The Unintended Benefits of Bankruptcy

June 6, 2013

Bankruptcy was originally intended for debtors who had experienced financial hardship. In modern practice, however, this important legal right has become much more than a shield in the face of oppressive personal finances. In some situations, it can be used as an effective sword, too, freeing up needed financial resources to underwrite important life choices and changes.

 Litigation can be costly. Like a job loss or a medical procedure, the high costs of fighting a court battle can be so high that the only way to free up enough available income is to declare personal bankruptcy. It isn’t the right move for everyone – or even necessary an available action for some – but for many, filing for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 is an effective way to move forward.

 In addition to the benefits of shedding debt, filing bankruptcy empowers a debtor with the automatic stay. By compelling all other legal actions to stop, a bankruptcy’s automatic stay momentarily prevents litigation from moving forward. This can let you maintain your lifestyle a little longer and, more importantly, can open up opportunities for negotiation and collaboration between you and your creditors.

 Don’t let civil or criminal litigation result in you winning the courtroom battle but losing the financial war. Bankruptcy may expand your options during this difficult period and buy you a little more of your most precious asset: time. To find out how the bankruptcy professionals at the law firm of Fears Nachawati may be able to help you, contact our team of dedicated attorneys today. With years of experience, we’re ready to help you.

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