How many people can say they're debt free? It seems like there's not many these days as we continue to struggle with more difficult economic times. Can you even imagine being debt free? When most people inquire about filing for bankruptcy they aren’t really thinking about the end result of being debt free, but they are usually more focused on stopping the immediate pain of debt collectors. But the end result of a successful bankruptcy is that you will have no debt with the following exceptions:
These are the debts that don’t go away.
If you have a mortgage loan and are in bankruptcy and you want to keep your house you will need to continue paying for your house. Contrary to what some people believe, you don’t get a free house by filing bankruptcy. If you want to keep it, you have to pay for it.
Same goes for your car. While there are ways we can reduce what you pay on your car, general rule is if you want to keep your car you need to continue to make the payment.
Most taxes do not go away through bankruptcy. There are some exceptions. If the taxes are at least three years old and were not assessed at any time in the last 240 days they may go away in your bankruptcy case.
If you owe any type of child support or spousal support this debt will still be owed after your bankruptcy. Plus if you have student loans they will need to be paid despite bankruptcy.
So what types of debt do go away? Here are the typical debts that people have that are completely eliminated in bankruptcy:
Credit card debt is by far the most common form of debt that is eliminated by a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing. There is no repayment required. It is discharged. That means it's totally gone - History.
Medical bills are another common debt eliminated through bankruptcy. People who have gone through severe illness often have large amounts of medical bills, even if they were insured. Medical bills are completely eliminated through a bankruptcy filing.
If you were sued, failed to respond, or even lost at trial and now have a judgment against you a bankruptcy filing will eliminate this debt completely.
If you had a car repossessed and now the bank is trying to collect the remaining balance from you, this can be eliminated through your bankruptcy filing.
If you have a car or a house that you want to surrender back to the bank but are worried about being pursued for the balance, bankruptcy may be a good option. In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy you can surrender the car, RV, house, boat, etc. back to the bank and not owe anything going forward.
It is possible to become debt free. Even if you believe your situation is hopeless you can become debt free. I offer a free 30 minute telephone consultation where we can go over your specific situation and you can get your questions answered.