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We recently filed for bankruptcy this past April. Our attorney

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We recently filed for bankruptcy this past April. Our attorney said we didn't make enough money to qualify for Chapter 13 so we did a 7. We had credit card debt and a HELOC. Everything but the HELOC was discharged in July. We are current on our mortgage payments. Our attorney told us not to pay the HELOC because in many cases after 5 years the bank will write it off as a loss. Our house is worth less than what we owe on the first, so we were told the 2nd is basically an unsecured loan. I am still concerned as to what to do if the bank holding the 2nd comes after us for payment.
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If you do not make payments on your HELOC, the lender may foreclose on the property. This is true despite the fact that you filed a chapter 7 bankruptcy and received a discharge. Your bankruptcy would have discharged any personal liability associated with the HELOC but does not remove the lien
Customer: replied 6 years ago.

We are current on our first, so it seems if the second forecloses they will take a huge loss. Here are the numbers, we owe $311,000. on the first. Our home is valued at appproximately $240,000. We owe $98,000. on the second. If they foreclosed, wouldn't it be disadvantageous to them?

yes it would appear disadvantageous for the 2nd to initiate a foreclosure in this market.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
So we could be at a stalemate until the statute of limitations is up on the 2nd?
that is a fairly accurate way to state it
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I have one last question. Does statute of limitation apply to HELOCs?
There is a 4 year statute of limitations for breach of contract that may apply.
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