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Questions to ask when calling an attorney for bankruptcy help

You've finally come to the realization that bankruptcy may be the only way to escape your debt and live a better financial life in the future. While it's a stressful time, taking the right steps at the right time will help ease the tension and put you on the right path to success.

While you have the legal right to file for bankruptcy on your own, it's typically best to consult with an experienced attorney. Here are some of the many questions to ask when discussing your situation with a bankruptcy attorney for the first time:

  • Does it make sense for me to file for bankruptcy? You've done your research, but you still don't know everything about bankruptcy law. Your attorney can review the basics of your situation, and then provide feedback on whether Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 makes sense at the present time.
  • What type of bankruptcy is the right choice? There are many differences between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. For example, you can discharge some or all of your debt in Chapter 7, thus giving you a fresh start. But with Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you're required to use a repayment plan to pay back some of the money you owe.
  • How long does bankruptcy take? This depends on a variety of factors, including the type of bankruptcy. Chapter 7 bankruptcy is the quicker of the two, with the process typically coming to an end within six months. With Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you can expect your repayment plan to last three to five years.
  • What's the best way to prepare for bankruptcy? There are things you should and shouldn't do as you close in on bankruptcy. It's critical to collect all necessary financial records, such as tax returns, pay stubs and bank account statements. At the same time, you want to avoid things such as gifting assets in an attempt to hide them from the court.

By asking a bankruptcy attorney these questions, you'll quickly learn more about your situation and the next steps in the process. This approach will also give you confidence that you're protecting your legal rights in Pennsylvania and doing what's best for your future.

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