While each individual’s financial situation is unique, there are valid reasons that cause one to consider filing bankruptcy. In many of these cases, this is the wisest course of action to take. This is not to say that bankruptcy is a decision that should be made lightly. A person considering bankruptcy needs to understand there are consequences to utilizing this legal strategy. However, there are also benefits to filing if you find yourself in one of the following situations.
When should you file?
- When you find it’s a struggle or impossible month after month to pay your bills on time. Missed payments can snowball, resulting in late fees, higher interest rates, and service/account suspension or cancellation.
- When you find yourself behind on mortgage payments, are considering a short sale, or are facing foreclosure.
- When you are spending more than you are making. If you find yourself having to use credit cards or taking out loans to pay off credit cards and other expenses, you may wish to consider filing for bankruptcy.
- When you are receiving calls from credit collection agencies. Prior to your information being sent to a collection agency, the creditor will often contact you directly and, given today’s economy, the creditor may wish to offer you alternative payment options. However, once the collection agencies begin calling, this may be an indication that bankruptcy is the wisest option for you.
These are just a few of the reasons why people make the decision to file for bankruptcy. If any of these apply to you, and you have questions about whether filing bankruptcy is right for you, Behm Law Group in Southern MN would be pleased to answer any of your questions at no charge.