If you are facing foreclosure, bankruptcy can be a powerful alternative to saving your home. Filing Chapter 7 or a Chapter 13 bankruptcy automatically places a stay on foreclosure of your property; provided that you include the house as part of your bankruptcy and that your home is your personal residence. Upon filing a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13, the bankruptcy court automatically sends all of your creditors an order directing them to cease collection activity on your property. The “Order for Relief” legally postpones the foreclosure while the bankruptcy is pending, which can last approximately three to four months.
However, it’s important to remember that timing is everything. If you allow your foreclosure proceedings to continue beyond the point of no return and the foreclosure notice is already filed with the courts, the automatic stay means nothing and foreclosure will continue. You have to make sure that you file the bankruptcy before the foreclosure is filed and your auction date set. This is best accomplished by filing the bankruptcy after your first missed mortgage payment.
While the bankruptcy is pending, and the weight of paying other creditors is lifted, this is your opportunity to take your resources that do not go directly to immediate living expenses (i.e. – food, utilities, gas and transportation) and channel that money directly into a lump sum payment to satisfy the mortgage company. If you head into bankruptcy court with the resources to reinstate your loan, you will have avoided foreclosure.
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If you have any questions on this topic or are in need of a financial fresh start, please contact our experienced team of bankruptcy attorneys at (305) 285-9100. 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, P.A. website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.