general creditor

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General Creditor

One who is owed an uncollateralized debt. A general creditor has no lien or collateral on the debt except perhaps a claim on unpaid-for goods, depending on the nature of the goods. In the event of bankruptcy in the United States, a general creditor has no automatic right to any part of the debtor's property, and must file a proof of claim in bankruptcy court. In a no-asset Chapter 7 bankruptcy, most debts are discharged to the detriment of the general creditor. In an asset Chapter 7 case, unsecured property is liquidated and distributed to general and other creditors according to the bankruptcy court's ruling. See also: Secured creditor.

general creditor

A lender with an uncollateralized loan, such as the owner of a debenture. In the event that a borrower goes bankrupt, its general creditors are likely to recover a smaller proportion of what is owed them than secured creditors will.
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the claim on the collateral must be "perfected" by registering it in a manner that provides other creditors with an opportunity to learn of the claim; still, courts are likely to disregard the agreement and retain the collateral in the estate of the insolvent firm, thus reducing the improperly collateralized creditor to general creditor status.
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Distribution Would Bring Total Unsecured General Creditor Payout to 35 Percent
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SIPC President Stephen Harbeck said: "With this new step forward, Trustee Giddens will have achieved distributions to date covering nearly three quarters -- 72 percent -- of allowed unsecured general creditor claims.

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