If you are in debt and are considering filing bankruptcy, one of the main questions on your mind is likely whether the bankruptcy will discharge (eliminate) your debt. The answer depends heavily on whether your debt is secured or unsecured. Having a basic understanding of how each type of debt is treated in bankruptcy can help you decide whether bankruptcy is right for you and which type of bankruptcy you should file.
When you're thinking about filing for bankruptcy there are many factors that need to be taken into consideration. During this difficult time, it's critical that you hire an experienced and knowledgeable bankruptcy attorney to guide you through the process. At Levitt & Slafkes, P.C. we provide free initial bankruptcy consultations and will answer your questions. So how do you decide who is most qualified, who you can best work with and what you can expect from your bankruptcy attorney? Here are the top 6 questions which we believe you should ask, and the attorney should answer during your initial consultation.
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.
One of the greatest things we can learn in life is excellent money management skills. Even if you possess such savvy though, life circumstances may arise that cause extreme financial duress beyond your control. This could be due to unemployment and loss of health benefits, even after years working for the same company. Or perhaps you became ill, injured, or debilitated-again, leading to further lack of income when you couldn't work. Many factors can play into financial strain. The key is in finding a solution, even when you may feel as if you have hit rock bottom. At a time like that, it can be hard to confide in anyone due to feelings of embarrassment or shame.
While you can file for bankruptcy without an attorney, it is not recommended unless you have an in-depth grasp of bankruptcy law and the many intricate details involved in the process. There is a learning curve involved to understand all aspects of filing for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Without a skilled bankruptcy attorney, this learning curve is usually extremely time-consuming and challenging. Before you get started, it is important to seek expert advice on whether bankruptcy is right for you and if so what type of bankruptcy.
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.
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.
If you are considering bankruptcy or have just filed, you are probably looking forward to exiting a dark time. Financial problems can happen to anyone-but no matter the level of accomplishment or income you may have achieved, people often feel embarrassed when they file Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Hundreds of thousands of people file bankruptcies every year in the United States, often doing so after years of struggling to keep up with the ever-increasing cost of living. And as you may have experienced, mild financial problems escalate quickly when an unexpected (and expensive) event occurs like the loss of a job, illness, divorce, and more.