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Filing bankruptcy on Long Island is a decision that should not be taken lightly by anyone. The process can be intricate and confusing for most novice filers who attempt the legal task without the assistance or representation of an experienced attorney. The ramifications following a bankruptcy petition acceptance is long-term in most situations regardless of the chapter being requested. It is important to understand that filing a bankruptcy petition is the equivalent of asking the government to intervene in a private credit arrangement to block the creditors from exercising their rights to pursue legal remedies against an account discharge. The creditors can always contest the terms, and the court refuses more petitions than filers realize. It is not an automatic process by any stretch, and petitions filed without legal representation are commonly rejected by the court for a variety of reasons. Even qualifying within the scope of the means test can be complicated for a DIY bankruptcy petitioner.

Preparation is Key to a Successful Chapter 13 Case

The best method of beginning the process is doing a complete workup well before filing. All aspects of the petition should be addressed on a practice version and evaluate the best information for each step. The first step will be evaluating the information needed for the means test, which will determine if you can even file. Each chapter of bankruptcy is different as well. Those seeking to discharge overwhelming debt will typically use Chapter 7, but all clear personal assets could be marked by a judge for sale with the proceeds being applied as payments to creditors. Chapter 13 filings are different to a large degree, and they are normally used to keep from losing a home or some other type of real estate that would be vulnerable for sale or possession in a Chapter 7 petition. The means test is also used to qualify for Chapter 13 as well, and the terms of the repayment plan must be acceptable to all other parties.

Chapter 13 Repayment Plans

DIY pro se bankruptcy petitioners must develop a feasible repayment plan that is usually set at five years for all outstanding debt to be considered paid current. Chapter 13 can include some discharging of debt as in a Chapter 7 filing, but the real advantage of a Chapter 13 filing is that it can protect a home from foreclosure and protect your credit rating in the end. Sometimes creditors will renegotiate outstanding accounts to avoid inclusion in a bankruptcy petition, but these must be finalized before the petition becomes effective. This is a component of filing for bankruptcy where having a legal representative negotiating an agreement is a real advantage. The purpose of a Chapter 13 petition is effectively a debt consolidation plan that repays as many creditors as possible while protecting a dwelling and minimized the credit rating damage to the petitioner. More on how Chapter 13 can impact your credit here.
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Will Filing for Chapter Bankruptcy 13 Ruin My Credit Score?

When you decide to file bankruptcy, it will be reflected on your credit report for years to come. As such, there is really no way around the brutal truth that filing will have a negative effect on your rating. If you are able to afford a repayment plan, choosing to file under Chapter 13 bankruptcy may help you recover more quickly and save your financial reputation.

Why Creditors Prefer Chapter 13 Instead of Chapter 7

It's no secret that lenders prefer Chapter 13 filing to that of Chapter 7 bankruptcy, but why exactly is this? It basically boils down to the fact that with Chapter 13, your creditors have some hope of future payment. In contrast, when you file under Chapter 7 bankruptcy, if you qualify, their chances of receiving any payment is dim.

Your Credit Score Under Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Under Chapter 7, unsecured debts, such as medical bills and credit card companies, don't usually receive any kind of payment. This is because Chapter 7 doesn't require you to make payments to creditors or set up any kind of payment process. Instead, any owned property that cannot be protected under your state's exemption laws must be turned over to a trustee that is assigned by the court. Your trustee then sells the property for whatever they can get for it and uses the proceeds from the sale to pay off your creditors. However, most filers are able to exempt the majority, if not all, of their assets, thus keeping them out of the reach of the court. This means there is often nothing left to pay off the creditors.
When Long Island borrowers fall behind on bills and can no longer make their minimum monthly payments, they usually consider calling a Long Island bankruptcy attorney and filing for relief. The two bankruptcy options available are Chapter 7 or Chapter 13. Depending on your situation, either option may be the answer you need to move forward and repair your financial life.

One of the mistakes many people make is waiting too long to seek out help. You can stop aggressive collection action before you have your car repossessed or a bank account frozen. These types of disastrous events can be prevented by seeking relief by the courts.
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