If you and your family have found yourselves buried in financial debt, one of the first things that come to mind is filing personal bankruptcy. A bankruptcy filing may seem like a life preserver, but it has its drawbacks. Continue reading to learn more about filing personal bankruptcy, and to see if it makes sense for you.
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.
If you have late payments on credit accounts or accounts that have been sent to collections, you are probably already aware of how insistent creditors can be. After you have filed for bankruptcy, you no longer need to endure the threatening and continuous phone calls from creditors and collection agencies. All you must do is refer them to your attorney who will confirm the bankruptcy for them. After this, it is illegal for creditors to harass you in any way.
Don’t ever pay a bankruptcy attorney for a consultation, and ask a lot of questions. Most lawyers will meet with you for free and give you helpful advice, so meet with several. Decide which lawyer you like best buy reviewing all of the lawyers’ answers to your questions. Choose the lawyer who addressed your issues the best. You don’t need to decide what to do right away. So, this gives you plenty of time to consult with several attorneys.
After your bankruptcy has been discharged, or finalized, a good way to begin re-building your credit is to obtain a pre-paid credit card. This type of card is usually available at your local bank. The card is secured by the amount of money you load onto it. You can not charge more than what you have loaded onto the card, so over-spending shouldn’t be a problem. It works like a regular credit card, with monthly statements and payments. After you have kept this card in good standing for a period of time, you may be able to have it switched into a regular, revolving credit card.
Before you file for bankruptcy, make sure you absolutely need to. It might be possible to consolidate some of your debt instead. Bankruptcy is a long process that can be stressful. Your credit will be impacted for many years. Thus, you must make certain that bankruptcy really is the only viable solution to your problems.
Look for a bankruptcy attorney that belongs to the NACBA (The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys). When you are filing for bankruptcy, it is essential that you hire the services of an experienced and reputable bankruptcy attorney. Attorneys that are members of the NACBA, are also, members of a well-respected consumer bankruptcy organization, so you can be sure that you will be getting the best legal advice available.
As you can probably see, there are quite a few things to think about before deciding on a bankruptcy filing. Assess your personal financial situation and the types of debts you have, because not all types of debt are able to be discharged. With a little bit of homework, you can find out whether personal bankruptcy is the right solution for you.