When you are left with no other option apart from bankruptcy, people are worried sick because of the myths surrounding bankruptcy. Since most of these myths are bogus, having no relation to the truth, it is important that you discuss this issue with people who are well versed with the facts. Discussing your worst fears about bankruptcy with able lawyers of Dallas based bankruptcy law firm Recovery Law Group, can open your eyes to the fact that bankruptcy can actually do you more good than you ever imagined.
Here are some questions that can settle your doubts:
- What to do if I cannot afford to file for bankruptcy?
You are expected to pay the bankruptcy filing fee when you file your petition in court. The Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing fees is $306 and that for Chapter 13 bankruptcy is $281. Generally, people who file for bankruptcy have run out of other options. Paying the filing fees might not be possible for them. The court offers a grace period of 120 days to deposit the fees. If you cannot manage it to pay this amount, you can ask for a waiver, which will exempt you from paying any fees.
- Can my employer find out about my bankruptcy petition?
Bankruptcy is mentioned in court records and your credit report. If your employer accesses your credit report they can come to know about your bankruptcy. Another way through which they can know about your bankruptcy is if you were facing wage garnishment and it ceased due to automatic stay provision of bankruptcy. Otherwise, there is no way of them becoming aware of your bankruptcy filing. You should be relieved as you cannot be discriminated based on your bankruptcy, thanks to laws which prevent so.
- Will my credit be ruined forever?
Bankruptcy is mentioned on your credit report for a duration of 7-10 years depending on which bankruptcy chapter you filed in. This makes getting credit a bit difficult. However, it is bad credit, thanks to missed payments and high debt balance, that harms your credit more than bankruptcy. In fact, bankruptcy wipes all bad credit and shows only any good credits you have, which results in a better credit score.
- Can I protect my funds?
State and federal government offer you various exemptions through which you can protect your funds. Generally, when you file for bankruptcy, unemployment benefits, retirement funds, disability or survivor benefits and insurance policies are exempted from being used to pay your creditors.
In case you have any doubts regarding bankruptcy, you can call 888-297-6023 to discuss them with experienced bankruptcy lawyers.