5 Ways to Know It's Time to Consider Bankruptcy

Submitted by Rachel R on Mon, 02/04/2013 - 3:31pm

5 Ways to Know It's Time to Consider Bankruptcy


Image source: visualeconomics.com

If you’ve cut through all the negative hype from the credit and loan industry about declaring bankruptcy, then you know it’s a viable option to get out from under the crushing load of debts that are burdening you. The negative consequences of filing for bankruptcy are real, but they don’t last forever, and you will get the fresh start you so desperately need. But how do you know for sure that you’ve reached the point where bankruptcy is called for? Here are five signs to pay attention to:

1. All Your Credit Options are at or Near Their Limits. If you have a number of unsecured credit card or store card accounts and they are all at or very near their limits, it is a sign that you are approaching the point at which bankruptcy can really help you. If even making the minimum payments on all of these accounts has become increasingly difficult or nearly impossible, bankruptcy can offer relief. If you have little equity in your home and other assets, Chapter 7 is probably your best bet because it wipes out all unsecured debts forever. If you have good income and sizeable equity in various assets, then you might consider a Chapter 13, which lets you keep all of that property and come up with a manageable payment plan over three to five years.

Image source: blogspot.com

2. You’re Considering Cashing Out Some or All of Your Retirement. In short, don’t do it! The fact that you’re even considering doing this is a good sign that bankruptcy can probably help you. After all, you don’t want to jeopardize your future retirement funds – you’re going to need them if you don’t want to have to work into your 70s! If you’re still 10 or more years away from retirement age, it’s critical that you protect those funds, and declaring bankruptcy will do just that, while at the same time either eliminating or greatly reducing your other debts.

Image source: genxfinance.com

3. You’re Receiving Calls Day and Night from Creditors or Collection Agencies. This is a sign that you’re already in deep trouble, and the calls won’t stop. They will make you deals to pay off just a portion of the debt you owe, which sounds like a great deal, but understand that any amounts of debt that are “written off” will come back to haunt you at tax time because those forgiven debts will be reported to the IRS as taxable income. It would be better in this situation to use those payments to hire a qualified, reputable bankruptcy attorney to help you file and resolve your case. When you file for bankruptcy, the calls from creditors and collection agencies have to stop. Your debts go away and you won’t face additional tax burdens. That’s a win-win situation for you!

4. You’re Falling Behind on Your Rent or Mortgage. Housing is one of your most basic needs that must be met. If you’re falling behind in rent or mortgage payments, you risk being evicted from your rental or having your mortgage lender foreclose on your house, which effectively puts you out on the streets. Filing for bankruptcy will immediately stop any foreclosure proceedings and gives you a chance to figure out how to stay in your home.

5. You’re Borrowing Money to Pay Basic Living Expenses. If the only way you can get by is to borrow money, whether from family, friends, credit cards or payday loans, you’re in deep financial stress. From here, it’s very unlikely that your situation will suddenly change for the better, so this is your wake-up call to stop the madness by filing for bankruptcy.

Image source: goodfinancialclients.com

Declaring bankruptcy is no laughing matter. It will have consequences for a number of years in terms of being approved for loans or other credit applications, but in time you can return to normal and begin rebuilding a more positive credit history. The pain involved in filing for bankruptcy now is nothing compared to the pain you will experience further down the road if you wait. If you're facing financial hardship, schedule a free consultation with a qualified local bankruptcy attorney today.

Dedicated to helping residents of North Carolina find the best solutions to their debt problems. Don’t waste another day worrying about your debt. Call +1-919-646-2654 today to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your bankruptcy options.

Debts Hurt! Got debt? Need help? Get started below!

Serving All of North Carolina

  • Fayetteville
  • Durham
  • Wilson
  • Greensboro
  • South Raleigh (Garner)
  • Southport
  • Wilmington

North Raleigh

6616 Six Forks Rd #203 Raleigh, NC 27615 North Carolina

Tel: (919) 847-9750

North Raleigh

Fayetteville

2711 Breezewood Ave Fayetteville, NC 28303 North Carolina

Tel: (910) 323-2972

Fayetteville

Durham

1738 Hillandale Rd Durham, NC 27705 North Carolina

Tel: (919) 286-1695

Durham

Wilson

2215 Nash St N Wilson, NC 27896 North Carolina

Tel: (252) 234-9194

Wilson

Greensboro

600 Green Valley Rd #210 Greensboro, NC 27408 North Carolina

Tel: (336) 542-5993

Greensboro

South Raleigh (Garner)

143 US-70 Garner, NC 27529 North Carolina

Tel: (919) 747-4400

South Raleigh (Garner)

Southport

4320 Southport Supply Road SE, STE 300 Southport, NC 28461 North Carolina

Tel: (910) 218-8682

Southport

Wilmington

4320 Southport Supply Road SE, STE 300 Southport, NC 28461 North Carolina

Tel: (910) 447-2987

Wilmington