Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Attorney Based in Lincoln

Protecting Businesses and Livelihoods in Omaha and Throughout Nebraska

A turbulent economy and unexpected shifts in fortune can result in a business being unable to keep up with its debts due to circumstances beyond its control. Chapter 11 bankruptcy allows companies to pursue financial reorganization while continuing to operate normally.

If you are running a business that is struggling to manage its obligations, our Lincoln Chapter 11 bankruptcy lawyer can help you seek the relief you need to succeed. We can also assist small businesses with Subchapter V cases and individuals who have too much debt to file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Our team at Lentz Law understands the intricacies of bankruptcy and can serve as your guide and advocate throughout each step of the process. We understand you are going through a deeply stressful time and welcome the opportunity to offer you capable, no-judgment representation. 


Schedule a free initial consultation to learn how Chapter 11 bankruptcy can benefit your business. Contact us online or call (402) 526-5540 to get started.


How Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Works in Nebraska

When you file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, nearly all collection actions must stop thanks to the automatic stay. This court order temporarily prohibits creditors from seeking or continuing a foreclosure, eviction, repossession, or collection lawsuit. 

You will retain control of your business upon filing and, in most cases, can continue normal operations. However, you must seek court approval to undertake certain types of actions.

Once you have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the court must approve your:

  • Expanding or ending business operations
  • Entering or changing business contracts
  • Signing or breaking a commercial lease
  • Selling any assets that you would not normally sell in the course of doing business
  • Borrowing money through a secured financing agreement, such as a mortgage
  • Retaining and compensating legal representatives and other professionals

You will need to prepare and submit a disclosure statement that thoroughly reviews your business’s financial circumstances. The court and your creditors will rely on this disclosure statement to assess the feasibility of your reorganization plan.

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Chapter 11 Reorganization Plan

In a majority of cases, you will have the exclusive right as the filer to propose a Chapter 11 reorganization plan for up to 18 months. Creditors can present their own reorganization plans once this exclusivity period ends. They can also attempt to force a Chapter 7 liquidation, so it is important to expediently develop a reorganization plan that satisfies all parties.

Your reorganization plan may seek a modification to loan terms, including modifications to due dates, monthly payment amounts, interest rates, and more. It may also include a variety of other types of proposed adjustments to your outstanding obligations, including the outright elimination of certain debts. Both creditors and the court must approve the plan.

In evaluating a Chapter 11 reorganization plan, a Nebraska bankruptcy court will consider:

  • Feasibility. Is the plan realistic and likely to succeed based on the information provided in the disclosure statement?
  • Good Faith. Is the filer working to develop the best possible plan that also does not aim to violate any laws?
  • Best Interests of Creditors. Under the proposed plan, will creditors receive at least as much they would get if the company was liquidated in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy?
  • Fairness and Equitability. Will secured creditors be eventually paid the value of their collateral?

Our Chapter 11 bankruptcy attorney can help you develop a reorganization plan that meets all requirements. We can also help you prepare your disclosure statement and respond to creditor objections.

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Subchapter V Relief for Small Businesses

Though Chapter 11 bankruptcy has helped countless businesses reorganize their debt, it can be a complex, lengthy, and costly process. A traditional Chapter 11 filing may be cost-prohibitive for many small business owners, but Subchapter V introduces a simplified, expedited, and less expensive option.

As of 2021, filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy under Subchapter V may be possible if your business owes less than $7.5 million in total debt. At least half of these debts must be tied to business activities. A small business that consists of owning and running a single property will not qualify for Subchapter V relief.

Advantages to Subchapter V include:

  • No Disclosure Statement. You do not have to prepare a financial disclosure statement in a Subchapter V bankruptcy. 
  • Continuation of Business Operations. You will for the most part retain control and get to run your business normally throughout the bankruptcy process. However, unlike in a traditional Chapter 11 bankruptcy, a trustee will be appointed to oversee your case and advise the court.
  • No Creditor Approval Needed. Though creditors can raise objections to your proposed reorganization plan, the court can overrule them if they believe it is fair and reasonable.
  • Permanent Exclusivity Period. In a Subchapter V case, only the filer can propose a reorganization plan. The exclusivity period never ends, so creditors cannot submit counterproposals.
  • Pay in Installments. Businesses are required to pay all Chapter 11 administrative expenses up front in a traditional filing. In a Subchapter V case, you can spread the payment of these expenses out over the duration of your plan.

At Lentz Law, we are committed to helping businesses of all sizes overcome financial difficulties. Subchapter V is a relatively new process that has already helped numerous small businesses access previously unobtainable reorganizational relief. Our Lincoln Chapter 11 bankruptcy lawyer is familiar with how to effectively navigate these filings, and you will work directly with John throughout our handling of your case.


Take the first step to getting the relief your small business needs by calling (402) 526-5540 or contacting us online. We are available to answer your calls 24/7 and offer flexible payment plans.


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