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What Should I Do Before Filing for Bankruptcy?

There is a lot to consider if you are thinking about filing for bankruptcy. The first determination you should make is that bankruptcy is the best way for you to deal with your financial problems. Bankruptcy is an incredibly valuable tool to help you dig yourself out of a financial hole, but every case is different. As such, you will want to go through your finances with someone who is familiar with the field of bankruptcy – your attorney. Before you file, there are some things you have to do first. Within the 180 days prior to your bankruptcy filing, you must receive budget and credit counseling from an approved credit counseling agency. During this counseling, you and your counselor will go over all possible options for your finances and budgeting. Once you complete the counseling, you will receive a certificate stating that you received the counseling. You need this…
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Is My Bankruptcy Filing Public? Will Everyone I Know Find Out?

Bankruptcy can carry with it a certain stigma, despite how useful it can be in helping people dig themselves out of their financial struggles. And when considering bankruptcy, you might wonder: will other people be able to find out that you filed? Are bankruptcy filings public? Yes, actually. Most court records, including bankruptcy filings, are public. But, that does not mean that just anyone can access all of your personal information. Typically speaking, your friends, family and acquaintances are not going to find out about your bankruptcy filing unless you tell them yourself. There is a public access system known as PACER that contains information about bankruptcy filings throughout the U.S. But to access this system, you are required to register and pay per page of documents you obtain. As such, the average citizen will not be able to see your bankruptcy filing. However, your creditors and co-debtors will find…
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Student Loan Repayment Options Before Bankruptcy

Valuing your education is incredibly important, and for many Americans, going to college and getting a degree is a life goal and major milestone. However, with going to college means having to take out student loans. Sometimes, the amount of student loans is enormous, and many former students will find themselves in an incredible amount of debt after school. Usually, after a few years the debt can be repaid, but often students will find themselves running out of options on reimbursement. Students can file for bankruptcy in certain cases, but here are a couple of alternative methods of repayment before going that route. Other Repayment Options There are a few other ways that students can repay their student loans before filing for bankruptcy. One way is to defer your loans. Deferment is a federal repayment option that allows you to pause your student loan payments for up to three years….
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