If you have excessive debts, live can be difficult to manage. Even if you have full time employment, it can be difficult to regain control over your finances when creditors are calling, the interest rates are going up every time you make a late payment, and no one will afford you a loan because your credit rating is so bad. In the case of an emergency, you will be left with no resources to take care of your problems. You try to put everything you can on credit cars, loans, and your mortgage but it never seems help.
People with serious debt can consider bankruptcy as a way to re-establish themselves financially and get back on track. This is a federal program where individuals and businesses can petition for a way out of debt. It is handled by the federal court system. Although one can represent themselves, just as in any court case, it is important to have a bankruptcy attorney to help make sure that you are handing the process correctly and have an expert on your side when it comes to negotiating the payment of your debts.
Bankruptcy can be very difficult to navigate because you’re probably already overwhelmed by the amount of your debt. A bankruptcy attorney will keep things objective and simple, making sure the process goes fast but smooth. They are experts in assessing your financial situation, filing out paperwork, and representing you in court and to your creditors.
There are three ways to file for bankruptcy, all under three chapters. Chapter 7 is what most people think of when they think of filing for bankruptcy. This liquidates your assets including all your possessions and investments in order to divvy the amount to all of your creditors. Usually a person has some funds left over to start over or they do not have to pay the full amount of the debt because they simply do not have anything left over. Chapter 11 is a reorganization of your debt. This gives you a chance to negotiate with your debtors for better interest rates, lower per monthly fees, and the acquisition of low interest loans to consolidate your debt under a lower rate. This is a great way to keep some of your most important assets, like you house or valuable investments. Chapter 13 is a court approved plan that actually accomplishes this for you. All of these avenues can help you, but you need a bankruptcy attorney to make sure your qualify and you win your petition.
If you’re worried about the cost of a bankruptcy attorney, you’ll be glad to know that many of them offer flat rate fees and often provide payment plan options so that you are able to calculate the legal fees in with your overall debt payment program. You can get the help you need, even if you don’t think you can afford it.