Financial difficulties, such as, high credit card debts, a job loss, illness or other expenses can put a family into a deep financial hole that they cannot climb out of. Personal bankruptcy, while not always the best solution, does offer a way out for some people. Continue reading for some tips on personal bankruptcy and whether it makes sense for you.
Visit your primary care doctor for a complete physical prior to filing for bankruptcy. If you wait until after you begin the process, you will not be able to claim your medical bills on your bankruptcy. This is especially helpful if you do not have any kind of health insurance.
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.
Be aware that bankruptcy does not actually cover all types of debt. Debts that you owe to the government (both federal and local) will still need to be repaid. Some people try to dodge this by financing their tax bills through credit cards or loans. This does not work; you will not be able to discharge those debts via bankruptcy.
Know what debts can be forgiven. You may hear that you have to pay a certain debt, and that it cannot be discharged, but that information will usually be coming from a bill collector. Student loans and child support and a few other debts cannot be discharged, but most others can.
If you are sure that you are going to file for bankruptcy, you should stop making any payments towards debts, that will be discharged during the bankruptcy process. Since you will not be liable for these debts in the near future, it is of little benefit to you to keep making payments towards them. It would be more beneficial for you to save any spare cash, that you have for future needs.
One of the biggest problems that people face when filing personal bankruptcy is they are in too deep before they seek help. They have borrowed against 401 K’s, IRA’s, and sold personal belongings. These things have unintended consequences. These loans are not allowable deductions in the eyes of the court and will not be used in the bankruptcy calculations.
Keep up with all the paperwork that is filed by your attorney. Your attorney is not only working on your case. He is working on many at the same time. Keep track of everything that is filed and make sure all the information is correct. Do not be afraid to speak up and make changes.
Don’t be embarrassed to admit the fact that you are bankrupt to your family and friends. Most people will be surprisingly sympathetic to your situation. After all, there have been several reports published that state that one third of the population on the USA are just one paycheck away from homelessness.
Learn from it. Bankruptcy is a great chance for a fresh start. However, bankruptcy is not the end of problems. You must remember to use the fresh start to begin re-building your credit and learning how to budget and spend wisely. You can find a course either online or through the court to help with this.
Know what your exemptions are before you file for bankruptcy. Exemptions are personal property that is out of reach from your creditors. Although this varies by state, items such as clothing, household goods, a vehicle, and some equity in your home may all be protected from creditors when you file for bankruptcy.
Watch your lawyer fill out your paperwork carefully. They, most likely, have multiple cases going on at the same time and may not be able to keep up with every detail of your case. Be sure to carefully read all of that paperwork, in order to make sure that everything is filled out correctly.
A good personal bankruptcy tip is to obviously be as honest as possible when you file for bankruptcy. Some people try to take advantage of the system by committing bankruptcy fraud, but they forget that by signing the dotted line, they’re under oath. You don’t want to deal with the consequences of bankruptcy fraud.
Fight the temptation to rack up large credit card balances just before filing. The creditor will take a look at your account history. If they determine that you charged a lot before applying for bankruptcy, they can file a request with the court to hold you responsible for the amount that you charged.
As you can probably see, personal bankruptcy is an involved process that requires you to disclose a large amount of personal information. There are many alternatives to filing for bankruptcy. A clear assessment of your financial situation can help you make the best decision regarding personal bankruptcy and whether it is the right choice for you.