We have been asked on numerous occasions recently to provide guidance to our community association clients about the effects that bankruptcy has on their collections cases. The most common forms of bankruptcy by owners in the community association context are filed pursuant to either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. Because of the confusion surrounding bankruptcy, many boards see bankruptcy as a negative for their community. Though the filing of bankruptcy certainly can have negative consequences, bankruptcies can actually be a good way for owners to restructure their debts and do not necessarily discharge all of the obligations owed to the community. That is, the bankruptcy may actually result in the association receiving more of the funds owed than they otherwise would have.