If you are considering filing for bankruptcy, your life probably hasn’t been so great recently, but that doesn’t mean things can’t improve once you file. The main purpose of filing is to start a new and improved financial situation. Completing the bankruptcy process properly can lead to a new financial future.
Filing for bankruptcy is something many people are forced to do when there debts become too much of a burden, and they can no longer afford to pay them. If you’re in this situation, learn about the laws where you live. Each state has its own laws regarding personal bankruptcy. Your house is safe in certain states; however, in other states, it isn’t. Do you research about legal ins and outs in your state before you begin the bankruptcy process.
Visit web sites and read information to learn as much as possible about the topic of personal bankruptcy. The U.S. Check out the Bankruptcy Institute site and do some research about consumer’s rights. Knowing is half the battle, after all, and these websites are the first step in learning what you need to know to make your bankruptcy smooth and stress-free.
If you are considering using credit cards to pay your taxes and then file for bankruptcy, you may want to rethink that. Credit card debt is handled charge by charge during bankruptcy, and in most states, tax debt cannot be discharged through bankruptcy. Transferring the debt to another medium (e.g. a credit card) won’t magically make a tax debt discharagable, either. Therefore, you should not pull your credit card out for purchases if it is just going to be discharged during the bankruptcy.
Try to make certain you are making the right choice prior to filing your petition. You have other choices, including consumer credit counseling. Be sure to consider all options before filing for personal bankruptcy, as this will take a large toll on your credit score for the next ten years.
Never shirk on the truth in your petition for bankruptcy. Don’t hide income or assets from your lawyer or the bankruptcy trustee or you may find yourself in legal trouble.
Use a personally recommended bankruptcy attorney instead of one found through the Internet or phone books. To handle your bankruptcy, you need a trusted attorney, not a shady one that is out to take your money.
Never give up. 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 it has been 90 days or less between the repossession of your property and your filing, you might be able to get your property back. Interview and research attorneys before choosing one to help you with your bankruptcy.
As you read in the beginning of this article, bankruptcy is not something anyone looks forward to. The initial process might be difficult and draining, but there’s something special waiting on the other side. Actually, your life can become much better by following the advice presented here and moving forward past bankruptcy.