Submitted by Jen Jones on Tue, 05/12/2009 - 1:53am
To file or not to file bankruptcy is one of the most difficult decisions you're ever going to make. It involves more than just money and the debts you're struggling to repay. Bankruptcy has its own set of emotions attached to it. You may ask yourself:
'How did I get into this situation?'
'How have other people worked their way out?'
'What will my friends and family think?'
As you work through these difficult questions, understand that there is an attorney waiting to help you work through your financial problems and give you the facts you need to make an informed decision.
Bankruptcy is there for people like you, honest, hardworking people, who for reasons beyond their control, need the chance to start fresh in their financial lives. It can help you break free from overwhelming credit card and medical debt, and help you catch up on missed mortgage or car payment. Bankruptcy is indeed the "play" button for a life on pause.
There are two different kinds of bankruptcy which your qualified bankruptcy attorney can help you choose.
Chapter 7 bankruptcy is an option for individuals who pass a certain test of their disposable monthly income, as determined by median income figures for your state. While both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 offer an opportunity for a fresh start, a Chapter 7 discharge can be obtained quickly- in about 6 months from filing in most cases.
If you are behind on your mortgage or car payment, Chapter 13 is your best option to get caught up and save your property from foreclosure or reposession. Your missed payments can be repaid over the course of a 3 to 5 year repayment plan. If you have disposable monthly income above the Chapter 7 threshold amount, Chapter 13 is also an option to get a handle on your unsecured debt.
A qualified bankruptcy attorney can help you determine which version of bankruptcy will be best for you. Using the federal protection of the bankruptcy code, you can begin to tackle your financial problems and shut out the bill collectors forever. You can restructure or eliminate your debt, keep your personal property, and begin your financial life again.
There may be one or many reasons why you've been placed at bankruptcy's doorstep. Understand that there is professional help available, and that the benefits of bankruptcy probably outweigh many of the downsides. With offices in Raleigh, Durham, Wilson and Fayetteville, the Law Offices of John T. Orcutt will help you get back on your financial feet.
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