Bankruptcy is often considered as an option of last resort to address your debts. If in fact you find yourself where you are not able to workout any other alternative to pay your creditors, you may want to consult a bankruptcy attorney in order to review the options available to you. Over the years. Laws have been passed that have made it harder to qualify for a bankruptcy.

Also, you should consider the fact that while negative payment information that is reported to a credit reporting agency by your credit card companies and other creditors can stay on your credit report for 7 years, the reporting of a Bankruptcy can last up to 10 years in many cases, making it difficult if not impossible to get credit or finance a home or vehicle during this period of time.

Filing bankruptcy can help a person by discarding debt or making a plan to repay debts. A bankruptcy case normally begins when the debtor files a petition with the bankruptcy court. As part of the process of, some types of bankruptcies may require you to liquidate your assets in order to discharge your debts. Others may provide a restructuring of your debts that is subject to court approval. In any case, in order to qualify for bankruptcy, you will be required to demonstrate to the bankruptcy court through a “means test” that you cannot pay your current debts, and in certain types of bankruptcies, where you are trying to reorganize, that you also have some ability to repay your debts. You will also likely be required to undergo credit counseling and budgeting education courses as a requirement of discharging your debts through bankruptcy.

The emotional and social stigma surrounding bankruptcy is challenging for years after your debts are discharged, and therefore, bankruptcy should be considered only after all other options have been considered.



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