If you are a small business owner struggling with debt, Chapter 7 bankruptcy may help. Chapter 7 bankruptcy can eliminate most or all of the debts for which you are personally liable. If you are a sole proprietor or your business is a general partnership, you are personally liable for your business's debts, and Chapter 7 may work well for you. If, on the other hand, your business is a separate legal entity, such as a corporation or LLC, you must file a bankruptcy on behalf of the business. While you may be able to use Chapter 7 in this situation, you'll need a lawyer to represent you.