In the past, our firm, Acclaim Legal Services, mainly filed Chapter 13 bankruptcies to stop foreclosure sales and give borrowers the opportunity to cure outstanding mortgage arrearages. More and more, we are seeing clients choosing to surrender their property under the Chapter 13 plan due to severely declined house values. Chapter 7 may seem like the obvious choice when surrender of property is the goal, however, in many circumstances an individual may not be eligible for Chapter 7 (e.g., too much income, prior Ch. 7 within 8 years) or their overall circumstances may dictate that a Chapter 13 is more appropriate (e.g., non-exempt property exists and client seeks to avoid liquidation; substantial priority debt exists that the debtor needs an opportunity to pay as it would be non-dischargeable in Ch. 7; debtor seeks to reorganize other secured debts such as a vehicle while surrendering his or her home).