Wisconsin Chapter 128 Debt Consolidation call 1-888-505-2369 for a free consultation
What is the Wisconsin Chapter 128 Plan? Chapter 128 is a voluntary debt consolidation plan through the Wisconsin Circuit Court system. It is not a consumer credit counseling plan and it is not bankruptcy.
CHAPTER 128 vs. BANKRUPTCY There are two major differences: Bankruptcy is Federal. Wisconsin debt consolidation chapter 128
is strictly a State of Wisconsin plan. Also, Wisconsin debt consolidation chapter 128 is the opposite of bankruptcy: you are repaying the debts.
ABOUT THE NEW BANKRUPTCY LAWS: The Federal Government overhauled the bankruptcy laws, which went into effect October 17, 2005, making it much more difficult to file bankruptcy. This does not effect the Wisconsin Chapter 128 debt consolidation proceedings and in fact may make it a much more attractive option to debtors: if you do not qualify for bankruptcy, you may be able to file a Wisconsin Chapter 128 debt consolidation plan instead.
The following is a partial list of the advantages of a Wisconsin Chapter 128 debt consolidation plan:
Is unique to the State of Wisconsin and is open to all Wisconsin State residents.
Unlike bankruptcy, you are not required to list assets and property is not in jeopardy.
You do not need to list all the debts you owe, unlike bankruptcy.
A very attractive alternative if you do not qualify under the new bankruptcy laws.
Debt gets repaid.
Not listed in newspapers.
Interest on debts is noncollectable.
Easy and inexpensive to file.
May file more than once.
No Court appearances.
Frequently Asked Questions
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WHO NEEDS Wisconsin Chapter 128 debt consolidation plan: If you are burdened with debt and for whatever reason cannot, or do not, wish to file bankruptcy, you may qualify for a Wisconsin Chapter 128 debt consolidation plan. It is open to any resident of the State of Wisconsin.
WHAT DOES IT COST: The filing fee is $22.00 in most counties (slightly higher in Milwaukee County). There will also be attorney fees which are set by the attorney, not the trustee. The trustee fees are a percentage of your total debts and are not an upfront cost but rather are paid out over the term of your plan.
Your attorney will determine your payments to the trustee. Because this is a wage earner plan, you must be employed and payments to the trustee must be done by wage withholding. There may be exceptions if you are on a fixed income (such as SSI).
PURPOSE OF A WISCONSIN CHAPTER 128 DEBT CONSOLIDATION: The purpose of filing a Wisconsin Chapter 128 debt consolidation plan is to pay off debt. The trustee does not repair credit reports and does not provide credit counseling. However, when you successfully complete your plan, you will receive an Order from the Court which you will use to clean up any problems remaining on your credit report.
HOW LONG IS THE WISCONSIN CHAPTER 128 DEBT CONSOLIDATION PLAN: Wisconsin Chapter 128 debt consolidation plan are 36 months by statute. However, you may be able to file an accelerated Wisconsin Chapter 128 debt consolidation plan with larger payments.
WHAT DEBTS CAN I INCLUDE: Generally, medical bills, credit cards, check cashing stores, personal loans (without co-signers) and most other miscellaneous bills may be included. WHAT DEBTS CANNOT BE INCLUDED: Debts with collateral cannot be included, which includes car/motorcycle loans, and mortgages. Co-signed loans, taxes, child support, and student loans may not be included.
WHO CAN FILE: Any employed State of Wisconsin resident. If married, it must be filed by both husband and wife.
HOW DO I FILE A WISCONSIN CHAPTER 128 DEBT CONSOLIDATION: Chapter 128 plans are filed through an attorney, as these are legal proceedings call 1-888-505-2369 for a free consultation. The attorney will review your situation to determine if you qualify for the plan. He or she will examine your debt situation, explain the plan, prepare and submit the required documents with the Court and communicate with the trustee.