Commonly, we receive calls from potential clients asking why they owe money to a creditor after their home was sold at a sheriff’s sale or a lender repossessed their automobile. Generally, the potential client is referring to a deficiency judgment.
If a debtor’s mortgage lender forecloses on a home, or if a car lender repossess a automobile for missed payments, and the lender cannot resell the property to satisfy the originating loan, then the debtor may be required to pay the “deficiency”. This can be terrifying, because many individuals believe that the sheriff’s sale or repossession was the end of any collection efforts. Luckily, filing for bankruptcy can eliminate your personal liability for a deficiency judgment.