Many consumers struggling to pay off credit card debt or medical bills wonder when the right time is to file for bankruptcy- or if bankruptcy is even the best option for them. It makes little sense to continue struggling against a mound of debt you are not even making a dent in with monthly payments– or maybe you are no longer able to afford those payments. A good rule thumb is, if it would take you five years or more to repay what you owe, you should consider filing for bankruptcy. Why five years? Because that is how long you would be required to make payments under a Chapter 13 repayment plan.
However, most consumers qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which is typically faster (takes approximately three to four months, as opposed to five years) and erases all of your credit card debt and medical bills. If lower interest rates would help you pay off the debt within five years, consider scheduling an appointment with a credit counselor associated with the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (www.nfcc.org). These nonprofits can set you up with debt management plans that may offer you lower rates on your credit card debt.
Many people feel an obligation to pay what they owe, even if in reality they will never be able to pay off the debt. Bankruptcy laws allow individuals to gain a fresh start, so they can take care of themselves and their families. If you are behind on your mortgage payments, filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy can allow you to stay in your home and catch up on your payments or negotiate with your lender. This is all thanks to the automatic stay which immediately goes into effect and prohibits your mortgage lender from foreclosing on your home.
If you are in a 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, P.A. 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 website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.