What is Bankruptcy? Bankruptcy is a legal process that allows an individual or business that is unable to pay its debts to either restructure or eliminate those debts. The bankruptcy process is governed by federal law, and is administered by the courts through a bankruptcy trustee. Types of Bankruptcy There are several different types of […]
Bankruptcy Exemptions Bankruptcy exemptions are legal provisions that allow a person to keep certain assets when they file for bankruptcy. These exemptions vary from state to state and can also be affected by federal law. In the United States, bankruptcy is a legal process that allows individuals or businesses to eliminate or repay their debts. […]
Are you struggling to pay business debts? Are you feeling the weight and stress of what feels like an endless amount of debt crushing you? Is your business failing to produce enough income to cover expenses? Could your business really benefit from being reorganized? If you are a business owner, filing bankruptcy probably is one of the last things you want to consider. Yet, according to the Small Business Administration (SBA) more than 50% of businesses fail within the first ten years. Unfortunately, filing business bankruptcy is something many business owners need to consider. Filing bankruptcy does not mean the death of your business. Actually, filing either Chapter 11 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy allows you to save your business by reorganizing your debt. Filing bankruptcy can bring much needed relief from financial stress and provide a way for you to give your business a fresh, financial start.
More and more retirees are filing for bankruptcy due to several reasons. Disappearing benefits, rising medical costs, planning inadequately, increasing caretaker expenses, and declining income are a few of the major causes. More seniors are not only filing for bankruptcy, but they also are representing a larger percentage of filers. In 1991, only 2% of bankruptcy filers were 65 years or older. Now, more than 12% of bankruptcy filers are seniors, up 10% in less than thirty years.
Filing bankruptcy is a huge decision. And, there are a lot of smaller, yet extremely important choices to be made regarding the process. Should you file bankruptcy? What type of bankruptcy should you file? When should you file bankruptcy?
Understanding the bankruptcy process can be a daunting undertaking. However, if you break it down into manageable sections, it can be easier to understand. Keep reading the following sections to learn more about the bankruptcy process and how it applies to your individual situation: Bankruptcy Explained, Bankruptcy Types, Why Should You File Bankruptcy, When Should You File Bankruptcy, and Bankruptcy Costs.
All of my clients want to know how quickly they can recover their credit score and so here is the answer. If you are proactive you can have a six eighty or six 90 credit score. Two years after we file the bankruptcy petition the way that you do that is you obtain a credit card immediately after we file. You start using the card responsibly and you only charge 50 percent of the limit on the card and you pay that off every single month. If you do that for two years you’re going to have a 680 credit score in two years.
When debtors file Chapter 13, all disposable income is paid into the plan and used by the trustee to offset plan expenses. Only regular income, not considered disposable, is the income used to establish and make plan payments and pay reasonable expenses, such as: housing, food, and transportation. Tax refunds are considered disposable income and, typically, must be paid into the plan.
Everything You Need to Know About Divorce and Bankruptcy You have probably heard the commonly-cited statistic that about half of all marriages end in divorce. A sizable number of those whom have experienced divorce will also find themselves in need of bankruptcy protection. Family law and bankruptcy law intertwine in several ways. This post […]
Whether you are only considering bankruptcy, or currently in the middle of one, you are probably already looking ahead to the future. Life after bankruptcy may seem scary, but it is actually pretty great! The feelings of stress and anxiety you felt while drowning in debt will have melted away, and you can begin to focus on planning and preparing for your new life. The primary concern for many people coming out of a bankruptcy is rebuilding and repairing credit. If you are wondering how to begin improving your credit score, this post may provide some insight on establishing a solid credit history post bankruptcy.