The Basics Of Bankruptcy
If you are considering filing for bankruptcy, you likely have many questions about how bankruptcy works and what impact it will have on your future.
At Bankruptcy Advocates, in Carbondale, Illinois, our experienced bankruptcy lawyers can answer all of your questions. Over the years, we have helped hundreds of clients in similar situations, and we are fully prepared to carefully guide you through the entire bankruptcy process.
Will I Lose Everything If I File For Bankruptcy?
Absolutely not! Unfortunately, this is one of the biggest misconceptions about bankruptcy. Every individual who files for bankruptcy is entitled to keep basic items, including clothing, household furnishings, wedding rings and other personal belongings.
Individuals filing for bankruptcy may use “exemptions” to hold on to personal property, vehicles and retirement/pension plans. While these exemptions are not unlimited, they can protect most of the property the average person owns from being taken into bankruptcy.
Please note, filing for bankruptcy can also prevent home foreclosure.
Will Bankruptcy Wipe Out All Of My Debts?
Bankruptcy can eliminate many – but not all – debts. Most major unsecured debts are usually wiped away in a bankruptcy, including:
- Utility bills
- Medical bills
- Payday loans
- Broken leases
- Credit card debt
- Unsecured failed business debts
Certain debts cannot be eliminated, including some tax debt, student loans, alimony and child support payments, as well as debt obtained through fraud.
Will Bankruptcy Ruin My Credit?
Bankruptcy will remain on your credit report for seven years. Most people facing serious amounts of debt, however, already have many late payments or payment defaults on their credit reports, all of which get erased as part of how bankruptcy helps. As one study demonstrated, the effect on your credit score is limited and failing to file bankruptcy can lead to far worse financial effects. So, in many cases, it is worth the trade-off. After your debts are discharged, you can begin rebuilding your credit almost immediately and are generally eligible for lines of credit within a couple of years.
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Everyone deserves the chance to earn financial freedom, and everyone deserves to have an attorney they can trust to guide them to that freedom. If you are ready to take the first step in securing the best possible outcome for your future, meet with one of our experienced attorneys to learn more about debt liquidation or debt reorganization.
We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for relief under the Bankruptcy Code.