Today let's shine some light on credit card debt. People do not share their credit card balances with friends and family members, considering it private. Some see the use of credit cards as a sign of weakness, but consider that credit cards have allowed some people to survive through tough times like job loss or medical crises.
Clients often come to us with complex money problems that can include potential loss of homes through foreclosure when monthly mortgage payments become impossible because of unemployment and other factors. While the number of foreclosures nationally in May 2017 had dropped 19 percent over the previous year, New Mexico ranked number 8 of all states for the number of foreclosures, according to ATTOM Data Solutions as reported by credit.com.
Countless individuals have experienced periods of financial struggle throughout the course of their lives. In some cases, these periods may be short-lived, while in others, it can be difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Perhaps you are experiencing similar challenges, and you are feeling crushed under the financial weight of debt.
We have written lately about small-business debt collection. Today we will instead look at the reverse problem: when a small business cannot pay its debts and considers bankruptcy as a potential answer.
Pictures posted on social media have the potential to cause problems in a bankruptcy filing. A photo of a person with expensive property may imply that the individual owns that property, raising the question of whether that property was properly disclosed to the bankruptcy court in the filings requiring detailed inventory of assets.
We recently began a discussion of the choice most consumers who file for bankruptcy relief have between Chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcy and Chapter 13 reorganization. Despite some economic improvement across the country, many individuals and families still struggle to stay solvent financially through no fault of their own and may wonder whether bankruptcy should be considered.
For many people, the past 10 to 20 years may have been financially challenging. Many people were impacted by the recession. For example, many experienced job loss, flat wages, loss of home, increased health insurance premiums or high deductibles, mounting medical bills, unsustainable student loan payments, high credit-card debt and more.
In a Chapter 7 or liquidation bankruptcy, the debtor who files for relief in U.S. Bankruptcy Court is allowed to keep so-called exempt property. Some people misunderstand that if they file for bankruptcy they will lose everything. Bankruptcy law allows people to keep certain kinds of property considered basic and necessary to living.
Many people do not know much about how to file for bankruptcy relief. Bankruptcy matters are governed by federal bankruptcy law and are heard in federal bankruptcy court. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the District of New Mexico is located in Albuquerque, where most hearings are held. Some matters are also heard by judges in Roswell and Las Cruces.
Some New Mexicans may shy away from bankruptcy because they believe it will be devastating for their credit. While a Chapter 7 consumer bankruptcy remains on your credit report for 10 years, many lenders are still willing to extend credit to a recently bankrupt borrower. Because you cannot receive another Chapter 7 discharge again for eight years, you are not likely to have new debt discharged.