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Resolving to File for Bankruptcy in 2020One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions that people make each year is to improve their physical fitness. Why not resolve to improve your financial fitness? Filing for bankruptcy may be your first step towards financial wellness if you have debts that you are unable to repay. Bankruptcy puts an automatic stay on debt collectors and allows you to discharge your eligible unsecured debts without sacrificing your most valuable possessions, such as your home and vehicle, by continuing to make payments for those assets. There are several reasons why bankruptcy may be a good New Year’s resolution for you:

  1. Getting a Fresh Start: It is difficult to improve your financial health when you have debts that will not go away. Your available income may be unable to keep up with your scheduled debt payments, causing your debt to grow worse. Completing bankruptcy gives you a fresh start that is free from the pressure of creditors. From there, it is easier to figure out how to budget your finances and find ways to save money.
  2. Timing with Taxes: You can use bankruptcy to pay off or discharge income tax debt that you owe to the IRS or state, but there are some conditions to discharging tax debts in bankruptcy. One of those conditions is that the income tax debt must be at least three years old to be eligible for discharge. Income taxes are due after the start of the new year, which means that some of your tax debt may be newly eligible for discharge as long as your recent tax returns have been filed on time.
  3. No Reason to Wait: People make New Year’s resolutions because it is a time when they assess their lives and identify things they want to change about themselves. Since we are entering 2020, you will be looking even further back at the past decade. You may have been considering bankruptcy for a while but have put off making a decision. If you need to file for bankruptcy, there is no reason to delay the process. Your debt problems are unlikely to solve themselves and may get worse instead. The sooner you file for bankruptcy, the sooner you can find relief.

Contact a Denton County Bankruptcy Attorney

The idea of filing for bankruptcy can be nerve-wracking, but remember that you are not going through the process alone. A Frisco, Texas, bankruptcy lawyer at The Page Law Firm will lead you every step of the way and show you how bankruptcy can help you. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 214-618-2101.

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Four Reasons to Be Thankful for BankruptcyThe holiday season is a time of year when people reflect on what they are thankful for. Family, friends and good health are often at the top of people’s lists. You are likely not thankful for financial circumstances that make filing for bankruptcy necessary, but you can instead be grateful for the bankruptcy laws and process that will help you get out of debt and on the path towards financial recovery. Here are just four reasons you may be thankful for bankruptcy:

  1. You Receive an Automatic Stay: One of the most stressful parts of being in debt is dealing with aggressive creditors and debt collectors. You may receive frequent communications, demanding repayment and threatening legal action and repossession. The first thing that filing for bankruptcy does is put an automatic stay on all debt collection efforts. That means no more phone calls or letters. If creditors are in the process of filing a lawsuit or foreclosing on your home, those actions will be put on hold.
  2. You Have Several Property Exemptions: Chapter 7 bankruptcy repays your creditors by selling your assets and distributing the proceeds. Fortunately, there are exemptions that will protect properties from being sold. In Texas, exemptions are pretty generous, which means in almost every case that your home, cars, jewelry, furniture, retirement, and pension plans are protected.
  3. You Can Discharge Your Debts: Once you have finished the bankruptcy process, most of your unsecured debts will be discharged. This means that you are clear of the obligation to repay any of these creditors. For secured debts such as home mortgages, the creditor may be able to repossess the secured property. However, if you want to keep the secured property, you can reaffirm your debt and keep making your payments on the remaining amount on the debt.
  4. U.S. Bankruptcy Laws Are Favorable to Consumers: There are many countries around the world that do not have bankruptcy laws or systems in place. Others have bankruptcy laws for businesses but not for consumers. Without a personal bankruptcy system, consumers in these countries have no protection against creditors if they become insolvent and default on their debts. The U.S. has federal bankruptcy laws that make the process consistent across the country, rather than having a process that may greatly vary by state.

Contact a Denton County Bankruptcy Lawyer

Consumers across the U.S. are fortunate to have experienced bankruptcy lawyers available to help them through the process. A Frisco, Texas, bankruptcy attorney at The Page Law Firm can discuss the advantages of filing for bankruptcy. To schedule a free consultation, call 214-618-2101.

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The Short-Term and Long-Term Benefits of BankruptcyBankruptcy may have a negative stigma for people who do not understand what the process means. Bankruptcy is a solution to your debt problems, not a symptom of them. You file for bankruptcy to stave off creditors and ultimately clear yourself of eligible debts that are causing you stress and threatening your financial security. When filing for bankruptcy, you should understand that there are immediate and long-term benefits.

Immediate Benefits

You will immediately notice the effect of filing for bankruptcy because it will enforce an automatic stay on your creditors. This means an immediate stop to:

  • Persistent phone calls and letters about repayment;
  • Looming litigation by your creditors;
  • Garnishment of your wages by the IRS and student loan lenders; and
  • Imminent foreclosure or repossession of your properties.

The automatic stay gives you time to assess your financial situation and how you wish to proceed with the bankruptcy process. It is difficult to concentrate on making those decisions if you are worried that the bank is about to foreclose on your home.

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