If you are among the millions of people considering bankruptcy as a way to deal with an overwhelming financial situation, rest assured that by researching the issue and educating yourself, is the best thing you can do for yourself! This article will be a crucial aspect of your education and hopefully, answer many of your questions.
As bankruptcy appears on the horizon, don’t take your savings or retirement accounts to try to pay off all your bills. You should never touch your retirement accounts, unless you have absolutely no choice. Although it is quite normal to use some of your savings, ensure that you leave enough in your account for emergencies.
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.
There are two types of bankruptcy filing, Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 so make sure you know the differences. Chapter 7, for example, will wipe away every one of your outstanding debts. Any ties that you have with creditors will be dissolved. Chapter 13 bankruptcy though will make you work out a payment plan that takes 60 months to work with until the debts go away. It is worth while to take your time to research both types of bankruptcy to decide which option works best for you, and your financial situation.
If you choose to file Chapter 13 bankruptcy, be sure that the amount of your monthly payments is within your reach. If you set a payment that is more than you can afford, you may face a court order of liquidation of all of your assets. You will lose everything by falling behind on payments.
Before deciding to file for bankruptcy, you may want to look into other options. Remember, when you file for bankruptcy, you are greatly hurting your credit score, which in turn, can prohibit you from buying a house, car, and other big purchases. Consider safer, alternative methods first, such as consumer credit counseling.
If you are unsure about the paperwork that you need to bring with you when you meet with an attorney, ask. Also, inquire as to whether the lawyer you are meeting with offers free consultations. You do not want to be surprised by a large fee just for them taking a look at your case.
As with most consumer related issues, bankruptcy is best approached with solid information and reliable advice. Hopefully, this article has been a great source of that much needed help and you should now be better prepared to tackle your financial future and pursue the steps involved in getting back on the right financial track!