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Why the owners of failing businesses may want to file bankruptcy

On Behalf of | Feb 19, 2024 | Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

People may experience numerous different consequences when the business that they operate begins to struggle financially. It can be a real blow to a business owner to acknowledge that their company has not remained profitable and may not be able to continue operating. Entrepreneurs often go to great lengths and make numerous personal sacrifices in an attempt to develop their businesses. Changes in the market, lawsuits or unexpected competition can leave even the most competent entrepreneur unable to generate adequate profit with their business.

Eventually, it may be necessary to dissolve and close a company due to financial issues. Business owners preparing to shut down an unsuccessful company may want to consider bankruptcy as a way to protect themselves and their interests moving forward.

Business owners may sometimes have financial liability

Some entrepreneurs take out business loans and credit cards in their own names, which ultimately means that they are personally liable for the debts of the business. Even when someone obtains credit through the business, they could still have a degree of financial liability.

Certain types of businesses offer very little protection for owners when there are outstanding debts or judgments against the company. Someone operating a sole proprietorship may have to worry about their personal assets and future income. Even more structured businesses that offer a degree of liability protection can still lead to owners being responsible for certain financial obligations.

Creditors and plaintiffs in lawsuits can sometimes ask the courts to hold a business owner personally responsible for a company’s financial obligations. One of the best ways to avoid this situation is to discharge the company’s debts when someone dissolves the organization they currently operate. Chapter 7 bankruptcy can be a viable solution for both individuals and insolvent companies.

In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, a company may first need to liquidate any remaining business assets, including machinery, to repay creditors. However, at the end of that process, the courts can discharge the remaining financial obligations that the company has to outside parties.

The successful completion of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy can eliminate the debts that a business owes and allow the owner to move on to a new job or a new entrepreneurial concept without worrying that those old business debts might cause issues in the future.