I discuss the typical experience for people who are filing bankruptcy. We start with what the initial consultation with the bankruptcy attorney should be like. Then we look at what the relationship between filing bankruptcy and its’ effect on your credit and FICO score. Finally I discuss filing bankruptcy and divorce.
When you’re overwhelmed by crushing debt, a personal bankruptcy will provide a fresh start and could be the Life-Changing Debt Solution you’re looking for. Choosing to file for bankruptcy is a serious decision which may not be for everyone. Our Licensed Trustees will explore all the options available to resolve your debt challenges and walk you through the bankruptcy process to see if it’s the right choice to eliminate your debt once and for all.
– At MNP, we believe knowing all of your options about debt is key to helping find the best solution for you. One of those options may be declaring bankruptcy.
– So what is the process in declaring bankruptcy? The first step is to meet with a trusted advisor to go over your personal and financial situation. Here you will review your income, how much you owe and your current assets. People are often afraid they will lose their assets when they claim bankruptcy. Many assets are protected by federal or provincial legislation and cannot be taken. Your advisor will address all of your concerns so you can feel secure in your decision to file for bankruptcy.
– After this review, the next step is to work with the trustee and complete the required forms. The trustee will then file these documents with the government and you will be declared bankrupt. From that point on the trustee will deal directly with your unsecured creditors on your behalf and you will stop making payments to them. Any garnishments against your salary will stop except garnishments for spousal and child support. Most lawsuits against you by your unsecured creditors will also be stopped.
– During the bankruptcy there are some duties that you are required to complete in order to receive a discharge from bankruptcy. You will be required to: attend 2 credit counseling sessions, submit your income information, submit your tax information, and pay your Trustee Fees. Failure to complete any or all of these duties will affect whether you’re eligible for discharge from bankruptcy. A discharge is needed in order for your debts to be eliminated permanently.
– Some debts that cannot be discharged include: court fines and penalties, alimony and child support arrears, student loans less than 7 years old.
– The cost and how long you will be in bankruptcy depends on: your income and family situation, whether you have been bankrupt before.
– The bankruptcy process can be difficult to understand. But with a trusted advisor from MNP, the process becomes a lot easier.
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