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Steps On filing For Personal Bankruptcy

Aug 24, 2008
Filing personal bankruptcy will protect you from creditors that you owe money to. Bankruptcy is a new method to gain protection. It takes away your debts so that you start off on a new note with your finances. If you are planning to file bankruptcy then there are certain things that you should keep in mind.

Firstly, get in touch with a lawyer who specializes in bankruptcy. You would ideally like to work with some one who knows the steps and the process of bankruptcy. When you meet your lawyer for the first time to discuss the process make sure that you carry along all your papers such as bills that you owe, verification of your monthly income and statements from your bank

Be very clear and forthright in calculating your entire debts, minor ones included. Don't be apprehensive, if the amount you figured as a debt is too high. Both, your lawyer and you need not be skeptical about the declaration. After all you are on the threshold of making a new beginning in your life.

The lawyer might brief you about the secured debt and unsecured debt. In secured debt, the creditor always keeps a back up for the money you owe him. For example he might attach your property or any asset of yours, for the money you owe him. And you might have to part with your belongings, if you are not in the position to repay your loans. However, such criterion is not present in an unsecured debt.

Some debts can't be cleared even by filing bankruptcy. Such debts are student loans, child support and any back taxes that you owe. So double-check that your lawyer has all the information with him to make a perfect application for bankruptcy.

When you are through with all the required documents stated by your lawyer, your next step would be to file a bankruptcy petition with the court in your proximity. Get in touch with your creditors. Send them notice to inform about your filing the petition. This would make them legally incapable of collecting money from you.

Then a trustee who is assigned to your bankruptcy case will settle your debt. The trustee will then be responsible for paying your debts and staying in touch with your creditors. Incase you have a property or some other assets it would be sold off to pay off the debts. At certain places you are entitled to get some profit on the sale of your property. There are also cases where you can be given an allowance to live off for a certain period of time.

Bankruptcy is a long and a tedious process. It may affect your financial outlook for years to come. So make sure that all the papers are intact with you for the bankruptcy process.
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Ben Fallison provides a range of resources at his web site: Bankruptcy At , where you will find information that will help you on many bankruptcy related issues. Why not take a look: http://www.bankruptcyat.com
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