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The pros and cons of Chapter 13 bankruptcy

In Tennessee, residents have several different options when it comes to filing for bankruptcy. One popular option is Chapter 13. With all bankruptcy options, there are unique benefits and potential drawbacks. Today, we will take a look at some of both for this specific type.

How predatory lenders prey on bankruptcy filers

Tennessee residents who have completed Chapter 13 bankruptcy should be aware that are lenders who are looking to take advantage of people who have previously filed for bankruptcy. One of the major signs that you may not be dealing with a reputable lender is that you are not asked in detail about your previous credit history. However, there are other ways to tell if a lender who does not have your best interests at heart is trying to entice you into signing a dishonest loan deal.

Going over some benefits of Chapter 13

When it comes to bankruptcy, there are many options, but Chapter 13 makes the most sense for some people. There are a number of reasons why Chapter 13 can be so beneficial, and we will take a closer look at some of the benefits of Chapter 13 in this post. In Memphis, and across the state of Tennessee, too many people have allowed debt to hold them back. If you are struggling with debts that you cannot pay off, you should not hesitate to explore solutions that may be on the table.

Can I choose which debts to pay off first?

Individuals that are just about to file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy may wonder how much flexibility they will have in paying their debts. You might want to prioritize paying off a house mortgage before you want to tackle a credit card bill. While Chapter 13 can help you give a fresh financial start in Tennessee, there are some steps in the bankruptcy process that you will not have a final say on, including which debts are to be paid first.

Is crowdfunding the answer to your debt problems?

Some people, though drowning in debt, are afraid of the stigma of bankruptcy and will turn to other means to help raise money to pay their bills. They may turn to crowdfunding as a solution. While using crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe to raise money might seem like a simple way to alleviate financial problems and let you get back on your feet, Tennessee residents should be aware that crowdfunding is not a guaranteed way to pull out of financial straits and might even cost you more out of your own pocket.

Business loans and personal bankruptcy

Many aspiring or current entrepreneurs in Tennessee worry about the effects that bankruptcy may have on their ability to secure financing for their projects. However, there is more myth than fact to many of the ideas surrounding the relationship between debt restructuring and business loans.

What is a hardship discharge?

When you file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in Tennessee, you must agree to a repayment plan. This plan outlines how much you will pay back each creditor you have. It is your obligation to repay your debts and stick to the plan as part of your bankruptcy agreement. If you complete the plan, the court clears any remaining debt, and you get a fresh start. However, sometimes things do not go the way you want. If you end up unable to fulfill your obligations, the U.S. Courts explain you could file for a hardship discharge.

Chapter 13 bankruptcy and automatic stays

Deciding to file for bankruptcy is not always an easy choice. Many Americans become buried beneath medical expenses, mortgages, credit card debt and other bills and run to bankruptcy as a way to find freedom from their financial stress. Part of this stress may stem from harassing creditor calls, who in some cases, threaten people with wage garnishments, lawsuits and repossession of property if debtors fail to make payments. Once people file their Chapter 13 paperwork, however, it can release them from creditors’ attempts to collect past due debt while the bankruptcy is being processed.

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