Guide to Bankruptcy Protection

By: Shellaine Enfesta

Are you under a lot of pressure from your debts and loans? Are you planning to enter bankruptcy protection? If you are planning to enter bankruptcy protection for your financial wellness, think again. Most often people rush to judgement and file for bankruptcy. Consolidate debt loans is also an alternative. Filing for chapter 7 or 13 is a serious matter, so always assess your situation thoroughly before you go for it.

When your lender is advice you to foreclose your house, the first thing people think is enter bankruptcy protection. There are still options that may be open to you, like debt consolidation loan or mortgage refinancing. If your debt is too overwhelming then may be filing for chapter 7 or 13 is the only choice. But make sure you do it the right way so you will not regret anything down the road.

Bankruptcy is a very serious matter that has a very long term effect on you and your family. Your lifestyle could be affected too. You credit records will be kept for ten years and sometimes it is not taken away right after that. So my take on this is proceed with caution and do after all other alternatives have exhausted.

Other options before you enter bankruptcy protection are to find and obtain the services of a financial counsellor. These financial experts can find ways to work with your creditors or lenders on how they can reduce or make your payments manageable. Some do offer to consolidate debt loans.

Debt consolidation can sometimes be good or can be bad for you. This is where it becomes a little bit dicey. If you find it acceptable and manageable, why not consolidate. But if you are looking at 20 to 30 years and high interest rate, then bankruptcy is the only option.

You will need a lawyer to do the paper works when you enter bankruptcy protection. This way you know that your filing is done the right way. The lawyer will help you organize all your debts and categorize them into secured and unsecured. Here your lawyer will plan a strategy on how to do it best for your interest. Always pay attention to what the lawyer will tell you. Because sometimes you have options on how to go about it and you should know your rights too.

Read filing documents and ask questions from your lawyer if you are not sure of anything. Because once the filing of the documents to courts, there is no turning back. You have to remember that it will be the courts that will discharge you from your debts. Unless there are some improper borrowing irregularities, you will certainly be discharged.

Filing for chapter 7 or 13 is something you will never be proud of neither happy about it. Just take it as learning curve. When you enter bankruptcy protection, you know it is for your own good so take it to the next level of better life and future.

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