be able to get it back by including payment of the arrearage in your repayment plan. Chapter 13 bankruptcy also allows you to reduce the loan balance on your car to its value and lower high‑interest rates through a process known as “cramdown.”

However, every situation is unique, and the best course of action may vary depending on the specifics of your case. That’s why we encourage you to reach out to us. Our experienced bankruptcy attorneys are ready to assist you in exploring your options and determining the best course of action to regain financial stability. Remember, bankruptcy is not the end; it’s a new beginning.

What steps should I take to reclaim my car after repossession and filing for bankruptcy in Louisiana?

To increase your chances of reclaiming your repossessed car after filing for bankruptcy in Louisiana, it’s crucial to take the following steps:

  • Contact Your Bankruptcy Attorney: Our dedicated team of bankruptcy attorneys understands the stress and uncertainty you may be experiencing. We will review your case, analyze the circumstances of the repossession, and provide personalized guidance tailored to your situation.
  • File for Bankruptcy: Based on your financial circumstances, we will assess whether Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy is the most suitable option for you. Filing for bankruptcy triggers an automatic stay, which temporarily halts collection activities, including repossession.
  • Notify Your Lender: Promptly informing your lender about your bankruptcy filing is essential. Our attorneys will assist you in providing the necessary documentation to the lender, ensuring that they are aware of your intent to reclaim the vehicle. Open and transparent communication is vital during this process.
  • Evaluate Your Options: Working closely with our team, you’ll explore available options to reclaim your car. This may include negotiating with the lender to reinstate the loan or redeeming the vehicle by paying its current value. We will advocate for your best interests and help you make informed decisions.
  • Attend the Meeting of Creditors: As part of the bankruptcy process, you’ll attend the Meeting of Creditors, also known as the 341 meeting. Our attorneys will accompany you, representing your interests during the meeting. We will guide you through the proceedings and address any concerns related to the repossession.

Reclaiming your repossessed car after filing for bankruptcy requires careful navigation of the legal process. At Simon Fitzgerald, LLC, our experienced bankruptcy attorneys have helped numerous clients regain their vehicles and find solutions to their financial challenges. We are committed to providing compassionate and effective representation to help you achieve a fresh financial start.

For more comprehensive information on reclaiming a repossessed car after filing for bankruptcy in Louisiana, you can visit: American Bankruptcy Institute ‑ Getting Your Car Back. Our website provides valuable resources and insights to help you understand the process and make informed decisions about your financial future.

Concerned about losing your car to repossession? Our free guide is a great place to start. And remember, if you’re stuck with a tough question, our bankruptcy experts are just a click away. If you’re considering bankruptcy, submit your details and let our experienced team guide you.