Finding a Solution For Unpaid Real Estate Taxes
July 23, 2020
If you have unpaid property taxes, you may be at risk of losing your home — even if your mortgage is paid off. Chapter 13 bankruptcy may be the solution to saving your house and curing your debt problems.
The Chicago bankruptcy attorneys of Robert J. Adams & Associates can help you get into a Chapter 13 repayment plan to catch up on your delinquent real estate taxes in Cook County or Lake County, Illinois.
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IF YOU HAVEN’T BEEN PAYING YOUR PROPERTY TAXES …
We see two common scenarios in which clients have not paid their local real estate tax assessments for two or more years:
Some lenders leave it up to the property owner to pay their taxes, rather than rolling a tax escrow into the monthly house payment. If you didn’t know this or didn’t save for taxes, you could suddenly owe thousands of dollars to the county.
Some clients own their homes free and clear, but have been unable to pay the property taxes because of job loss, health problems or other financial burdens.
At some point, the county sells the delinquent taxes to a third party. After 2 1/2 years without paying the arrears, the tax buyer can take possession of your home and kick you out.
CHAPTER 13 TO THE RESCUE
A straight bankruptcy (Chapter 7) cannot discharge debts owed to a local government. However, a Chapter 13 bankruptcy can spread those debts out over three to five years, without interest or penalties. A bankruptcy trustee will determine a monthly amount you can afford to pay. At the completion of your plan, any remaining property tax arrears are forgiven — most filers pay only a fraction of the total debt.
The other benefit of Chapter 13 is a halt to foreclosure proceedings and collection efforts. The company holding your real estate tax lien cannot harass you, threaten you or contact you once the automatic stay of bankruptcy is invoked. If you still have a mortgage, bankruptcy buys you time to catch up on payments or explore alternatives to foreclosure.
WE ARE READY TO HELP
Unpaid property taxes and real estate taxes can be burdensome. Filing Chapter 13 Bankruptcy can be the solution to saving your house and curing your debt problem. Call Robert J. Adams & Associates in Chicago, IL to discuss your financial issues with our experienced debt relief and bankruptcy attorneys. We have offices located in Waukegan and Lake County, Illinois and we also help clients in surrounding areas. We have experience aiding people with bankruptcy, debt relief, foreclosures, repossessions, paycheck garnishments, collections suits, payday loans, parking tickets, license suspensions, income tax problems and much more. For a debt free NEW START, call today to speak to our experienced bankruptcy lawyers and get rid of real estate taxes and unpaid property taxes in Chicago, Illinois.