Bankruptcy can be such a negative experience, but with proper guidance and the right sources of information, it can be a positive solution to an otherwise, unbearable situation. If you are looking at bankruptcy, consider the advice of the following article. It should guide you through the process and see you through it, unscathed.
Learn about adversarial proceeding. This is what results when you take out cash advances or make big ticket purchases on credit cards within ninety days of your filing date. You could very well be held responsible for the funds that have been withdrawn or purchases made once the bankruptcy is final.
Many people do not know that, there are long term consequences of filing for bankruptcy. Bankruptcy will not make a clean credit report. It will stay on a credit reports for ten years. This has to be considered prior to filing for bankruptcy. You will be excluded from buying a home, possibly a car loan, and securing a credit card for ten years after filing for bankruptcy.
When filing for bankruptcy, spend plenty of quality time with friends and family. When your financial life is in a state of upheaval, it is easy to become completely overwhelmed with stress and worry. Making time for enjoyable activities can help relieve some of emotional turmoil created by the bankruptcy process.
Prepare yourself prior to filing or hiring a lawyer to pursue bankruptcy. You should gather all of your records pertinent to filing such as an itemized list of your assets, lists of bank accounts, property deeds, and other financial information. You should also have your last three years tax returns handy for reference.
Ask yourself whether, or not you really need to file for bankruptcy. Sometimes simply consolidating some of your debts, borrowing some money from a family member, or negotiating with your creditors can help you to deal with a financial crisis. Bankruptcy should always be a last resort, as it can seriously affect your future.
Understand your rights! Some debt collectors may claim that even after filing for bankruptcy your debt can’t be bankrupted. While few classifications of debt fall under this category, most do not. If your debt collector does this, and the debt you owe doesn’t fall under child support or student loans for example, report this to the state’s attorney general office.
If you are hiring a lawyer, don’t be afraid to speak up. Don’t assume your lawyer knows everything. If you have concerns, voice them. If there are things you feel your lawyer is overlooking, remind them. Don’t be shy about it. Repeat any crucial information that might have been glossed over.
No matter how trivial you may think it is, all income should be reported in your bankruptcy filing. You can create issues in your bankruptcy if your income information does not flush with bank and finance records. Be sure to include all incomes within the household that can be considered part of your normal income.
Do some research. There are two main types of personal bankruptcy – Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. Chapter 7 will eliminate the majority of your debt while Chapter 13 restructures it to give you time to pay it off. Each one has different rules on what assets you are allowed to keep. So, ask a lot of questions before you decide which one is the best fit for your situation.
Facing bankruptcy is hard enough in and of itself, therefore, you don’t need to go through the process blind and be subject to misguidance and further hardship. We hope this article has shed some light on the better ways of filing, the right people to turn to, and the best solutions for your personal circumstances