Key Factors to Consider for Bankruptcy

When Considering Whether to File for Bankruptcy, It’s Crucial To Weigh Several Key Factors
Carefully. Here’s A Breakdown of The Main Considerations:

Type of Bankruptcy: Understand the differences between Chapter 7 (liquidation of assets) and
Chapter 13 (repayment plan) bankruptcy. Chapter 7 may result in the loss of certain assets but can
discharge most debts, while Chapter 13 involves making payments towards debts over a 3-5 year
period but allows you to keep more assets.

Impact on Credit: Filing for bankruptcy will have a significant negative impact on your credit score,
making it more difficult to obtain loans, credit cards, and possibly affecting rental and employment
opportunities. This impact can last for 7-10 years depending on the type of bankruptcy filed. Most
people will have

Asset Liquidation: In Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you may have to surrender certain assets to pay off
creditors. It’s important to understand state exemptions that may protect some of your assets.

Debt Dischargeability: Most but not all debts can be discharged in bankruptcy! For example, debts
that are difficult, but not impossible, to discharge are student loans, child support, alimony, and certain
tax debts are typically not dischargeable.

Cost of Filing: There are costs associated with filing for bankruptcy, including court fees and
attorney fees. These costs can vary widely from attorney to attorney. The Law Offices of Adele
Schneidereit prides itself on cost accessibility! The cost of filing is $338 for a Chapter 7 and $313 for
a Chapter 13. The cost of credit counseling is included in the flat rate fee at the Law Offices of Adele

Eligibility Requirements: There are eligibility requirements for filing under different bankruptcy
chapters, such as income limits for Chapter 7 and disposable income requirements for Chapter 13.

Long-term Financial Goals: Consider how bankruptcy fits into your long-term financial goals.
Bankruptcy provides relief from immediate financial pressures. It may also expand future financial
opportunities because it zeroes out most of your debt.

Alternatives to Bankruptcy: Explore alternatives such as debt consolidation, negotiation with
creditors, or a debt management plan. These options may also impact your credit but could offer a
more favorable long-term outcome.

Legal Advice: Given the complexity of bankruptcy laws and the significant impact on your financial
future, consulting with a qualified bankruptcy attorney is highly recommended. An attorney can
provide personalized advice based on your specific situation and help you navigate the legal process.
Call the Law Offices of Adele Schneidereit at 805-401-0821 ext. 1 for a free half-hour consultation to
talk about your fresh financial start.

Making the decision to file for bankruptcy is a significant one with long-lasting implications. It’s
important to carefully consider these factors and seek professional advice to make an informed
decision that aligns with your financial goals and circumstances. Call the Law Offices of Adele
Schneidereit at 805-401-0821 ext. 1 to talk about your fresh financial start!

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