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How To File For Bankruptcy: Find Out What's Involve

By: John Stuart Smith|LRL Writer

How To File BankruptcyExtension of credit is essential to the viability of the economy and is what stimulates commerce and business expansion. In a world without credit, most businesses would not be able to pay workers, fund capital projects, or expand operations. Such a world would be one of a stagnant financial environment. As important as credit is, borrowers may over extend themselves and unable to meet their financial obligations. If you or your business is suffering from financial trouble and you want to know more information on how to file for bankruptcy, then keep reading.

The first task at hand is for you to make a list of all the financial institutions, whether banks or other money lenders, whom you owe money to along with the amount of debt. When you reach the stage when you have to file for bankruptcy, having documentation for all your creditors is a requisite for a smooth, efficient process.

The next step is to list all assets you currently have. Any properties, land, automobiles, stocks and bonds you might have should be declared. Be honest in declaring your assets. If the court or your creditors suspect you are hiding some assets, you may find yourself in bigger trouble than you are currently in.

Next, contact the three credit bureaus and ask them to send you your credit report. You can get this free of charge from the credit bureaus. The law permits one free report per year for each person. You need your credit report to verify the list you made of all your creditors. Also, you might want to double check your receipts and to investigate if there are errors or discrepancies in your credit report.

Moreover, an attorney can help educate you on how to file for bankruptcy. The task of looking for a lawyer who will best represent your case maybe a challenge all by itself. You need to find a lawyer that is reliable and whom you are at ease with. You need a trustworthy partner in dealing with this kind of sensitive case, who understands your concerns, and can adequately and competently represent your best interests.

There are also three different forms of bankruptcies: Chapter 7, Chapter 11, and Chapter 13. Each form of bankruptcy is different, and not everyone is qualified for each. Your attorney will be able to advise you on which one is appropriate for your situation.

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