Filing for Bankruptcy

By: Miodrag Trajkovic

It isn't easy making a decision to file for bankruptcy. You have to seriously consider certain issues before you actually plunge in and file. Here's how to look at both sides of the question: to file or not to file?

Once you file for bankruptcy, the law protects you and this assures you that your collectors cannot harass you or take any action against you. It also means that you can breathe again - for a while at least instead of constantly worrying about where the next penny is going to come from to clear off those debts. It eases the panic and the stress and wipes the slate clean so you can begin again.

Once you have filed for bankruptcy, it is only the debts that you can afford to repay that are paid. When does a person file for bankruptcy? When a person's debts have overtaken his assets and he sees no way out of the trap. So his assets are taken over and used to pay off whatever debts can be settled and the other debts are just written off.

For many who were caught in a trap that seemed unending, filing for bankruptcy could just be a new life. You have to begin all over again with no debts, but with no resources either. This is fine for a company because the assets of the company are separate from individual assets so if a person belongs to a company filing for bankruptcy, his personal assets will not be touched. Being a sole proprietor on the other hand, will mean your assets will be taken over too.

Filing for bankruptcy is no easy decision. You just have to take stock of the possible consequences. First look at all the alternatives and decide to file only if there really is no other option. This should be the last resort and even if you do, you should, if it's a company, get a financial manager to make sure a situation like this does not arise again. If your money and assets are well managed, you will not come to a point when you have to file for bankruptcy.

When you file for bankruptcy, the fact remains that it will always be an indelible mark on your credit report. For ten years at least. So it means any new loan, any new credit card, any kind of financial assistance could be denied to you because of your history. In fact, some credit card companies like American Express cancel the card you have and this is done even though you might not owe them a penny. It just makes any lending institution more cautious when dealing with you as you won't at that point of time show that you have the means of paying it back.

Try and get the help of a bankruptcy lawyer, who, together with your financial manager could work out ways and means to get you out of the mess. Or the lawyer could give you options to help you take the best possible path after you have been declared bankrupt. There are many options to make sure that after you have filed, you can still get rid of most of your debt and this would be the best route to go as it makes you feel better even though you have filed for bankruptcy.

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