Is Bankruptcy Your Best Choice?

When you share a beer with friends and receive encouraging debt guidance, this advice is only helpful if their experiences are identical. 

Poor advice may lead you to make inadequate choices and your debt problems may deteriorate. 

When your income does not pay all your regular debts, dress your children and put food on their plates, you will need specialist help to work through the maze ahead of you. This may involve bankruptcy.

Which Bankruptcy Advice Is Best for You?

Try to find out the major legal pros and cons related to bankruptcy. 

This may vary between states, your country, and considers all your worldwide assets and liabilities.

This is essential if you are to plan your route through and live without the aggravation and stress of being unable to pay your debts.

The anxiety and trouble caused by mortgage and debt companies chasing you by letter, on the telephone and by applying wage garnishments, is far bigger than the worry of losing a good credit score.

Take legal advice so you know how to deal with:

  • Your home
  • Work tools
  • Home contents (your television, games machine, clothes etc.)
  • Vehicle 
  • Which debts to pay
  • What and when you can sell goods to clear debts

The advice you take can be both free and expensive.

  • Several non-profit debt organizations can help guide you towards making the best decision for you now and for your family’s future.
  • At the other end of the scale, a bankruptcy attorney will apply the rules to serve you best, so you can manage your new budget as soon as possible.
  • The charity’s legal experts can help you, without charging a fee. 
  • Bankruptcy attorneys will want their money paid before they work unless you find one that manages a bankruptcy, pro bono.

Where you cannot meet an attorneys’ costs, the local bar association may direct you to attorneys who require no advance payment.

The legal advice will help you decide;

  • whether you need to choose bankruptcy
  • can you form a new set of debt repayment arrangements?
  • is Chapter 7 (In the US, for example) good for you?
  • should you choose Chapter 13 bankruptcy?

Charities can help with debt relief arrangements

Legal help available from some non-profit organizations will help guide you. 

If you can make lower, yet substantial regular payments, a new deal may be available.

They will help you negotiate the current terms of your debts and may bring surprising results. 

You can delay your bankruptcy or negotiate a more permanent financial plan. 

This means paying the new debt repayment on time, every month. 

In most of these circumstances, your credit score will rapidly reduce.

Worried About Your Credit Score?

Being unable to meet your current debt means your credit score has already fallen. 

Your expert will explain the bankruptcy options available to you. 

Each will affect your future credit score.

You can swiftly discharge Chapter 7 bankruptcy in months. You can rebuild your financial life, subsequently. This can wipe small and unsecured debts, including;

  • personal unsecured loans
  • past due rent
  • medical bills
  • past due utility bills

You will need excellent legal advice to understand the most up-to-date debt and bankruptcy laws. These will dictate the size and category of debts eliminated. 

When debts are beyond specific limits, Chapter 13 bankruptcy may become your only option. You will be repaying your debts over a 3 to 5-year period. 

Your credit score might increase because companies will assess your efficient repayments.

The Chapter 13 selection may allow you to keep your home. This is providing you can maintain agreed regular payments. Trying this without a bankruptcy attorney may not bring you the desired result.

Where your debt falls under business regulations, Chapter 11 bankruptcy may be possible to help your company continue trading.

A bankruptcy attorney will make sure that the paperwork completes on time, with absolute accuracy. 

Should you try to carry out this work yourself, any small error may force a judge to dismiss your case and you will be no further forward.

A legal attorney can assess your recent income stream, so they know whether you meet the terms required for the ‘Means Test,’ which determines who can move into bankruptcy. Delay the test until the timing suits you.

You cannot include child support and unpaid tax in terms of your bankruptcy in most countries.  

The process of bankruptcy does stop debt companies chasing you for your unemployment, welfare or Social Security income.

Seek accurate advice which matches your circumstances. This begins the route towards clearing your debts and restarting your life.