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What to consider before filing for bankruptcy

If a Mississippi resident is having trouble paying down his or her debt, it may make sense to think about filing for bankruptcy. By taking this step, an individual can obtain a stay of creditor contact and certain actions such as wage garnishment. However, the bankruptcy will be noted on a credit report and stay there for up to 10 years for those who file Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

An upside to filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy is that individuals will likely have most of their debts wiped away in a short period of time. If a person files for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, he or she will have three to five years to repay their debts. Debtors who don't qualify for Chapter 13 because they have too much debt may qualify for Chapter 11 bankruptcy instead. Regardless of what type of bankruptcy a person files for, the effects of that decision should decrease over time.

Individuals who file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy may be able to get a mortgage within four years of filing. Prior to filing for bankruptcy, it could be worthwhile to meet with an attorney. A consultation might be free, and individuals may find out about alternatives to filing for bankruptcy protection. Debtors may get help putting financial records together to present to a bankruptcy court.

Those who are facing financial challenges may find that filing for bankruptcy is an effective way to handle debts. Bankruptcy may allow debtors more time to renegotiate loan terms or have existing debts discharged in a reasonable amount of time. Taking this action might also put an end to wage garnishment or prevent it from happening at all. Debtors may generally keep property such as a house or car as their bankruptcy case unfolds.

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