Filing for personal bankruptcy is a significant decision that should not be made lightly. There are many things that you need to know before you do so to make sure that the process has the best possible outcome for you and your family. Keep reading to learn more about the bankruptcy process.
Remember you still have to pay taxes on your debts. A lot of people don’t realize that even if their debts are discharged in the bankruptcy, they are still responsible to the IRS. The IRS usually does not allow complete forgiveness, although payment plans are common. Make sure to find out what is covered and what is not.
Before resorting to bankruptcy, contact your creditors in a good-faith effort to renegotiate your payment terms, or interest rate. If you get in touch with them early enough, they may be willing to waive fees or negotiate a new payment schedule. If they are it means they are more likely to receive the money that you owe.
No matter what, don’t give up! Once bankruptcy has been filed, you may be able to regain possession of items such as electronic goods or cars that were taken away from you. You may be able to recover repossessed property if the repossession occurred fewer than 90 days ago. A qualified bankruptcy attorney can walk you through the petition process.
If you can, keep some of your debt out of your bankruptcy. Work on paying down this debt yourself, or especially if you can negotiate a lower rate or new payment terms. This will help to preserve your credit rating, to some extent, because bankruptcy itself will do a number on your score.
As you are no doubt aware, the decision to file for personal bankruptcy can be a difficult one. If you have resolved to take this step, however, you need to be familiar with the process, so that it will go as smoothly as possible for you. Remember the advice from this article and you will have a better outcome.