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Do I Have Other Options for Secured Debts?

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You may be able to keep the collateral on a secured debt by paying the creditor in a lump sum the amount the item is worth rather than what you owe on the loan.  This is your right under the bankruptcy law to “redeem” the collateral.

Redeeming collateral can save you hundreds of dollars.  Because furniture, appliances, and other household goods go down in value quickly once they are used, you may redeem them for less than their original cost or what you owe on the account.

You may have another option if the creditor did not loan you the money to buy the collateral, such as when a creditor takes a lien on household goods you already have.  You may be able to ask the court to “avoid” this kind of lien.  This will make the debt unsecured.