A person or entity legally liable and obligated to pay money owed to creditors or lenders.
Debtor Definition

In legal contexts, particularly bankruptcy proceedings, a debtor refers to an individual, business, or organization that has accumulated debts or financial obligations to one creditor or more. The debtor is responsible for repaying these debts, including loans, credit card balances, mortgages, or other borrowed money or contractual liabilities.

When debtors become unable to meet their financial obligations, they may choose to file for bankruptcy protection. This legal process provides a structured framework for addressing overwhelming debt burdens. During bankruptcy proceedings, the debtor must disclose all assets, income, expenses, and liabilities to the court and comply with various legal requirements and procedures.

Depending on the type of bankruptcy filed, the debtor may be required to liquidate non-exempt assets to pay off creditors (Chapter 7), or they may propose a repayment plan to reorganize and gradually pay off a portion of their debts over time (Chapter 13 for individuals, Chapter 11 for businesses). The bankruptcy court, ensuring fairness, oversees the process and ensures that the debtor’s rights and obligations are properly addressed.

Ultimately, the goal for the debtor is to obtain relief from their debt burdens, either through the discharge of eligible debts or the development of a manageable repayment plan. This positive outcome allows them to regain financial stability and potentially avoid future insolvency, instilling hope for a brighter financial future.

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