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Tips To Avoid Bankruptcy

Feb 20, 2008
Can you avoid bankruptcy? In fact, you might be able to, but it can be difficult. Most people file for bankruptcy because they have so much debt that they have no hopes of getting out of it. In fact, they struggle to meet minimum payments every month; even if they can do that, the debt simply grows, despite their efforts.

This statement in itself should not be a surprise, but the facts further show that the majority of people have found themselves in this situation due to circumstances that are not under their control, and not because of embezzlement or some type of financial mismanagement. Such situations would include things that the consumer has no control over or didn't see coming, such as a job layoff, high medical bills, divorce, and various other very valid reasons.

Unfortunately, you should know that bankruptcy is not as easy to file for as it was years ago. Recent changes in bankruptcy laws make it much more difficult for people to even qualify to file for bankruptcy. You'll need to fill out and file significant documentation, and a court actually has to approve your filing for bankruptcy. If this does not happen, you will not get approved and will not be able to file for bankruptcy.

It is primarily for this reason that you need to be very well versed on what the bankruptcy law says. For most people, getting that kind of education is not within their means, either based on time or the cost. If that is the case, you should still familiarize yourself with bankruptcy law, but you are strongly encouraged to use a qualified bankruptcy lawyer to go through it with you. A bankruptcy attorney can advise you as to your viable options and alternatives, and if you proceed, can help with the forms and quite probably more than pay for his services in terms of money saved, assets protected, and overall time spent in the process.

You do not want to file bankruptcy unless you have no other viable options. One big reason for this is that it will leave a huge blemish on your credit reports for the next 7 to 10 years, which will be a gigantic warning flag to any future credit lines that you may wish to open. It can also affect your chances of getting a new job, and as credit reports are used more and more, it can even affect how much you pay for car insurance.

Some people are not able to successfully avoid bankruptcy but if you have possible options, be sure to investigate them thoroughly before moving forward with bankruptcy. While it may give you a fresh start, it will take significant time to get yourself back on track, and there may be better ways to approach your financial restructuring.
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