Although we all know that dealing with money and numbers are supposed to be a logical, black and white process, sans emotion, few of us can act that way-whether we have lots of cash, or a dwindling supply. Financial success can lead us to feeling euphoric, while financial woes send us into deep despair. Sometimes our emotions are also what cause us to use poor judgment when spending, investing, or making business decisions.
Honesty is the best policy when it comes to dealing with the bankruptcy court and communicating with the bankruptcy trustee. The Trustees usually have enormous experience in working with debtors, and know when someone is not truthful. It is therefore critical that you be entirely truthful in your petition.
While many debtors find Chapter 7 bankruptcy to be an attractive choice for filing due to the discharge available in three to six months, if they cannot pass the Means test, they must file for Chapter 13 instead. Known as the income-based bankruptcy, Chapter 13 offers many different benefits to the filer; for instance, if your home is under threat of foreclosure, it will be stopped immediately with the automatic stay, an injunction which prohibits creditors from pursuing any collections activity throughout the duration of the bankruptcy. If you are behind on payments, they can also be included in the repayment plan, allowing you to catch up-if you are also making your normal monthly.
There is often a lot of emotion attached to how and when we spend money. For instance, we spend when we are happy, we indulge in retail therapy when we are bored or sad, and we may even feel depressed when we cannot pay the bills. While mismanagement of money is sometimes the reason for our financial downfall, more often it is due to an unexpected life event like a major illness, car accident, loss of job, or even divorce.
Like millions of others before you in the US, you may have decided to file bankruptcy due to an overwhelming amount of debt. You probably never expected to be in such a position, but life is full of surprises and unfortunately, they are not always good when it comes to finances. If you have been struggling with a torrent of medical bills after a car accident, the loss of your job, a difficult divorce, or maybe even all these events in the past few years, filing for bankruptcy may be the best solution.