If you have fallen behind in paying your bills, you might consider filing for bankruptcy. Getting rid of all your past due payments, or even making small payments to your creditors, might sound more appealing than getting daily calls from collection agencies.
However, there are plenty of consequences of filing for bankruptcy. According to wiseGEEK, the effects of filing include the following:
- You might lose most of your assets depending on the type of bankruptcy you file for
- Your credit score will be impacted for 6-10 years
- You jeopardize your career since some employers will not hire candidates with past bankruptcies or bad credit
If these consequences deter you from considering bankruptcy, know that there are options other than simply staying in debt. In most cases, you can do them on your own.
Consider the following tips provided by DestroyDebt.com and credit-wz.com to stay out of bankruptcy:
- Sell anything you don’t need
- Consider picking up a second job
- Take credit cards out of your wallet so you’re less likely to use them
These are just some basic tips to get your life back after being in debt. If none of these ideas will work for you and you are prepared for the consequences, then considering bankruptcy might be your best bet. The next step will be finding a good bankruptcy lawyer.
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