With the economic crisis striking several years back, the trickle down has affected us all. We realize that things are only costing more and bills are still piling up. As a result, we are left with limited options, and some of us are even thinking of filing for bankruptcy. However, we do not have to take that route. Read on to learn why.
Once you have filed for bankruptcy, you need to go over your finances and do your best to come up with a manageable budget. You want to do this so that you will not end up so deep in debt again that you will have to file for bankruptcy, again.
Remember you still have to pay taxes on your debts. A lot of people don't realize that even if their debts are discharged in the bankruptcy, they are still responsible to the IRS. The IRS usually does not allow complete forgiveness, although payment plans are common. Make sure to find out what is covered and what is not.
Before you decide to file for bankruptcy, be sure to obtain a free consultation with a bankruptcy attorney. Depending on where you live, you have the right to speak to an attorney before filing. Any good attorney will offer a first appointment free. This is an important consultation, as you will need the answers to many questions. These may include: attorney fees, what type of bankruptcy to file, and what types of information, paperwork you will need to provide. Most importantly, an attorney will be able to determine if filing for bankruptcy is the right decision for you.
If you've considered the pros and cons involved with choosing bankruptcy, and you feel that this is the only option you have left, be sure to consider all the personal bankruptcy laws. Don't just sit back for the ride; be sure to work together with your lawyer so that you can get the best outcome possible.
Do not wait too long to file. Ignoring the problem is not going to make it go away. Waiting until foreclosure or wage garnishments occur will make matters worse. The timing of the filing is going to be crucial to the success of the process. Contact an attorney as soon as you realize that you are in financial trouble.
Don't let bill collectors convince you that you are ineligible for bankruptcy. Debt collectors do not want you to file bankruptcy under any circumstances because it means that they will not get the money you owe them, so they will always tell you that you do not qualify when given the chance. The only way to truly know if you qualify is to do some research or speak with a bankruptcy attorney.
Don't make the mistake of hesitating to file for bankruptcy because you think you won't be able to file again and may need to save it for a worse financial situation. The laws vary from state to state, but you may file again after a certain period, usually two to eight years, depending on the type of bankruptcy filed. Of course, you won't want to file again, but in case of job loss or a major illness, the opportunity is there if you need it.
Don't wait to file for bankruptcy. Some folks ignore financial difficulties for a long time, and this can be disastrous. Debt can snowball very fast, and by ignoring it, you increase the chances of worse problems, such as foreclosure and wage garnishments. Speak with a bankruptcy lawyer as soon as you become aware that you cannot handle your debts.
Meet with many different attorneys before making any decision on one. To do this, you must start looking well in advance of when you need to file. If you wait until the last minute, you will not have the time to find an attorney that will give you good advice, and one that is easy to work with.
Keep your head up. Getting depressed about the situation you are in will not help. Many times, bankruptcy seems like it is going to be bad, but often, it is the best thing you can do at the time. You will have a fresh start and a better financial future, if you learn from your mistakes.
Do not hide assets while you are preparing to go through a bankruptcy. It may be tempting to take a home and/or other property and place it in a spouse's name, but if you get caught doing that you will face charges for fraud. The penalties being jail time and/or fines.
Do not allow future creditors to charge you ridiculously high interest rates due to a past bankruptcy. If it has been more than two years since the bankruptcy and you have been doing well since you filed, then you are eligible to receive a loan at whatever the going interest rate is at the time.
Look into other options before deciding to file for bankruptcy. You might want to look into the possibility of credit counseling instead. There are some good non-profit organizations that could help you. They will work with your creditors to get your payments lowered and your interest lowered as wll. They act as intermediaries between you and your creditors; you pay the counselors and they pay the companies to which you owe money.
Be on guard. When considering bankruptcy many people are tempted by the offers of debt relief agencies who claim they can help you to eliminate your debt. In many cases, these companies are shams that will not assist you and can end up costing you funds that you can ill-afford. You are much better off consulting with an experienced attorney who can help you make a well-advised decision.
If you can avoid bankruptcy, do whatever it takes to keep yourself out of it. Bankruptcy can offer many people a way out of a horrible situation and give them a clean slate to work from, but it is not an easy alternative to paying off your debt. Your credit will be destroyed, and there are possible ramifications towards future employment involved with bankruptcies.
Think about all of what you learned today. Can you recall it at free will? If not, then there is no shame in rereading this article. You want to make sure that you don't have to file for bankruptcy, so go ahead and reread this article if you have to and you may just be able to avoid bankruptcy.