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Will Bankruptcy Relieve my Obligation to Pay Punitive Damages?

Using an example, let’s say you have a former judgment against you and are required to pay punitive damages. The answer differs depending on which type of bankruptcy you are filing, whether it’s under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 of the bankruptcy code. For example, damages owed due to drunk driving, willful injuries, and malicious fraud will not likely be discharged under a Chapter 7 plan in Jacksonville. Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code is more liberal and may allow you to discharge these debts; however, there are certain conditions on this general .

Also, punitive damages related to a fraud case will likely not be discharged in any bankruptcy proceeding. To find out if your punitive damage judgment qualifies for discharge, contact a Jacksonville Bankruptcy Attorney today.

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