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What is a denial of discharge when filing for bankrutpcy?

More information: I am working with my Boston bankruptcy attorney and have seen several references to “denial of discharge”. Does this just mean that the debt needs to be paid?

Bankruptcy Attorney Answer:

Generally speaking, in Massachusetts a denial of discharge means the debtor will remain liable for repaying the full amount of ALL of his debts.  A Bankruptcy Court can deny your discharge as a response to certain bad behaviors on your part, such as if you (the debtor) fail to take the required financial management course, make false statements under oath, conceal property that should have been part of the bankruptcy estate, or fail to obey a lawful order of the court.

In the instance of a specific debt, denial of discharge can mean that specific debt needs to be paid. For example, the bankruptcy court may notify you that your student loans are not dischargeable.  In that case, your bankruptcy case will move forward and all of your other debts may still be discharged.  Hiring an experienced Boston bankruptcy attorney is the prudent course of action filing bankruptcy.

The Boston bankruptcy attorneys at Esher Rossi will discuss your financial restructuring options. Our bankruptcy lawyers serve all of Massachusetts including downtown Boston, the Greater Boston MetroWest region, Cape Cod and the cities of Boston, Cambridge, Cape Cod, Framingham, LowellNewton, and Worcester.

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