Filing for bankruptcy can be a stressful and lonely time. Usually, people don’t want to share news of their bankruptcy with others, so they suffer in silence. You don’t have to do that. If you have the right information about bankruptcy, you can feel more confident about your choice to file. Here are some tips for dealing with bankruptcy, in order to set your mind at ease.
If you are being faced with home foreclosure, wage garnishments or other situations that make it necessary to file for bankruptcy quickly, you may want to explore an emergency filing. Regular bankruptcy filings entail approximately 50 pages of paperwork and one to two weeks for an attorney to pull everything together. In an emergency filing, your attorney can file just the first 2 necessary pages and keep creditors from continuing foreclosure or garnishment proceedings. The rest of the work will be completed afterward.
You should look into and understand which debts are eligible to be written-off under bankruptcy. There are certain loans, such as student loans, that do not qualify. By understanding which debts you can write-off, you can make a better decision when trying to figure out if bankruptcy is the right choice for you.
Start planning for your life after bankruptcy now. The entire process can be very overwhelming, and leave you feeling like you have few to little options. You begin rebuilding your financial future right away. Get solid advice from trusted sources, be prepared to work hard at it, and most importantly, don’t be afraid to dream again!
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.
Before filing for bankruptcy, determine whether Chapter 13 or Chapter 7 is appropriate for your financial situation. In Chapter 7 bankruptcy, your debts are all eliminated. You will be removed from any contracts you have with your creditors. Bankruptcy under the rules of Chapter 13, on the other hand, require you to work out a payment arrangement to pay back the agreed upon amounts. To make the wisest choice, you will need to understand the consequences of each of these two options.
Filing for bankruptcy does not wipe out all of your debts. It does not stop you from having to pay alimony, child support, student loans, tax debt and most types of secured credit. You will not be allowed to file if these are the only types of debt that you have on record.
If you want to file for bankruptcy, or already have, you already know how hard it can be to talk about with other people. The tips in this article can give you the knowledge you need to feel better about bankruptcy, so that you can open up to your loved ones about your financial picture.