Many individuals are under the false impression that bankruptcy is the end and will cause substantial destruction to their future. There is, however, life after bankruptcy, and a financial life that is much better than the current situation. Some things, in fact, change for the better almost immediately.
Some of the immediate impacts will include:
Overall, you will likely be able to sleep better without worrying about your debt situation.
It is true that some aspects of your financial life will take a short-term hit immediately after filing for bankruptcy, but these will recover over time. Going forward, you will be able to build your credit and improve your financial situation over time.
Bankruptcy laws are designed to help consumers, but there are many myths surrounding a filer’s inability to get credit after bankruptcy. Your credit score will not likely be good after filing for bankruptcy, but it was likely not great while dealing with the circumstances that lead to bankruptcy. With careful action, this can be steadily improved.
After filing for bankruptcy, gather and file all paperwork from the case, including the bankruptcy petition from your lawyer. This will include facts about your debts and the assets involved. The purpose of this is because some lenders may want to see documents from your bankruptcy while considering you for new credit.
Another action to take after bankruptcy is to regularly check your credit score. Credit reports can be checked once a year for free from major credit reporting agencies. You will want to ensure that all of the discharged debt has been properly reported to the associated credit bureaus. You will want to do this to make sure it is reported with a zero balance so it does not remain counted as outstanding debt.
Most importantly, you should start a budget and stick to it. Set aside time each week to review where you are at. The main objective of this is to help you get to a stable financial circumstance and help you avoid future bankruptcy filings.
At the Law Office of Kimberly A. Sheek, we take a client-centered approach. This means that we will tailor your bankruptcy case to your specific circumstance and help set you up for a successful life after bankruptcy. Our Charlotte bankruptcy lawyer is available to help you take control of your debt situation.
Do not hesitate to contact our firm at your earliest convenience.