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Personal Bankruptcy Archives

How to handle the violation of an automatic stay

When Massachusetts residents file for bankruptcy, they are usually granted an automatic stay from creditor collection activities. In some cases, a creditor will violate the stay because of a lack of communication. Typically, the creditor won't find out about the stay until a week or two after it goes into effect. However, vital creditors such as mortgage lenders may be sought out by a debtor's legal counsel to ensure that foreclosure or other proceedings cannot start.

What to consider when filing for bankruptcy

People in Massachusetts who are struggling with debt may hesitate to file for bankruptcy because of the associated stigma. According to a report from the Notre Dame Law Review, however, waiting to file for bankruptcy can land people in even more difficult financial circumstances.

Keeping medical debt in check later in life

As people in Massachusetts and throughout the country get older, their healthcare expenses generally increase. One way to cover some of these expenses is to apply for Medicare. Individuals are eligible to enroll starting three months prior to turning 65 and for another four months after turning 65. Those who work for a company that has more than 20 employees can enroll for Medicare Part B and Part D after retirement without penalty.

The consequences of personal bankruptcy may be exaggerated

Massachusetts residents who are struggling with overwhelming debt often put off filing for bankruptcy because they worry that a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 petition will ruin their credit and make future borrowing difficult or impossible. However, a report recently released by the online financial exchange Lending Tree suggests that these fears may be exaggerated. Researchers discovered that 43 percent of Americans who file a bankruptcy have credit scores of 640 or higher just a year later, and this figure rises to 65 percent after three years.

Bankruptcy may be the best option for many

The weight of overwhelming debt is a heavy burden for many people across Massachusetts. Bankruptcy may offer a way out, but many are concerned about the stigma and financial consequences that come with a bankruptcy filing. Despite that, bankruptcy is the best option for many.

Financial recovery is possible after bankruptcy

Many people in Massachusetts may be struggling with overwhelming debt and looking for relief from their situation. However, concerns over the effects of personal bankruptcy on one's creditworthiness in the future may hold people back from taking the next step, despite the debt relief potential offered by a bankruptcy filing. There are ways that people going through bankruptcy can plan ahead to help ensure the success of their filing.

Why people file for bankruptcy

The rate at which Massachusetts residents and others are filing for bankruptcy is dropping. However, there were still 772,594 bankruptcy filings during a 12-month period that ended in June 2017. One of the main reasons why people file for bankruptcy is because they lost their job. Typically, an individual didn't have enough money to cover his or her mortgage, car payment and other expenses. Ideally, a person will have an emergency fund that can last for up to 12 months.

Retirement assets may be exempt from bankruptcy

People who file for personal bankruptcy typically do so because they cannot pay their bills with their current earnings and assets. However, many people who seek relief from the Massachusetts bankruptcy courts have some money saved for retirement. Bankruptcy laws protect some retirement accounts from being liquidated, but there are circumstances that could cause a person to lose all or some of their invested savings.