Can I pay off a Chapter 13 bankruptcy early? How? 9 Answers as of May 19, 2015

It has not been three years since I filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. I am thinking about refinancing my home in order to pay off the Chapter 13 requirements. Is it possible for someone to pay off their Chapter 13 bankruptcy early like this?

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GARCIA & GONZALES, P.C. | Richard N. Gonzales
There are very few circumstances where you can pay off a CH13 early. Meet with an experienced BK lawyer face to face to get all of your questions answered. If you do not handle this matter correctly, it could trigger an audit, and possibly higher payments for the remainder of your CH13 Plan.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 5/19/2015
Richard B. Jacobson & Associates, LLC | Richard B. Jacobson
Check with the ch 13 trustee. Districts stand by the requirement that you pay in all your disposable income for the plan period 36 or 60 months.
Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
Replied: 5/18/2015
Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney
Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney | Janet Lawson
It depends. IF you are in a mandatory 5 year plan, no you can't do that. - But you should check with local counsel, some judges are more liberal than others.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/18/2015
A Fresh Start
A Fresh Start | Dorothy G Bunce
Most Chapter 13 Trustees will let you do this if you are willing to pay 100% of the claims filed in your case. This usually is not a good strategy.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 5/18/2015
The Law Office of Darren Aronow, PC
The Law Office of Darren Aronow, PC | Darren Aronow
Yes, you would have to file a motion and get the judges approval to refinance and to pay up and get out early
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 5/18/2015
    Ronald K. Nims LLC | Ronald K. Nims
    If your plan makes 100% payment to creditors, you can pay it off earlier. If it's less than 100%, early payment would just increase the amount paid to creditors
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 5/18/2015
    Law Office of Michael Johnson
    Law Office of Michael Johnson | Michael Johnson
    Depends on your plan. You should speak to an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 5/18/2015
    Tokarska Law Center
    Tokarska Law Center | Kathryn U. Tokarska
    Possibly though I'm not sure whether there are potential lenders out there willing to refinance while the case is pending and you may be required to obtain permission from the court before incurring new debt. Also not sure if this is truly a better option over continuing with the Plan. After all, you would be incurring new debt and interest while typically a chapter 13 pays a fraction of what is owed and doesn't provide interest to unsecured creditors.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/18/2015
    Deborah F Bowinski, Attorney & Counselor at Law | Debby Bowinski
    You really need to speak with your chapter 13 lawyer and ask these questions. Practices vary significantly from one jurisdiction to the next and from one trustee to the next. This is not the best forum for particular, personalized legal advice.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 5/15/2015
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