Bankruptcy can be used as an effective tool to take back control of your financial future and get out from under insurmountable debt. However, sometimes it is best to delay filing your bankruptcy case. Here are some reasons you should do so.
You recently took on additional debt. If you took on additional debt right before filing, there is a chance that debt will not be discharged in your bankruptcy case. If you took on the debt knowing you could not repay it or intended to file for bankruptcy, the debt could be considered fraudulent. Certain debts can be exempt from a bankruptcy discharge. These include:
- Cash advances of at least $925 taken out within 70 days before filing bankruptcy;
- Charges of $650 or more to any one creditor for luxury items made within 90 days before filing bankruptcy.
You recently sold, gave away or transferred property. If you sold or gave away property two years before filing for bankruptcy, the trustee will scrutinize the transaction. They do this to prevent the person who is filing for bankruptcy from putting the property in the hands of someone else. These might be gifts or they may be transferred intentionally to get them out of the bankruptcy case (i.e. – fraudulent transfers).
You expect your income to decrease or your expenses to increase soon. To qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, your financial circumstances are applied to the Means Test. This test compares your income and expenses against national and local norms to determine if you have the means to pay at least a portion of the debt. The higher your income the more likely you are to have difficulty qualifying for the Means Test. Sometimes depending on your financial circumstances and the timing, it might make sense to wait until the figures used to calculate the Means Test are most favorable. It is important to work with a professional who has the skill and experience to evaluate all aspects of your financial situation and to build a strategy for your bankruptcy case that meets your specific needs.
If you have any questions on this topic or are in financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade Garcia McMaken has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade Garcia McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.