With the Holidays quickly approaching, some people are becoming mindful of the expenses related to purchasing gifts for loved ones. It is important to remember, especially for those in financial hardship, to spend responsibly over the holidays; and those who are considering filing Bankruptcy it is even more important to be aware that debt accrued over the holidays may not be dischargeable through Bankruptcy.
Bankruptcy is a complex area of law and involves many considerations, including whether to file, determining which type of Bankruptcy to file, the use of exemptions, understanding the protections of the Bankruptcy Code and using them to your advantage.
When researching options for debt relief; two common bankruptcy filings to consider are Chapter 7 and 13. Chapter 7 bankruptcy is personal debt relief for an individual which liquidates all of your debt. Chapter 13 bankruptcy is suited for those who have disposable income sufficient to repay debtors, and thus a payment plan is initiated directed by the bankruptcy courts.
In a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, the entire process is usually completed within four months, and the debtor then receives a discharge of all dischargeable debts. This dischargeable debt includes credit card debt, old medical bills, utilities bills, unsecured loans, pay day loans, and most other types of unsecured debt. The advantage to filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is that your unsecured debt is completely eliminated, the process is fairly quick, and the automatic stay that takes place after filing prohibits creditors from making collection efforts.
It is important to be aware that while Chapter 7 Bankruptcy may ultimately relieve a debtor of the burden of insurmountable unsecured debt, it is a process that requires the production of several documents and tedious preparation. The more prepared the debtor is, the more seamless the process becomes.
No matter what your situation is, obtaining quality legal consultation from an experienced bankruptcy attorney is beneficial. Contact Blick Law Firm today and speak with attorney Michael Blickensderfer to assess what option is best for you. Think quick, call Blick!