Bankruptcy creates a ripple effect that touches many beyond the people and companies that file. It is best to thoroughly understand the process of bankruptcy to know what to do when encountering it as a consumer of a company that has filed for bankruptcy, as a friend or loved one of someone who has filed for bankruptcy, or as the person person filing him or herself.
A recent piece published in The Atlantic describes a phenomenon it dubs “the bankruptcy feedback loop.” This is the cycle of impoverished individuals filing for bankruptcy to eliminate their debts only to find themselves back in debt not long after, considering filing for bankruptcy again.
When you are unable to handle your debt load, whether that debt load is personal or business debt, you might consider filing for bankruptcy. Bankruptcy is a legal process through which an individual or company in debt can have that debt discharged, either through the liquidation of assets (Chapter 7), a repayment plan (Chapter 13), or a reorganization of the company (Chapter 11). Other chapters exist as well, such as Chapter 9, Chapter 12, and Chapter 15, but these are for niche purposes and only utilized by specific groups.
When you are struggling with an uncontrollable level of personal debt, filing for bankruptcy is not an ideal outcome. However, it is sometimes the best outcome for your situation because it allows you to make the lifestyle changes you need to make to regain control over your finances and negotiate a fair settlement with your creditors. Whether you file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you will work closely with the court to ensure that your rights are protected and your debts are paid.
Many people assume that debt is inherently bad. The truth, however, is that debt and credit can be tools that allow individuals to live more comfortable, fruitful lives. Loans help people buy homes and attend college, and credit can help those who find themselves in temporary financial hardship. Unfortunately, poor financial management and unexpected circumstances can cause debt to spiral out of control. When this happens, bankruptcy might be a viable option.
As per Foreclosure.com, the nation’s largest provider of data of homes in financial distress, reports that 31,043 Illinois homes are currently in pre-foreclosure status as 23,486 household are already actively involved in the process. In addition, 34,975 bankruptcies have also been recorded during the first quarter of 2015.
The allure of fast cash directly deposited into your bank account within 24 hours may sound appealing but as The New York Times recently reported, consumers should be extremely cautious when it comes to the pitfalls of signing on the electronic dotted line.
Several respected financial analysts predict that the U.S. will continue to experience a decline in the number of bankruptcy filings in 2015. Some data suggests an estimated 800,000 bankruptcy petitions will cross the judicial bench of district bankruptcy courts across the U.S. this year.
For many homeowners, a loan modification request is much like a ride on a Ferris wheel. The lender offers assistance through HAMP or some other federal program, raising hopes and expectations. Then, the bank suddenly withdraws its offer, many times based on technical grounds, such as turning in documents a day or two late, a Debt To Income ration that is a few points too low or a Loan To Value ratio that is a few points too high.