During difficult economic times, many people find themselves struggling to keep their heads above water. Too often, faced with mounting debt and unpaid bills, people make the choice to file for personal bankruptcy. While this can often prove to be the right choice, anyone who is thinking of doing so, should read the tips in this article first.
Don’t charge up your credit cards knowing you are going to file bankruptcy, if you have already started the process or made recent purchases for luxury items. While this type of purchasing is still part of your “�debt,’ it is likely that you’ll still be responsible for repaying the money for those items. In most cases, what you are attempting to do is obvious.
A critical tip in filing personal bankruptcy is to steer clear of making payments to creditors, in advance of filing a petition, in an attempt to satisfy individual debts in full outside of bankruptcy court. Payments to family members and creditors made within defined periods of time prior to a bankruptcy filing can be voided and can jeopardize the chances of receiving a discharge of all debts in the case.
Prescreen any bankruptcy lawyer before hiring one. Because bankruptcy is an every-growing area of law that attracts new lawyers all the time, you are likely to encounter many new lawyers who do not have much experience. You can check any bankruptcy lawyer’s credentials online and see if they have any disciplinary actions on their record for improper filings or practices. You are also likely to find client ratings. In the matter of choosing a lawyer, one with experience and a positive record is always best.
If you are trying to rebuild credit after filing for bankruptcy, you should apply for secured credit cards. These can help you establish credit, but you have to make sure that they are one of the companies that report to the major credit bureaus, since all of them do not.
Think carefully before filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy. While Chapter 7 bankruptcy (irreversible insolvency) will effectively get rid of all your debts, allowing you to start afresh, it will also be on your credit report for 10 years. This will greatly reduce your chances of getting any type of credit in the future. Consult with a bankruptcy attorney – he or she may be able to suggest a different form of debt relief that won’t have such a damaging effect on your credit.
Knowing that you are required to disclose anything that you have sold, given away or transferred in the two years prior to filing can help you avoid a costly mistake. Full disclosure is required. Not disclosing everything can land you in jail or a discharge of your personal bankruptcy petition.
Personal bankruptcy can be an effective way to get back on your feet financially, but the process can have many pitfalls and dangers for the unwary. Before you think about filing, make sure you have thoroughly absorbed the information in this article. Doing so will help you to successfully navigate your way to financial security once again.