How To Decide When To File Personal Bankrupcy
Bankruptcy is not something people like to talk about, but if it something you have to consider, you need solid advice. The following article was written to help people facing bankruptcy in an effort to improve their understanding of the options, and what it all means. Hopefully, your questions will be answered and your apprehensions alleviated.
After filing for bankruptcy, check your credit report to make sure that it was reported the way that it should have been. You want to make sure that any debts that were part of your bankruptcy are now labeled “BK” so creditors know you no longer owe that money.
If you are planning to file for bankruptcy in the near future, don’t charge up your credit cards thinking that you won’t have to pay back the debt. In many states, there are rules about how much credit card debt and what kind, may be discharged in a bankruptcy. For instance, if you make purchases for luxury items, such as an expensive new TV, within 6 months prior to filing, you may be obligated to pay that amount back. On the other hand, if you used your credit card to purchase groceries, or other necessities, the rules may be different. Be sure to ask your attorney for advice.
Decide whether you want to file for Chapter 7, or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. As an individual, you may do either one. Find out as much as you can about each type of bankruptcy, so you are able to make a choice that you can live with in the future.
Be persistent in researching information about filing for bankruptcy and consult a qualified personal bankruptcy attorney. If you’ve had collateral, such as a car, electronics, or jewelry repossessed for non-payment, you might be able to recover the property when you file for bankruptcy. If the items were repossessed less than three months prior to your filing date, you may be able to recover them. Consult with a lawyer who is able to assist you in the filing of your petition.
Do not feel embarrassed or guilty about filling for bankruptcy. Many people fear that they will be treated as second class citizens after they declare themselves bankrupt. However, this is not the case. The option to ‘declare yourself bankrupt’ was developed by the government to enable assistance to be given to people who find themselves overwhelmed with debt and in need of a fresh start. Last year, over 1.4 million people filed bankruptcy and the majority of them are now living a happy, debt-free life. So, there is no need for you to be afraid of bankruptcy stigma.
Once you have filed for bankruptcy, do not discontinue payment on secured loans. These loans are the ones for your car or your home. Even if you are not receiving paper bills or statements on these accounts, make the regular payment on time, each month. These are likely the possessions you do not want included from the bankruptcy.
If you are facing bankruptcy, there is little consolation to be found in the statistics. Just because you are one of millions going through it, does not mean it is any easier. Hopefully, this article has given you the answers you need to successfully get through this difficult financial period and move on to an optimistic future.