Carrying too much debt is a problem a lot of people are dealing with now. Their bills pile up higher while debt collectors and creditors keep their phones ringing constantly. If this sounds like you and your situation, filing for bankruptcy may be a good idea for you. Continue reading to learn more about whether you need to file for bankruptcy or not.
Get a plan in place for after your bankruptcy is over. Your debt will be forgiven, but you have to find a way to make sure that your financial picture will recover. Set definite goals so that you are always working toward a financial future that will never get you in this position again.
After filing for bankruptcy, check your credit report to make sure that it was reported the way that it should have been. You want to make sure that any debts that were part of your bankruptcy are now labeled “BK” so creditors know you no longer owe that money.
Be certain you understand all you can about bankruptcy by researching reputable sites that offer good information. The United States DOJ, along with a number of other bankruptcy institutes and attorneys specializing in bankruptcy can give you invaluable information. The more you know about it, the better you are able to make the best decision for your situation and to make sure that the bankruptcy proceedings move forward with minimal setbacks.
Make sure that you have all of your financial paperwork with you when, you go to meet with your attorney about bankruptcy. They should tell you what you will need to bring. Generally, the paperwork will include car loan documents, home loan documents, and various financial records like credit card bills.
When you file for bankruptcy you limit your options for many future loan options. Many banks do not forgive bankruptcy and it shows on your credit report for 10 years. Think twice before making the decision to file for bankruptcy. You might want to defer your bills for a couple of months, instead of hurting your credit for 10 years.
If you are planning to file for bankruptcy in the near future, don’t charge up your credit cards thinking that you won’t have to pay back the debt. In many states, there are rules about how much credit card debt and what kind, may be discharged in a bankruptcy. For instance, if you make purchases for luxury items, such as an expensive new TV, within 6 months prior to filing, you may be obligated to pay that amount back. On the other hand, if you used your credit card to purchase groceries, or other necessities, the rules may be different. Be sure to ask your attorney for advice.
You are not alone when you are debating filing for bankruptcy. If you approach this with a clear mind and in the right way, it can give you the debt relief that you have longed for and will enable you to get back on your feet.