How to Know When You’re Ready for Bankruptcy

Submitted by Jen Jones on Tue, 08/10/2010 - 11:53am

How to Know When You’re Ready for Bankruptcy

In the wake of the worst economic conditions since the Great Depression, millions of people are finding themselves bankruptcy bound. And with so many people forced to find relief in the protections a bankruptcy filing can provide, gone are the days of societal stigmatization and shame.

Yet, many debtors enduring tough financial times are still stuck in an old mindset that bankruptcy is a measure of last result. This often leads people just like you to wait months and even years after they should have started the bankruptcy process, often wasting endless time and money to just stay current during an unprecedented era of unemployment, rising health costs, and housing woes.

Instead of waiting for things to get better, take your financial future into your own hands with these four easy indicators that you’re ready for bankruptcy—right now.

Creditors are Calling and Lawsuits are Pending.
It’s one thing to occasionally miss a credit card payment. You might pay late or forget altogether, resulting in higher interest rates, calls from your credit card company, and a possible end to your credit line. But, more and more often, people are simply unable to pay their bills at all, handcuffed by joblessness, medical bills, or other unexpected budgetary burdens. In this case, you may be facing creditor lawsuits, whereby your lenders are using the law to win judgments and eventually get the power to seize your assets.  If this is the case, bankruptcy is a clear choice, allowing you to stop these types of proceedings cold and get you on a financial course that will allow you to meet your ongoing obligations and the needs of you and your family.

Creditors are Garnishing your Paycheck.
Wage garnishment is a sure sign that creditors have not only sued you, but the creditors are winning.  Wage garnishment is limited under North Carolina law, but certain entities such as taxing authorities and student loan creditors may garnish your wages.  Other judgment creditors may be able to garnish your wages if your employer's main office is located outside of the state of North Carolina. Bankruptcy is the best way—and often the only way—to end such wage garnishments, saving your income from creditors, and for the things you need most.

Tax Liens Have Been Levied Against You.
Tax liens are liens imposed by law upon a property to secure the payment of taxes. If you cannot afford to pay your taxes and tax liens have been levied against you, bankruptcy can help. A personal bankruptcy can discharge unsecured debt, freeing up resources to pay taxes, and avoid losing much-needed personal and real property.  In many cases, you may be able to satisfy your tax lien by paying the total amount of equity in all your property to the IRS or state taxing authority through a Chapter 13 bankruptcy plan.

You are Behind on Your Rent Or Mortgages and are Facing Eviction
As you already know, keeping a roof over your head is a priority, and, with millions facing foreclosure in 2010, the potential to lose the security of shelter is real for many Americans. While bankruptcy will not wipe away your requirement to pay rent or your house note for an apartment or home you intend to stay in, it can keep you in your home or apartment and wipe out other debts that might have forced you into eviction in the first place. In the case where your mortgage is untenable, bankruptcy can discharge what you owe, allowing you to walk away from one house to walk into another that you can actually afford.

If you meet any of the above criteria, it’s never been more important to act now, seeking competent and experienced bankruptcy counsel from the very start. An experienced bankruptcy attorney knows the ins and outs of the bankruptcy process and can assist throughout your case.

The bankruptcy experts at the Law Offices of John T. Orcutt offer a totally FREE debt consultation and now, more than ever, it’s time to take them up on their offer. Just call toll free to +1-919-646-2654, or during the off hours, you can make your own appointment right online at www.billsbills.com. Simply click on the yellow “FREE Consultation Now” button.

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