WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I FILE FOR BANKRUPTCY?
Filing bankruptcy can be a daunting and emotionally draining experience. Going it alone will only make the task even more monumental. It doesn’t have to be so bleak though. Sometimes in life we need a reboot, if you will. Many of great financiers, moguls, and millionaires alike have filed for bankruptcy. As well have average salary earners, college students, contract holders et al. The point is, at one time or another many of us have been “in over our heads”.
Once you file the petition there are a number of documents you must submit to the court and your Trustee within specific time frames. Failure to comply may cause your case to be dismissed. Unfortunately, if you file without an attorney, there is no one who will tell you what has to be filed and when. Which is why whenever dealing with anything above parking ticket a lawyer is your best course of action.
The Bankruptcy Court sends out a notice of your bankruptcy filing to all of the creditors listed in your schedules. This notice advises the creditors that you have filed for protection, which chapter you filed and advises them that an “automatic stay” is in effect, preventing creditors from pursuing any further efforts to collect the debt. This would include staying a foreclosure sale, wage garnishment, and even a civil court proceeding or trial. Criminal cases are not stayed, nor are child support hearings.
For more information regarding bankruptcy, chapters, filing, or simply answering any questions you may have, contact Minnesota Bankruptcy Attorney Gregory J. Wald at 952-921-5802 or at BankruptcyMinn.com for a consultation.