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5 Actions to Consider Before Filing Bankruptcy

Posted By Allmand Law Firm, PLLC || 24-Jun-2013

Filing for bankruptcy can help you eliminate or regain control of your financial obligations. Keep in mind, it may not be the only option for you to consider, but many see it as a last resort when they have done other actions to try and resolve financial issues. Bankruptcy experts and credit counselors even suggest reviewing multiple options before making the decision to file. In doing this, there are a few actions you can do prior to filing that can help you see your situation from another perspective.
  1. Talk with an attorney- Even if you think filing isn't something you will do in the immediate future, you can still review bankruptcy laws to get advice and knowledge you may find useful in the future. Since the filing process includes complex laws, it is suggested you work with an attorney instead of filing on your own.

  2. Complete credit counseling through a government approved agency- This is a filing requirement you can do up to 6 months before you file. This can help you review budgeting and other financial aspects of your situation, while looking at where you want to be in the future.

  3. Review your credit report- If you decide to file this can help you make sure all creditors or outstanding debts are included when your petition is completed. Some debt collectors may cease contacting you for payment, but it may be on your credit report as a valid debt you still owe.

  4. Review your finances to understand where your money is going- This includes income, expenses, and your overall budget. Note why you are having trouble making payments and whether you can make changes in the future to avoid debt accumulation.

  5. Notify your creditors- You may need to notify debt collectors or creditors of your filing. If they continue to pursue you should report their actions to your attorney.

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