July 19, 2019

Can a Small Business Owner File Chapter 7 Personally and Still Keep His Business

Over the past few weeks, I have received a number of calls from small business operators who want to file Chapter 7 on credit card debt, but continue to operate their businesses.  In many of these cases, the business owner used personal credit cards to fund business operations and now the business is profitable or marginally profitable but for the debt service on tens of thousands of dollars of credit card debt.

Unfortunately the answer I have to give to these prospective clients is not what they want to hear. If you own a small business and are incorporated, the shares of that business are assets. In turn, any accounts receivable for that business are an asset of the business that accrues to the shareholders.

Except in the case of a personal service business that has no inventory or receivables or any value other than the daily efforts of the owner, my experience has been that if you file a Chapter 7, the trustee will demand that you cease operations and turn over the books, the keys and the inventory to the trustee’s office. [Read more…]

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