There are two main types of debt, these include: Secured debt and unsecured debt. Knowing the difference between the two can help you prioritize paying off your debts and keep your assets. Secured debts are tied to an asset that is considered collateral for that debt. Lenders place a lien on the asset, giving them the right to repossess it if you stop making payments on the loan. Examples of secured debt include a car loan and a home mortgage. A title loan is also a type of secured debt.
When it comes to unsecured debts, lenders do not have rights to any collateral for the debt. If you fall behind on payments or stop paying all together, the lender can generally not take any of your assets for the debt. The lender can take other actions against you to collect on the debt. For example, file a lawsuit against you and ask the court to garnish your wages. Unsecured debt can include credit card debt, student loans and medical bills.
So how do you know which debts to prioritize? Secured debts, those tied to a specific piece of property, are typically the best choice to pay first. These payments are often harder to catch up on if you fall behind and you risk losing essential assets, like your home or vehicle. Here are some ways bankruptcy can affect your debts– both secured and unsecured.
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.