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Understanding the consequences of Chapter 7 bankruptcy

Lots of Mississippi residents are facing an ever-growing amount of debt. As credit card bills, auto loans, personal loans and medical bills start to mount, it can be difficult to find a way to pay everything back. This is especially true for those who have had a significant change in financial circumstances due to job loss, divorce or other factors. Personal bankruptcy can be an important method for eliminating debts and moving forward toward a new financial future.

There are both advantages and disadvantages to pursuing Chapter 7 bankruptcy. On the one hand, many people hesitate before filing because they are concerned that they will see their credit rating destroyed. After all, the bankruptcy remains on a credit report for 10 years. However, some individuals who file for bankruptcy already have severely damaged credit. When one is unable to pay their bills, waiting to declare bankruptcy may actually lead to a longer period of bad credit.

Similarly, debtors will need to give up their credit cards. They can continue to use debit and prepaid cards for online purchases, however, and they will begin to be eligible for regular credit cards within three years of their initial filing.

Others are concerned about losing property that will be put up for sale by the bankruptcy trustee. While people with luxury items, second properties or inheritances may find that Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a bad fit, many key personal assets are exempted under state law. In addition, it's possible to keep wages and new properties obtained after filing for bankruptcy.

There are many other considerations to be taken into account before filing for personal bankruptcy. An attorney can provide advice and guidance on the proper steps to take when seeking debt relief.

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