What to Take Care of before Filing for Bankruptcy

Sometimes, debts can become overwhelming and far too much to handle. When what you owe far exceeds how much you can pay off each month, then you need to take strong and immediate action to resolve this situation. One of the best ways for you to regain control over your finances is to file for personal bankruptcy. Many people turn to bankruptcy as a method of debt resolution.

You should fully evaluate your finances before filing for bankruptcy. Some people, after further examination of their debts and incomes, realize that they can resolve their debts without filing. If you are considering filing for Chapter 7, then the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act may affect you. If your monthly income is above the median income for your state, then you may not be eligible for Chapter 7. You should prepare yourself for a Chapter 13 filing, as well, just in case.

If you believe that you are ready to file for bankruptcy, there are certain measures you can take in order to best prepare yourself for what you are about to face. By taking the following steps, you can expedite the filing process:

  • Make lists of your secured and unsecured debts
  • Gather copies of your deeds and car titles
  • Compile your tax returns for the past few years
  • Get a copy of your current credit report
  • List your exempt and non-exempt property (Chapter 7 filers)

By doing the above, you can best prepare yourself for a smooth bankruptcy filing.

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