10 Bankruptcy Myths
Misinformation about Bankruptcy
Most people have at least some wrong information about bankruptcy. Irrational fears hold people back from utilizing this helpful process. We hope that by dispelling some of these widely held myths, we can help you to determine whether bankruptcy is the right course for you. The initial consultation with a bankruptcy attorney is free. You owe it to yourself to call.
Consumers considering bankruptcy protection often feel alone. However, we all have friends and family who have had financial difficulties in the past that they don’t publicize. People who file for bankruptcy have something in common with some very successful people. The following public figures all sought bankruptcy protection (but none of them probably brought it up during Thanksgiving dinner).
and many others...Burt Reynolds, H.J. Heinz, Ulysses S Grant, Larry King, Dorothy Hamill, Henry Ford, Francis Ford Coppolo and Tom Petty to name a few.
10 Bankruptcy Myths
While there are many rules in bankruptcy and the process may seem confusing, it is not so difficult that you should avoid the benefits bankruptcy can afford you. If you have competent lawyers representing you, the process should be straight forward for most consumers.
Because of several exemptions built into the bankruptcy law, most people who file for bankruptcy protection do not lose any property at all. Those with substantial property can usually keep their property if they agree to pay back some or all of their debt.
It is possible to rebuild your credit within months of filing bankruptcy. In many cases, clients report having an easier time obtaining credit after the bankruptcy freed them from so much debt.
In Illinois, these assets are generally exempt. You will keep your pension, IRA, and 401(k) in bankruptcy.
In most cases, employers will not find out about the bankruptcy, unless you choose to tell them. Either way, employers are not allowed to fire someone (or take other adverse action) for filing bankruptcy.
When one spouse files for bankruptcy protection, his or her spouse’s credit is generally not affected.
Nobody will stop you from paying a debt you wish to pay. After your discharge, you can choose which debts to pay and which ones not to pay.
While it is true that some taxes will not be discharged, others can be. There are many rules which an attorney can explain to you.
The total time for a straight bankruptcy is approximately four months. However, the debtor receives the benefit of an automatic stay immediately after the petition is filed. The automatic stay means that creditors are generally not allowed to attempt to collect any debts from the debtor. The phone calls from creditors can end immediately.
Congress didn’t create the bankruptcy laws to help bad guys. The laws are there to help people get out of problems honestly. When good people have serious financial problems, they owe it to themselves and their families to consider bankruptcy.